"The two Democratic presidents have produced jobs at 7 times the rate of the two shrubs or 2.1 million versus 300,000 per year."…wingnut mantra that change is abhorrent and to be rejected at all costs is the driving sentiment among the current crop of Republican pretender candidates. It is true that Republicans refuse to change their patriarchal attitude towards women, cannot seek peace instead of wars, or work to promote equality for all citizens, but where they have held firm regardless the consequences is their failed approach to the economy. Since the Republican demigod Ronald Reagan ushered in the concept of giving everything to the rich and taking from the poor and middle class, it has been the sole economic agenda proffered from every Republican; including the Republican pretender field.
According to research gathered and reported on by the New Democrat Network, the last four presidencies reveal that beyond question: Republican pretenders dependably create economic recessions, fewer jobs, expanded government, and larger deficits. Conversely, Democratic administrations lead to economic growth, job gains, and lower deficits. Harkening back and assessing just the past four presidents, two Democrats and two Republicans, it is beyond refute that the Democratic approach to managing the nation’s economy works and Republicans who reject changing their “trickle down” approach fail miserably.
It would have been interesting to hear any one of the Republican candidates explain away that historically, and currently unfolding, fact to Republicans watching the debate. Any Democrat or conscious American already knows, by experience, that Republican pretenders fail with their unchanging ‘trickle down, austerity” economic approach. The candidates likely would have just dissolved into a puddle of lies; particularly since their unrelenting predictions that the Affordable Care Act would destroy the economy and kill millions of jobs has turned out to be as “shockingly wrong” as when they prophesied that the last Democratic president, Bill Clinton’s 1993 budget would annihilate jobs and decimate the economy forever.
Republicans claim they, and only they, can oversee robust job growth primarily by cutting taxes for the rich and corporations; the only solution offered by the Republican pretender field. However, on job growth there were well over 30 million “new” net jobs created by the Obama and Clinton presidencies while during the two shrub juntas, only 3.5 million hew jobs were created. As one pundit put it so even an idiotic Republican could understand it; “on a yearly basis the two Democratic presidents have produced jobs at 7 times the rate of the two shrubs or 2.1 million versus 300,000 per year.”
With better job creation records the unemployment rate naturally declines. Both Democratic presidents’ job creation success produced more than a 3 percentage point decline in the unemployment rate during their tenures in the Oval Office. The shrubs both presided over increases in the unemployment rate by over 2 and 3 percentage points respectively. Still, the Republicans seeking the White House have no issue promising that if they are elected, they will immediately reinstate the same failed job-killing economic policies that produced higher unemployment and fewer jobs as the shrub pretenders.
The Economic Policy Institute concurred with the real economists at the Hamilton Institute and explained that:
“The current recovery is the only one that has seen public-sector losses over its first 31 months…If public-sector employment had grown since June 2009 by the average amount it grew in the three previous recoveries (2.8 percent) instead of shrinking by 2.5 percent, there would be 1.2 million more public-sector jobs in the U.S. economy today. In addition, these extra public-sector jobs would have helped preserve about 500,000 private-sector jobs.”
Regardless of the Republican attempts to thwart any Obama recovery beginning on Inauguration night and continuing unabated today, the President still easily outperformed the Republicans proceeding him in managing the economy; particularly during the great Republican junta’s recession. Whether it was creating millions of jobs, reducing the unemployment rate or saving the American automobile industry, President Barack Obama accomplished it all while “keeping government spending flat and cutting annual budget deficits by two-thirds.” It is something that no Republican has, or ever will, accomplish because they will never accept change and abandon their failed trickle down, austerity, economic agenda. It is why, no matter who the nominee is, a Democratic president will continue the Obama economic recovery and any Republican will take little time to repeat the shrub economic disasters.