Democrats are kinda finally wising up

Chrissy’s Site Btes: http://news.webshots.com/photo/2400358550056011884uuWArj

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Breakdown by political affiliation for those who chose Big Business OOPS! GOVERNMENT as “biggest threat to the nation”

Most current results (percent change since 2009 poll on same issue)

Republicans: 82% (+2); Independents 64% (+5); Democrats 48% (+16)

UPDATE: Dec 14th. Sorry ’bout that.

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27 responses to “Democrats are kinda finally wising up

  1. Chrissy,
    I’ve been away for a while, but just checking back in…
    I like the way your graphic shows the bar at the bottom representing party control of the House, Senate, and Presidency. Basically, since 1965 majority control (2+ out of 3) has been:
    Jan 1965 – Jan 1981 Democrat
    Jan 1981 – Jan 1989 Republican
    Jan 1989 – Jan 1995 Democrat
    Jan 1995 – Jan 2007 Republican
    Jan 2007 – Present Democrat

    I’d say that the economy did a lot better Republican control than under Democrat control.

    I’ve probably missed it, but have you done a chart showing unemployment rate vs. party in control, or a chart showing national debt vs. party in control?

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    • Actually, the Senate flipped to Democrats in the 1986 elections (87-88 calendar years), so those years go blue.

      And I looked back and found that the Democrat majority began in 1955…

      So, since 1955 majority control (2+ out of 3) has been:

      Jan 1955 – Jan 1981 Democrat
      Jan 1981 – Jan 1987 Republican
      Jan 1987 – Jan 1995 Democrat
      Jan 1995 – Jan 2007 Republican
      Jan 2007 – Present Democrat

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      • chrissythehyphenated

        THANK YOU! Red, you are such a peach for catching my booboos. :))) When you have some time and if you have the inclination, could you give a gander to my Civics Lessons album?

        http://news.webshots.com/album/579941589tHqklm

        I fixed the 100th congress. I’m using these images as my quick reference for doing those red and blue bars on graphs and I would GREATLY appreciate your eagle eye to find any other goofs before I go making any more graphs.

        I’m thinking a series … I could make a template for the years with the backgrounds done in pale blue or pale red, then overlay any kind of graph you and I (anyone else like to research this stuff??) can find.

        Maybe make it into a little slide show or movie file that’s small enough to email so maybe it could go viral.

        Can you see it … where the background stays exactly the same and the graphs fade in and out so you can see in maybe a minute or less how various aspects of the economy, debt, unemployment, etc relate to which party has 2 out of 3? I just bought the rights to a dozen music tracks for just this kind of thing.

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        • The first time I went to that link, one of those bogus virus scan things came up. I closed that window, tried the link again, and the second time up fine with your album and a Classmates.com advertisement. I’m assuming that the first time must have been a malicious advertisement that paid its way onto webshots.com. Nothing that you or I can do about that, but I just wanted to let you know. Never trust those bogus virus scan hoaxes, as they will install a REAL virus on your PC if you don’t close it.

          As to the picts, I find this one a bit challenging to follow because the boxes at the bottom don’t flow linearly left to right in a timeline:
          http://news.webshots.com/photo/2288781170056011884COfENg

          (Also, that pict has the Senate as Republican for the last two years of Reagan’s presidency, but it was Democrat for those years.)

          I’m thinking it would be good to have something similar to the following two graphs, but have just one graph that is collored for the party that controlled a majority (2+ out of 3) of the House, Senate, and Presidency:

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          • chrissythehyphenated

            Yikes. That is a confusing graphic .. I made it and I can’t figure it out which is really pathetic LOL I deleted it from my Site Bites.

            Good thing happened next … I tried to clean it up and realized I’d mucked the original up too much so it’d be easier to just go get it again. When i went there, I found a link to this TREASURE TROVE of graphs!!

            http://www.heritage.org/budgetchartbook/

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  2. Ah, I don’t think I’m allowed to have “img” tags… here are the direct links to the graphs I’m talking about…

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      Thanks! Those are seriously confusing graphs. I am printing them out though, since it will help me to study them, figure out what works and what does not work.

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    • One other thing… both of those graphs include a “Party in White House” bar across the top…

      That bar is correct on the Senate graph, but it is incorrect on the House graph (which gets the party wrong in 1889-1893, 1893-1897, and 1909-1913.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      Okay … just to reassure me before I go making my template … are all the “United States Congress” graphics correct now? I want to use the party symbol for House and Senate majorities to guide my template colors. I fixed the two you caught for me:

      100th
      http://news.webshots.com/photo/2908505690056011884srXexs

      107th
      http://news.webshots.com/photo/2832110630056011884PKoSNY

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      • Technically speaking, Senator Jeffords switched from Republican to “Independent”, but caucused and voted with the Democrats, so the majority was 50 Democrats, 49 Republicans, 1 “Independent”.

        But it’s not far from the truth of the matter to say 51 Democrats – 49 Republicans. Jeffords appears to have always been a Democrat at heart, and was only wearing the RINO clothing… until the time came when taking off the RINO clothing would actually benefit the Democrats.

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  3. I don’t know if this will come out OK in a comment, but here’s what I’ve got…

    Year
    Congress
    President
    Senate
    House
    Who gets “credit”? (Who controls >= 2 of the 3?)
    Year

    1855
    34th
    D
    D
    D
    D
    1855

    1857
    35th
    D
    D
    D
    D
    1857

    1859
    36th
    D
    D
    R
    D
    1859

    1861
    37th
    R
    R
    R
    R
    1861

    1863
    38th
    R
    R
    R
    R
    1863

    1865
    39th
    D
    R
    R
    R
    1865

    1867
    40th
    D
    R
    R
    R
    1867

    1869
    41st
    R
    R
    R
    R
    1869

    1871
    42nd
    R
    R
    R
    R
    1871

    1873
    43rd
    R
    R
    R
    R
    1873

    1875
    44th
    R
    R
    D
    R
    1875

    1877
    45th
    R
    R
    D
    R
    1877

    1879
    46th
    R
    D
    D
    D
    1879

    1881
    47th
    R
    R
    R
    R
    1881

    1883
    48th
    R
    R
    D
    R
    1883

    1885
    49th
    D
    R
    D
    D
    1885

    1887
    50th
    D
    R
    D
    D
    1887

    1889
    51st
    R
    R
    R
    R
    1889

    1891
    52nd
    R
    R
    D
    R
    1891

    1893
    53rd
    D
    D
    D
    D
    1893

    1895
    54th
    D
    R
    R
    R
    1895

    1897
    55th
    R
    R
    R
    R
    1897

    1899
    56th
    R
    R
    R
    R
    1899

    1901
    57yh
    R
    R
    R
    R
    1901

    1903
    58th
    R
    R
    R
    R
    1903

    1905
    59th
    R
    R
    R
    R
    1905

    1907
    60th
    R
    R
    R
    R
    1907

    1909
    61st
    R
    R
    R
    R
    1909

    1911
    62nd
    R
    R
    D
    R
    1911

    1913
    63rd
    D
    D
    D
    D
    1913

    1915
    64th
    D
    D
    D
    D
    1915

    1917
    65th
    D
    D
    R
    D
    1917

    1919
    66th
    D
    R
    R
    R
    1919

    1921
    67th
    R
    R
    R
    R
    1921

    1923
    68th
    R
    R
    R
    R
    1923

    1925
    69th
    R
    R
    R
    R
    1925

    1927
    70th
    R
    R
    R
    R
    1927

    1929
    71st
    R
    R
    R
    R
    1929

    1931
    72nd
    R
    R
    R
    R
    1931

    1933
    73rd
    D
    D
    D
    D
    1933

    1935
    74th
    D
    D
    D
    D
    1935

    1937
    75th
    D
    D
    D
    D
    1937

    1939
    76th
    D
    D
    D
    D
    1939

    1941
    77th
    D
    D
    D
    D
    1941

    1943
    78th
    D
    D
    D
    D
    1943

    1945
    79th
    D
    D
    D
    D
    1945

    1947
    80th
    D
    R
    R
    R
    1947

    1949
    81st
    D
    D
    D
    D
    1949

    1951
    82nd
    D
    D
    D
    D
    1951

    1953
    83rd
    R
    R
    D
    R
    1953

    1955
    84th
    R
    D
    D
    D
    1955

    1957
    85th
    R
    D
    D
    D
    1957

    1959
    86th
    R
    D
    D
    D
    1959

    1961
    87th
    D
    D
    D
    D
    1961

    1963
    88th
    D
    D
    D
    D
    1963

    1965
    89th
    D
    D
    D
    D
    1965

    1967
    90th
    D
    D
    D
    D
    1967

    1969
    91st
    R
    D
    D
    D
    1969

    1971
    92nd
    R
    D
    D
    D
    1971

    1973
    93rd
    R
    D
    D
    D
    1973

    1975
    94th
    R
    D
    D
    D
    1975

    1977
    95th
    D
    D
    D
    D
    1977

    1979
    96th
    D
    D
    D
    D
    1979

    1981
    97th
    R
    R
    D
    R
    1981

    1983
    98th
    R
    R
    D
    R
    1983

    1985
    99th
    R
    R
    D
    R
    1985

    1987
    100th
    R
    D
    D
    D
    1987

    1989
    101st
    R
    D
    D
    D
    1989

    1991
    102nd
    R
    D
    D
    D
    1991

    1993
    103rd
    D
    D
    D
    D
    1993

    1995
    104th
    D
    R
    R
    R
    1995

    1997
    105th
    D
    R
    R
    R
    1997

    1999
    106th
    D
    R
    R
    R
    1999

    2001
    107th
    R
    D
    R
    R
    2001

    2003
    108th
    R
    R
    R
    R
    2003

    2005
    109th
    R
    R
    R
    R
    2005

    2007
    110th
    R
    D
    D
    D
    2007

    2009
    111th
    D
    D
    D
    D
    2009

    2011
    112th
    D
    D
    R
    D
    2011

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    • Bah! That looks horrible in a comment, but try taking that HTML and put it in a draft post and see if it looks OK when you switch from HTML to Visual…

      The bottom line is that the overall party which should get “credit”/”blame” for the following years is:

      1861-1879 = R
      1879-1881 = D
      1881-1885 = R
      1885-1889 = D
      1889-1893 = R
      1893-1895 = D
      1895-1913 = R
      1913-1919 = D
      1919-1933 = R
      1933-1947 = D
      1947-1949 = R
      1949-1953 = D
      1953-1955 = R
      1955-1981 = D
      1981-1987 = R
      1987-1995 = D
      1995-2007 = R
      2007-2013 = D

      Over the last 100 years (1912-2011), Democrats held majority control for 63 of those years, and Republicans held majority control for 37 of those years.

      And over just the last 50 years (1962-2011), Democrats held majority control for 32 of those years, and Republicans held majority control for 18 of those years.

      Democrats have held majority control almost twice as often as Republicans have held majority control. And in the Depression era, Democrats held over 70% of the seats in both houses of Congress. The majority of the “Big Government” programs were put into place under Democrats.

      I think that especially over the last 50 years, the years of majority Republican control (1981-1987 and 1995-2007) have been much better than the years of majority Democrat control.

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  4. Five years ago, the Republicans controlled the House, Senate, and Presidency.

    Unemployment (December 2006) was 4.4%

    The national debt was under $8.7 Trillion.

    It wasn’t Bush and the Republicans who caused unemployment and debt to skyrocket. It was the Democrats who gained majority control in January 2007. This has been a Democrat economy ever since January 2007.

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  5. …The bottom line is that the overall party which should get “credit”/”blame” for the following years is:

    1995-2007 = R
    2007-2013 = D

    Clinton wrongly got “credit” for what the Republicans did in 1995-2000, and Bush wrongly got “blame” for what the Democrats did in 2007-2008.

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  6. Here’s a conceptual grouping of all 3… Presidency, Senate, and House.
    (I fixed the bar on the House graph where there were errors re: which party controlled the Presidency, then I copied the House graph over the bottom half of the Senate graph).

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    • I previously gave the run-down of which party had majority control (2+ out of 3), but this graph makes it easier to see when 1 party controlled all three of the entities necessary for budget-making and law-making.

      From the Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln in 1861 until the Inauguration of FDR in 1933, Republicans dominated, and it was not uncommon for Republicans to control the House, Senate, and Presidency at the same time. In fact, during that time, there were only two brief windows when Democrats actually controlled all three: 1893-1894, and 1913-1917 (which gave us the Federal Reserve and “Progressive” Income Tax).

      From the Inauguration of FDR in 1933 until present, however, Democrats have dominated. From 1933 to 1981, Democrats held majority control for all but 4 of those years!

      1933-1947 = D
      1947-1949 = R
      1949-1953 = D
      1953-1955 = R
      1955-1981 = D
      1981-1987 = R
      1987-1995 = D
      1995-2007 = R
      2007-2013 = D

      And now look at how often one party has controlled all three parts:

      DDD Jan 1933 – Jan 1947 (14 years!)
      DDD Jan 1949 – Jan 1953 (4 years)
      DDD Jan 1961 – Jan 1969 (8 years)
      DDD Jan 1977 – Jan 1981 (4 years)
      DDD Jan 1993 – Jan 1995 (2 years)
      RRR Jan 2003 – Jan 2007 (4 years)
      DDD Jan 2009 – Jan 2011 (2 years)

      So, of the 80 years from January 1933 – January 2013, Democrats will have held majority control for 58 years and EXCLUSIVE control for 34 years! For the last 80 years, Democrats have held majority control over 70% of the time, and held EXCLUSIVE control over 40% of the time!

      Meanwhile, of those same 80 years from January 1933 – January 2013, Republicans will have held majority control for 22 years and EXCLUSIVE control for only 4 years. For the last 80 years, Republicans have held majority control under 30% of the time, and held EXCLUSIVE control only 5% of the time!

      Nancy Pelosi loved to spew on and on about the “failed policies” of Republicans, but what happened to unemployment during those 4 years when Republicans held exclusive control? Unemployment dropped from 6.0% to 4.4% (a more than 25% decrease in the unemployment rate).

      What happened during the next 4 years, when Nancy Pelosi was Speaker? Unemployment rose from 4.4% to over 10% before declining slightly to 9.4% in her last month as Speaker (the rise from 4.4% to 9.4% is a more than 110% increase in the unemployment rate).

      So, tell me again, who has the “failed policies”?!?

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    • More thoughts…

      I think that combined graph helps paint a much more complete picture. I’ve been so used to thinking only about who held the Presidency. And in the post-WWII era we’ve had Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, G.H.W. Bush, Clinton, G.W. Bush, and Obama, so that “feels” balanced between the two parties.

      From the Depression to the end of this Congress (1933-2013, 80 years), Democrats held the Presidency for 44 years, and Republicans for 36.

      In the Post-FDR era, (1945-2013, 68 years), Democrats held the Presidency for 32 years, and Republicans for 36.

      So, that feels balanced. But then one looks at the House and realizes that from 1933 (the inuguration of FDR) until 1995 (the first Clinton “mid-terms”), Democrats held the House of Reprentatives for ALL BUT 2 of those 62 years!

      Newt Gingrich helped Republicans take the House in January 1995 (with his “Contract with America”), and Republicans held the house for 12 years. I think that when Nancy Pelosi helped Democrats retake the House in January 2007 (with her “A NEW DIRECTION FOR AMERICA”), she thought that Democrats would once again control the House for 40+ years. Thank God we were able to return the House to Republican control in January 2011. No matter what you think of Boehner, he is so much better than what would have happened if Pelosi had remained Speaker and part of a Democrat 3-way hold on the Presidency, Senate, and House.

      Pelosi presided over the shortest duration of Democrat control of the House since 1891-1895.

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      • chrissythehyphenated

        “I think that combined graph helps paint a much more complete picture. I’ve been so used to thinking only about who held the Presidency.”

        Yes, me too. I think this is why your idea to do this has had such an impact on the people I’ve showed it to. (Me included.) It paints a MUCH more realistic picture.

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  7. chrissythehyphenated

    Red … you are a gem!! I’m going to print all this out and study it. Dearest is really interested in this project and is good with data. Me, I get confused easily, but I’m strong on graphics. With your data, his architect’s brain and my knack with pretty colors, we should end up with something really good. AND you gave me the title. Who has the failed policies?

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    • Chrissy,
      Thank you for your kind words. It’s definitely a team effort, and we all contribute what we can. I’m not very good at the graphics, so I love what you’re able to do with them!

      It’s amazing to me what the Propaganda machine of the “Progressive” Democrats and MSM did in 2007-2008. They created problems, blamed Bush and Republicans for those problems, and then were rewarded with huge electoral wins in 2008 so that in 2009 they held the Presidency, the House, and a filibuster-proof 60 seats in the Senate.

      If anyone wants to see the true face of today’s Democrat[ic Socialist] Party, all they have to do is look at what the Democrat[ic Socialist]s did in 2009-2010 when they had virtually unchecked power.

      In 2010, Harry Reid used the budget reconciliation reconciliation process to pass Obamacare, but not a budget!

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  8. Take particular note of the slope of that graph during the following periods:

    1987-1995 = D
    1995-2007 = R
    2007-2013 = D

    Do you see how the Republican Congress that was elected in 1994 and sworn in January 1995 decreased that slope during the 12 years they held majority control? Do you see how many years we stayed in the range between $5 – 6 Trillion? And do you see how, once the Democrats took majority control in January 2007 the slope went nearly vertical again as the Democrats produced annual deficits of approximately $1.3 Trillion each and every year?

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