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Obama’s case for re-election

Apparently, the U.S. Treasury Department has put together a slideshow that it calls “The U.S. Economy in Charts.” (They really need to do some work in the catchy names department.)

Derek Thompson of The Atlantic Monthly has put the whole thing up. Of course, it comes from a Treasury Department, whose boss is preparing to face the nation and ask for a second term and whose stewardship of the economy will be Issue Number One, so it needs to be viewed with appropriate doses of salt.

But if you like President Obama and are tired of hearing the Repub version of how Obamism has destroyed the economy, you’ll find a lot of talking points (at least if you’re talking to a numbers geek).

Here are the first two charts:

If you want more, take a look at the whole thing on Thompson’s blog. (Or don’t. It’s still really a somewhat free country.)

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 03/01/2012 - 01:56 pm.


    Do you really think some unemployed sheetrock hanger whose house is in foreclosure and who just spent his last $50 filling up his gas tank is going to look at those charts and say, “huh, I guess I must be imagining things. Things must be a lot better than I thought.”

    • Submitted by Jeff Klein on 03/01/2012 - 02:10 pm.

      Eric, don’t be ridiculous

      As you can see, people who oppose Obama don’t care about your fancy-schmancy elitist “numbers” and “charts” and “data”.

    • Submitted by Dimitri Drekonja on 03/01/2012 - 02:16 pm.

      Statistics vs. anecdotes

      The whole point of systematically collecting and reporting data is to not have to resort to the “I know a guy…” type of evidence. We have over 300 million people in our country- no matter who is president, there will always be several million people unemployed. Should we ever get to 3% unemployment (probably impossible, there will still be 9 million unemployed people to collect anecdotes from.

      The take home is not that the unemployed sheet-rock worker doesn’t exist, or that his/her plight isn’t real, but rather that every month more such workers are employed, a trend that wasn’t there when Obama took office.

  2. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 03/01/2012 - 02:24 pm.


    If that sheet rocker looks at the increase in the number of houses being built in his area he might have a bit more hope of employment than he did a couple of years ago. Employment in the construction industry IS increasing.
    And there is a Federal program that is starting to deal with the foreclosure problem.

    In fact, I’m surprised that as a good conservative you aren’t saying that it’s his own fault for letting a bank talk him into a loan that he couldn’t afford (and no it wasn’t Fannie and Freddie that did most of the loan selling).

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