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Here's an infograph promoting Obama, floating around facebook and the web and emails that is, in my mind, misleading on a number of fronts.

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Here it is summarized in text form:

Jan 2009                                  today
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7949          The Dow                  16, 459
7.8%          Unemployment           6.7%
-5.4%          GDP Growth               4.1%
9.8%           Deficit GDP                3.3%
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37.7%           Consumer confidence  78.1%

While I voted for Obama in 2008, I've come to see him as a neoliberal, worse than Clinton and don't want to give him credit where it's not due. And actually, these stats further indict him as a corporatist who has been bad for the 99%. 

I'm no economic brainiac, but here's my take. Please comment and set me straight if I'm wrong or add more perspective and comment. 

Now, the rise in the DOW mostly benefits the 1% and execs with stock options. 
Unemployment is lower because less people are seeking work. 
GDP is up but that is helping businesses, not the middle class. 
The deficit GDP is down because of massive cuts that have hurt the middle class and poor, like cutting off unemployment and eliminating foodstamps for millions. 
The last one, consumer confidence-- I don't get it. 

What are your thoughts?


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Your analysis is correct. The President and Congr... by Rodger Malcolm Mitchell on Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 2:01:20 PM
This from Wiki: Each month The Conference ... by frang on Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 2:09:47 PM
Thanks, frang, for the quote from wikipedia! That'... by Charles Roll on Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 3:58:02 PM
First, Obama can only take a little credit for the... by Scott Baker on Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 2:19:03 PM
I think that other than the Keynesian fiscal metho... by Charles Roll on Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 4:13:05 PM
Spot on.  The Administration taking credit f... by Robert Bostick on Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 5:31:56 PM
Thanks for asking, I will throw in my 2 cents: ... by BFalcon on Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 2:38:29 PM
He [Obama] is a hero for reducing deficit and I b... by Charles Roll on Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 4:21:10 PM
The DOW does NOT correlate with the general econom... by Scott Baker on Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 6:44:55 PM
My thoughts are, let's look at changes in:* Distri... by PCM on Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 3:18:13 PM
i like your list, PCM. Of course, the overall decl... by Charles Roll on Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 4:34:17 PM
Make that "food insecurity!" D'oh! ... by PCM on Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 5:38:11 PM
It's all about framing in preparation for the 201... by Charles Roll on Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 3:41:59 PM
Now let's look at the content rather than the con... by Charles Roll on Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 5:11:36 PM
RNC Republicans don't want to campaign on issues.... by Charles Roll on Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 5:26:45 PM
On their side of the 2014 partisan struggle, the ... by Charles Roll on Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 5:27:34 PM
Many of us true middle class people are invested i... by Jerry Wesner on Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 4:03:02 PM
If those are positives, why am I feeling so depres... by Arianna Marie Cigolini on Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 4:58:47 PM
"One positive thing I see on the horizon, he only... by Charles Roll on Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 6:07:37 PM
The Stock Markets are completely irrelevant to th... by Paul Repstock on Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 8:24:45 PM