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Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Long-term Memory Dept.
From a speech in Minneapolis, 1 November 2000, George W. Bush:
Gore offers an old and tired approach. He offers a new federal spending program to nearly every voting bloc. He expands entitlements, without reforms to sustain them. 285 new or expanded programs, and $2 trillion more in new spending. Spending without discipline, spending without priorities, and spending without an end. Al Gore’s massive spending would mean slower growth and higher taxes. And it could mean an end to this nation’s prosperity.
Size of the national debt the day George W. Bush took office (19 January 2001): $5,727,776,738,304.64
Size of the national debt, 15 August 2003: $6,770,542,657,467.64
Difference: $1,042,765,919,163

Perhaps Gore's election could have meant "an end to this nation's prosperities." Bush's certainly did. Remember in 2004.

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