I came across my favorite internet meme being use in an interesting capacity: it’s been used to make a statement about the Bush and Cheney economic legacy, so I couldn’t help but feature it here. But before I go into details, allow me to define what an internet meme is. For those new to the term, It’s an online fad that takes off, goes viral and becomes part of internet lore and culture, and is usually amusing, silly, weird or worse. The particular meme I’m talking about here has to do with a cute cat that’s made to play the keyboard rather resignedly, to the tune of an earworm you’ll find hard to shake. But it sure makes a great ring tone.
This may make more sense if you see it in action. Or maybe not. Either way, you can see it in the video below, where an adorable keyboard-playing cat accompanies a Dick Cheney interview during which some unsavory economic facts about the Bush era are rattled off. Check out Dick Cheney as he is put on the spot.
Cute kitty aside, here’s what I took away from this video. Here’s a quick snapshot of how our country’s financial situation has degraded over the last 8 years:
|Unemployment||4.2%||7.6%||+ 3.4%||Poverty||32.9 million||37.3 million||+ 13%|
|Uninsured||41.2 million||45.7 million||+ 11%|
|Federal Budget||+ $128 billion||- $1.3 trillion||Wow.|
Granted, economic and business cycles sometimes have a mind of their own, and may take on a momentum and direction that are independent from that intended by the government, but this would still be small consolation to anyone who’s looking for someone to blame for their financial hardships. As they say, “it’s the economy, stupid!” and there’s nobody else but our leaders to hold accountable for our nation’s plight. Would you agree?
If you’ve had enough of grizzly old guys dredging up sordid statistics, you can cleanse your mind a bit by taking a jog around our site for other articles on the economy.
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