The Numbers That Matter

Carol Platt Liebau
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Posted: Oct 14, 2010 6:11 PM
As the election draws ever nearer, let's keep our eye on the ball.  Polls are interesting, exciting and often predictive, but these are the numbers that matter most to regular Americans:

President Obama and the Democrats enacted $352 billion in net tax hikes.

The national unemployment rate Is 9.6%.

The real unemployment rate -- including those forced to work part-time because they can't find full-time work iIs 17.1%. 

Since the stimulus was passed, the US has lost 2.6 million jobs.

January 1st will bring the biggest tax increase in history, including higher death taxes and higher taxes on personal income, marriage and family, and savers and investors.  Capital gains will rise from 15% to 20%; taxes on dividends will rise from 15% to 39.6% next year and even higher thereafter.

Nancy Pelosi -- a multimillionaire in her own right -- and her family took 85 trips in military aircraft between March of '09 and June of '10, at a cost of more than $2 million taxpayer dollars.  Over $100,000 of that total was spent on in-flight food and alcohol -- again, courtesy of the taxpayers.

These numbers matter.  We're living them, so learn them and repeat them often in the next few weeks.