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Posted on 2012-03-15
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National Debt When Obama took office:
$10.6 trillion


National Debt now:
$15.5 Trillion


What did $5 trillion buy us?
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by:Anthony Russo
ID: 37725869
"The national debt increased $4.9 trillion during the eight-year presidency of George W. Bush."

What did we get there?
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by:carsRST
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Not that I'm defending any increase to the national debt, but Bush fought two wars (that Democrats voted for), the economy was much better, and it was over 8 years, vs 3.
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Your turn.

What did we get in 3 years for $5 trillion?
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by:Anthony Russo
ID: 37726380
Here you are (again). I think you are familiar with this graphic:

http://welcometolimbo.blogspot.com/2012/01/just-some-of-obamas-accomplishments.html
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by:carsRST
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>>I think you are familiar with this graphic:

Ok - now what did we really get out of it?
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Anthony Russo earned 200 total points
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>>Ok - now what did we really get out of it?

We'll never know. For every graphic like that, there is one that is the opposite. We general public have no way of knowing which is true as all our sources of information have an agenda somewhere.

I believe some of that is true. Some is false. It's why I listen to conservative talk radio every day but get a lot of info from online and mainstream media. Get all the info and pick out the truths the best I can.

When you only listen to one point of view, you close yourself off to other perspectives.

Another reason why I am Independent.
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by:carsRST
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>>For every graphic like that, there is one that is the opposite.

It would be nice if the community organizer wouldn't take credit for Bush's accomplishments.

It's like a relief pitcher, coming in bottom of the inning with two outs, taking credit for winning the game.
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by:Anthony Russo
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>>It would be nice if the community organizer wouldn't take credit for Bush's accomplishments.

Republicans pin all of Bush's failures on him too though.

>>It's like a relief pitcher, coming in bottom of the inning with two outs, taking credit for winning the game.

Good analogy. But if he comes in with the bases are loaded when he gives up the homerun to the first batter. Those first 3 runs go to the pitcher that left the game.
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