But I can claim that Bush failed to create jobs. And I can do so using current unemployment metrics (which include such tactics as removing workers who have been out of work for 6 months or more from the rolls since they are "discouraged workers"). Bush was a miserable failure and those huge tax cuts for the rich that got jammed through failed to produce the jobs promised. Really they failed to produce any jobs at all.
Straight from the Wall Street Journal:http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2009/01/09/bush-on-jobs-the-worst-track-record-on-record/
The current President Bush, once taking account how long he’s been in office, shows the worst track record for job creation since the government began keeping records.
The chart in the article states that Bush created an average of 375,000 jobs a year. The most conservative estimate I've heard for job creation is that 140,000 a MONTH are needed in order to keep up with population growth. That means Bush failed to help our economy for the first quarter of every year. The rest of the months of the year were just wasted time.
There's also ample evidence that the jobs created were not as good as the jobs that were being lost. I read somewhere that over half the jobs created under Bush made less than nine bucks an hour.
Cuz I'm tired we'll skip citation and move on to wild claims about how wages did go up but inflation went up by more causing a net loss in consumer spending power so we're fucked there as well.
Looking at Bush's horrifyingly bad economic record it's small wonder we're in the current situation. It depresses me that we're arguing about 2% taxes while people are losing their homes and thier jobs.
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