A Few Dates You Should Share With Republicans

obamasmilingIn my experience debating with Republicans, it doesn’t seem many know how to read a calendar.  I constantly see them blame things on President Obama which happened before he took office.

On that note, I decided to throw together a few dates Republicans should know, since they seem confused about exactly when a lot of this stuff happened.

  • George W. Bush was in office from January 20, 2001-January 20, 2009
  • June 7, 2001 the “Bush Tax Cuts” were signed into law
  • 2002 our nation records its first budget deficit in 4 years
  • May 28, 2003 Bush signs into law a tax reduction policy which drastically reduces dividend and capital gains taxes
  • In December 2007 the Great Recession starts
  • September 2008 Lehman Brothers sinks, triggering a complete panic in the financial industry, deepening our recession
  • October 3, 2008 the TARP (Wall Street) bailout is passed
  • The country lost 3.47 million jobs from July 2008-January 2009

Then Obama took office

  • February 2009 stimulus bill passed
  • May 2009 national job losses reduced by more than 50%
  • June 2009 the recession ends
  • March 2010 the current streak of 37 consecutive months of private sector job growth begins
  • May 2, 2011 President Obama orders the killing of Osama bin Laden
  • 2011 Forbes reports a new record for number of billionaires (1210) and their combined net worth ($4.5 trillion)
  • February 2012, 2 years after Obama’s auto bailout, General Motors announces record profits
  • December 2012, corporations report record profits
  • Spring 2013 the stock markets sets multiple new records

Now I know these aren’t all of the key dates, but it’s a good collection of facts Republicans seem to get a little confused with.

I can’t count how often I’ve heard some conservative say “tax cuts create jobs,” except they led us into our worst economic collapse in nearly a century.

How many times I’ve heard some right winger say “Republicans are fiscally conservative,” except it took Bush just one year to record our first budget deficit in 4 years.

Then the best one—they blame Obama for an economic collapse that began well before he ever became President.

So please, I encourage you to share this with your Republican friends.  Maybe together we can help them better understand how calendars work.

But I won’t hold my breath.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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