Wally Wonders Why No editor, no publisher, you get what you get

June 1, 2012

Hey Look! That One is Way Ahead!

debt2I’ve seen a “Who Increased The Debt?” chart here and there around the net and on more than one Facebook post, so odds are you’ve come across it or one of it’s variations.  I also think that I hear Joe Teehan allude to these same figures somewhat regularly on the KGMI Morning Show.

Through one of the Facebook links I located this copy of the chart on the right at Politcususa which is a self described liberal politics blog.  With the title Politicausa centered between images of  self-proclaimed  socialist Senator Bernie Sanders and by most accounts socialist President Obama, I had no doubt that the “facts” on the site were skewed to the left.

I wasn’t really sure how far left and exactly what actual information they were skewing so I had a look see.  It turns out that Snopes already had a go at the chart six months ago and they had deemed the Who Increased the Debt chart a mixture of truth and fiction.  What they actually determined was that the chart was probably based on accurate information (as of April 2011) just not well represented or of any use.

“So, as far as raw numbers go, the chart is reasonably accurate…

The chart isn’t a true comparison of equals…

the increase reported for Barack Obama will be considerably higher by the time he leaves office.”

Snopes bottomline really says all that anyone needs to know about the Who Increased the Debt chart,

All in all, this is a case of relatively accurate information which is of marginal value due to the lack of proper comparative context

Alternative debt analysis1Being of marginal value hasn’t stopped Barack Obama supporters from spreading it around the net though.  Apparently it is of some value to them if they get enough people like Joe Teehan to pass along the misinformation as truth.  And we all know that lies become truth if you hear them enough. Way to go Joe!

So as not to make this blog post just a negative commentary or a repost of a Snopes post, I thought I would add a couple of charts of my own that actually contain proper comparative context.  I used the same data, but I didn’t compare apples to oranges nor mush and manipulate the numbers into a chart where I tell you who is at fault in our national debt problem.  Instead,  I just charted the hard numbers, dollars vs. time.


Alternative debt analysis 2Anyone with out a preconceived agenda will probably agree with my 9-year old, who when seeing the charts proclaimed, “Hey look! That one is way ahead!” as he pointed to the Barack Obama spending line.  How do you disagree with that?   If spending taxpayer money were a race, President Obama is clearly in the lead.

My charts don’t bode well for a sitting President seeking a second term in office.  It would be one thing to spend this much money if our economy were booming, but it isn’t.   It would be another thing if this outrageous level of spending were actually kicking our economy into overdrive, but it isn’t.  Frankly I can’t see anything positive coming from this level of spending nor the Obama Administration in general.

And President Obama is asking us to offer him 4 more years of spending?  I don’t think we can take it.


And what about all the probamas who blame President Bush for much of President Obama’s early term spending?   I say sure, there is always some carryover spending from one administration to another, but don’t tell me that President Obama and his administration don’t have a spending problem when they couldn’t even wait to take office to start spending.

UPDATE on November 10, 2008 at 7:15 PM EST:
A source tells NBC News that Obama pushed Bush on an economic stimulus package, saying that action is needed now, not after the inauguration:

According to the source, Obama told Bush that action is needed on a stimulus package now – in a lame duck session – and cannot wait until after the inauguration.
Obama also urged help for automakers and encouraged the acceleration of the disbursement of $25 billion dollars for the industry.

On his third focus – housing – Obama voiced his concern that homeowners whose mortgage rates are about to go up will need aid to prevent more Americans from defaulting on home loans.


And another,

President-elect Barack Obama asked President Bush today to request the release of the second $350 billion in federal bailout funds so he would have “ammunition” if the country’s fragile economy weakened further.The White House said that Bush has agreed to request the money.
Obama, speaking after a meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, said it would be “irresponsible” to enter the White House without having asked Bush to request the funds. He called the cash “potential ammunition” in case the economy worsened.
Bush to Ask for TARP; Obama to ‘Rebrand’ It

By MARK MOONEYJan. 12. 2009

November 12, 2010

Bush Lied…ad infinitum

Filed under: Local Issue,National Issue — Tags: , , — wally @ 4:19 pm

blpdI figured it wouldn’t take too long after the release of President Bush’s book before the monotonous drone started back up from the Bush lied, people died crowd.   I had hoped that phrase might have actually died by now, but it didn’t.  And further more, at least one imbecilic commenter couldn’t even wait for my book copy to arrive before they started up over at the Bellingham Herald Politics Blog and polluted an otherwise decent post regarding helping local veterans in need.    Probably shouldn’t complain though, I could have either not visited their blog or I should have ponied up for the express shipping. 

I did anticipate the drone, even though I had sincerely hoped it would not resurface.  I recently added an Iraq sampler to the Watch It videos.  I think it’s worth a little refresher as to the state of mind and facts of the time that were the beginning of President Bush’s first term.   We weren’t doing so well at holding the expansion of radical Islam in check and I’d hate to think what our post 9/11 world would have been like with anyone less in the Oval Office.  I am thankful that we elected George W. Bush at such a critical time in our nation’s history.  

May 4, 2008

President’s Radio Address

image This week President Bush started his address with a positive note about growth in the GDP.  He followed with several issues that our mostly Democratic Party Congress needs to act on to accelerate economic growth in our nation.  I hope they see the light.

I was thinking I would post up a few highlights, but the address was short, so here it is in it’s entirety.   

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This week, the Commerce Department reported that GDP grew at an annual rate of six-tenths of a percent in the first quarter. This rate of growth is not nearly as high as we would like. And after a record 52 months of uninterrupted job growth, April was the fourth month in a row in which our economy lost jobs, although the unemployment rate dropped to five percent.

My Administration has been clear and candid on the state of the economy. We saw the economic slowdown coming, we were up front about these concerns with the American people, and we’ve been taking decisive action.

In February, I signed an economic growth package to put more than $150 billion back into the hands of millions of American families, workers, and businesses. This week, the main piece of that package began being implemented, as nearly 7.7 million Americans received their tax rebates electronically. Next week, the Treasury Department will begin mailing checks to millions more across the country. And by this summer, it expects to have sent rebates to more than 130 million American households. These rebates will deliver up to $600 per person, $1,200 per couple, and $300 per child.

This package will help American families increase their purchasing power and help offset the high prices that we’re seeing at the gas pump and the grocery store. It will also provide tax incentives for American businesses to invest in their companies, which will help create jobs. Most economic experts predict that the stimulus will have a positive effect on the economy in this quarter and even a greater impact in the next. And Americans should have confidence in the long-term outlook for our economy.

While getting more money back in the hands of Americans is a good start, there are several additional steps that Congress needs to take to ease the burdens of an uncertain economy. Americans are concerned about energy prices. To increase our domestic energy supply, Congress needs to allow environmentally safe energy exploration in northern Alaska, expand America’s refining capacity, and clear away obstacles to the use of clean, safe nuclear power.

Americans are concerned about rising food prices. Yet, despite this growing pressure on Americans’ pocketbooks, Congress is considering a massive farm bill. Instead, they should pass a fiscally responsible bill.

Americans are concerned about making their mortgage payments and keeping their homes. Yet Congress has failed to pass legislation I have repeatedly requested to modernize the Federal Housing Administration that will help more families stay in their homes, reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to ensure they focus on their housing mission, and allow state housing agencies to issue tax-free bonds to refinance sub-prime loans.

Americans are concerned about their tax bills. With all the other pressures on their finances, American families should not have to worry about the Federal government taking a bigger bite out of their paychecks. So Congress should eliminate this uncertainty and make the tax relief we passed permanent.

America is now facing a tough economic period, but our long-term outlook remains strong. This week we saw evidence that our economy is continuing to grow in the face of challenges. This should come as no surprise. No temporary setbacks can hold back the most powerful force in our economy — the ingenuity of the American people. Because of your hard work and dedication, I am confident that we will weather this rough period and emerge stronger than ever.

Thank you for listening.

President’s Radio Address, May 3, 2008

Hear the address here

April 9, 2008

Consensus or science?

The Bellingham Herald blog and others were calling attention to a student who is raising questions regarding political bias in a school text book. The student calls attention to a portion of the text on global warming.

Science doesn’t know whether we are experiencing a dangerous level of global warming or how bad the greenhouse effect is, if it exists at all.

Think Progress refers to the text writers as written by “conservative ideologues” while the AP story merely refers to them as conservative, but also throws in that one of the authors “formerly worked for the Bush administration as director of faith-based initiatives.” I don’t think that description was given to further the discussion on global warming in the text as much as it was there to get President Bush into the picture. Seems fair, what with President Bush killing polar bears and all. The AP story also states that the same book also touches on prayer in school, which of course legal, but not relevant to this discussion.

What I found really cool about this buzz today was that the Herald also ran a story from an interview with local Dr. Easterbrook. While the AP is making statements like

the overwhelming majority of climate scientists and peer-reviewed scientific research say human activity is causing climate change. Last year an international collection of hundreds of scientists and government officials unanimously approved wording that said the scientific community had “very high confidence,” meaning more than 90 percent likelihood, that global warming is caused by humans.

and quoting an expert

Hansen has sent Houghton Mifflin a letter stating that the book’s discussion on global warming contained “a large number of clearly erroneous statements” that give students “the mistaken impression that the scientific evidence of global warming is doubtful and uncertain.”

to bolster their story about how the world is in consensus that man is the cause of global warming; the Herald story with Dr. Easterbrook is proving that the text book is actually correct.

Fluctuations in solar radiation could mean colder weather in the decades ahead, despite all the talk about global warming, retired Western Washington University geologist Don Easterbrook said Tuesday.

Easterbrook is convinced that the threat of global warming from mankind’s carbon dioxide pollution is overblown.

Sounds like there is “whether we are experiencing a dangerous level of global warming or how bad the greenhouse effect is, if it exists at all.”

And what of this international collection of scientists? First, notice how the consensus committee never assigns a value to how much man may be affecting the climate with CO2. Is there consensus that it is a lot or a little? And what of the 10% minority who didn’t concede? Could they be right?

Let’s consider a few other consensus situations:

  • The world is flat – Several brave explorers including Columbus put this inaccurate scientific consensus to rest.
  • The earth is the center of the solar system – Galileo did some hard time, trying convince the scientific consensus of his day that the planets actually went around the sun.
  • Bloodletting cures – this one time consensus medical treatment doesn’t seem to be as popular as it once was; at least not in Ferndale.

So I think, at the very least, it would be prudent to consider that global warming is not all that Al Gore and his Nobel prize winning consensus cracks it up to be; perhaps we should just go ahead and leave the text book in the classroom.

Consensus is consensus, not science.

Powered by WordPress