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Evening Focus – Whose government is the problem? Quiz 2

May 23, 2012

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Evening Focus – Whose government is the problem? Quiz 2

How many of our problems are caused by government, and by which kind of government? Take a little quiz…. (More)

President Ronald Reagan famously said, “Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem.”

What Reagan didn’t say is which party in government is the problem. His line is so familiar that it has come to be seen as ‘the truth’ by many of “We the People.” This game is designed to help you decide, based on information and facts, if you’d like to be more specific about which party is your problem.

For the sake of this game, you agree as a player that telling the truth matters and that facts matter. A good story may feel good but if it is lie, you’ve been conned. The real question is, “If facts matter, can you change your mind?”

1. Federal spending has increased as a percentage of GDP since President Obama took office.

____ True

____ False


In January 2009, before President Obama had even taken the oath of office, annual spending was set to total 24.9 percent of gross domestic product. Total spending this year, fiscal year 2012, is expected to top out at 23.4 percent of GDP.

2. Are federal income taxes lower or higher today than when President Obama took office?

____ Lower

____ Higher

See this link for the answer.

3. Is the federal deficit higher or lower as a percentage of GDP today or when President Obama took office:

____ Higher

____ Lower

Check out this chart for your answer.

4. Who inherited what kind of budget, or which President inherited a surplus or a deficit from his predecessor?

President George W. Bush surplus ____ or deficit ____

President Barack Obama surplus ____ or deficit ____

Click here for answer.

5. Have austerity programs in Europe increased GDP growth?

Yes ____

No ____

See the answer in three graphs here.

6. What did Moody Analytics’ Mark Zandi rate “the most serious weight on the job market?” Choose one:

___ federal deficit
___ taxes
___ public sector job cuts
___ regulations

Click here for answer.

7. Is economic mobility higher in right-to-work states compared to states that protect union contracts?

____ yes

____ no

Click here for answer.

Facts matter and the truth matters. Remember, the pea is not under any of the walnut shells if you are playing a con game.


  • addisnana

    FYI, I come from a family that plays board games and card games. Both sons as teenagers, in a burst of sibling rivalry read and memorized the trivial pursuit cards at night to become more competitive players. They are using these quizzes in the spirit of “the game” to educate their friends.

  • MKSinSA

    My newsletter today jogged me to swing by and I’m glad I did. Love quizzes and games. You go you Truth Buster! Love it.

  • Gardener

    The other day I Googled, “I can’t recall – Reagan.” I highy reccomend you try it, very interesting reading. The Gypper was not a favorite of mine, needless to say. I figure he got the job to keep Nixon from being the worst modern president. Junior Stumbletongue bailed out Reaganhood. (He robbed the poor to pay the rich!)……

    In a way, it’s a testament to the shallowness of the nation’s political interest and knowledge, that such an ersatz conman was elected in the first place. An actor, for goodness sakes! He wasn’t near as good as the Old Ranger, whom he replaced on Death Valley Days, and was an absolute know-nothing as chief executive. At least he didn’t give backrubs!

    Pop couldn’t stand him, and one of his former co-workers made us both laugh saying, “I thought we needed a change, so I voted for Reagan. I damn near lost my job!”

    The big question, and I don’t mean to poke fun at a sick person, but the big question is: when did the dementia start? Somewhere in his second term, is my best guess…….

    Interesting too, that he kept import barriers low to Japanese goods, and after his term, they paid him millions for speeches. Quid pro quo, you decide!

    • winterbanyan

      I think it began before his second term. Some insiders reported in a news article that Reagan spent most of his day sleeping and watching sitcoms, and that it took two weeks to rehearse him for public appearances.

      Very sad. Why that news didn’t cause a ripple at the time, I don’t know. He was indeed the “Teflon President.”