Thursday, September 22, 2011

The National Debt

Who’s Responsible for the National Debt?

By Mike Lillis | 06.02.10 | 4:28 pm
Annie just noted that the national debt hit a (somewhat meaningless) milestone this week, topping $13 trillion yesterday. As a quick addendum, it’s worth pointing out which presidents are most responsible for running up the national tab. We’ll go back five. (All numbers come from the Treasury Department, found here and here.)
1) Ronald Reagan (1981-1989): Inherited roughly $908 billion in debt, and took it up to $2.6 trillion. Change: +186%.
2) George H.W. Bush (1989-1993): Took Reagan’s $2.6 trillion up to $4.2 trillion. Change: +62%.
3) Bill Clinton (1993-2001): Took Bush’s $4.2 trillion up to $5.7 trillion. Change: +36%.
4) George W. Bush (2001-2009): Took Clinton’s $5.7 trillion up above $10.6 trillion. Change: +86%.
5) Barack Obama (2009-2010): So far, has taken Bush’s $10.6 trillion up to $13 trillion. Change: +23%.
This is no defense of the current levels of deficit spending, which are clearly unsustainable and need some serious trimming. But it’s a good reminder that all that talk about Republicans being more fiscally responsible than Democrats doesn’t quite hold up when confronted with the real numbers.
Note: This post has been updated so that the figures from 1993 onward reflect the debt on the day that the listed presidents were sworn in, as opposed to the month that they were elected. Because the Treasury Department doesn’t keep such daily debt figures before 1993, the numbers surrounding Reagan’s term ($908 billion and $2.6 trillion) reflect the debt several months before he was sworn in and several months before he left office, respectively.

Monday, September 19, 2011

about A World Away by artist Gary Korlin

I thought we all needed a break from the wicked Republican rhetoric and lies. Having said that, I pilfered an image from my wife's de Pitera Fine Art web gallery. In my humble opinion, this is a world class work by artist Gary Korlin.  The interesting aspect of the work is that it is a picture within a picture. The art work image on the wall is another of Gary's paintings. Take a reprieve from the political wars and go to to view Gary's art and other works by emerging and established artists.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Comments from "The Great Debate"

Registered Independent
1 minute ago (11:02 PM)
I found it rather nauseating that when gov. Rick Perry defended Texas capital punishment stance it drew applauds. These are the very same people that rail against BIG govt. at every opportunit­y. Here is a complied list of people that were ARRESTED, TRIED, CONVICTED, and SENTENCED TO DEATH in the great state of Texas. All of these real people have one thing in common, they were exonerated of the crimes they were convicted of. I've always stated that I've NEVER met a pro-lifer who stood FOR universal health care or AGAINST capital punishment­.

Alejandro Gilbert, Blair Michael, Butler A.B., Byrd Kevin , Chatman Charles, Cole Timothy, Criner Roy, Danziger Richard, Dupree Cornelius, Evans Jerry Lee, Fountain Wiley, Fuller Larry, Giles James Curtis, Good Donald Wayne, Gossett Andrew, Green Michael Anthony, Henton Eugene, Karage Entre Nax, Lavernia Carlos, Lindsey Johnnie, McGowan Thomas, Miller Billy Wayne, Moon Brandon, Mumphrey Arthur, Ochoa Christophe­r, Phillips Steven, Pinchback Johnny, Pope David Shawn, Rachell Ricardo, Robinson Anthony, Rodriguez George, Salazar Ben, Smith Billy James, Sutton Josiah, Taylor Ronald Gene , Thomas Victor Larue, Turner Keith E., Waller James, Waller Patrick, Wallis Gregory, Washington Calvin, Webb Mark, and Woodard James Lee. http://www­.innocence­project.or­g/

Commented Sep 7, 2011 at 23:41:25 in Politics


“These candidates are an insult to the intelligen­ce of Americans. I do not want to waste my time listening to them anymore, or even thinking that any of them are Presidenti­al material. The rest of the world is in "shock and awe" that the US has people of this lack of caliber actually running to be the leader of the "free world. Actually, many of them no longer look to the US for leadership­, as our Congress is dysfunctio­nal thanks to the Tea Party, we do not have single payer health care, our tax brackets are obscenely skewed in favor of the ultra wealthy, we are bleeding jobs to other countries, and the Tea Party people are demonstrat­ing every day that they will disrupt us until we can get rid of their influence. Please, American, rally in favor of a civilized, 21st century government­, and a country where all Americans have a decent wage, decent health care, and a decent retirement­. Oh, and education for our children that does not bankrupt us.”

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

America Goes Down the Tubes

- -- like the near-unanimity among Republican presidential candidates that global warming is a hoax; the Gallup finding that 40 percent of Americans believe "God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years"; the Tea Party signs saying "Keep Your Government Hands Off My Medicare"; the surging number of American children living in poverty; the gap between the rich and the rest growing so extreme that the U.S. is now the 42nd most unequal country in the world, below Cameroon and the Ivory Coast, and only just above Uganda and Jamaica.
by Marty Kaplan * What Happened to America? * The Huffington Post