The unemployment rate was 9.5% at the end of the Bush Recession. It was at 8.2% in June of this year.
Unemployment has not been figured that way for decades.- the the workforce participation rate is down (at least half of that through workers simply giving up looking for full time work - so if you use the Dec. '08 participation rate, the unemployment rate is really over 9.7%)
Only slightly from the Bush years when the huge increase occurred.- food stamp usage is up
House prices continue steady climb- the average house price is down
Wrong again!- the national debt is WAY up
"Although there was a big stimulus bill under Obama, federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since Dwight Eisenhower brought the Korean War to an end in the 1950s.
Even hapless Herbert Hoover managed to increase spending more than Obama has.
Here are the facts, according to the official government statistics:
• In the 2009 fiscal year — the last of George W. Bush’s presidency — federal spending rose by 17.9% from $2.98 trillion to $3.52 trillion. Check the official numbers at the Office of Management and Budget.
• In fiscal 2010 — the first budget under Obama — spending fell 1.8% to $3.46 trillion.
• In fiscal 2011, spending rose 4.3% to $3.60 trillion.
• In fiscal 2012, spending is set to rise 0.7% to $3.63 trillion, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate of the budget that was agreed to last August.
• Finally in fiscal 2013 — the final budget of Obama’s term — spending is scheduled to fall 1.3% to $3.58 trillion. Read the CBO’s latest budget outlook.
Over Obama’s four budget years, federal spending is on track to rise from $3.52 trillion to $3.58 trillion, an annualized increase of just 0.4%.
There has been no huge increase in spending under the current president, despite what you hear."
Obama spending binge never happened - MarketWatch