Words, especially those he attempted to assemble into sentences, were not President George W. Bush’s friends. He didn’t have much better luck with numbers—at least those compiled by the gnomes who produce Harper’s Index. Here’s a sample:
• Percentage change since 2001 in the average amount U.S. workers spend on out-of-pocket medical expenses: +172
• Amount the Justice Department spent in 2001 installing curtains to cover two seminude statues of Justice: $8,650.
• Percentage change since 2000 in U.S. emigration to Canada: +79.
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