$16,000,000,000,000 and counting. After promising to cut the deficit in half, President Obama has presided over four straight trillion-dollar deficits.
Let’s take a look at who’s actually responsible for our enormous deficit.
The graph on that page indicates quite a few interesting things. For most of this century, our deficit stayed fairly close to zero, until the 1970s, when it really started increasing. In the early ’90s, it starts decreasing again. The graph doesn’t show individual years, but it looks to me like this decreasing corresponds pretty closely with Clinton taking office. Clinton successfully eliminated the deficit altogether and gave the US a significant surplus. (Wow!) As soon as Bush got into office, though, he turned that trend right around (that’s the sharp turn the graph takes in 2000-2001). Bush brought the deficit up to unprecedented levels. Then, in 2009, we see Obama take office. After 2009, the graph turns right back around again and the deficit starts decreasing. Admittedly, Obama hasn’t been able to bring our deficit down to Clinton-era levels (the fact that he inherited a recession and two wars might have made that difficult), but he has made a noticeable dent.
I’ll save you guys the trouble of clicking the link. Here’s the graph the person above me is talking about:
And to take out the guesswork, I looked at the past ten years and the past five years, where the graph does indeed break it down into smaller sections so you can see exactly where the change occurred. In the ten-year graph, you can see the line below zero (budget surplus) when Bush took office in 2001:
In the five-year graph,
As you can see, it was Bush who skyrocketed the federal deficit. It starts going down in early 2009 — when Barack Obama took office. It hasn’t gone down as much as it should, but the upward trend of the deficit stopped with Obama.
Imagine what could have been done if Republicans hadn’t acted like they had a vested interest in America’s failure.
Not to mention that the federal deficit could have gone down much more if Republicans in congress had actually passed the many budgets and reforms Obama TRIED to accomplish. A president doesn’t work on his own, and Obama was working with a very hostile senate that refused to compromise.
And on a separate note: I am better off than I was $5 trillion ago, thanks. Obamacare’s already having a very positive effect on my family. So thanks for asking, Romney!
Well, if this isn’t the best thing we’ve ever seen. (via esus4)
The DNC opened with video informing Americans that the only thing we all belong to is the government. Reblog if you believe we don’t belong to government, the government belongs to us.
The government DOES belong to us, which is why we should invest in a government that will take active steps to help its constituents. I believe that our government is our tool - we create governments because they do things that we can’t do on our own. Governments provide services and protection for their people; that’s what they’re there for.
So that’s why I’m voting for Obama. The government belongs to us, and I’m voting for the president who believes that this means he actually has a responsibility to help us. I’m voting for the president who supports social programs, not the one who believes that federal spending should be cut to the point that essential federal programs - Medicare, the public school system, environmental protection, disaster relief, and more - suffer. I’m voting for the president who uses his power to protect the American people from amoral business practices, not the president who wants government to be so small that it can’t place any regulations on huge corporations.
Small government is not necessarily good government. Small government didn’t create public schools. Small government didn’t create interstates. Small government didn’t create Medicare. Small government didn’t create the New Deal and help pull this country out of the Great Depression. The government is ours, our tool to influence change and to ensure protection and to provide the services that we cannot provide on our own. When you cut essential funding for the sake of “small government”, all you’re doing is making your government useless. What’s the point of a government that doesn’t do things for its people?
Just a casual reminder that last summer there were people in New Jersey whose houses were flooded under feet of water, and Republicans refused to send any disaster relief funds unless there were corresponding cuts made to the public school system.
That’s not the action of a government that cares about me. That’s not the action of my government.
I’ve never seen this put so well before.
I’m really fucking sick of “both sides are the same” arguments/excuses where one side is clearly extreme and the other is more middle of the road or “default”.
Huh. It shows how much internalized crap I’ve still got that I honestly had never thought of this before.
just a casual reminder that mitt romney believes that rapists should have parental rights over children resulting from the rape they committed
there is literally no fucking reason for any of you to ever want this person to be in any kind of authority position
Politics was no longer my thing.
I gave up on it a long while back when I realized the problems we are facing.
I’m not much of a quitter, as much as a I am somewhat uncaring about many things.
But as of late, with crazy Mitt Romney, I…