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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Watch how you interpret and read propaganda


After two years of Obama ... 

Here's your change!

                                                                                                                                   [1/1/ 2011]          

January 2009   /  TODAY  (1/1/2011)
% chg
Source
Avg.. Retail price/gallon gas in U.S.
$1.83
$3.95
+115.8%
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
$1,504.50
+90.5%
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%


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; (14) U.S. Treasury

This was sent by a student as part of an anti-Obama e-blast.


Critical Thinkers note:

The Data is from January 1, 2011, or as of the end of December a full year ago, less than two years into the Obama presidency and a year out of date (represented as "today). How have the numbers changed? Where specifically are the numbers from? (See note below).

The "sources" are not specific with date, page, article and author attribution, so there remains no proof that they came from those sources or whether or not they were from "news" or "commentary" in those publications. If commentary, then it is opinion. If news, that is the full context?

The President has no power to correct any of these "problems", although the non-thinking people whom this mailing is attempting to anger to vote against Obama may think so.

These "problems" blamed on the president are tied to international finance, international commodities (traded under the very business model that those seeking to unseat the president say is sacred). The United States Government, much less the presidency, has little or not power to alter international free trade by investors, which led to increases in prices on most all energy, food and commodities.

The numbered do not take into account that years near record drought (the president does not control weather) and its impact on commodities, employment and trade.

The numbers do not take into account the trends going into 2010 that were reduced and in many cases reversed, despite overwhelming opposition to programs needed to address the problem by the congress.

The intend of the propaganda is to sell the public to blame it all on the president.

I regret that the large loud capital letters and original format of the message did not transfer properly to this post. It refers to "bumbles" and "fault" attributed to President Obama without acknowledging outside influences or situational experiences and situational decision making. I suggest you read more in textbooks on Critical Thinking, Decision Making and Critical Thought if you choose to ignore my example of why not to believe propaganda you get on e-mail or hear on certain talk based "news" programs.

It takes cooperation, compromise and a team to bring change. Has Congress provided this team work and support for the presidency? Ask yourself and research the answers.

First Posted December 14, 2011


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great post. I have seen similar posts all over the internet, from both reputable and irreputable sites. It always strikes me as funny when this type of comparison is done, as if to say Obama is THE cause of the issues. While Obama may be contributing to part of the problem, he is not the cause, as the United States (and by extension, the President) does not run the world. We as a country contribute to the issues in the world.
The statements in the article were logical fallacies - trying to prove something as true based on illogical or incorrect facts. While it is a fun exercise, and the numbers may be accurate, stating or implying Obama is the cause is wrong.

Alan Kennamer
HUM114