This chart is the kicker, shows graphed by control of congress.
Yeah, that's a nice chart and all, but the problem is that the chart, when you look at it, well... the chart shows that the public debt ceiling went up a lot more when the Democrats had control of Congress than when Congress was split or when the Republicans had control of Congress.
See how that is?
Why is that?
You know, if you look hard enough you can find something to criticize with all of our presidents - over the last 60 years or so.
Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953; Harry the Hat, elected with the assistance of T.J. Pendergast of Kansas City. Not the first to bring organized crime into the White House, and not the last.
Dwight David Eisenhower, 1953-1961; I Like Ike!!! Brought West Point discipline into the Federal Government. Eventually he returned to commanding the Army where he rediscovered the obeisance he didn't find in Congress.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1961-1963; JFK, who never met a drop dead gorgeous twenty-something female he didn't chase like a starving hound going after a treed possum. Infamous for the carefully forgoten fiasco 'Bay of Pigs' and bringing the United States within a whisker of getting us into a Fourth of July style shooting war with the USSR.
Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1963-1969; Hey, Hey L-B-J... Signed the civil rights act with one hand while he quietly (very, very quietly) pointed to Vietnam with the other. This way to the war, boys.
Richard Milhous Nixon, 1969-1974; Who can forget Tricky Dick Nixon, Watergate and the Pentagon Papers? This presidency marks the beginning of the Big Public Scandal. I don't think the Wingnuts ever forgave the Moonbats for this one.
Gerald Rudolph Ford, 1974-1977; Who? You know, what's his name, the guy who became President after Tricky Dick... it'll come to me.
James Earl Carter, Jr., 1977-1981; The Peanut Farmer. Offered the world conclusive proof that the United States special forces units were incapable of carrying out a mission in the Middle Eastern desert.
Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1981-1989; Cowboy Ron, or just Ronnie. Stayed in the White House for eight years - physically, anyway. Who knows where he really was those last few years. Infamous for the long ago and long forgotten Iran-Contra scandal.
George Herbert Walker Bush, 1989-1993; King George I. Started NAFTA and Mideast war.
William Jefferson Clinton, 1993-2001; Slick Willie. Signed NAFTA and proclaimed that the good life was truly here. The US economy begins circling the drain at the end of this era. Got caught chasin' tail in the office, but so what? Wife Hitlery tried to nail him with a lamp and the press tried to nail him to the cross but he came back stronger than ever.
George Walker Bush, 2001-2009; King George II. Failed to rescue the economy from the drain. Invaded the Middle East. Failed... and failed again. In other news, while quail hunting in Texas Vice President Dick Cheney had a senior moment and thought Harry Whittington was actually Scooter Libby.
Barack Hussein Obama, 2009-; The Ayatollah Obama. An avowed fan of Reverand Jeremiah Wright, Ayatollah Obama has failed to close gitmo as he promised to do and has continued to strip away the civil rights of the citizens of the United States. The U.S. economy has finished circling the drain.
For whatever else he did or didn't do, King George II gets an 'F' in United States economy. He made a bad thing worse. Anyone who actually believes that King George's successor will be able to turn the economy around in four years is not living in the real world.
All that said, the Ayatollah Obama has somehow, some way, made a terrible economy worse than it already is, and has done his level best to ensure that our economy continues to degrade. Obama has also continued to strip us of our civil rights when he could have taken steps to restore these rights.
There are more Moonbats and Wingnuts in Congress than ever before, and everyone who might be labeled a centrist is routinely shouted down and denied commercial media coverage. The real trouble is that the very people who are both smart enough and moral enough to run the U.S. Congress are outnumbered by howler monkeys.
And, while all this is going on, very few people want to try explaining the economic crises in Europe, which makes the US look like a peach by comparison.