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March 7, 2014

Positive Obama Stats That are Not Necessarily So Great

By Rob Kall

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.


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.

(image by Debra)   DMCA

Here it is summarized in text form:

Jan 2009                                  today

7949          The Dow                  16, 459
7.8%          Unemployment           6.7%
-5.4%          GDP Growth               4.1%
9.8%           Deficit GDP                3.3%
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?

Submitters Bio:

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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