Earlier today, I tweeted this:
Which I later repeated for emphasis:
This evening, Democrat Senator Kay Hagan debated Republican challenger Thom Tillis, and Democrat “Sweet Sugarmama” replied to me with this tweet:
My response to that requires more than 140 characters, so I’m putting my response in this post.
Let’s start with Sweet Sugarmama’s words, and then move on to the chart.
Sweet Sugarmama’s Twitter profile says:
I’m a news junkie,I love ALL people. I believe in GOD & I believe that we better try 2 do the best job of LOVIN&HELPIN each other.
I, too, love ALL people (Jesus taught me to), and I believe that Jesus Christ is LORD.
I believe in loving and helping each other, in the ways that the God teaches us through His Word.
Sweet Sugarmama’s Tweet reads:
@ITTRP @SenatorHagan She won the debate hands down! Chewed him up & spit his crazy ass out! NC is the new black!
I’m curious what Bible verse teaches Sweet Sugarmama to talk that way about other people. That doesn’t seem very “sweet”, loving or respectful of other people.
I suspect that “Sweet Sugarmama” thinks that Republicans are mean-spirited toward people, and Democrats are all about “LOVIN&HELPIN each other”, but here we see Sweet Sugarmama using words that are far from sweet. What is sweet or loving about, “Chewed him up & spit his crazy ass out”?
And what exactly does Sweet Sugarmama mean when she says, “NC is the new black”?
I seriously have no idea what that is supposed to mean…
But let’s move on to the chart Sweet Sugarmama posted in her tweet:
The chart above:
1) Starts with Jan 2009, but Democrats (including then-Senator Obama) had already held majority control for 2 years. Jan 3, 2007 is a better starting point for “before and after” comparisons.
2) Doesn’t define what date represents “TODAY”
2) Doesn’t provide links to data sources
3) Doesn’t accurately report deficit as % GDP
4) Doesn’t accurately report GDP growth
5) Gets at best 3/5 of its “facts” correct… and 60% earns what grade? #FAIL
This chart starts with January 2009… when Barack Obama was sworn in as President.
But when Barack Obama was sworn in as President on 1/20/2009, he had already been in the Majority Party for OVER TWO YEARS.
I think it is fair to give the majority of the credit and/or blame to the political party holding a majority (2+) of the House, Senate, and Presidency.
Why? Because in our Constitutional Republic, budgets, appropriations, and any other bills affecting the economy must be passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President (unless a Presidential veto is overridden by 2/3 votes of both houses of Congress).
When did Democrats (including Obama) become the majority party in Washington, D.C.?
It wasn’t on January 20, 2009.
It was on January 3, 2007.
Yes, from 1/3/2007 – 1/20/2009,
Barack Obama was in the Majority party and
George W. Bush was in the Minority party.
And since Republicans had held majority control from 1/3/1995 – 1/3/2007, January 3, 2007 is a great starting point of comparison… you see what the incoming Democrat majority (which included Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, then-Senators Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, etc.) inherited from the Republicans after 12 straight years of Republican majority control.
If Republican policies are really worse for the economy, and Democrat policies are really better for the economy, then things should be better now (after 7¾ straight years of Democrat majority control) than they were on 1/3/2007 (after 12 straight years of Republican majority control), right? RIGHT?!?
1) Dow Jones
[I updated this on 10/16/2014 to reflect numbers through 10/15/2014]
1/3/2007: 12,474.52 (up 221% in 12 years)
10/15/2014: 16,141.74 (up 30% in 7 years, 9 months)
1/3/2007: 4.4% (GOP reduced unemployment)
10/8/2014: 5.9%* (Democrats increased unemployment, and the true 11.1% unemployment rate can only be reported as 5.9% because of the unprecedented drop in Labor Force Participation Rate. If we had the same LFPR now that the Democrats inherited from the Republicans, the reported unemployment rate would indeed be 11.1%!)
3) GDP growth
Go to http://www.bea.gov//national/nipaweb/GetCSV.asp?GetWhat=SS_Data/Section1All_xls.xls&Section=2, then look at the second tab and compare Annual GDP growth.
Average Annual GDP growth during Republican Majorities 1995-2006: 3.3%
Average Annual GDP growth during Democrat Majorities 2007-2013: 1.1%
4) Fiscal Year Deficits as % of GDP
Average Fiscal Year Deficit as % of GDP:
Post World War II, 1947-1995: 1.8%
GOP Majority, 1996-2007: 0.8% (average deficits decreased 56% under GOP!)
DEM Majority, 2008-2014: 6.4% (average deficits increased 700% under DEMs!)
5) Consumer Confidence
There’s a lot more data that I can show you to prove that 12 years of Republican majorities produced a much better economy than the last 7¾ years of Democrat majorities have. Some of that data is available in this post were I talk about the following graph and more:
Are you willing to open your eyes, “Sweet Sugarmama”, and see things you’ve never been shown before?
Republican majorities spent ALL 144 months of their 12 years of majority control with EMPLOYMENT ≥ 62%.
Democrat majorities have spent the last 61 months of their majority control (talk about the last 5+ years of Obama) with EMPLOYMENT ≤ 59%.