I started reading Berkshire Hathaway's annual letter this morning and it starts off a little bullish on what 2% GDP growth means to the average (upper middle class) citizen. I thought I'd take a look at what those historical numbers were. I dug into the World Bank and US Census data and I made some graphs.
The easiest data to find only went back to 1967, though the world bank went back to 1960 on GDP and population numbers. The census data covers the presidencies of Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, H.W. Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama.
27th February 2016
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I'm Issac. I live in Oakland. I make things for fun and money. I use electronics and computers and software. I manage teams and projects top to bottom. I've worked as a consultant, software engineer, hardware designer, artist, technology director and team lead. I do occasional fabrication in wood and plastic and metal. I run a boutique interactive agency with my brother Kasey and a roving cast of experts at Kelly Creative Tech. I was the Director of Technology for Nonchalance during the The Latitude Society project. I was the Lead Web Developer and then Technical Marketing Engineer at Nebula, which made an OpenStack Appliance. I've been building things on the web and in person since leaving Ohio State University's Electrical and Computer engineering program in 2007. Lots of other really dorky things happened to me before that, like dropping out of high school to go to university, getting an Eagle Scout award, and getting 6th in a state-wide algebra competition. I have an affinity for hopscotch.