The chart below shows just how terrible Obama’s record is:
1) Presidents obviously don’t operate in a vaccum (Congress and world events play a role), but the deficit was the lowest under Clinton of any modern president, thus defying critics of spending cuts on the left and right.
2) Presidents don’t create or destroy a single job, but the policies that they and Congress enact have a tremendous impact on the long-term health of the economy.
3) George W. Bush was a terrible president (saved only by Obama’s even more pitiful record) who makes Jimmy Carter look great by comparison. Sorry folks, Carter deregulated the airlines, trucking, and not-to-be forgotten, the craft beer industry. Bush’s tax cuts, while nice at the time (and I support their preservation), have, along with Obama’s subsequent health care and regulatory policies like Dodd/Frank, contributed to greater economic uncertainty as their renewal is debated on a monthly basis. Of course, they don’t make up for his terrible record on spending and regulation.
4) As the years wear on, Bill Clinton looks better and better.