Government Spending

costs of living since 1978 meme

Misleading With Inflation Since 1978

Courtesy of The Other 98%, with over 17,000 likes and 50,000 shares. This meme compares various cost of living increases since 1978 with the corresponding changes in wages. According to the meme, important staples have…

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salary of politicians meme

The Impact of Politicians’ Pensions on the Budget

This meme presents the supposed salary and pensions for various politicians, and asserts that’s where the budget cuts should be made. It’s a popular talking point, but how much would this really save?

free college tuition meme

What’s the Real Cost of Free College Tuition?

Courtesy of The Other 98%, with over 9,400 likes and 2,900 shares.  This meme claims that in 2012 public college tuition was $62.6 billion, while the federal government spent $69 billion on federal programs aiding…

Did the Income Tax Fund the Civil War?

Courtesy of Liberal and Proud of It, with over 8,000 likes and 4,000 shares.  This meme is a jab at Bush and other neocons about not paying for the Iraq War.  By bringing up the…

Corporate Subsidies and Fuzzy Math

Courtesy of Goldman Sachs are Financial Terrorists, with over 23,000 likes and 192,000 shares.  It’s also been recently shared by more well known, and slightly more “respected” outlets like The Other 98%, with over 1…

Going Postal With This Meme

Courtesy of Occupy Democrats, where it currently has over 23,000 likes and 28,000 shares.  This meme has a spattering of half-truths, but is mostly false or misleading.  We’ll take each point separately to pick it…