Sunday, May 4, 2008


Bill Clinton in New Hampshire: "Folks, it's always a mistake to bet against America. It was tough in 1968, and we came back. It was tough in 1992 and we wound up with the eight best years we've had in modern history."

That is if you don't count the following, all of which got worse

1920s like decline in the over the counter stock market

Minimum wage as % of average wage

Real income

Real manufacturing wages

Income gap between rich and poor

Bottom 40% decline in wealth

Foreign debt as a percent of GDP

Workers covered by defined benefit pensions

Personal bankruptcies

Housing foreclosures

Poverty rate

U.S. auto industry relative to foreign car makers

Number of persons in prisons

Drug induced deaths despite drug war

Civil liberties lost as result of drug war

Increase in black work hours for same pay

Black families net worth

Health care benefit with pension

Number of families without health insurance

% of corporations with employee health benefits

Premature & low birthrate babies

Childhood obesity


Health expenditures as percent of GDP

Decline in public hospitals

Number of corporations controlling most media

Births to unwed mothers

Student loan debt

Per capita new spending on prisons vs. schools

High school completion rate

College completion rate

Democratic margins in House

Voters who describe themselves as Democrats

Decline in voting participation

Decline in 18-24 voting participation

What farmers got for their products

Wages of recent male high school grad

Wages of bottom ten percent of workers

Total hours worked per family

% of workers with defined benefits pension plan

Solid waste per American per day



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