I wish we used and publicized some of these charts better as Dems, as progressives.
Not only does "truth have a liberal bias," but facts in color can really scream the obvious—as David's found chart prior re: job loss turnaround, and for revealing what's really the biggest chunk behind the deficit, now and future. (Hint: it AIN'T the stimulus ... but *duh* guess what it actually is—and it's been around since 2001...)
Original story here from Center on Budget and Policy Priorities :
President Obama Largely Inherited Today’s Huge Deficits
Economic Downturn, Financial Rescues, and Bush-Era Policies Drive the Numbers
By Kathy Ruffing and James R. Horney
December 16, 2009
...Just two policies dating from the Bush Administration — tax cuts and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — accounted for over $500 billion of the deficit in 2009 and $7.1 trillion in 2009 through 2019, including the associated debt-service costs. These impacts easily dwarf the stimulus and financial rescues. ...
Still gotta deal with this monster ...but don't blame the illness on the sour medicine you have to take for it!