Friday, September 27, 2013

The Debt Ceiling -- Since 1981

Under Reagan the debt ceiling was raised to:
$985 billion in February 1981;
$999.8 billion in September 1981;
$1.0798 trillion September 1981;
$1.1431 trillion in June 1982;
$1.2902 trillion in September 1982;
$1.389 trillion in May 1993;
$1.49 trillion in November 1983;
$1.52 trillion in May 1984;
$1.573 trillion in July 1984;
$1.8238 trillion in October 1984;
$1.9038 trillion in November 1985;
$2.0787 trillion in December 1985;
$2.111 trillion in August 1986;
$2.3 trillion in October 1986;
$2.32 trillion in July 1987;
$2.352 trillion in August 1987;
and $2.8 trillion in September 1987.


Under Bush Sr. the debt ceiling increased:
by $70 billion to $2.87 trillion in August 1989;
by $252.7 billion to $3.1227 trillion three months later, in November 1989;
by $107.3 billion to $3.23 trillion 11 months later, in October 1990;
and by $915 billion to $4.145 trillion one month later, in November 1990.


Under Clinton the debt ceiling increased:
by $225 billion to $4.37 trillion in April 1993;
by $530 billion to $4.9 trillion four months later, in August 1993;
by $600 billion to $5.5 trillion two years and seven months later, in March 1996;
and by $450 billion to $5.95 trillion 17 months later, in August 1997.


Under Bush Jr. the debt ceiling increased:
by $450 billion to $6.4 trillion in June 2002;
by $984 billion to $7.384 trillion 11 months later, in May 2003;
by $800 billion to $8.184 trillion 18 months later, in November 2004;
by $781 billion to $8.965 trillion 16 months later, in March 2006;
by $850 billion to $9.815 trillion 18 months later, in September 2007;
by $800 billion to $10.615 trillion 10 months later, in July 2008;
and by $700 billion to $11.315 trillion three months later, in October 2008.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Quote of the Day

“The NSA did not respond to Mother Jones’ request for comment regarding South Park.”

MotherJones story here.

Chart of the Day

No, Obamacare isn't the "largest tax increase in history."
(Note all the tax increases during the Reagan years)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Reich Stuff

"House Republicans have just signed a suicide pact. They agreed yesterday on a plan to use the threat of a government shutdown as leverage to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Boehner caved in to his right-wing fanatics and agreed to attach the repeal to a bill to keep the government funded past Sept. 30. There’s no way the Senate will go along – which means the government will run out of money to keep federal workers on the job and provide basic services as of October 1st.

I was in Bill Clinton’s cabinet when Newt Gingrich and his earlier band of extremists pulled this stunt the first time. It cost Republicans the White House in 1996 and ended Gingrich’s reign. The American public doesn’t want politicians using the government of the United States as a pawn to get what they want. The Affordable Care Act was duly enacted by both houses of Congress and signed by the President. The Supreme Court upheld its constitutionality. A shutdown over repealing it will cost Republicans the House in 2014. Mark my words." ~Robert Reich

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What I'm Reading

Once upon a time there was a U.S. president considering military action. Fringe elements outside the government called him a "dictator," and conservatives complained that he was dithering, as the months went by without decisive action. This President gave several riveting speeches, but then some felt he failed to follow-up with clear action. They said he waited for the public to follow, when in fact the public was waiting for him to lead.

I am not speaking of President Obama and 2012-13. I'm referring to President Roosevelt from 1940-41.

A recommended read.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

AndyGraphic: An Honest Question


AndyGraphic: Remember?


Want Does Not Equal Need Does Not Equal Deserve

Apple is the richest corporation on the planet, uniquely positioned to be a leader in improving worker conditions, making more sustainable products, and paying their fair share of taxes. But they won't do any of these things until we, their customers, force them to.

Imagine if thousands--or millions--of us said "yes, we'll buy your products but ONLY when you do the following things--and not until you do."

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Signs of the Times




















There were signs o'plenty when around 300 LGBT activists and allies assembled in front of the Russian Consular residence in Seattle to protest the recently passed "anti-propaganda" laws being used to persecute LGBT Russians.

More of my photos here (Flickr login required). Videos of the event here.