The Way I See It!

I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.

Are You, Are We, And Is America Better Off Since Obama?

Liberals, America, Economy, Obama, Ronald Reagan, Ideology

Obama a Quantifiable Disaster by Gary Bauer


Unemployment rate:


January 2009: 7.8%


March 2011: 8.8%


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Unemployment rate among blacks:


December 2008: 11.9%


March 2011: 15%


Source: Labor Department


Number of Americans living below the poverty line:


2007: 37.2 million


2009: 46 million (a 15-year high)


Source: Census Bureau


Percentage of Americans polled who say jobs are difficult to find in their community:


February 2008: 53%


December 2010: 79%


Source: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press


Percentage of Americans polled who say jobs are difficult to find in their line of work.


February 2008: 46%


December 2010: 65%


Source: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press


Price of a barrel of crude oil:


January 2009: $45


April 2011: $106


Price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline:


January 2009: $1.84


April 13, 2011: $4.10


Federal budget deficit:


2007: $163 billion


2011: $1.5 trillion


Source: Congressional Budget Office


U.S. National Debt:


January 2009: $10.7 trillion


April 2011: $14.2 trillion


Source: Treasury Department


Per-Capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP):


2008: $48,300


2010: $47,400


Source: The CIA World Factbook (in 2010 dollars)


Gross debt as percentage of GDP:


2007: 62%


2011 (projected): 100%


Source: International Monetary Fund


Share of U.S. public debt held by foreigners:


2007: 25%


2011: 47%


Source: Treasury Department


U.S. trade deficit:


February 2009: $26 billion


February 2011: $45.8 billion


Source: Census Bureau


Index price of food:


Jan. 2009: 128.


April 2011: 184.36.


A 50% increase in the cost to feed your family!


Source: Commodity Food Price Index (which measures the average international price of a basket of food, including cereal, vegetable oils, meat, seafood, sugar, bananas, and oranges).


The median price of U.S. resale homes (representing the decline in value of the largest asset for most Americans):


December 2009: $175,400.


February 2011: $156,100


Source: National Association of Realtors


U.S. Military casualties in Afghanistan:


2001-2008: 634


2009-2011: 858


Source: Department of Defense and other sources


Estimated number of Muslim-American terrorist suspects and perpetrators arrested:


2008: 2


2009-2010: 67


Source: “Muslim-American Terrorism Since 9-11: An Accounting,” by Professor Charles Kurzman of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Domestic terrorist targets:


2008: 0


2009-2010: 28


 Source: “Muslim-American Terrorism Since 9-11: An Accounting” by Professor Charles Kurzman of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Rounds of golf:


President George W. Bush: 24


President Barack Obama: at least 62


Source: CBS’ Mark Knoller


Number of political fund-raisers attended in first year in office:


President George W. Bush: 6


President Barack Obama: at least 22


Source: CBS’ Mark Knoller


Percentage of Americans who think President Obama is a Christian:


March 2009: 48%


August 2010: 34%


Source: Pew Research Center for People and the Press


Per-student education-expenditures ranking among 30 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries:


U.S. elementary and secondary school students: 4 ($10,267)


U.S. post-secondary school students: 1 ($25,109)


More money, but no results!


Source: 2006 National Center for Education Statistics


America’s 2010 education ranking (using 2009 data):


Reading skills: 14


Science: 17


Mathematics: 25


Source: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report comparing the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds across 34 countries.


Share of Americans who say the country is on the right track:


May 2009: 40%


April 2011: 23%


Source: Rasmussen Reports


Share of Americans who say the country is on the wrong track:


May 2009: 55%


April 2011: 69%


Source: Rasmussen Reports


Barack Obama’s approval rating:


January 2009: 63% approve, 20% disapprove


April 2011: 47% approve, 48% disapprove


Source: Real Clear Politics



P.S. In typical liberal fashion, the last time I attacked Obama (on the debt and how the left abandoned the debt clock) I received upset emails and wouldn’t you know it one of the left blogs didn’t like it, but he focused on my last P.S. talking about Bush and decided to say, Reagan raised the debt.  Learn who controls spending and then get back to us - Who had control of congress the whole time?  What did Reagan spend the money on?  Did he want smaller or bigger government?  Did he lower taxes? 


So where is the debt clock?  Not a concern any more for those of you on the left?


Reagan Wanted Money for His Military Buildup.  Democrats in Congress Wanted Money for Their Welfare Programs.  Reagan And The Democrats In Congress Came To An Unwritten Understanding.  Reagan Would Get His Money For The Military If He Would Approve The Money For The Democrat's Welfare Programs.  The Only Way To Get All That Money Was To Run A Deficit.  The debt grew in the 80's as a result of bargaining with the Democrats who did not keep their promise to cut spending.  That is the simple truth.  You have to put most of the blame on Congress.


I love how the left doesn’t get it that there are different types of conservatives, fiscal and social.  I know this just goes past them as does how government works and who spends and appropriates money.  Zip and zoom! 


Reagan is a mystery to them and they show they don’t have an idea how government works beyond raise taxes and spend.  And they think they are the more educated and smarter ones!


Clinton’s surplus was made possible because of all that Reagan did and who was in control of congress (hint for above - where money is spent).  Another point the left can never wrap their heads around.  Trickle down economics did work!


One more thing, this post is really going to set the liberals off!  The truth has a way of doing that!


Fiscal conservatism of today is most closely associated with Reaganomics, named after President Ronald Reagan, who, after taking office in 1981, cut income taxes, deregulated the economy and attempted to reign in spending all to reduce the size of government.  Increased military spending trumped Reagan's effort to introduce supply-side economics, however, and by 1989, the national debt had actually increased under his watch.


Modern fiscal conservatives remain weary of government spending and are often more Libertarian than Republican.  They advocate lowering the federal budget, paying off the national debt and withdrawing military forces from overseas in an effort to curtail military spending.


Although fiscal conservatives of today remain pro-business, they are hesitant to increase spending as a way to spur the economy.  They believe the best way to promote a healthy economy is to cut taxes, reduce government waste and curtail frivolous federal programs. They believe social services should be funded with money from philanthropists and advocate tax breaks for those who contribute to worthy charitable organizations.



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