There are way, way too many twisted and false numbers floating around right now as we approach final days before the 2012 U.S. Presidential election.
FactCheck has compiled a nice graphic measuring the changes we’ve seen since Obama took office. A few points of note:
- The unemployment rate of 7.8% is unchanged (there are many, many points to debate on this one, but I will just leave it alone for now. Stay tuned for the next employment situation report.)
- The stock market and consumer confidence are both way up.
- Debt held by the government as well as the public has shot up, while income has fallen, causing the number of Americans in poverty and on food stamps to increase dramatically.
- Oil drilling and alternative energy have both increased, but petroleum imports have decreased, leading to rising gas prices.