One requirement of being a member of the modern-day Republican Party is that you can’t let facts impede any popular GOP talking points. In debates about both serious or silly matters alike, new evidence or undeniable facts never stop Republicans from continuing to make outrageous claims.
A serious accusation that the political right likes to make about President Obama is that he is responsible for blowing up government spending and raising taxes through the roof. The facts? Government spending under the Obama administration is increasing at the slowest rate since Eisenhower was president, and the deficit has just about been cut in half. Oh, and taxes are the lowest they’ve been in over 50 years.
One silly charge that radical Republicans like to make about President Obama, particularly when his annual summer vacation rolls around each year, is that he spends an astronomical amount of his presidency vacationing.
To put things in perspective for my Republican friends, I have created a graph showing just how silly their argument is. This is the amount of vacation days Presidents Obama and Bush took through the same 5-year mark of their presidencies.
Yes, that’s right: George W. Bush took roughly 4 times more days off than President Obama at the same point in his second term. Where were my GOP friends when Dubya was vacationing his way through the presidency?