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Three Charts to Confuse Right Wingers

August 28, 2011

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.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. blackwatertown permalink
    August 28, 2011 7:36 pm

    Good contribution.

  2. Heywood Jablome permalink
    August 29, 2011 12:52 pm

    Not only was the stimulus not enough, but was only a stop gap. Much of the work still needs to be done to address not just the symptoms, but the causes. However, the GOP party of NO will not let much of this work happen. The policies that have driven all the nation’s working economic capital to the top 2% are largely still in place. When the GOP talks about the evils of wealth distribution, they don’t realize that the polar opposite takes spending power out of the hands of consumers and does not allow for growth – the entire country suffers as a result. But it’s like arguing with bricks.
    your charts are dead on target, but won’t convince the right, who march willfully blind to the drums of the corporate elite.

  3. Kelol permalink
    September 5, 2011 6:17 pm

    The second chart was stupid. Actually it shows that Obama has not YET done anything but increase deficit, and the deficit is right now at the PEAK. I hated bush but I hate Obama too. Both raised government spending.

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