The Bush Youth Legacy

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On these pages is a sampling of changes in youth well-being and youth-related federal spending during the Bush administration. Both supporters and opponents of the president will find evidence for their own assessments.

Sources: All federal budget information is from the Budget of the United States Government, fiscal 2002 and 2009, U.S. Government Printing Office. Youth data are from various sources, including: U.S. Census Bureau; Center for Labor Statistics; U.S. Children’s Bureau; U.S. Department of Agriculture; U.S. Department of Education; U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

The top bar is 2008 (estimated) spending and the bottom bar is 2000 (actual) spending by youth-related program.