I’ve decided on giving an election message every day starting at 40 days out. We’re now down to 38 days, and here’s my thoughts for today.
I saw this post on NewsBusters yesterday, and it mirrors a post that had been running around in my head for about a week. The NewsBusters post is directed specifically at Paul Krugman, but my remarks are for all voters and politicians.
Democrats keep saying that the reason we should vote for them is because the Republicans have no new ideas, and voting for them is just a vote for those “same policies that failed us”.
While I have numerous gripes with the Republicans and their failed policies, let’s look at the record, shall we?
- In January 2007 before the Democrats took over Congress, unemployment was 4.6 percent; now it's 9.6 percent.
- In January 2007 there were 7.1 million unemployed people in America; now there are 14.9 million.
- In January 2007 the median home price was $210,600; today it's $179,300.
- In January 2007 the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 12,500; today it's at 10,840.
- In January 2007 the gross federal debt was $9 trillion; today it's $13.5 trillion.
- The poverty rate in 2006 was 12.3 percent; now it's 14.3 percent
- In the final budget created by a GOP-controlled Congress, the deficit was $160 billion; now it's $1.6 trillion.
Add it all up and: there were half as many people out of work then; houses were worth 17 percent more; stocks were 16 percent higher; the federal debt was 33 percent lower; poverty was 14 percent lower, and; the deficit was 90 percent lower!
So, Dems, are you sure you want to remind me of the past when I’m headed to the voting booth?