Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Past Presidents, the National Debt, Republicans versus Democrats, and electing a non-senator/governor/rep.

Can't help myself as I woke up at 4:00 a.m. this morning. Who really has added more to the national debt, Republican Presidents or Democratic Presidents? (disclaimer- I am  a strict Republican but the math doesn't change.)Do governors, senators or representatives really make good presidents?

So here is the table - by President, previous experience, $ added to National Debt, % of debt added during term.

While these aren't perfect numbers (there are many ways to look at this), they do show some interesting trends. See for yourself:

Presidents and Debt

President                          Previous Experience $ Added to Debt % Added to Debt
44. Barack Obama (D)  Senator                       $9.4 Trillion 88.2%
43. George W. Bush (R)  Governor  $4.9 trillion 85.5%
42. Bill Clinton (D)  Governor $1.54 trillion 36.7%
41. George H. Bush (R) Representative/VP  $1.49 trillion 55.2% (1 term)
40. Ronald Reagan  (R) Governor                      $1.77 trillion 190%
39. Jimmy Carter (D) Governor                      $281 billion 43% (1 term)
38. Gerald Ford (R) Representative/VP $172 billion 37% (<1 term)
37. Richard Nixon  (R) Senator                         $119 billion 33% (>1 term)
36. Lyndon B Johnson (D) Senator                      $54 billlion 17.5% (>1 term)
35. John F. Kennedy  (D) Senator                         $19 billion 6.6% (<1 term)

pres Start in bils  finish added  perc
obama 10,626         20,000         9,374 88.2
bush 5,730 10.630         4,900 85.5
clinton 4,190 5,730 1,540 36.7
bush 2,700 4,190 1,490 55.2
Reagan 934         2,700 1.77          190
carter 653           934 281          43
Ford 482           654 172          37
Nixon 362           481 119          33
Johnson 308           362 54          17.5
Kennedy 289           308 19            6.6

Average percentage per party:
Democrats in office 28 years - 192% added- 6.85% per year or 27.42% per term

Republicans in office 28 years - 400% added - 14.3% per year or 57.24% per term

So unfortunately for me, the Republican Presidents added more than double the percentage of National Debt per term as the Democratic Presidents.

As you can see we've always elected either a Governor, a Senator or a Representative to the office of the President. how's that working for us? Maybe we should try a business man. Even a flawed rough around the edges business man. #justsayin

Good luck every one this fall.
Rob Barrett, Jr.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Making our Black Friday Thursday

Just a fun little song we did one night about how Black Friday has crept into our Thanksgiving Thursday. Enjoy.

You can download a music mp3 of it here if you'd like.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Our Albino Hawk and Me.

Our Albino Hawk
About 7 or 8 years ago we had a new visitor. What appeared to be a large white or albino eagle or hawk moved into our neighborhood. At first the crows were relentless, attacking and dive bombing her continuously. After a few days the hawk was gone and I figured the crows had gotten the best of her. Rats.
But a week or two later she was back and we've been enjoying her and her exploits for the past couple years. She eventually took a mate and has raised quite a few broods.
We've tried to get a good picture of her for quite some time, but never had the camera and her approach in the same place at the same time.
Last June, on my birthday, she showed up and landed in the tree right behind her house. I grabbed our cheap point and click and walked down to the tree to see if I could get lucky. Normally whenever I approach, she takes off so I have lots of pictures of her flying off in the distance.
But that day I didn't see her leave. I walked right up to the tree and scanned it for the great white bird.
Suddenly, there she was. Staring right at me. I shot the best shot I could but the back lighting was not good for my cheap camera.
White Hawk in Tree

Face to Face with our Albino Hawk on my birthday.

Then last night we finally took the plunge and bought a good camera, a Canon T4i. So I put on the telephoto lens and walked down to the end of the yard to see if by chance she would fly by. Living right must have its advantages because in less than 30 seconds both the Albino hawk and her mate flew by quite a few times.
First good shot of our white hawk

Black feathers on wings are new this year.

White hawk tail slightly reddish too.

The White Hawk's Red Tailed Mate.

So this year our albino hark looks less albino as it now has 2 black wing feathers and some red in it's tail. Its mate looks very much like a red tailed hawk so I'd guess our white friend is also just an albino version or a very white version.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Weeding, how to weed a garden

No easy way around it, just bend over and pull.

have a great weekend.
Rob Barrett

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

How to hammer out a copper bowl

This is one of my favorite things to do. Try it, you'll be surprised how easy and beautiful it is.