Jed Lewison at DKos broke it down recently. This is the robocall Democratic candidates need to be putting out there. The one thing that I can’t believe folks have been bellowing to the hills: um, President Obama and a Democratic Congress successfully and peacefully ended the Iraq War. Remember how much money that was adding to the deficit? Remember how many soldiers kept dying or getting wounded over there for no reason? Remember how folks said that if we left Iraq would totally implode and we had to keep pouring money down the drain to fight them over there so we wouldn’t have to fight them here. Or whatever.
Anyway, you NEED to email this to the people at your job who are Republicans or Tea Partiers or just undecided/independent/clueless. Please tweet it to #tcot. I mean for realz. These people just don’t understand that this President is actually trying to help them prosper. Facts are our friends, folks…
From Daily Kos:
- What was the average monthly private sector job growth in 2008, the final year of the Bush presidency, and what has it been so far in 2010?
- What was the Federal deficit for the last fiscal year of the Bush presidency, and what was it for the first full fiscal year of the Obama presidency?
- What was the stock market at on the last day of the Bush presidency? What is it at today?
- Which party’s candidate for speaker will campaign this weekend with a Nazi reenactor who dressed up in a SS uniform?
- In 2008, we lost an average of 317,250 private sector jobs per month. In 2010, we have gainedan average of 95,888 private sector jobs per month. (Source) That’s a difference of nearly five million jobs between Bush’s last year in office and President Obama’s second year.
- In FY2009, which began on September 1, 2008 and represents the Bush Administration’s final budget, the budget deficit was $1.416 trillion. In FY2010, the first budget of the Obama Administration, the budget deficit was $1.291 trillion, a decline of $125 billion. (Source) Yes, that means President Obama has cut the deficit — there’s a long way to go, but we’re in better shape now than we were under Bush and the GOP.
- On Bush’s final day in office, the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 closed at 7,949, 1,440, and 805, respectively. Today, as of 10:15AM Pacific, they are at 11,108, 2,512, and 1,183. That means since President Obama took office, the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 have increased 40%, 74%, and 47%, respectively.
- The Republican Party, whose candidate for speaker, John Boehner, will campaign with Nazi re-enactor Rich Iott this weekend. If you need an explanation why this is offensive, you are a lost cause.
The moral of the story is this: if you vote Republican, I hope you enjoy Election Day — because you’re not going to like what comes next.
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