Voters Blame Obama More Than Bush for Poor Economy
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  • Jim.

    Professor, could you repost the graph that traced the trajectory of all post-WWII recessions? The one that shows Obama’s recession lasting far longer than any of the other recessions (including GWB’s dot-com bust?)

    Keynsians should have that graph stamped on the backs of their hands, to remind them how ineffective their ideology is.

  • Corlyss

    Well, it’s a start . . .

    Who cares if voters find the Big Zero more likable than the governor from Bain? I dowanna have a beer with the President, I want someone that is more adult and knows more important stuff than the Big Zero, someone who roughly approximates a leader.

  • An

    Annual trillion dollar deficits till the eyes can see will do that.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    Obama and the Democrats are completely to blame for the bad economy. Great Depression 2.0 can be directly traced to the Democrats huge deficit spending when they took control of congress in 2007 and immediately started spending with their first budget deficit of $485 Billion. By the end of 2008 the amount of money being sucked out of the capital markets, where it would have been loaned to consumers and businesses to create jobs, had crashed the economy and the continued massive deficit spending has kept it there. Great Depression 2.0 is Obama’s and the Democrats fault without a doubt.

  • Kris

    [email protected]: “Keynsians should have that graph stamped on the backs of their hands, to remind them how ineffective their ideology is.”

    Poor innocent Jim. The graph clearly proves that the stimulus wasn’t big enough!


    (Not that I object to the principle of having things stamped on the back of their hands.)

  • I would have to answer the poll question with “All of the above” with the addition that both Bush’s Republican Congress and the Democratic congress since 2006 in collusion with Wall St. are the cause of the problem and both Bush and Obama are guilty of being totally ineffective at stopping them.

  • thibaud

    Here’s the Keynesian candidate’s views on slashing spending in 2013:

    TIME/ Mark Halperin: “Why not in the first year, if you’re elected — why not in 2013, go all the way and propose the kind of budget with spending restraints, that you’d like to see after four years in office? Why not do it more quickly?”

    Mitt Romney: “Well because, if you take a trillion dollars for instance, out of the first year of the federal budget, that would shrink GDP over 5%. That is by definition throwing us into recession or depression. So I’m not going to do that, of course.”

    Of course!

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