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The Last Eight Years…Mapping Life Under Bush

The Atlantic online magazine has this fascinating look at America in the Bush years, all presented in a map filled with graphics and stats.  Did you know:

  • There were 298 billionaires in 2000.  The number grew to 454 by 2008.
  • 28 out of 50 states had obesity rates below 20% in 2000.  By 2008, the number dropped to 1 state in 50.
  • Gross federal debt as a percentage of GDP was 58% in 2000; 67.5% by 2008.

And the list goes on and on.  It makes for a fascinating look at stats and changes both important and silly…and you’re free to interpret it as you see fit.  As the President gave his exit interview to the press corps today, you may find this of interest.

More to come…


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I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.

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