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Partisan Returns

Another beautiful Times graphic to consider as you enter the voting booth in a few weeks. I try to remain unbiased, but it’s getting tougher as I watch my 401(k) drop. This shows the returns under Republican administrations vs Democratic administrations since the depression. (Note: you can right click to enlarge or save the graphic.)

  • Augustine October 17, 2008, 5:16 pm

    There are more important things at stake than this cooked up chart. Why were the dividends excluded? Why averaging the returns instead of dollar-averaging? You should know better, Joe.

  • JOE October 17, 2008, 5:31 pm

    You remain my favorite critic.
    The graphic struck me as interesting and I wanted to pass it along. I did see the ‘dividend excluded’ warning and didn’t have time to analyze whether that would have really shifted the results much.

  • Dave Shafer October 17, 2008, 4:42 pm

    Great charts. I heard this on a liberal talk radio I listen to occasionally. The charts really hit it home.

  • Augustine October 18, 2008, 1:43 pm


    I like what you write and that’s why I subscribe to your blog. It provides me with financial information and insight that I just don’t find elsewhere.

    I don’t mean to be a critic for criticism’s sake. But when I make a critical comment about an entry it is because I think that you missed or lacked some information which I try to bring to your attention.

    I appreciate your welcoming my sometimes different perspectives.

    Your fan.

  • JOE October 18, 2008, 2:10 pm

    Ooops, english fails me, again. I meant it as;

    The word critic comes from the Greek ???????? (kritiks), “able to discern”, which in turn derives from the word ?????? (krits), meaning a person who offers reasoned judgment or analysis, value judgment, interpretation, or observation.

    But not as I’d use it to describe my mother;

    The term can be used to describe an adherent of a position disagreeing with or opposing the object of criticism.

    These two definitions come from wikipedia…
    By the way, the comments which agree with me from you or anyone else, are nice to get, but don’t help me learn, unless of course they add extra facts or more data to suppport my opinion.

  • mary jo October 22, 2008, 6:01 pm

    This is all well and good; however, Presidents very little to do with the economy.

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