The SOTU by the numbers

The SOTU by the numbers

In an earlier QT, I noted that Ted Cruz thinks the president should apologize during his upcoming State of the Union address. Some numbers crunched by Raffi Williams, an RNC spokesman, suggest there is plenty for him to apologize for.

As he prepares to make new promises, here are some old ones that don’t hold up:

 

$17.3 Trillion:  The Current National Debt After Five Years Of State Of The Union Promises To Tackle The Problem. (U.S. Treasury Department, Accessed 1/24/14)

$6.6 Trillion:  Added To The National Debt Despite Obama’s Declaration In His 2009 Address To Congress That He Didn’t Want To Leave “A Mountain Of Debt.” (U.S. Treasury Department, Accessed 1/24/14; President Barack Obama, Remarks by The President In State Of The Union Address , Washington, D.C., 1/27/10)

$4 Trillion:  The Amount Of Debt That Obama Once Called “Irresponsible” And “Unpatriotic.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At A Campaign Event, Fargo, ND, 7/3/08)

$1.8 Trillion:  Cost Of ObamaCare’s Coverage Provisions From 2014 To 2023. (CBO, 7/30/13)

$1 Trillion: The Total Student Debt Held By Americans. (Josh Mitchell, “Student-Loan Debt Slows Recovery,” The Wall Street Journal’s Real Time Economics, 12/30/13)

$819.3 Billion: Total Taxes In ObamaCare. (CBO, 3/12;JCT, 6/15/12; CBO, 5/14/13; CBO, 7/30/13)

$494 Billion: Amount Of Regulatory Burden Since Obama Took Office. (American Action Forum, 1/8/14)

$174 Billion: Federal Budget Deficit For The First Three Months Of FY2014. (U.S. Treasury Department, Accessed 1/17/14)

$32.6 Billion: The Increased Cost To Pay Interest On U.S. Debt Since 2009. (U.S. Treasury Department, Accessed 1/17/14)

$47. 6 Million: Americans Receiving Food Stamps In 2013. (Department Of Agriculture, Accessed 1/24/14)

$46.5 Million: Americans Living In Poverty – A Record Number – Despite Obama Calling Income Inequality “The Defining Issue Of Our Time” In His 2012 State Of the Union Address. (U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 1/24/13)

$19.4 Million: The Number Of Americans That Have Joined The Food Stamp Program Since Obama Took Office. (Department Of Agriculture, 1/24/14)

$10.4 Million: The Number Of People Unemployed At The End Of Obama’s Fifth Year As President. (BLS, 1/24/14)

$7.8 Million: The Number Of People Working Part-Time That Would Like To Work Full-Time. (BLS, 1/24/14)

$6.7 Million: The Number Of People That Have Entered Poverty Since 2008. (U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 1/24/14)

$5 Million: Americans Who Received Cancellation Notices For Their Health Plans Due To ObamaCare After Obama Promised They Could Keep Their Plans In His 2010 State Of The Union Address. ( NBC News , 11/15/13; President Barack Obama, Remarks By The President In The State Of The Union Address , Washington, D.C., 1/27/10)

3.9 Million: The Number Of Americans Struggling With Long-Term Unemployment Of 27 Weeks Or Over. (BLS, 1/24/14)

1.2 Million: The Increase In Americans Struggling With Long-Term Unemployment Since Obama Became President. (BLS, 1/24/14)

721,000: Construction Jobs Lost Since Obama Took Office. (BLS, 1/24/14)

528,000: Manufacturing Jobs Lost Since Obama Took Office. (BLS, 1/24/14)

347,000: The Number Of People That Left The Labor Force In December. (BLS, 1/10/14)

$54,688: The Debt Per Capita For Americans At The End Of 2013. (U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 1/24/14; U.S. Treasury Department, Accessed 1/24/14)

$29,400: Average Student Debt For A College Graduate. (Blake Ellis, “Average Student Loan Debt: $29,400,” CNN’s Money, 12/3/13)

$19,661: The Increase In Debt Per Capita For Americans Since Obama Took Office. (U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 1/24/14; U.S. Treasury Department, Accessed 1/24/14)

$3,827: The Decline In Median House Hold Income Since Obama Became President. (Gordon Green and John Coder, “Household Income Trends Series: December 2013,” Sentier Research, 1/23/13)

$3,671: Increase In Family Health Care Premiums Under Obama, Despite His Claim That ObamaCare Would Reduce Premiums During His 2010 State Of The Union Address. (The Kaiser Family Foundation, 8/20/13; President Barack Obama, Remarks By The President In The State Of The Union Address , Washington, D.C., 1/27/10)

$2,923: The Decline In Median Income For Americans Over 25 With A Bachelor Degree. (U.S. Census Department, Accessed 1/24/14)

2010: The Year Obama Promised ObamaCare Would Allow You To Keep Your Plan, Your Doctor, And Have Lower Premiums In His State Of The Union Address. (President Barack Obama, Remarks By The President In The State Of The Union Address , Washington, D.C., 1/27/10)

1978: The Last Time The Labor Force Participation Rate Was At Its Current level. (BLS, 1/24/14)

79%: Increase In The Average Price Per Gallon Of Gas Since Obama Took Office. (U.S. Energy And Information Administration, Accessed 1/24/14)

63%: The Labor Force Participation Rate At The End Of 2013, A Decline From 65.7% When Obama Took Office. (BLS, Accessed 1/1/14)

46%: The Percent Of Unemployed That Are 18-34-Year-Olds. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics , Accessed 1/23/14)

37: Average Number Of Weeks Someone Will Be Unemployed. (BLS, 1/24/14)

15%: Poverty Rate In 2012 – An Increase From 13.2 Percent The Year Before Obama Became President. (U.S. Census, Accessed 1/23/14)

14: The Number Of Times Obama Has Pivoted To The Economy. (The Hill, 11/25/13)

13%: Unemployment Rate For Those Under 25. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 1/23/14)

12%: The Percent Of Student Debt That Was Delinquent In The Third Quarter Of 2013, Up From 7.6 Percent In 2008. (Josh Mitchell, “Student-Loan Debt Slows Recovery,” The Wall Street journal’s Real Time Economics , 12/30/13)

12%: African American Unemployment Rate At The End Of 2013. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 1/23/14)

8%: Hispanic Unemployment Rate At The End Of 2013. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 1/23/14)

5: State Of The Unions With Same Old Promises And The Same Lack Of Results.

4: Out Of 4 Pinocchio’s Received By Obama For His Broken “Keep Your Plan” Promise. ( The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, 10/30/13)

3: Years Obama Knew That His “Keep Your Plan” Promise Was False. ( NBC News , 10/28/13)

0: The Number of New Ideas Expected From Obama’s 2014 State Of The Union Address


Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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