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Employment at a glance

You think this chart published by the left-leaning Brookings Institution is scary?
Brookings Institution job gap chart
Hmm. Maybe a little bit. It’s tough to be scared by something so unclear and wonkish. Instead, watch this …

… and then study this:
scary chart

It’s a little something I put together by combining the Employment-Population Ratio (because the unemployment rate you hear reported in the news doesn’t account for discouraged workers), along with a visual representation of which party controls the Presidency, the Senate, and the House. That horrible nosedive on the right is what you get when you put the modern Democrats in charge of all three. And here I was, thinking the Carter years (1977-1981) were bad.
Barack Obama is Jimmy Carter
What’s next, the return of disco?