The prospect of Donald Trump actually running for president has always seemed patently ridiculous, no matter what he was saying. And yet there was a time when his personal crazy combined with the crazy du jour and carried him towards actually following through on his promise to run. (Or should I say his threat?) One big part of that crazy was his birtherism — as recently as April 2011 Trump actually sent researchers to Hawaii to sniff out the "truth" about President Obama's birthplace. He seemed pretty confident that he was on to something, even telling Anderson Cooper, "Well, I've been told very recently, Anderson, that the birth certificate is missing." Somehow, I don't think that panned out!

But hey, being a birther isn't quite as popular as it was back in 2008. And what with Mitt Romney and Trump holding a fundraising event tonight, the Obama team saw it as an opportunity to call them both out:

And they're right! That doesn't look so good for Romney, who would now probably appreciate it if Trump would A) shut up about that stuff and B) still give him all the money. But guys. But guys. Donald Trump is not a "birther." Those people are nuts! He just happens to support the "place of birth" movement, as he tweeted this morning:

Totally different.

(Of course, Trump's hilarious rebranding attempt aside, it seems he's really sticking to the idea that President Obama was not born in the U.S., and that McCain's dismissiveness towards the wackos who do think that helped him lose the election. Let's see how that works out for him.)

Commentarium (52 Comments)

May 29 12 - 3:27pm
TB

Whay exactly is crazy about wanting verification of eligibility for a US President by means of a birth certificate?

What is crazy to me is that the "birth certificate" that was posted for download on the White House's website was a complete forgery! It was a LAYERED Adobe Illustrator file! I find it crazy that, that was basically ignored.

There are really 3 possibilities.

1. Obama wasn't born in the US and provided a badly forged document knowing the media wouldn't publicize it.

2. Obama was born in the US and provided a badly forged document as a sort of "slap in the face" and to keep the "birth movement" alive since he actually benefits from it.

3. Obama wasn't born in the US, posted a forged certificate, but was just too stupid to realize it was so badly forged and got lucky.

In any case, the fact remains , the one posted was badly forged... the truth of his birthplace remains unverified.

May 29 12 - 4:35pm
Jess

There is something kind of gloriously transcendental about these paranoid theories. As closely vetted as presidential candidates are and as little prepared some people were to take on a black president, to truly believe that the best black candidate that could be picked up for apparently nefarious reasons in all of the country was one who wasn't born in the country, takes a particularly sweet brand of lunacy.

I mean, if it is true that he wasn't born in the country and isn't really eligible to be president, why do you think people 'helped' him get through the vetting process? Why him? Is he magical? I'm trying to imagine the sinister plot machinations necessary to pull out a foreign born black man--not even black! mixed!--and put him in the White House and I am seriously not coming up with any reason why this one particular man would be worth the effort. Surely they could just get some nefarious dude who was born in Idaho or something?

And if he is some magical foreign-born black man with a badly photoshopped birth certificate, how is it that he has so much upper level help with getting through the original vetting process, but that help doesn't continue on to prevent him from being 'found out' by some mouth breather on the internet who thinks he has identified pixel-work in the 'shopping? It just doesn't make sense. And that is what makes it so glorious when you find someone still willing to ride the crest of the crazy wave.

May 29 12 - 4:35pm
True Patriot

You're all blind to the truth. It's so obvious that Obama was born aboard a spacecraft built by creatures from Alpha Centauri. He's not eligible to be president because HE'S NOT EVEN HUMAN!!!

May 29 12 - 7:57pm
LT

@ Jess - Agreed. It boggles the mind that there are people still embracing this lunacy. What I'd really love to hear is why they think Obama had our special forces pursue and then give the order to kill Osama bin Laden. I really, really want to hear their explanation for this...TB? Anyone other birther?

@True Patriot - Yes, that must be it! Thanks for the laugh, good one.

May 30 12 - 10:22am
AndrewJC

People who keep talking about verifying Obama's eligibility by making sure he was born in the United States are missing the fact that it doesn't matter, because he's the son of an American citizen and thus is considered a "natural-born citizen," making him eligible for the presidency REGARDLESS of where he was born.

May 30 12 - 10:38am
profrobert

@LT: It's the Dumbledore Double Shift! OBL knew he was dying of kidney disease, so he ordered B. Hussein Obama to martyr him so that Obama could appear to be a real American instead of a Kenyan Muslim plant!

May 30 12 - 11:40am
LT

@profrobert: Ah, the ol' Dumbledore Double Shift! Of course! So simple yet so effective. Too funny. And even funnier (though in a sad way) is that I'm pretty sure that if you put this theory, perhaps minus the HP reference, in front of many birthers they'd glom onto it as fact.

May 30 12 - 1:41pm
makemesometea

You know, for folks like you, I could hand you the original Barack Obama birth certificate with the original signatures written in pen with carbon dating showing that the paper dates from the early '60s and you'll still find something wrong with it. There's no hope for those like you. You only see what you want to see and that's it.

Good day.

May 30 12 - 5:12pm
Elaine5O

as Walter said I am shocked that a mom able to make $7284 in one month on the internet. did you see this page..MakeCash20.com

May 31 12 - 7:04am
Brian

Nothing beats Romney's "certificate of live birth", which was CROPPED, had the words "void" all over the sides, no official seal, and was also heavily layered. The date on the front is suspicious, too. It says January of 2012; did it really take four months for Romney to perform that abominable crapping and photoshopping job?? Money couldn't buy him a better forgery?? It seems pretty certain now that Romney, too, was born in Mexico.

Jun 02 12 - 10:29am
Reality Check

It doesn't matter where he was born as he had an American citizen for a mother. It has never been an issue before, so SCOTUS never made a ruling, but almost every legal scholar in this country will tell you "Natural Born Citizen" means any one born with American citizenship, which includes overseas to an American parent (ie John McCain last election....). So if he was born in Kenya, so what.... Unless you are saying he isn't his mother's child, it doesn't matter.

May 29 12 - 3:49pm
bearman33

Who cares about Trump, Todd Bridges is getting a divorce after 14 years of marriage.

May 29 12 - 4:19pm
True Patriot

Todd Bridges was able to stay married for 14 years? Now THAT is news!

May 29 12 - 5:11pm
bearman33

Yeah, and in cocaine years, that's almost a century of wedlock.

May 30 12 - 11:15am
Kel

+10

May 30 12 - 12:42pm
arnold

Watcha talkin' bout Willis?

May 29 12 - 4:52pm
Halcyon

Oh! But there are always the "he is also an anti-christ, muslim, nazi, socialist, communist" claims these same people through out about him. Don't forget those! '

Why continually fall back on conspiracy theories instead of debating his record? If you want to convert anyone reasonably sane, try a factual presentation of his record....

May 29 12 - 6:22pm
caps rttena

I'm not a birther, but that some folks want to persue that line of thinking is not racist and has nothing to do with Obama's race. It has to do with the troubling level of resistance the administration applied towards releasing any sort of official document. Why didn't they just release it up front?

I will admit, this still troubles me a little bit:
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/17/The-Vetting-Barack-Ob...

One could argue that it was an uncorrected typo back then, but this was still being written about him much more recently than the original publication. If someone wrote a bio of you, and got your city or state of birth incorrect, wouldn't you make sure to have it corrected next time around? I'm sure you would, I know I would.

But in the end I agree, we should be talking about his record... which is, at this point in time, abysmal at best. Hope & Change? Nope, just more Self-Serving Power-Preserving Politics As Usual. But that doesn't look as nifty on a bumper sticker, does it? One of these days the sheeple of the USA will learn...

May 29 12 - 7:55pm
Perigee

"I'm not...but..." = the surest sign that yes, yes you are, but you realize how stupid you sound.

My state's unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in 5 years. OBL is dead. Quadaffi is out of power. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is signed. DODT is over. Our troops are out of Iraq. It that is an abysmal record, I don't know what a good one looks like.

May 29 12 - 10:10pm
caps rttena

Nope, you are wrong. It is possible to not be part of something, but understand where they are coming from. Perhaps you are too simple- or narrow-minded to grasp that.

All of those things you mention are great, but are ultimately unimportant in the grand scheme of what's going on right now. Which is the worst economic climate in generations, and something that Obama has failed to address with any success. As usual, Democrats think that the way to solve any problem is to throw endless amounts of money at it, despite the fact that history and common sense have shown time and time again that this DOESN'T WORK.

There has never been a deficit of the size Obama has generated, and continues to increase at an alarming rate, and that will not be paid off in our lifetime or our children's lifetime.

Please back up your unemployment stats, because it is a fact that there are more people unemployed right now than there were when Obama took office -- this is confirmed by the data released by his own administration. You can spin that the number of folks receiving unemployment benefits has gone down, but the actual number of people out of work has increased over the last three year, and given that there is no confidence on the part of small businesses that this administration will actually make anything better they're not going out of their way to take the risk of creating any new jobs. (And all significant job growth in the US is on the part of small businesses, not giant corporations -- not that they are hiring, either.)

Obama and his administration and his Democratic cohorts in congress have created an economic nightmare, bordering on disaster, and how any of you nitwits can possibly defend his actions in this regard is just beyond me. You must be a fucking idiot not to see the truth right in front of your eyes.

In the face of this absolute disaster they have created, who gives a fuck about DADT, OBL, Quaddafi or Lilly Ledbetter? None of that matters one iota if we continue to spiral further and further towards an even deeper recession, and spending untold TRILLIONS that we don't have. (Do you even know how much one trillion is, much less $15.7 trillion?)

Spending is NOT the answer. Repeat after me, spending is NOT the answer. If it makes no send for you to spend more money than you earn, why does it make sense for the government to? And they're not spending some magical money, they're spending YOUR money and MY money.

May 30 12 - 11:20am
Kel

You're so wrong in every single paragraph that there's no reward in attempting to correct you. And this looks like a plug-in rant for any comment board that dares mention Obama. Debate demerits for referring to people you want to persuade as "nitwits" and "fucking idiots".

May 30 12 - 12:36pm
10 gustori

OK Mr. Smartypants, perhaps you'd care to educate us how spending 15.7 TRILLION dollars (and rising!) more than we have is supposed to fix the economy. I'll wait...

May 30 12 - 1:18pm
Kel

My pants are smarter than you are. And they have better manners.

May 30 12 - 1:45pm
counsel rgthque

Don't dodge the question. Answer it. If you can. I suspect you cannot.

May 31 12 - 9:50am
Dodge

Kudos to gustori for earning the Conswervative merit badge. To qualify one must demonstrate the ability to deny reality and consistently blame a Democrat for every ill, real or perceived, that befalls the country.

I'll trade you some educating: You explain to us exactly how Obama has spent $15.7T and I'll explain to you how preventing a complete economic collapse would be of benefit.

May 31 12 - 12:59pm
exthe Frenchman

I am not a conservative or a Republican, I dislike most Republicans as much as I dislike Democrats. What annoys the fuck out of me on here is how you guys are all gaga about Obama and the Democrats, blinded to the truth that their policies are bankrupting this nation.

I've never once stated that the Republicans (in general, or Romney in particular) will necessarily be any better. But stop drinking the Kool-Aid that Obama is doing anything positive, because he's not.

This just in: the CBO estimates that the so-called stimulus will end up costing as much as 4.1 MILLION dollars PER JOB CREATED. How can you possibly view that as a wise method to boost the economy?

May 31 12 - 1:03pm
nope

Deficit spending creates jobs and stimulates growth. Budget balancing during a recession is absolutely fucking insane. I am really glad you do not actually have any power over economic policy.

But more importantly, I don't understand when people respond to Obama's foreign policy, LGBT, and healthcare history with "The economy is the ONLY ISSUE THAT MATTERS!" Maybe to you, but you don't get to decide that it's the only thing that matters for anyone else. It's certainly not the only thing that matters to me.

Jun 01 12 - 12:12am
Kingston Trio

Ok, Kel has weighed in. Given his record of being 100% wrong - even on trivial items as the Kingston Trio recording Early Morning Rain, we can rest assured that he adds nothing to the debate. In fact, a quick reading of his comments indicates just that; he has nothing to say except to attempt to ridicule people for - and I'm not making this up - ridiculing people.

@nope - You're incorrect about deficit spending. The deficits have created precious few jobs now and the administration's plan to monetize the debt through inflation will carry a huge penalty in jobs as businesses can't afford to borrow and, subsequently, grow.

The question I have is why Obama hasn't released his college transcripts. He is the wunderkind, Editor of the Harvard Law Review, etc, so you'd think he'd throw all those 4.0 transcripts out to show us all how smart he is. It couldn't be that he passed himself off as a foreign student, could it? Hmm.

The Pew Research poll hit the nail on the head; liberals are intellectually inconsistent and much less open-minded than their conservative counterparts.

The Romney Administration is coming - we know it's true because Kel recently assured us it was impossible, making a lock. Have fun, bitches!

Jun 01 12 - 10:34am
1956. rnmarkin

Doubled the deficit in under four years, to just shy of 16 trillion dollars, and precious very little to show for it. Clearly deficit spending is not working -- is it the deficit spending itself, or the specific manner in which he's spending it? I think a little from column A and a lot from column B -- he's proven himself to be completely inept at this role, and his prioritization on the major issues of the day is completely off-kilter.

(I'm 100% for gay marriage, gays serving opening in the military, etc. but it all for naught if you and your gay spouse are living in a cardboard box.)

Liberals think with their heart to the exclusion of their mind. Conservatives think with their mind to the exclusion of their heart. Both approaches are fucking stupid and just plain wrong. And considering the average citizen has very little understanding of how thing really work (especially complex mechanisms like a national economy) they just keep voting in the same idiots, the same parties, the same tired old red vs blue ideologies. The sad part is we've received exactly what we've asked for, and we're doomed as a result.

Jun 02 12 - 9:29pm
True Patriot

@Greg: Obama was a professor of constitutional law at the University of Chicago. If that fact doesn't make his college, high school, and kindergarten transcripts redundant, I don't know what does.

@1956. rnmarkin: Democracy is not the best form of government, it is the only form of government which guarantees that the people get what they deserve.

May 29 12 - 9:44pm
Greg

Hey, Lefties, bear in mind that your guy, Dan Rather STILL BELIEVES that those George Bush National Guard papers are authentic ... you know the ones with the proportionally space fonts from the early 1970's! Dan Rather was by the way the guy who replaced Walter Cronkite. He threw his career away on that crusade. I don't recall too much ridicule aimed his way, indeed he's still regarded as a legit journalist by many.

May 30 12 - 7:56am
TB

Indy - Unfortunately, I was not able to reply directly to the message this is intended. In any case, Snope's claim by the Adobe "expert" is the same ridiculous explanation I heard before about the layered file. I have been in the graphics industry for over 20 years and there is no "off the shelf" scanning software that does to a file what has been done to this PDF. There is scanning software with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) which will covert the type into actual "editable" text, but it does not then create a layered file filling in the blanks of what is beneath the text it recognized.

May 30 12 - 6:40pm
JD

Yes it does, Adobe's built in OCR creates a layered document, one layer is the image as it was scanned, the layer created is the text as recognized by OCR. Other typical layers are the headers, signatures for signed documents, heyperlinks references, etc. To have been in the graphics industry for over 20 years you sure don't know dick...

May 31 12 - 12:09am
Greg

It also "adds" a pattern under the original ... 'cause another birth certificate from a few days earlier doesn't have that. Oh, and a signature from some unindentifiable person.

May 31 12 - 12:16pm
Kel

All this searching for imaginary inconsistencies and loopholes to help prove a crackpot theory reminds me of a junkie crawling on hands and knees, looking to scrape one more hit out of whatever may have fallen on the floor years ago.

Jun 01 12 - 12:14am
Kingston Trio

But, Kel, you've proven yourself so wrong, so often, that, well, we really don't care what you think. You still want to tell people how I'm bullying you for correcting me about "Early Morning Rain" when you were totally wrong?

Jun 01 12 - 7:47am
nope

Greg, I don't know why you think this "Kel was wrong about which band authored a song" factoid is such a damning attack, but it is really not impressive. As far as ad hominems go, it is a pretty damn lame one.

Jun 02 12 - 10:01am
Kingston Trio

Not Greg but you're free to think so if you like.

The factoid is, in fact, trivial. It's the arrogant attitude with which your, oh I mean Kel, rendered his incorrect opinion. Further evidence of his attitide can be found above. A well thought out post was responded to with "You're so wrong in every single paragraph that there's no reward in attempting to correct you." Really, Kel? So wrong you can't refute it? Who cares if there's a "reward" in it? What would that "reward" be, in any case?

It's the attitude that will lead to a revolution in November. The illusion of liberal superiority is gone. The libs just don't realize it yet.

Pew Research in motion, bitches!

Jun 02 12 - 9:22pm
True Patriot

A Pew Research Poll reference! I was wondering when the dry spell would end.

May 30 12 - 7:58am
TB

In any case, the whole "birther" issue is nothing more than a distraction from the fact that Obama is a complete failure as a leader and need to be replaced with someone who doesn't wish to "Fundamentally Transform" this once great country.

May 30 12 - 4:36pm
Eddie

And that someone is Mitt Rmoney? BWAHAHAHAAAA!!
\tard.

Jun 01 12 - 12:19am
Oh, yeah

Someone who understands economics and who has met a payroll would be a massive improvement. My favorite excerpt from The Amateur: Week after week in 2010 when Obama just can't believe that his ruinously expensive "stimulus" didn't improve the employment numbers. Total denial. Totally hillarious until you realize this guy who didn't have the resume to be the GM of a Home Depot store is President.
\don't use demeaning references to the developmentally disabled around me or you'll have to have surgery to have my foot removed from your ass.

Jun 01 12 - 3:03pm
Kel

The last two businessmen who became President were Herbert Hoover and George W. Bush. Both of them crashed the economy. You may put your foot back in your mouth where it belongs.

Jun 01 12 - 6:58pm
nope

Hoover was actually huge into deficit spending, and when FDR ran against him it was under the banner of balancing the budget. The end of Hoover's presidency saw slight recovery and FDR crippled it again. It wasn't until FDR changed courses and began to adopt Hoover's policies that the economy began to turn around.

I realize that's tangential, but I think it's a fascinatingly misunderstood corner of history. Most people assume that Hoover was small government and FDR was deficit spending, because of course that became his legacy.

Jun 02 12 - 10:09am
Kingston Trio

Kel - the gift who keeps on giving. The "last two" businessmen were Bush and Hoover? Why did you leave out Jimmy Carter and Harry Truman? Carter was a very successful farmer while Truman had a less successful harberdashery. While we're at it, Roosevelt and Kennedy had significant involvement in their family fortunes which would certainly qualify them as "businessmen." Further, Ronald Reagan ran the Screen Actor's Guild which was and is a significant business.

Seriously, Kel, do you even read what you write before hitting submit?

Jun 02 12 - 9:21pm
True Patriot

The Screen Actor's Guild is a labor union. Reagan was president of that union, which meant that he spent his time as the public face of the organization (and engaging in the very un-American activity of naming names to HUAC) and would have had very little involvement in day-to-day operations. And the only "involvement" FDR and JFK had with their family fortunes was collecting the proceeds from their trust funds. Peanuts are subsidized by the government, so being a successful peanut farmer is hardly something to brag about.

Seriously, Greg, do you really think anyone would believe that anyone but you would use the phrase "Pew Research Poll" around here?

Jun 03 12 - 3:11pm
tuessday ofignet

Neither Hoover nor Bush "crashed the economy." Neither did the right things when it happened, but they were not responsible.

May 30 12 - 5:13pm
Rex Merritt

If Trump ever wants to build one of his meglomanical projects in Hawaii I get the feeling its approval will come the day after never.

Jun 01 12 - 12:15am
Day after never

Trump has significant holdings in Hawaii. Rex Merritt fail.

Jun 03 12 - 1:55pm
Bro Bama

Obama missed a golden opportunity. When Trump built the birth certificate frenzy to its peak, Obama should have offered to bet him $10,000,000 that Hawaii had the certificate on file. If Trump took the bet, fly there together and check it out. If he doesn't take the bet, he looks like a cowardly, lying bitch.

Jun 09 12 - 4:35pm
Some Numbers

$3.59 - When Barack Obama entered the White House, the average price of a gallon of gasoline was $1.85. Today, it is $3.59.

22 - It is hard to believe, but today the poverty rate for children living in the United States is a whopping 22 percent.

23 - According to U.S. Representative Betty Sutton, an average of 23 manufacturing facilities permanently shut down in the United States every single day during 2010.

30 - Back in 2007, about 10 percent of all unemployed Americans had been out of work for 52 weeks or longer. Today, that number is above 30 percent.

32 - The amount of money that the federal government gives directly to Americans has increased by 32 percent since Barack Obama entered the White House.

35 - U.S. housing prices are now down a total of 35 percent from the peak of the housing bubble.

40 - The official U.S. unemployment rate has been above 8 percent for 40 months in a row.

42 - According to one survey, 42 percent of all American workers are currently living paycheck to paycheck.

48 - Shockingly, at this point 48 percent of all Americans are either considered to be "low income" or are living in poverty.

49 - Today, an astounding 49.1 percent of all Americans live in a home where at least one person receives benefits from the government.

53 - Last year, an astounding 53 percent of all U.S. college graduates under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed.

60 - According to a recent Gallup poll, only 60 percent of all Americans say that they have enough money to live comfortably.

61 - At this point the Federal Reserve is essentially monetizing much of the U.S. national debt. For example, the Federal Reserve bought up approximately 61 percent of all government debt issued by the U.S. Treasury Department during 2011.

63 - One recent survey found that 63 percent of all Americans believe that the U.S. economic model is broken.

71 - Today, 71 percent of all small business owners believe that the U.S. economy is still in a recession.

80 - Americans buy 80 percent of the pain pills sold on the entire globe each year.

81 - Credit card debt among Americans in the 25 to 34 year old age bracket has risen by 81 percent since 1989.

85 - 85 percent of all artificial Christmas trees are made in China.

86 - According to one survey, 86 percent of Americans workers in their sixties say that they will continue working past their 65th birthday.

90 - In the United States today, the wealthiest one percent of all Americans have a greater net worth than the bottom 90 percent combined.

93 - The United States now ranks 93rd in the world in income inequality.

95 - The middle class continues to shrink - 95 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession were middle class jobs.

107 - Each year, the average American must work 107 days just to make enough money to pay local, state and federal taxes.

350 - The average CEO now makes approximately 350 times as much as the average American worker makes.

400 - According to Forbes, the 400 wealthiest Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans combined.

$500 - In some areas of Detroit, Michigan you can buy a three bedroom home for just $500.

627 - In 2010, China produced 627 million metric tons of steel. The United States only produced 80 million metric tons of steel.

877 - 20,000 workers recently applied for just 877 jobs at a Hyundai plant in Montgomery, Alabama.

900 - Auto parts exports from China to the United States have increased by more than 900 percent since the year 2000.

$1580 - When Barack Obama first took office, an ounce of gold was going for about $850. Today an ounce of gold costs more than $1580 an ounce.

1700 - Consumer debt in America has risen by a whopping 1700% since 1971.

2016 - It is being projected that the Chinese economy will be larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2016.

$4155 - The average American household spent a staggering $4,155 on gasoline during 2011.

$4300 - The amount by which real median household income has declined since Barack Obama entered the White House.

$6000 - If you can believe it, the median price of a home in Detroit is now just $6000.

$10,000 - According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 46 percent of all American workers have less than $10,000 saved for retirement, and 29 percent of all American workers have less than $1,000 saved for retirement.

49,000 - In 2011, our trade deficit with China was more than 49,000 times larger than it was back in 1985.

50,000 - The United States has lost an average of approximately 50,000 manufacturing jobs a month since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.

56,000 - The United States has lost more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities since 2001.

$85,000 - According to the New York Times, a Jeep Grand Cherokee that costs $27,490 in the United States costs about $85,000 in China thanks to all the tariffs.

$175,587 - The Obama administration spent $175,587 to find out if cocaine causes Japanese quail to engage in sexually risky behavior.

$328,404 - Over the next 75 years, Medicare is facing unfunded liabilities of more than 38 trillion dollars. That comes to $328,404 for each and every household in the United States.

$361,330 - This is what the average banker in New York City made in 2010.

440,00 - If the federal government began right at this moment to repay the U.S. national debt at a rate of one dollar per second, it would take over 440,000 years to totally pay it off.

500,000 - According to the Economic Policy Institute, America is losing half a million jobs to China every single year.

2,000,000 - Family farms are being systematically wiped out of existence in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of farms in the United States has fallen from about 6.8 million in 1935 to only about 2 million today.

$2,000,000 - At this point, the U.S. national debt is rising by more than 2 million dollars every single minute.

2,600,000 - In 2010, 2.6 million more Americans fell into poverty. That was the largest increase that we have seen since the U.S. government began keeping statistics on this back in 1959.

5,400,000 - When Barack Obama first took office there were 2.7 million long-term unemployed Americans. Today there are twice as many.

16,000,000 - It is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.

$20,000,000 - The amount of money the U.S. government was spending to create a version of Sesame Street for children in Pakistan.

25,000,000 - Today, approximately 25 million American adults are living with their parents.

40,000,000 - According to Professor Alan Blinder of Princeton University, 40 million more U.S. jobs could be sent offshore over the next two decades if current trends continue.

46,405,204 - The number of Americans currently on food stamps. When Barack Obama first entered the White House there were only 32 million Americans on food stamps.

88,000,000 - Today there are more than 88 million working age Americans that are not employed and that are not looking for employment. That is an all-time record high.

100,000,000 - Overall, there are more than 100 million working age Americans that do not currently have jobs.

$150,000,000 - This is approximately the amount of money that the Obama administration and the U.S. Congress are stealing from future generations of Americans every single hour.

$2,000,000,000 - The amount of money that JP Morgan has admitted that it will lose from derivatives trades gone bad. Many analysts are convinced that the real number will actually end up being much higher.

$147,000,000,000 - In the U.S., medical costs related to obesity are estimated to be approximately 147 billion dollars a year.

295,500,000,000 - Our trade deficit with China in 2011 was $295.5 billion. That was the largest trade deficit that one country has had with another country in the history of the planet.

$359,100,000,000 - During the first quarter of 2012, U.S. public debt rose by 359.1 billion dollars. U.S. GDP only rose by 142.4 billion dollars.

$454,000,000,000 - During fiscal 2011, the U.S. government spent over 454 billion dollars just on interest on the national debt.

$1,000,000,000,000 - The total amount of student loan debt in the United States recently surpassed the one trillion dollar mark.

$1,170,000,000,000 - China now holds approximately 1.17 trillion dollars of U.S. government debt. Yet the U.S. government continues to send them millions of dollars in foreign aid every year.

$1,600,000,000,000 - The amount that has been added to the U.S. national debt since the Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives. This is more than the first 97 Congresses added to the national debt combined.

$5,000,000,000,000 - The U.S. national debt has risen by more than 5 trillion dollars since the day that Barack Obama first took office. In a little more than 3 years Obama has added more to the national debt than the first 41 presidents combined.

$5,000,000,000,000 - What the real U.S. budget deficit in 2011 would have been if the federal government had used generally accepted accounting principles.

$11,440,000,000,000 - The total amount of consumer debt in the United States.

$15,734,596,578,458.59 - The U.S. national debt as of June 7, 2012.

$200,000,000,000,000 - Today, the 9 largest banks in the United States have a total of more than 200 trillion dollars of exposure to derivatives. When the derivatives market completely collapses there won't be enough money in the entire world to fix it.