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Here's your Hope and Change

One of my frequent readers and fellow conservatives, who would like to be referred to as "Believer Bee," sent me the following e-mail.  Given that Barack Obama has already decided it's best - and easier -  to start campaigning for 2012, rather than addressing any of the pressing issues currently facing the country, it is a real eye-opener to factually discover how things have "changed" since Obama became President.  In all honesty, how anyone with a shred of common sense could vote for Barack Obama in 2012 - is beyond comprehension.    Here goes:

AFTER TWO YEARS OF OBAMA - Here's your change!

 

January 2009

TODAY

% chg

Source

Avg.. Retail price/gallon gas in U.S.

$1.83

$3.44

84%

1

Crude oil, European Brent (barrel)

$43.48

$99.02

127.7%

2

Crude oil, West TX Inter. (barrel)

$38.74

$91.38

135.9%

2

Gold: London (per troy oz.)

$853.25

$1,369.50

60.5%

2

Corn, No.2 yellow, Central IL

$3.56

$6.33

78.1%

2

Soybeans, No. 1 yellow, IL

$9.66

$13.75

42.3%

2

Sugar, cane, raw, world, lb. Fob

$13.37

$35.39

164.7%

2

Unemployment rate, non-farm, overall

7.6%

9.4%

23.7%

3

Unemployment rate, blacks

12.6%

15.8%

25.4%

3

Number of unemployed

11,616,000

14,485,000

24.7%

3

Number of fed. Employees

2,779,000

2,840,000

2.2%

3

Real median household income

$50,112

$49,777

-0.7%

4

Number of food stamp recipients 

31,983,716

43,200,878

35.1%

5

Number of unemployment benefit recipients 

7,526,598

9,193,838

22.2%

6

Number of long-term unemployed

2,600,000

6,400,000

146.2%

3

Poverty rate, individuals

13.2%

14.3%

8.3%

4

People in poverty in U.S.

39,800,000

43,600,000

9.5%

4

U.S. Rank in Economic Freedom World Rankings

5

9

n/a

10

Present Situation Index

29.9

23.5

-21.4%

11

Failed banks

140

164

17.1%

12

U.S.. Dollar versus Japanese yen exchange rate

89.76

82.03

-8.6%

2

U.S.. Money supply, M1, in billions

1,575.1

1,865.7

18.4%

13

U.S.. Money supply, M2, in billions

8,310.9

8,852.3

6.5%

13

National debt, in trillions

$10.627

$14.052

32.2%

14

Just take this last item: In the last two years we have accumulated national debt at a rate more than 27 times as fast as during the rest of our entire nation's history.  Over 27 times as fast. Metaphorically speaking, if you are driving in the right lane doing 65 MPH and a car rockets past you in the left lane.   27 times faster, it would be doing 1,755 MPH!

Sources:
(1) U.S. Energy Information Administration; (2) Wall Street Journal; (3) Bureau of Labor Statistics; (4) Census Bureau; (5) USDA; (6) U.S. Dept. Of Labor;
(7) FHFA; (8) Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller; (9) RealtyTrac; (10) Heritage Foundation and WSJ; (11) The Conference Board; (12) FDIC;
(13) Federal Reserve

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What this data doesn't address is President Obama's knack for turning off our allies and allowing the United States to be pushed around by our enemies.  We have a president in office  who doesn't seem to have the best interest of America at the forefront.  Instead he likes to go on apology tours around the globe,  which get glowing reviews from the usual  "blame America first" crowd like the media and other liberals.  In addition, Obama is continually promoting  the "rich vs.  the poor" and the "private sector vs. the public sector" mentality, which only serves to expose Obama as a great divider.  (Wasn't he supposed to be the great  "uniter" as the Obama followers believed before Obama was even elected?)   With a president like this "leading" the country, the future of the United States is clearly on a downward path.  This must end.   We need to elect a  Republican - with conservative values and the best interest of the country at heart come 2012.   The alternative - four more years of Barry O. -  will only serve to perpetuate a crisis from which America,  and the American people,  may never be able to recover.

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