Graph of the Day for February 9, 2010

"It was hard for me to believe that you were entirely serious about that socialist question. I did think it might be useful to point out that it wasn't under me that we started buying a bunch of shares of banks. It wasn't on my watch. And it wasn't on my watch that we passed a massive new entitlement - the prescription drug plan without a source of funding. And so I think it's important just to note when you start hearing folks throw these words around that we've actually been operating in a way that has been entirely consistent with free-market principles and that some of the same folks who are throwing the word socialist around can't say the same."  President Obama.


Hoven's Index for February 9, 2010

The top four most liberal US Senators in 2007 per the National Journal, and their voting scores (economic, social, foreign and overall):
Obama, Barack, D-Ill.:                      94, 94, 92, 95.5

Whitehouse, Sheldon, D-R.I.:                        94, 88, 94, 94.3

Biden, Joseph, D-Del.:                       94, 86, 98, 94.2

Sanders, Bernie, I-Vt.:                        90, 88, 98, 93.7

Federal government spending as a percent of GDP, actual and projected:

2001-2008 average:  19.6%

2007:  19.6%

2008:  20.7%

2009:  24.7%

2010:  24.1%

2011:  24.3%

Source:  CBO.

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