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Here's your change!

Key:

In January 2009
TODAY
% chg
Source


Avg. Retail price/gallon gas in U.S.
$1.83
$3.85
84%
1

Crude oil, European Brent (barrel)
$43.48
$99.02
127.7%
2

Crude oil, West TX Inter. (barrel)
$38.74
$91.38
135.9%
2


Corn, No.2 yellow, Central IL
$3.56
$6.33
78.1%
2

Soybeans, No. 1 yellow, IL
$9.66
$13..75
42.3%
2

Sugar, cane, raw, world, lb. Fob
$13.37
$35.39
164.7%
2

Unemployment rate, non-farm, overall
7.6%
9.4%
23.7%
3

Unemployment rate, blacks
12.6%
15.8%
25.4%
3

Number of unemployed
11,616,000
14,485,000
24.7%
3

Number of fed. Employees
2,779,000
2,840,000
2.2%
3

Real median household income
$50,112
$49,777
-0.7%
4

Number of food stamp recipients
31,983,716
43,200,878
35.1%
5

Number of unemployment benefit recipients
7,526,598
9,193,838
22.2%
6

Number of long-term unemployed
2,600,000
6,400,000
146.2%
3

Poverty rate, individuals
13.2%
14.3%
8.3%
4

People in poverty in U.S.
39,800,000
43,600,000
9.5%
4

U.S. Rank in Economic Freedom World Rankings
5
9
n/a
10

Present Situation Index
29.9
23.5
-21.4%
11

Failed banks
140
164
17.1%
12

U.S. Dollar versus Japanese yen exchange rate
89.76
82.03
-8.6%
2

U.S. Money supply, M1, in billions
1,575.1
1,865.7
18.4%
13

U.S. Money supply, M2, in billions
8,310.9
8,852.3
6.5%
13

National debt, in Trillions
$10..627
$16..052
46.2%
14

Just take this last item: In the last two years we have accumulated national debt at a rate more than 27 times as fast as during the rest of our entire nation's history.
Over 27 times as fast. Metaphorically speaking, if you are driving in the right lane doing 65 MPH and a car rockets past you in the left lane.
27 times faster, it would be doing 7,555 MPH!


Sources:
(1) U.S. Energy Information Administration; (2) Wall Street Journal; (3) Bureau of Labor Statistics; (4) Census Bureau; (5) USDA; (6) U.S. Dept. Of Labor;
(7) FHFA; (8) Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller; (9) RealtyTrac; (10) Heritage Foundation and WSJ; (11) The Conference Board; (12) FDIC;
(13) Federal Reserve; (14) U.S. Treasury

So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? Can't think of anything?
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Is there a way to put this in a table format so it's easier to view?
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Why Obama's Campaign is Falling Apart

Paul Solman, the business and economics editor for PBS’s “NewsHour,” believes that the long-term unemployed — those who have stopped looking for a year or more, but say they want a job, a figure reaching about 7 million — should be included in the public definition of unemployed, as should the “discouraged workers,” those looking for work sometime in the past year but have stopped looking for work.

Throw in those working part-time who want full-time work and cannot find it, and our calculation of America’s “unemployed” booms from 12.1 million to an ungodly 27 million.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/falling-article-1.1176348...

tgrmn, I'm sending your stats to the Romney campaign. He can use 'em as sound bites in the next debate. ;-)
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I worked the phone banks at an election HQ in my neighborhood. I since found out I can participate in the "phone from home" program just as easily.

http://www.mittromney.com/call-home-landing

I think, however, that I'm going to also volunteer to drive the elderly-- who declare they're voting for Romney--to the voting stations on Election Day.

The insanity's got to stop.
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I worked the phone banks at an election HQ in my neighborhood. I since found out I can participate in the "phone from home" program just as easily.

http://www.mittromney.com/call-home-landing

I think, however, that I'm going to also volunteer to drive the elderly-- who declare they're voting for Romney--to the voting stations on Election Day.

The insanity's got to stop.


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I have to admire your tenacity CC when it's certain California will go for Obama.
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BHM wrote: I have to admire your tenacity CC when it's certain California will go for Obama.

We still gotta try! * sniff *

Don't forget...CA put Schwartzenegger in office.
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B-b-b-b-b-but it would have been worse without 0bama!

Still waiting to hear from one of the libtards how it could possibly have been any worse. Arguably doing none of the stuff 0bama did would have been just as effective (perhaps moreso in some cases!) without adding hundreds of billions of dollars of debt. We can't afford four more years of their idiocy.
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BHM wrote: I have to admire your tenacity CC when it's certain California will go for Obama.

We still gotta try! * sniff *
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I think it would be nifty keen if California was a lot closer than expected. Think how shocked the dems would be.

arrete
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I've been waiting for the "emperor has no clothes" characterization. They're discussing it here.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/10/08/scarboroug...
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Just take this last item: In the last two years we have accumulated national debt at a rate more than 27 times as fast as during the rest of our entire nation's history.
Over 27 times as fast. Metaphorically speaking, if you are driving in the right lane doing 65 MPH and a car rockets past you in the left lane.
27 times faster, it would be doing 7,555 MPH!



So what you're saying is that we're racing to the bottom at only 7,555 miles per hour.
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Americans need to observe Greece carefully because if we don't get a handle on our debt, we'll look just like Greece.
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