I'm not going to bother trying to see if Mr.Green's numbers are correct, but as he has done many times in the past, he did crib this information completely from a right-wing website; it was originally printed in the Wall Street Journal last September, and it has been put up on many websites since. Mr. Green nicely put his "sources" at the bottom of his letter, which made it look like he found the information himself, but those are just the sources that the WSJ used.
Besides the problem with how Mr. Green presented his information as original, I'm sure that an unnecessary trillion $+ war while tax rates were cut have nothing to do with the mess we're in. Or maybe not the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. I don't suppose giving the banks hundreds of billions had anything to do with it, or W's "ownership society" which pushed home ownership and led to the housing mess, which caused all the dominoes to fall. No, apparently in Mr. Green's world, it's all President Obama's fault. Did you completely forget, or do you just ignore everything that happened during eight years of Republicans in power?
The Republicans left a mess, and they aren't helping to clean up the mess. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell(R) said at the beginning of President Obama's term in office that, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." Mr. Obama has had to try to lead the country with such traitorous
Oh, and one more thing that can be added to Mr. Green's list of what is wrong during the Obama presidency. Is Mr. Green aware that the current administration continues to make payments to people who aren't supposed to be getting them anymore? Anything he now gets from the Federal government in the way of Social Security and Medicare is more than he was ever supposed to receive. Money for him is only there because of other people who continue to pay into the Social Security and Medicare funds. If he really wants to put his money where his mouth is, he should give back his Social Security and Medicare benefits to the U.S. Treasury. I know he'll just say that he's worked and paid taxes for over 50 years, and he deserves it, but that's not the point. The point is that you can always pick out problems at a particular time, but if you ignore what happened in an earlier time, then the entire picture becomes skewed.