March 13, 2019
Statistics hold that the Democrats were the ones who created jobs. Not the Republicans who caused a massive trade balance deficit.
I am neither a Democrat nor Republican. Thus, my writings aren't propaganda for
any one side of the two-sided American political system. In addition, I am neither
a Communist, nor a Socialist, nor a neo-Confederate, a nor Oligarchist, nor a Nazi,
nor an Anarchist, nor Libertarian. I am neither a member of the Green Party, nor
the Natural Law Party, nor the Constitutional Party, nor the American Conservative
Party, nor the Modern Whig Party, etc., etc., etc. All in all, this article is NOT an
advertisement for the Democratic Party. However, it is a blanket condemnation
of the Republican Party and all things Republican.
A little while ago, I monitored a few minutes of the Rush Limbaugh Show, only to
find that the Viagra smuggler and his advertisers continue to lie to millions of right
wing conservatives, many of whom are located in socially isolated and backward
areas of America. The following phrase from an advertiser who was selling some
type of book was stated in a tone of indignant certainty and end-of-the-world ur-
gency: "Republicans create jobs and Democrats lose them."
False. He outright lied. The opposite has been statistically true, for decades.
Enter Harry Truman, a president who lost popularity at the end his presidency, to
the tune of an embarrassing 22% approval rating, as of February of 1952. Now,
the typical Reagan admirer who can barely read his NASCAR program without
moving his lips would immediately assume that Truman's unpopularity was due
to a very high unemployment rate. However, in 1952, unemployment was never
higher than 3.4%. In fact, it was as low as 2.9% that year ... under the unpopular
Harry Truman, a Democrat. The score in the post-WWII survey is Democrats 1
and Republicans coming to bat.
At this point, keep in mind that the way of calculating the U.S. unemployment rate
was changed during the early Reagan years, around the time when the rate was 10.8%.
Therefore, the new way of figuring the unemployment rate made unemployment look
much less than it actually was during Reagan's second term. This was equivalent to
playing with loaded dice. Let's continue:
Under Eisenhower, the unemployment rate rose to 7.1%. Thus, under a Republican,
the rate of unemployment doubled. It later decreased to 5.1%.. However, when Ike
left the White House, the rate was 6.6%. Thus, the unemployment rate under Repub-
lican Dwight D. Eisenhower was much higher than when he entered office. It's now
Democrats 2 and Republicans 0.
At this point, keep in mind that the Republican platform then was much different than
it was today. The Republican Party, even during the 1972 campaign, committed itself
to LOW military spending. Let's continue the post-war survey:
At the fourth month of Kennedy's presidency, the unemployment rate was 7.1%.
It then decreased to 5.5% at the tragic end of his presidency. The score is now
Democrats 3 and Republicans 0.
Under Texas Democrat, Lyndon Johnson, the unemployment rate was never over
5.6%. When Johnson left office the rate was a very low 3.4%. It's now very con-
vincing. Democrats 4 and Republicans 0. Rush Limbaugh propagates lies.
When Nixon entered office, the unemployment rate was 3.5%. It increased to 6.1% and
was 5.5% when he resigned. Under yet another Republican's presidency, the unemploy-
ment rate rose. Democrats 5 and Republicans 0.
Under Ford, it rose to 9.0%. Yet, the economy was vibrant, to the point of the United
States being the #2 exporting nation on earth. Thus, the health of the economy showed
the moral acceptability of Distributive Justice, in terms of Welfare payments and food
stamp allotments. None the less, the unemployment rate was 7.5% when Ford depart-
ed from the White House, meaning that is rose 2 percentage points during his presiden-
cy. Democrats 6 and Republicans 0.
Under Jimmy Carter, the unemployment rate dropped to 5.6%. Then came April 1980.
The rate started rising. At the end of Carter's presidency, the rate was the same as it
was when Ford left office. This is a tie. Thus, it's still Dems 6 and Repubs 0.
Under Reagan, the unemployment rate sky-rocketed to 10.8%. Then came a change
in the calculation of the unemployment rate, making the statistic look not as bad as
it was. Plus, Reagan increased federal jobs, and used the taxpayer to get the unem-
ployment rate to drop. The added feature was that the pay rate of certain types of
jobs recaptured by those previously laid-off dropped dropped. Therefore, Reagan's
unemployment decline was artificial in more than one way.
Even though the way to calculate the unemployment rate was changed for Reagan's
second term, the rate still would have decreased a bit, if the calculation method used
during the Carter years was used during Reagan's second term. This means that the
Republicans get one point, even though the decline in the rate was done at the ex-
pense of taxpayers ... and also done at the expense a private citizen's purchasing
power, in as far as concerning housing costs and disposable income.
This is the Republicans' only score. You now see why the Republican campaign
managers throughout America create Ronald Reagan Hype.
They don't use Ike, because he was vehemently against exorbitant military spending.
They don't use Nixon, on account of him resigning in disgrace.
They don't use Ford, even though he managed to get unemployment to drop to 7.5%.
They don't use George Bush the First, because he championed the Americans with
Disabilities Act, and today's Republican is heartless and ruthless.
George Bush the Second destroyed the future of America. So, Republicans sing the
praises of the unemployment rate decrease during Reagan's second term, while never
admitting that Reagan caused the rate to sky-rocket in the first place. Quite frankly,
any action would have gotten the Reagan-induced 10.8% unemployment rate to go
down. Do not be deceived. Ronald Reagan was exceptionally stupid, exceptional-
ly worthless, and void of any foresight. He was a very fake actor.
Concerning the other recent presidents:
Under the first George Bush (Herbert Walker Bush), the rate was as low as 5.0%,
early in his presidency. It then rose to 7.8%. When he left the White House, the
rate was down to 7.3%. Thus, it was almost the same unemployment rate as the
one in existence when Jimmy Carter left office.
When George Bush the First entered office, the rate was 5.4%, meaning that it rose
1.9% during his presidency. He elected to not use the artificial means to lower the
rate as did Reagan, because the Berlin Wall had collapsed. There was no cause to
increase the size of the military and the non-military federal government. In as
much, the score is now Democrats 7 and the Republicans 1.
During the Clinton years, the unemployment rate steadily dropped. Arkansas native,
William Jefferson (as in Jefferson Davis) Clinton, inherited a 7.3% unemployment
rate. Under him, it went as low as 3.8%. When Clinton left office, it was 4.2%.
Democrats 8 and Republicans 1.
Under the second George Bush, the rate did a roller coaster act. He inherited a 4.2%
rate. It elevated to 6.3%, dropped to 4.6%, and then rose to 7.8% at the end of his
presidency. The Great Recession ensued. Democrats 9 and Republicans 1.
Under Obama, the rate was as high as 10%. It is presently at 7.4%. There is no
debate that the 112th Congress deliberately sought to sabotage the Obama presi-
dency, displaying hypocrisy in the process. One example of its hypocrisy goes
The US Congress liberally gave debt ceiling limit increases to Republican Ronald
Reagan (18 times) and Republican George WMD Bush (7 times.) Yet, the TEA
Party congressional members used the ceiling increase as a weapon of economic
blackmail during the Obama years, sending America's credit rating downward in
the process ... thereby sabotaging all of America, in the attempt to unseat Obama.
The final score is Democrats 10 and the Republicans 1 in Job Creation.
In conclusion, the unemployment statistics are on the side of the Democrats, show-
ing that Rush Limbaugh and TEA Party politicians lie, in order to gain popularity.
This constitutes Republicans gaining power and influence by fraud.
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from Patrick Pontillo on 3/13/2019