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Behind the Unemployment numbers; for real!

Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th President of the United States (1981-89)

40th President of the United States (1981-89)

Barack Hussein Obama II: the 44th and current President of the United States

44th and current President of the United States

I have been listening to the pundits talk about the unemployment numbers of Obama and their possible effect on his potential re-election without pointing out that these numbers were made possible after 8 years of Republicon rule. I found it amazing that pundits and Republicons constantly yammer out about the numbers being horrible and that this is why he will not get re-elected.

I think that it is fair to take a look at Obama’s situation and progress in comparison to the president (Ronald Reagan) that is held in high esteem by conservatives (loosely used) everywhere.

Reagan was elected in 1981 and was up for re-election in 1984. President Obama elected in 2009, and is up for re-election this year. Unemployment throughout 1981 may be attributed to the policies of Reagan’s predecessor, Carter. The unemployment throughout 2009 may be attributed to Obama predecessor, Bush. With that fact established, we can look at what they did after they survived their predecessor’s last budget year. I will only include the last 3 years of Obama’s and Reagan’s first term. I neglected to note that federal budgets end every October of the following year, so every president is stuck with the previous president’s budget for their first year (Civics son!).

I hear Republicon pundits argue that Reagan had the highest unemployment rate of any president seeking re-election which was at 7.2%. Pundits insist that unemployment under President Obama exceeds Reagan’s unemployment rate, and puts a damper on a possible second term for Obama. Now let’s take a look at the numbers in order to get a true gauge of what they had to work with and how they performed overall. Now I will admit that these are just raw numbers that do not do true justice to the given situations, but they are something to work with. Read more…

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