Monday, November 5, 2012


That chart that you see above is, I think, one of the main reasons that I'm voting for President Obama and why I think you should. It's really very simple.

For almost two years Mitt Romney has stated, over and over again, that the President inherited a bad economic situation and "He made it worse." Those four words that Mr. Romney evokes to explain away the after effects of the worst economic downturn in 80 years. "He made it worse."

Look at the chart again. Now, I don't know about you, or Mitt Romney for that matter, but I remember learning about charts and bar graphs in grade school. And one of the main things we learned is that charts are  very good for showing trends in data. Look at the chart. From February 2008 through January 2009 the trend on unemployment was getting worse. The bars are getting longer below the "0" line. That means getting worse. George W. Bush was in the White House. From February 2009 through February 2010 the trend (no, not every data point) was getting better. The bars are getting shorter below the "0" line. Let me repeat that. After Barack Obama took office on January 20, 2009, unemployment got better, not worse.

That's more than enough for me. If a candidate for the highest office in the land can take a simple bar graph and spin its meaning to be exactly opposite of what the actual graph says, that candidate does not deserve a chance to lead this great nation. Period.


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