Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither, and lose both.
-- Benjamin Franklin

Not to ignore our president for too long, here are some stats:

1871 Number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
66 Number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq since Bush went on vacation earlier this month.
35 Approximate price of a barrel of oil (in U.S. dollars) in 2000 when Bush said, “What I think the president ought to do is he ought to get on the phone with the OPEC cartel and say we expect you to open your spigots. … if in fact there is collusion amongst big oil, he ought to intercede there as well. I used to be in the oil business. … And so I understand what can happen in the marketplace.”
63.59 Price of a barrel of oil (in U.S. dollars) last Thursday.
$1.52 Average price for a gallon of gasoline in September 2000.
$2.55 Average price for a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. last week.
49 Bush’s overall approval rating on August 2 (Rasmussen)
43 Bush’s overall approval rating on August 18 (Rasmussen)
338 Number of days Bush has spent on vacation during his presidency, a new record. The previous record was held by Ronald Reagan, who spent 335 days on vacation during his eight-year presidency. Bush has topped that in just four-and-a-half years.

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