Still, five years into the Obama presidency, the economy is grossly underperforming. Contrary to the dominant media narrative, it’s not bad luck or the financial crisis to blame, but bad policies — from the $860 billion “stimulus” that didn’t stimulate to the Dodd-Frank financial reform that killed lending.
Last year was a challenging one for entrepreneurs and other productive Americans. No fewer than 13 new taxes were put into place. Big government now consumes one of every four dollars of our GDP and is getting bigger.
Entering 2014, we face problems, including taxes and spending, that neither the White House nor Congress is addressing. In the following charts, we look at a few of the more alarming and intractable ones.
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