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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

State of the Union: Ten Economic Graphs That Should Scare The Hell Out Of You

“Crisis takes a much longer time coming than you think, and then it happens much faster than you would have thought.” -MIT economist Rudiger Dornbusch
At President Obama’s State of the Union Address this year, which was heavy on recycled platitudes and light on substance, the president did more to prepare for the upcoming general election than actually give a genuine assessment of the state of the union, but that’s pretty par for the course. A sincere state of the union by the President of the United States may be more than most Americans are ready for yet– the horror of listening to the president describe the true economic realities we face might be more than many people could handle. I hope I’m wrong and most Americans would welcome an honest word from a major politician as a breath of fresh air.

What would a sincere state of the union address look like? The president could just show us graphs of economic data and leave it at that. It would be the most radical truth-telling we have heard from the White House in a long time. If you really want to know the state of union and you have the stomach for it, here are ten economic graphs that show just how precarious the state of the union really is and just how long our current economic troubles are likely to last:

Read the rest of my article at The Silver Underground
...but only if you have a strong stomach!

Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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