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Bush by the Numbers 2.0 (Readers’ Edition)

Thanks to all the readers who have sent us suggestions for updating Bush by the Numbers, our look at the 43rd president's impact across American life. We have incorporated some of the best and earliest-submitted ideas below. We will continue to update the chart, so keep your suggestions coming. And don't forget to cite your sources!

Dow Jones Industrial Average

Jan. 19, 2001
10,588
Dec. 12, 2008
8,630
Source: Yahoo! Finance. Dave Norton and Michael Sheridan suggested comparing market performance.

Consumer debt

January 2001
$2.1 trillion
October 2008
$2.6 trillion
Adjusted to 2008 dollars. Source: Federal Reserve. Thanks to Philip Cardella and Huffington Post readers.

Percentage of people living in poverty in the U.S.

2000

11.3%
2007

12.5%
Source: Census Bureau. Thanks to Philip Cardella and Huffington Post readers.

Percentage of home mortgages in the process of foreclosure

Third Quarter 2000
1.09%
Third Quarter 2008
2.97%
Source: Mortgage Bankers Association. Huffington Post readers suggested the comparison.

Percentage of the federal budget outlays spent on contractors

2001
12%
2007
16%
Fiscal years. Sources: OMBWatch, White House Office of Management and Budget. Reader Linda Lubken proposed this analysis.

Percentage of Defense Department outlays spent on contractors

2001
50%
2007
59%
Fiscal years. Sources: OMBWatch, White House Office of Management and Budget. Thanks to reader Linda Lubken for the suggestion.

Estimated illegal immigrant population

2001
9.4 million
2008
11.9 million
Source: Pew Hispanic Center. Huffington Post readers pointed us to a post by Edwin S. Rubenstein in the blog VDare, which cited the Pew Hispanic Center study.

U.S. carbon emissions from fossil fuels, per capita, in metric tons

2001
1.12
2005
1.23
Source: Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center. Reader Philip Cardella suggested a comparison of per capita carbon emissions.

U.S. oil production, in barrels per day

2001
9 million
2007
8.5 million
Source: Energy Information Administration. Thanks to our editor Tom Detzel for the suggestion.

U.S. oil consumption, in barrels per day

2001
19.6 million
2007
20.7 million
Source: Energy Information Administration. Reader Philip Cardella suggested looking at oil imports.

Environmental crime cases initiated

2001
482
2008
319
Fiscal years. Source: Environmental Protection Agency 2001 and 2008. Thanks to our reporter Joaquin Sapien for the suggestion.

U.S. military deaths

Persian
Gulf
382
Iraq & Afghanistan
4,835
As of Dec. 12, 2008. Source: Department of Defense. Reader Greg Moreau and Huffington Post readers suggested looking at U.S. military deaths.

U.S. military wounded

Persian
Gulf
487
Iraq & Afghanistan
33,476
As of Dec. 6, 2008. Source: Department of Defense. Reader Greg Moreau suggested a count of the U.S. war wounded.

Civilian deaths

Persian Gulf
1,000- 3,500
Iraq
89,881- 98,133
Iraq war, March 2003 - Dec. 15, 2008. Sources: Beth Arkin and the Army War College, via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Iraq Body Count. Reader Harold Kramer and Huffington Post readers suggested looking at civilian casualties.