Sunday, September 5, 2010

The chart that explains everything!

If you want to know why so many Americans are pissed about jobs and primarily pissed at the Dems and the Obama administration, here's a helpful chart:




What's this chart a chart of? It shows monthly job losses or gains in the private sector since the start of the Great Recession. Red bars are months under the Bush administration and blue bars are months under the Obama administration.

Really, I think the chart explains everything.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I saw something interesting on the news today. Apparently, there are THREE branches of the federal government, only one of them controls the purse strings, and the Democrats have had control of that branch of government since 2006.

I don't see that reflected in your chart there. You might want to update it in light of this breaking news. ;-)

Clayton said...

You're right, I neglected the role of the supreme court and forgot that the dems were really able to accomplish a lot during the Bush administration because he certainly wouldn't have quashed their plans with vetoes.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Clayton, It seems as if you have an Anon out to thwart your claims at every turn aided by the malicious winky emoticon.

Anonymous said...

That chart has always been BS because it doesn't show all of the Bush years - including the longest consecutive run of months with job gains on record.

It only shows the great cliff diving in 2008 which you can argue was the fault of either the Repubs or the Dems.

Bush still finished out his term in office with net positive job growth (meager as it was). Obama is still in the hole.

Speaking of holes, go through the chart and draw a line at about 120,000, which is what the economy has to net produce each month to keep up with population growth.

The fact is, we are still losing ground because we aren't creating enough jobs to keep up with population growth, to say nothing about filling in the massive jobs hole. In other words, nothing has been accomplished on the jobs front; we are still falling behind (we just aren't falling behind as fast as we were).

That translates to utter misery for millions and millions of Americans. Like it or not, fair or not, reasonable or not, the party in power always gets the blame.

Republicans will take the House in November and come very close to taking the Senate.

Clayton said...

"It only shows the great cliff diving in 2008 which you can argue was the fault of either the Repubs or the Dems. "

I'd be interested to see what that argument would be, the Dems were in the opposition and could get nothing done that was meaningful. Things are a bit better now, but hardly where we'd want them to be.

You're right that the chart doesn't show what we'd need to keep up with population growth, but it shows a trend. The trend is up even if it's not as up as it should be, and I doubt that the Repubs are contributing to that trend or that their policies of more tax cuts is going to help.

Anonymous said...

"You're right that the chart doesn't show what we'd need to keep up with population growth, but it shows a trend. The trend is up even if it's not as up as it should be, and I doubt that the Repubs are contributing to that trend or that their policies of more tax cuts is going to help."

Obama isn't helping either.

We are royally screwed.

You want answers? See the Post Keynesians. Or anybody else to the left of that hard right Obama.

We need a Best Party.

Anonymous said...

http://www.whatswrongwiththeworld.net/2010/09/thoughts_on_september_11.html

http://www.whatswrongwiththeworld.net/2010/09/thoughts_on_september_11.html#comment-152451

Further proof of the mental decline of the WWWTW gang.

- Chad