Chart o’ the day

How can it be that nearly two and half years into President Barack Obama’s (D) administration, people like me still blame former President George W. Bush (R) for the outrageous debt this country has accumulated since the good ol’ days when former President Bill Clinton (D) began paying off the debt?

Because it’s true:


(CBPP via TPM.)


  1. 3

    Deathfrogg spews:

    End the Reagan tax cuts. End the goddamn Kennedy tax cuts. Look at which corporations and which individuals controlling those corporations were using them to influence public policy to their own interests and shut them down, confiscate their assets break them into small chunks and sell them off piecemeal at auction to the highest domestic bidder.

    Fuck the fascist traitors. Fuck them good.

  2. 5

    rhp6033 spews:

    The only thing which surprises me is how much damage is going to be done between last Christmas and the 2012 elections because the Republicans held the unemployed as hostages to their tax policies. It will take another five to ten years to pay off the deficits caused by that additional two-year run of Republican policies.

  3. 6

    rhp6033 spews:

    Oh, and Boeing is finally realizing that all the things their union workers and engineers were saying through the past decade were right after all. It actually costs more money to manage and oversee an out-sourced production system than it is to do it in-house. Moreover, having outside companies do 50% of your design work and retain the intellectual property to those designs isn’t really a very good idea in the long run.

    Boeing will bring horizontal fin assembly back to Seattle

  4. 7

    zdp 189 spews:

    Does ‘recovery measures’ include the so-called stimulus? If so, it’s quite a stretch to blame thaton Bush. It came after Bush was gone, and even was voted agains with unanimity by house republicans.

  5. 8

    Michael spews:


    The graph shows all debit not just Bush debit. Yes, most of the “recovery measures probably occurred under Obama, but that’s a little tiny fraction of the debit. The overwhelming majority of it is leftover from Bush.

  6. 9

    Steve spews:

    The Senate just voted down the Republican House budget 57-40 with only five Republicans voting against.

    Republicans are so screwed. And the dumbfucks did it to themselves. Well, they can now kiss 2012, the Whitehouse and the Senate goodbye. Hell, they probably won’t even hold the House.

  7. 10

    John Coaltrain spews:

    The Republicans march lock-step even down a clearly disastrous path. Interesting.

    How will Frank Luntz message this debacle a positive?

    Republicans are so honest, they tell you the truth — even when it’s politically unpopular!!

    That’s my guess.

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    Ekim spews:

    How will Frank Luntz message this debacle a positive?

    He’ll blame it on Obama, of course. Or on Clinton.

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    manoftruth spews:

    daryl, do you teach your “students” that even though obama has a budget of 3 trillion, its bushes fault? why dont you go back to tel aviv.

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    Ekim spews:

    Man on Dog @12 & 13

    Still Jew bashing I see. Sorry to say, I’m not a Jew.

    You can’t read the chart? I understand. It does have some big words on it.

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    Upton spews:

    Still blaming Bush? Sounds eerily similar to the way the Repubs kept blaming Clinton for everything..

    Obama had a chance to end those Bush tax cuts. Instead, he broke a campaign promise, and folded like a cheap suit…just like he has on so many other issues..

    And Afghanistan and Libya are Obama’s wars..

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    manoftruth spews:

    Still Jew bashing I see. Sorry to say, I’m not a Jew

    well, for pete’s sake ekim, get yourself a moniker that sounds more goyish.

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    CC "Bud" Baxter spews:

    GW Bush was without a doubt the worst president in the history of the United States. Enough said. He and his GOP cronies have purposely bankrupted this country — mainly by funneling all the money to his rich crony buddies, hello, Halliburton ring a bell? — all so they could destroy Social Security, Medicare and anything else that helps average people. They want to turn the US into something out of Charles Dickens. On top of all this, Bush is a war criminal, not just for starting a war in Iraq that was based on a pack of lies, which killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis, but for condoning torture and destroying the right to privacy of virtually all Americans. Oh yeah, the guy is a criminal for sure, and by far the worst fucking president in the history of the United States.