- In the EU, there are 322 physicians per 100,00 people; in the United States, 279.
- The U.S. ranks 26th among the industrial nations in infant mortality.
- The U.S. ranks 24th among the industrial nations in terms of economic equality. (All 18 of the most developed European countries have less income inequality between rich and poor.)
- The U.S. homicide rate is four times higher than the EU's with the rates of childhood homicides, suicides and firearms-related deaths in the United States exceed those of the other 25 wealthiest nations.
- The United States has only 4% of the world's population but contains one-quarter of the world's entire prison population.
- The average paid vacation time in Europe is now six weeks a year compared to two weeks in the U.S.
And yet the U.S. continues to dump massive amounts of money in its military, ignoring programs that could reduce crime. Under Bush, the U.S. tax structure has been revised to make the rich-poor gap even wider. The Bush budget includes a 10% increase over FY 2004 for the Department of Homeland Security and $2.6 billion for Department of Justice counterterrorism operations (a 19% increase over FY 2004 levels) while gutting social programs. The new budget would slice a $600 million grant program for local police agencies to $60 million next year and grants to local firefighters to $500 million. The Environmental Protection Agency's $8.1 billion would drop by about 6 percent and the $2.2 billion program that provides low-income people with home-heating aid would be cut to $2 billion.
Other blogments on the Bush budget can be found at: Daily Kos, Nick Douglas, At Ease, and Talk Left.