Three charts to confuse right-wingers

Here are three “reality-based” charts to show to the right-wingers who spout nothing but FOX-Limbaugh lie machine talking points.  These charts show what actually happened.


Government spending increased dramatically under Bush.  It has not increased much under Obama.  Note that this chart does not reflect any spending cuts resulting from deficit-cutting deals.


Notes, this chart includes Clinton’s last budget year for comparison.

The numbers in these two charts come from Budget of the United States Government: Historical Tables Fiscal Year 2012.  They are just the amounts that the government spent and borrowed, period,  Anyone can go look then up.  People who claim that Obama “tripled the deficit” are either misled or are trying to mislead.

The Stimulus and Jobs


In this chart, the RED lines on the left side — the ones that keep doing DOWN — show what happened to jobs under the policies of Bush and the Republicans. We were losing lots and lots of jobs every month, and it was getting worse and worse.  The BLUE lines — the ones that just go UP — show what happened to jobs when the stimulus was in effect. We stopped losing jobs and started gaining jobs, and it was getting better and better.  The leveling off on the right side of the chart  shows what happened as the stimulus started to wind down: job creation leveled off at too low a level.

It looks a lot like the stimulus reversed what was going on before the stimulus.


More False Things

These are just three of the false things that everyone “knows.”  Some others are (click through): Obama bailed out the banks, businesses will hire if they get tax cuts, health care reform cost $1 trillion, Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme or is “going broke”, government spending “takes money out of the economy.”

Why This Matters

These things really matter.  We all want to fix the terrible problems the country has.  But it is so important to know just what the problems are before you decide how to fix them.  Otherwise the things you do to try to solve those problems might just make them worse. If you get tricked into thinking that Obama has made things worse and that we should go back to what we were doing before Obama — tax cuts for the rich, giving giant corporations and Wall Street everything they want — when those are the things that caused the problems in the first place, then we will be in real trouble.

Adapted from the original Kos diary by DaveJ.

  1. August 29, 2011 at 1:15 am

    I’m sure the right wing trolls will be all over you for this. I am going to repost it on y blog, and have some fun with Fox News lovers.

  2. hypocritebasher
    August 30, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Obozo has increased the deficit by $4 trillion in 2.5 years. It took Bush 8 years to achieve this “milestone”. Funny how you fail to mention this.

    The U6 unemployment is near 20%. This is astronomically high, and the messiah has done nothing to reduce it. If fact, his policies are contributing to the mess. Funny how you fail to mention this.


  3. hypocritebasher
    August 30, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    You also fail to mention that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2.4 million jobs have been lost under Obozo’s leadership.

    • August 31, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      17 MONTHS of Private Sector job growth, more jobs created in the first few years of President Obama’s term than the whole of the Shrub years.

      Still not enough but now Republicants have control of the House.

      • hypocritebasher
        September 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm

        The biggest statistic is unemployment at 9.1%. Why do you fail to mention this?

        Obozo is the worst president ever.

  1. August 29, 2011 at 1:17 am

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