Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Friday, June 05, 2009

But the Stimulus PASSED

But the Stimulus PASSED!

The blog Innocent Bystanders has been keeping track of the unemployment numbers compared to the projections of the Obama economic team (PDF) back in January. Granted, the team acknowledged "there is substantial uncertainty around all of our estimates", but still . . .

Here's their chart with the unemployment data released today:

Now, it's been a while since I took a math class, but I don't see the data even starting to indicate a decrease in slope. Using some admittedly crude tools, here's the graph with the new data points linked:

To me, it looks like the slope is, if not linear, increasing. It's definitely not nosing over. Yet.

Of course, the claim now would be that "if the Stimulus plan had not passed, it would be WORSE!" Perhaps. But it does indicate that the best and brightest minds on the Obama team weren't even close in their January projections.

As Glenn keeps saying, "The country is in the best of hands." Personally, I think "flyfisher" has his finger on the economic pulse of the country.

UPDATE 6/7: Someone else notices the same thing, and uses better graphics tools.

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