This picture showed up on my liberal friends’ posts at Facebook today:
As for me, over the past two years, I’ve been spending my time looking at this picture, or ones very similar:
The first image is about debt and the second is about deficit. Is that the only difference? Can someone please explain to me why the first one, which is circulating freely amongst liberals, makes it look as if Obama’s a piker when it comes to spending, while the other one, the chart conservatives drag out, makes it appear that Obama is very quickly driving us into the poor house?
What occurs to me looking at the first chart is that, fearsome red lines notwithstanding, the country was thriving under Reagan (and it did pretty well under Bush too). Conversely, the country is struggling under Obama, despite that little blue 16% line. Meanwhile, the second chart, which shows serious red Obama years coincides with serious economic despair in the country.
I know I’m being stupid and simplistic about this. I can only blame a combination of economic ignorance and severe sleep deprivation (call it Insomnia “R” Us).
UPDATE: You’re all correct (of course). As this fact-check from PolitiFact shows, the chart falls into the lies, damn lies, and statistics category. Thank you, cuneiandro, for the link.