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Old 12 April 2012, 10:12 PM
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Comment: This came to me via Facebook. The last few I received were false, but havenít found anything on this one other than the unemployment figure is very misleading.

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Old 12 April 2012, 11:05 PM
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I'm trying to figure out in what way the unemployment figure is misleading.

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Old 12 April 2012, 11:52 PM
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I wonder what would happen if just like 48 hours or so politicans were required to defend themselves without referring to how much better they were then the last guy.
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I doubt Obama wrote the OP email.
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The jobs claim is indeed very misleading. Yes, 3 million jobs were created, but what's not being mentioned is that far more jobs were lost. For example, the U.S. "added" 175,000 jobs in May so the unemployment rate only grew to 7.6%, it had been 7.5%.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/unemp...ry?id=19342614

The percentage of the population employed dropped from 63.3% to 58.3%, 5%, during the time that Democrats ran Congress from January 3, 2007 to January 3, 2011. It dropped from 60.6% to 58.6% today once Obama was elected, a 2% decline in U.S. overall employment.

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS12300000

The debt claim is also extremely misleading and noticeably does not address how Obama did. As CBS New observed last year, "The National Debt has now increased more during President Obama's three years and two months in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency."

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_1...an-under-bush/

The chart does not mention that Republicans ran Congress for most Clinton's term arguably resulting in the prosperity during that time, or that the trillion dollar deficit occurred only after Democrats took control of Congress in 2007.

The deficit skyrocketed from $160.7 billion in 2007 to $458.6 billion in 2008 once Democrats took control of Congress, and to an unprecedented $1.4 TRILLION in 2009. Obama and Democrats shot the deficit and budget to extraordinary levels.

-2000 Budget: $1.824 trillion, $236.2 billion surplus
-2001 Budget: $1.958 trillion, $128.2 billion surplus
-2002 Budget: $2.090 trillion, $157.8 billion deficit
-2003 Budget: $2.266 trillion, $377.6 billion deficit
-2004 Budget: $2.408 trillion, $412.7 billion deficit
-2005 Budget: $2.583 trillion, $318.3 billion deficit
-2006 Budget: $2.780 trillion, $248.2 billion deficit
-2007 Budget: $2.863 trillion, $160.7 billion deficit*

DEMOCRATS CONTROL CONGRESS AFTER 2006 ELECTIONS

-2008 Budget: $3.326 trillion, $458.6 billion deficit
-2009 Budget: $4.077 trillion, $1,412.7 billion deficit
-2010 Budget: $3.484 trillion, $1,294.4 billion deficit
-2011 Budget: $3.510 trillion, $1,299.6 billion deficit
-2012 Budget (est.): $3.746 trillion, $1,087.0 billion deficit
-2013 Budget (est.): $3.667 trillion, $972.9 billion deficit (estimate)

http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/historicals

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/page...romBrowse=true

* The 2008 budget was the first budget passed by the new Democrat Congress. The 2006 GOP Congress was still in office until January 3, 2007, and passed the 2007 budget.
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