Ramirez on the Democratic “better-off” dance

posted at 12:41 pm on September 5, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Actually, the entire editorial staff at Investors Business Daily dissects the Democratic avoidance of the “are you better off” question, which is easily the most predictable query in presidential politics after Ronald Reagan used it to devastating effect in 1980.  Their lead editorial counts all the ways in which that question has to be answered with a resounding “no”:

• Median incomes: These have fallen 7.3% since Obama took office, which translates into an average of $4,000. Since the so-called recovery started, median incomes continued to fall, dropping $2,544, or 4.8%.

• Long-term unemployed: More than three years into Obama’s recovery, 811,000 more still fall into this category than when the recession ended.

• Poverty: The poverty rate climbed to 15.1% in 2010, up from 14.3% in 2009, and economists think it may have hit 15.7% last year, highest since the 1960s. …

• Misery Index: When Obama took office, the combination of unemployment and inflation stood at 7.83. Today it’s 9.71.

There are more reasons, so be sure to read the rest.  I pick up the same theme for my column at The Week, and explain why even the media should be able to figure out the answer from the avoidance strategy of the Democrats:

The chart above shows the actual direction taken on jobs. Further data on incomes only underscores the decline that characterizes the Obama recovery. Median household incomes dropped faster during the recovery than they did during the recession, according to a study published last week by Sentier Research based on Census Bureau data. Small wonder that consumer confidence as measured by Gallup on the day that the Democratic convention opens has dropped back to a year-long low, roughly at the same level as the beginning of the recovery in mid-2009.

Obama’s new strategy has its pitfalls. To convince voters to accept an “incomplete” as a first-term grade, Democrats need to put forward a detailed agenda for a second term that addresses the shortcomings of the first Obama term. So far, though, Obama has said little about his second-term agenda, focusing almost entirely on pointing out Mitt Romney’s flaws as a potential president instead. Neither the president nor his party has offered much more than “Forward,” the campaign slogan, and National Journal‘s Major Garrett reported this week that Democrats in Charlotte are as bemused by the question of a second-term agenda as anyone else. Democratic strategist Joe Trippi couldn’t define “Forward” for Garrett either, admitting that “nobody really knows what that means.”

This is why Democrats want to avoid the Reagan Metric. Just the existence of this question frames the election as a referendum on a failed administration. Obama needs to convince people that Mitt Romney is such a bad alternative that the only answer is another four years of economic policies that Democrats won’t defend now. If Obama succeeds in winning a second term on that basis, with no agenda for new policies, while less than a third of likely voters believe that he has won the Reagan Metric, it will indeed make history — and set a record for cynicism and despair in American politics.

Finally, Michael Ramirez applies his Pulitzer Prize-winning talents to present the Democratic response to the question in one single frame:

 

 

This is not just the question in this presidential election; it’s the question of every presidential election.  The inability of Democrats to address it makes it clear that the real answer is no.

Also, be sure to check out Ramirez’ terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives fascinating look at political history.  Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here.  And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.

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What’s the difference between Jesus and “Black Jesus”*?

One saves and the other spends.

* David Axelrod’s name for Obama.

Resist We Much on September 5, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Degenerate freakshows!

The big shrew of the land last night “Barack is the president of all the people”.

Spontaneously combust for all the lies!

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM

The Marxist mask of off the Obama Democrat party, and Hot Air’s tepid response is disheartening to say the least.

In Soviet America the Government owns YOU.

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM

In Soviet America the Government owns YOU.

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Two threads down.

lorien1973 on September 5, 2012 at 12:48 PM

A quibble on the headline: It should “Democrat” not “Democratic”. “Democrat” is a party; “Democratic” is a method of selecting leaders.

theCork on September 5, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Resist We Much on September 5, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Very funny!

Mord on September 5, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Democrats in Charlotte are as bemused by the question of a second-term agenda as anyone else. Democratic strategist Joe Trippi couldn’t define “Forward” for Garrett either, admitting that “nobody really knows what that means.”

…the government media and networks don’t seem to have a problem!

KOOLAID2 on September 5, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Beware of the united socialists/commies with the muzzies. It’s happening in front of your very eyes.

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Another home run by Ramirez! I love this guy and he tells it like it is!

Another cartoon on bho’s getting to the 16T on the debt. This is good also, IMO!

http://www.terrellaftermath.com/
L

letget on September 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Joe Trippi couldn’t define “Forward” for Garrett either, admitting that “nobody really knows what that means.”

Heck, Hannity can’t argue against “Leaning forward”. Morons on all sides.

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Mord on September 5, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Illustrated:

Joke of the Day: Two Jesuses

lol

Resist We Much on September 5, 2012 at 12:51 PM

In Soviet America the Government owns YOU.

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Two threads down.

lorien1973 on September 5, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Try looking up the word “Tepid“, as in tepid response.

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Flashback.

Rebar on September 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Median incomes: These have fallen 7.3% since Obama took office, which translates into an average of $4,000. Since the so-called recovery started, median incomes continued to fall, dropping $2,544, or 4.8%.

Long-term unemployed: More than three years into Obama’s recovery, 811,000 more still fall into this category than when the recession ended.

Poverty: The poverty rate climbed to 15.1% in 2010, up from 14.3% in 2009, and economists think it may have hit 15.7% last year, highest since the 1960s. …

Misery Index: When Obama took office, the combination of unemployment and inflation stood at 7.83. Today it’s 9.71.

Look, these things are trumpeted, internally, as successes for the Commies. This kind of decay is a necessary component for the dependence of the People – on the State.

These Commie pigs are creating disaster, blaming it on the other guy – Republicans – and/or on the world economy, and will use it to force the People to become dependent on them.

From the ashes of America, the Commie Phoenix and Utopia will rise.

Hell, half of the American electorate is proud of “belonging to the government.”

I can’t even believe my eyes – they WANT to BELONG to the STATE.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM

You knew sooner or later their would be Castro brothers in the Democrite party, with plans for Amerika…….great.

FlaMurph on September 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM

why even the media should be able to figure out the answer from the avoidance strategy of the Democrats:

…no they can’t!…everything is free!…everything is fine!

KOOLAID2 on September 5, 2012 at 12:54 PM

letget on September 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM

He has no clue about any math, not to speak about multiplying by zero. He is a narcissistic power-hungry dummy, the worst kind.

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 12:54 PM

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Maybe, but I think this is one of those things that will fit well with “doing fine” and “you didn’t build that”. Let it percolate.

That the dems are backing away from it shows that they know they stepped in it again.

cozmo on September 5, 2012 at 12:55 PM

FlaMurph – there will not be a “President Castro”, like there never was going to be one Barakc Hussein Obama, so soon after 9/11/2001 either.

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Try looking up the word “Tepid“, as in tepid response.

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Not sure what you expect from a blog, really. It did the same thing you did. Posted the video with some commentary.

lorien1973 on September 5, 2012 at 12:56 PM

“You didn’t build that” will go in history as the catalyst of Obama’s demise. That he initiated it in such a bloviating obviously idiotic way is the more schadenfreudig.

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

The Marxist mask of off the Obama Democrat party, and Hot Air’s tepid response is disheartening to say the least.

In Soviet America the Government owns YOU.

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM

..hey folks! SW’s comments on his blog are worth perusing. Moreover, this little gambit by the DNC and Obama are ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING. At the very least, it’s as big a goof as his Richmond “You did not build it” gaffe and arguably an unmasking of the real goals of these people.

Taken in conjunction with THE WIDE LOAD FLOTUS’s extolling the virtues of janitors over small businesses in this country last night, it’s a pretty troubling philosophy.

(Disclaimer: noting wrong with janitors; just making a point.)

The War Planner on September 5, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Not sure what you expect from a blog, really. It did the same thing you did. Posted the video with some commentary.

lorien1973 on September 5, 2012 at 12:56 PM

You will no doubt basque in the glorious light of a new American Marxist Utopia, which honestly is all I should have expected from you.

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Obama’s economic plan for a second term is quite clear, the one the MSM is pushing without directly saying so: “Not Romney’s.”

I bet these people really thought America was ripe for all-out socialism, until they realized they were wrong because we fought back in our media and at the ballot box in 2010. While the Dems, the MSM, and other liberals have been more open about their intentions the past several years, they have been forced to be more careful in the packaging. After all, it’s been said too much honesty is a bad thing. Since they can’t push any harder for fear of a major landslide becoming real, their only choice is to say Republican ideas just won’t work.

It’s sort of like, “Well, what are your ideas?” and your opponent says, “Don’t try changing the subject. This discussion is about you, not me.”

Liam on September 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 12:59 PM

You two good ones are ‘fighting’ about chickensh*t. Shake or else TWP will step in.

TWP, you should be named The Peace Planner :)

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 1:01 PM

The War Planner on September 5, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Wow…I am humbled by your kind words of endorsement.

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 1:01 PM

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Really?

MKH isn’t the Levin type of ranter. She is smart enough to supply the fuel and the match then step back. This will spread.

cozmo on September 5, 2012 at 1:02 PM

I’m much worse now than I’ll be in January 2013. I’m sure of that.

Archivarix on September 5, 2012 at 1:02 PM

You will no doubt basque in the glorious light of a new American Marxist Utopia, which honestly is all I should have expected from you.

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 12:59 PM

You’re upset but you are pointing your gun in the wrong direction, dude. ;)

lorien1973 on September 5, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Really?

MKH isn’t the Levin type of ranter. She is smart enough to supply the fuel and the match then step back. This will spread.

cozmo on September 5, 2012 at 1:02 PM

You forget the world we live in. 60 plus years of indoctrination in the public primary education system means unless it is spelled out most American’s will not understand the significance of “We all belong to the government now”. And even if it is explicitly spelled out, a good percentage still won’t care. No, with all due respect, this is a fire that will not catch without being fanned.

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 1:05 PM

The views of a Palin Democrat on the DNC speeches last night:
Abortion and Anger, with a Side of Hypocrisy, in Charlotte this Week

Mutnodjmet on September 5, 2012 at 1:06 PM

You two good ones are ‘fighting’ about chickensh*t. Shake or else TWP will step in.

TWP, you should be named The Peace Planner :)

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 1:01 PM

..not really; I like a good fight. Just not between good people though. Lorien, I have long respected your comment (still do!) but SW did what we should all be doing: make this gaffe go viral. I repeat my admonition that it is absolutely frightening — and the Reveal Politics interviews after the fact are even more scary.

The irony, of course, is that were those clowns — the interviewees — asked their opinions in 2004-2008, they all would have had meltdowns, don’t you know.

The War Planner on September 5, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Wow…I am humbled by your kind words of endorsement.

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 1:01 PM

..deserved.

The War Planner on September 5, 2012 at 1:08 PM

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I’m writing a column for tomorrow on the topic of that video. Keep your jets cooled, dude.

Ed Morrissey on September 5, 2012 at 1:09 PM

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 12:59 PM

You’re upset but you are pointing your gun in the wrong direction, dude. ;)

lorien1973 on September 5, 2012 at 1:03 PM

My humblest apologies then.

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 1:09 PM

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I’m writing a column for tomorrow on the topic of that video. Keep your jets cooled, dude.

Ed Morrissey on September 5, 2012 at 1:09 PM

I eagerly await that column sir.

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 1:10 PM

You forget the world we live in.

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 1:05 PM

No, I haven’t. I realize that people are more likely to agree with government help than they were years ago. But, look at how the DNC and top democrats are distancing themselves from something they had to approve of earlier. Its something that cannot be laughed off, or made easy one liners out of. But it describes voting democrat better than anything else. That doesn’t need to screamed constantly, but calmly explained to those who don’t pay a lot of attention.

cozmo on September 5, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I eagerly await that column sir.

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I’m about two-thirds through it now, but am goldbricking in the comments sections. I think I belong to the commenters, or something.

Ed Morrissey on September 5, 2012 at 1:12 PM

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I’m about two-thirds through it now, but am goldbricking in the comments sections. I think I belong to the commenters, or something.

Ed Morrissey on September 5, 2012 at 1:12 PM

ROTFLMAO…tis true you know… ;p

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 1:13 PM

I think I belong to the commenters, or something.

Ed Morrissey on September 5, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Heh, you do. You belong to the government, er the commentariat :)

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Very good work by Ramirez. Nice shot including the media with the rest of the democrat spokesmen. Very nice indeed.

AZfederalist on September 5, 2012 at 1:16 PM

TWP, you should be named The HA Peace Planner :)

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Revised, appropriately :)

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM

He has no clue about any math, not to speak about multiplying by zero. He is a narcissistic power-hungry dummy, the worst kind.

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I posted an article on “My Progressive Little Ponyland Math” this morning.

Debt, Deficits & Defence: Debunking “My Progressive Little Ponyland” Math

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/09/debt-deficits-defence-debunking-my.html

M2RB: Ronnie James Dio

Just remember:

Math is hard.

It’s even harder when you’re stupid.

But, it’s downright impossible when you are a Progressive.

Resist We Much on September 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I’m about two-thirds through it now, but am goldbricking in the comments sections.

Ed Morrissey on September 5, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Get back to work, slacker!

(said the slacker who’s commenting at work…)

CurtZHP on September 5, 2012 at 1:18 PM

I’m about two-thirds through it now, but am goldbricking in the comments sections. I think I belong to the commenters, or something.

Ed Morrissey on September 5, 2012 at 1:12 PM

In that case, Button Up Your Overcoat…

Drained Brain on September 5, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Heh, you do. You belong to the government, er the commentariat Salem :)

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Rio Linda Refugee on September 5, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Get back to work, slacker!

(said the slacker who’s commenting at work…)

CurtZHP on September 5, 2012 at 1:18 PM

What do you think his blogger gig is, foosball?

Rio Linda Refugee on September 5, 2012 at 1:23 PM

CurtZHP on September 5, 2012 at 1:18 PM

What do you think his blogger gig is, foosball?

Rio Linda Refugee on September 5, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Ummm, err ,well, actually that is exactly what I thought it was… :O

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 1:24 PM

SWalker someone just posted it on Liveleak, I believe it just might go viral.

D-fusit on September 5, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Ramirez = Hilarious.

As always.

Tim_CA on September 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

In Soviet America the Government owns YOU.

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I do believe that is the case in another country, known as China.

pilamaye on September 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

SWalker someone just posted it on Liveleak, I believe it just might go viral.

D-fusit on September 5, 2012 at 1:24 PM

God Bless that someone and here is praying that it does.

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

“… I think I belong to the commenters, or something.”

Ed Morrissey on September 5, 2012 at 1:12 PM

“ALL YOUR WORDS ARE BELONG TO US!”

“Ask not what your TEA Party can do for you…” ~ DeepWheat

DeepWheat on September 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

RWM, you’re truly a treasure. America should have welcomed you much earlier.

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

In Soviet America the Government owns YOU.

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I do believe that is the case in another country, known as China.

pilamaye on September 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

That exact same country Obama opined that it would so much easier to rule America if America were more like?

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 1:27 PM

RWM, you’re truly a treasure. America should have welcomed you much earlier.

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Instead our Marxist overlords embraced the likes of Maj. Nidal Hasan.

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I think I belong to the commenters, or something.

Ed Morrissey on September 5, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Its the blue Explorer…wash, wax…and don’t forget the shiny stuff on the tires. I hate it when you forget that.

BobMbx on September 5, 2012 at 1:43 PM

I’m about two-thirds through it now, but am goldbricking in the comments sections. I think I belong to the commenters, or something.

Ed Morrissey on September 5, 2012 at 1:12 PM

..I know the guy that runs this place, Ed. Nice fellow. I’ll see if I can put in a good word for you or something.

:-D

The War Planner on September 5, 2012 at 1:44 PM

SWalker someone just posted it on Liveleak, I believe it just might go viral.

D-fusit on September 5, 2012 at 1:24 PM

..hrumpf! What am I, chopped liver?

(Don’t answer that!)

:-D

The War Planner on September 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM

This is not just the question in this presidential election; it’s the question of every presidential election. The inability of Democrats to address it makes it clear that the real answer is no.

It’s the question of every presidential election but it’s never so much a clear-cut no than it is this year. And it puts the Dems in a tough spot. They’ve spent the last 3.5 years saying that things were getting better but just at a slow pace because of the “mess” they inherited. Well, that’s fine until it comes time for reelection if you don’t want to make your presidency a one-term deal. Sooner or later you’ve got to show results and the only people better off now than they were four years ago are Obama cronies. The UAW is doing great! Solyndra Executives made millions. Auto workers or former Solyndra employees- not so much.

Happy Nomad on September 5, 2012 at 1:48 PM

I’m about two-thirds through it now, but am goldbricking in the comments sections. I think I belong to the commenters, or something.

Ed Morrissey on September 5, 2012 at 1:12 PM

That’s pretty funny right there, I don’t care who you are.

Get back to work, slacker!

(said the slacker who’s commenting at work…)

CurtZHP on September 5, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Hey, quit looking over my shoulder!

Tenwheeler on September 5, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Spread it

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 1:55 PM

SWalker someone just posted it on Liveleak, I believe it just might go viral.

D-fusit on September 5, 2012 at 1:24 PM

..hrumpf! What am I, chopped liver?

(Don’t answer that!)

:-D

The War Planner on September 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM

No Sir you are not… Finely aged sirloin my friend, finely aged sirloin… ;)

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 1:55 PM

National shrew says “I” and “Me” 83 times.

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 2:00 PM

..hey folks! SW’s comments on his blog are worth perusing. Moreover, this little gambit by the DNC and Obama are ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING. At the very least, it’s as big a goof as his Richmond “You did not build it” gaffe and arguably an unmasking of the real goals of these people.

The War Planner on September 5, 2012 at 12:58 PM

That is as worthy a piece as I have read lately.

Going by the store on the way home for another box or two of brass with stuffing. You know, kind of like aspirin. One or two a day, you feel better and no one notices.

Then I’m going home to watch the original Red Dawn.

#$^&*%*()()()_)$^&*$#*(()^#$@*))%*##&#& !!!!

Tenwheeler on September 5, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Thanks. You, too, SWalker.

Resist We Much on September 5, 2012 at 2:00 PM

I think I belong to the commenters, or something.

Ed Morrissey on September 5, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Occupy Comment Section!

DrAllecon on September 5, 2012 at 2:09 PM

The date of the shift in the balance of power from Republicans to Democrats was NOT January 20, 2009…

… it was January 3, 2007, when Democrats took majority control of the House and Senate.

Prior to that, Republicans had gone 12 straight years (144 months) with majority control (2+ out of 3) of the House, Senate, and Presidency.

In December 2006, after 144 straight months of Republican majority control (the last 48 months of which the Republicans controlled both houses of Congress and the Presidency), how was the economy?

If Democrats were correct about which party has “failed policies”, then the economy should have been really bad after 12 straight years of Republicans holding the majority, right? And things must have gotten so much better after Democrats took majority control of the House and Senate in January 2007, right?

Of course, the truth is that Republican policies produced a GOOD economy, and the Democrats drove the economy in the ditch.

Are you better off than you were SIX years ago?

What did Pelosi and Senators Reid, Obama, Biden, Clinton, and others inherit from the Republicans in January 2007?

1) A FY 2007 deficit of $501 Billion.

2) Total National Debt under $8.7 Trillion.

3) Unemployment 4.4%

4) “Discouraged Workers” (not counted in the unemployment number): 274,000.

5) Employment-population ratio (for those age 16 years and over): 63.4%

6) The Zillow U.S. Home Value Index was over $190,000.

What do we have now, after over five and a half years of majority Democrat control of Washington, D.C.?

1) An actual first 11 months FY 2012 deficit of $1,225 Billion, and a projected full-year FY 2012 deficit of $1,337 Billion ($1.337 Trillion). Over two and a half times the size of the Republicans’ FY 2007 deficit! Rather than cutting the annual deficit in half, Obama more than doubled it!

2) Current Total National Debt over $16.0 Trillion (http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np )

3) Unemployment 8.3% (http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000)

4) “Discouraged Workers” (not counted in the unemployment number): 852,000 (http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNU05026645)

5) Employment-population ratio (for those age 16 years and over): 58.4% (http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS12300000)

6) The Zillow U.S. Home Value Index is under $150,000 (http://www.zillow.com/blog/research/files/2012/02/Figure2.jpg)

ITguy on September 5, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I just submitted a comment, and it is not appearing (likely due to it having multiple links). I’m going to resubmit the comment and split the links into two separate comments. My apologies in advance if my original comment is later released from moderation, causing the following comments to be repetitive…

ITguy on September 5, 2012 at 2:27 PM

The date of the shift in the balance of power from Republicans to Democrats was NOT January 20, 2009…

… it was January 3, 2007, when Democrats took majority control of the House and Senate.

Prior to that, Republicans had gone 12 straight years (144 months) with majority control (2+ out of 3) of the House, Senate, and Presidency.

In December 2006, after 144 straight months of Republican majority control (the last 48 months of which the Republicans controlled both houses of Congress and the Presidency), how was the economy?

If Democrats were correct about which party has “failed policies”, then the economy should have been really bad after 12 straight years of Republicans holding the majority, right? And things must have gotten so much better after Democrats took majority control of the House and Senate in January 2007, right?

Of course, the truth is that Republican policies produced a GOOD economy, and the Democrats drove the economy in the ditch.

Are you better off than you were SIX years ago?

What did Pelosi and Senators Reid, Obama, Biden, Clinton, and others inherit from the Republicans in January 2007?

1) A FY 2007 deficit of $501 Billion.

2) Total National Debt under $8.7 Trillion.

3) Unemployment 4.4%

4) “Discouraged Workers” (not counted in the unemployment number): 274,000.

5) Employment-population ratio (for those age 16 years and over): 63.4%

6) The Zillow U.S. Home Value Index was over $190,000.

What do we have now, after over five and a half years of majority Democrat control of Washington, D.C.?

1) An actual first 11 months FY 2012 deficit of $1,225 Billion, and a projected full-year FY 2012 deficit of $1,337 Billion ($1.337 Trillion). Over two and a half times the size of the Republicans’ FY 2007 deficit! Rather than cutting the annual deficit in half, Obama more than doubled it!

2) Current Total National Debt over $16.0 Trillion (http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np )

3) Unemployment 8.3% (http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000)

ITguy on September 5, 2012 at 2:28 PM

4) “Discouraged Workers” (not counted in the unemployment number): 852,000 (http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNU05026645)

5) Employment-population ratio (for those age 16 years and over): 58.4% (http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS12300000)

6) The Zillow U.S. Home Value Index is under $150,000 (http://www.zillow.com/blog/research/files/2012/02/Figure2.jpg)

ITguy on September 5, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Thanks. You, too, SWalker.

Resist We Much on September 5, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Do not thank me, Schadenfreude spoke the truth, I merely agreed with him. #DemocratsareMarxist

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 2:34 PM

The Total National Debt has increased by over $7.339 TRILLION dollars, i.e. by over 84.57%, since Harry “No Budget” Reid became Senate Majority Leader on January 3, 2007.

ITguy on September 5, 2012 at 3:00 PM

The date of the shift in the balance of power from Republicans to Democrats was NOT January 20, 2009…

… it was January 3, 2007, when Democrats took majority control of the House and Senate.

Prior to that, Republicans had gone 12 straight years (144 months) with majority control (2+ out of 3) of the House, Senate, and Presidency.

The Democrats controlled the Senate from June 2001 until January 2003. 4 words:

Majority Leader Tom Daschle

:-)

Resist We Much on September 5, 2012 at 4:32 PM

I hope Ed finishes the column before he posts the OPEN THEAD FOR NFL FOOTBALL tonight…

Complete with Pittsburg Stiller logo no doubt, even though they are NOT playing…

Khun Joe on September 5, 2012 at 4:58 PM