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The Facts, Just The Facts

Many will recall the charts that Ross Perot used in his ads and speeches when he ran for president in 1992 and 1996. See, for example, this You Tube clip. Well, he’s back and he’s updated those charts. In fact, he has a website, PerotCharts.com, that is full of charts -- budget charts, healthcare charts, taxation charts, etc. They present the facts, just the facts.

According to David Walker, former U.S. Comptroller General, “Ross Perot is the father of fiscal charts,” adding that the charts “will help Americans understand the serious fiscal challenges facing our nation. These new electronic charts will also serve to hold elected officials accountable while accelerating needed actions to help ensure that our collective future will be better than our past.”

One example of those charts shows the trend of federal spending is not sustainable. Just how unsustainable can be seen on the following chart:

A good starting point is the set of charts showing the “Challenges facing the United States of America," a set of 35 charts “designed to acquaint the concerned viewer with the situation in which the American people will find themselves in the very near future if we do not address these problems now." The charts can be set to run manually, or set to run automatically, accompanied by explanatory narration. As the last slide in the presentation concludes:

"Over time, our standard of living, our national security, our standing in the world and the value of our currency could all lbe threatened.

“The problems worsen each year as we stand by and do nothing. The sooner we confront these issues, the better.”


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