What would it take before Republicans finally admitted that the economy has been successful under President Obama? On the surface, it seems like a pretty straightforward question. And, in fact, the answer is fairly simple. Not because of the straightforwardness of the question itself, but because of the mindset of those it targets.
Oh, and by the way, it will never happen is the answer to that question.
News could come out that unemployment was 4.7 percent; wages were at 40-year-highs; GDP was growing at its best rate in decades; and unemployment claims were at record lows… and Republicans would still claim that this president has been a failure economically.
It’s like I’ve said before, if President Obama were a Republican, with the exact type of economic rebound we’ve seen since the 2008 crash, the GOP would be building him up as an American legend. They would be talking about him much in the same way they do Ronald Reagan.
Especially after the economy just did something that it hasn’t done since “Saint” Reagan lived in the White House.
In 2014, this nation saw something that it hadn’t seen since 1984 – a drop in unemployment for every single state in the United States.
Every. Single. One.
And in many of these states it wasn’t just a slight drop in unemployment, it was a 1-2 (or even more in some) percent decline. That is quite simply a tremendous reduction in unemployment for a single calendar year.
But we all know how this game is played. State legislatures will take credit for any positive economic growth in their state, while blaming Washington for any of the negative information that might exist. Especially when it comes to Republicans.
Except, what’s more logical:
- 50 different governors and state legislatures all just happened to create positive economic environments within each of their states culminating in one of the best economic years in United States history. – or –
- One president’s economic policies have had a positive impact on the country as a whole.
Considering that all of this growth began about a year after President Obama took office, on the heels of the worst economic crash in almost a century, I’ll go ahead and let everyone decide for themselves which of those two options best answers that question.
Oh, but I know what most conservatives reading this will say, “What about wage stagnation!?” Listen, wage stagnation has been an issue since Reagan was elected and shoved “trickle-down” economics down all of our throats. Anyone who supports the ridiculous “tax cuts create jobs” propaganda, then says we have a problem with stagnant wages for middle class Americans, is simply admitting that trickle-down economics is a failure.
But instead of embracing such positive economic news as a sign that this country is finally approaching a full recovery after such a disastrous economic crash, most Republicans will do their best to either laughably try to take credit for it, or attack it because they would really rather have this country fail than see President Obama succeed.