Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Five Charts You MUST Show Every Undecided Voter You Know

There are plenty of folks we all know who don't pay as much attention to politics as you or I. They could be busy with kids, or helping out their elderly parents, working two jobs, or volunteering with church, school and sports. Nonetheless, I feel it's important to illustrate -- in simple form -- the real world impact of President Obama's policies.

1. The labor force participation rate, which tracks the percentage of working age Americans who are employed (source: http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS11300000):

2. Retail gas prices, the national average price-per-gallon as compiled by GasBuddy.com (source: http://www.gasbuddy.com/gb_retail_price_chart.aspx?time=24):

3. Medicare Reimbursements to Health Providers Have Been Slashed Since the Passage of Obamacare: by slashing payments to health care providers, costs are shifted to private insurers (source: Price Waterhouse Coopers Health). According to PWC, employer health costs are expected to rise an astonishing 8.5 percent nationally in 2012 (source: http://www.pwc.com/us/en/press-releases/2011/employer-medical-costs-expected-to-increase.jhtml).

4. Gold prices have skyrocketed since the President's Stimulus package was passed: as a measure of real inflation, many economists believe gold represents an excellent measure of the strength of the dollar. Because of the never-before-seen trillion-dollar annual deficits (and lack of budgets) since the 111th Congress and President Obama took office, rising gold prices represent an attendant weakness in the U.S. dollar (source: http://www.kitco.com/scripts/hist_charts/yearly_graphs.plx.

5. The 2009 Stimulus Package was built into the baseline budget - this recurring expenditure has become the cause of the largest budget deficits in American history.

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All of these graphs (and many more, like food stamp distribution and unpaid "green energy" loans) collectively represent why President Obama only talks about the future. His new slogan -- Forward -- is a tacit reminder not to look back!

There are trillions of reasons the President doesn't want to look back. Instead, he must promise more Utopian fantasies in the hope that enough Americans will fall for the same, 2008-era rhetoric all over again.

I urge you to share these five graphs with your friends, your family members and colleagues -- especially those who are uninterested in politics or otherwise disengaged.  This election is about you.  It is about individual sovereignty and containing government.  It is about saving this Republic.


The_Bad said...

I would also suggest to seriously highlight the attempt from the Accomplice Media to skew this election again.

For those who do not follow politics in the new media forum, all they know about Obama is that he causes tingles in the extremities of media folk and that Romney is a rich Mormon (who had a militia 150 years ago) that hates women, gays, the elderly, hispanics, and blacks.

Anonymous said...

You go out of your way to make the charts look more dramatic than they actually are. Particularly the gas chart..... Kick the chart back to four years and it looks way different as gasoline actually got HIGHER under Bush in the summer of 2008. AND... the president can't do a damned thing about gasoline prices.... It's a GLOBAL economy.... our gas prices go up and down with the rest of the world.


Doom said...

I disagree with Anon, about gas prices. The president can and does use the bully pulpit and leaning to affect, intentionally or not, prices. Now, while the government can't truly reduce prices of petrol, they can definitely make it more expensive. I do believe that Bush and .gov were and are involved with driving prices up. They can't control, except upwardly. If .gov gets out of the way, the price of gas would be around $2, and companies would still make out like bandits. Oh, hush, they are doing extremely well (if saving for when .gov kicks them again). They just lower "profits" by paying their "employees" better. (Which I don't mind, but... hush about this 7% (or whatever sub double-digit) profit margin bologna.)

As for gold? That is going up because all currencies are being cut off at the knees. The Euro is crippled, probably dying. The US dollar is being gutted. Chinese currency is more a device of that communist country and completely unacceptable, and oil is part of the problem. That leaves gold, and to a degree silver, until the guys that bought tons of it flood the market and crash that bubble too. Obama didn't do that. Further, McCain would have done the same things Obama did, and with the same disregard for many elements on the left and right of the political divide. Romney? Come on, he IS business.

Still, believe if you must. Zero really has to go, but... I am not convinced Romney will switch all that much up, even if he got 2/3rds of congress, somehow, let alone simple majorities. Maybe next election, though, like I said, that... won't get all that much done on these issues or change the debt problems, public and private. Bailouts and QE will continue.

Bleh. Too dang much political cotton candy for now. Later.

Unknown said...

Wait just a dang second there Anonymous! Harry Reid, John Dingell, and a whole bunch of them democrats told me in 2008 that George W. needed to "jawbone" with his "Big Oil" buddies and stop raping us with those high oil prices that they were profiting from! Why can't Obama have a talk with those same folks and fix it for us? What's that? The president CAN'T control oil prices? The devil you say!
So the dems LIED to me then? Or are they lying to me now? Either way, it seems they are only good at telling lies, not governing.
And, BTW, gas prices on Labor Day were at their highest EVER. Flying in the face of Obama's energy policies and his promise to save the middle class. Yup,lying dems, one and all.