After eight years of George W. Bush how is the country fairing?

Republican Ronald Reagan ended the 1980 presidential debates by famously asking: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” It’s a fair question to ask at the end of a President’s term so we should stop to considering if we’re better off now after eight years of George W. Bush. The answer according to NBC is not so much:

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
Then: 4.2% (Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 2001)
Now: 6.7% (Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 2008)

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE (1985=100)
Then: 115.7 (Conference Board, January 2001)
Now: 38.0, which is an all-time low (Conference Board, December 2008)

FAMILIES LIVING IN POVERTY
Then: 6.4 million (Census numbers for 2000)
Now: 7.6 million (Census numbers for 2007—most recent numbers available)

AMERICANS WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE
Then: 39.8 million (Census numbers for 2000)
Now: 45.7 million (Census numbers for 2007—most recent available)

U.S. BUDGET
Then: +236.2 billion (2000, Congressional Budget Office)
Now: -$1.2 trillion (projected figure for 2009, Congressional Budget Office)

That last one just kills me every time I see it. We were in the black and now we’re deep in the red. This is George W. Bush’s legacy.

20 thoughts on “After eight years of George W. Bush how is the country fairing?

  1. Typical libral nonsense. The Dems have been in charge of congrss for 2 years, when the economiy went down the pan.

    Pres Messiah Osama kept saying he wanted to be partisan, and then keeps picking Dems who support him for posts.

  2. That’s pretty funny since the Republicans had total power for 6 years but kept blaming everything on Bill Clinton the whole time.  It’s always the liberals’ fault.

    Bush drove this country into a hole with deficit spending when there was no reason for it and with nothing to show for it.  The financial industry had a plunder-for-all with no restrictions. Now the economy is so bollixed up there’s no way to avoid deficit spending.

    And yes, a Democratic president is likely to choose mostly Democrats.  That he is choosing any Republicans at all is pretty remarkable.

  3. Pres Messiah Osama kept saying he wanted to be partisan, and then keeps picking Dems who support him for posts.

    Hey Last Hussar, I thought that kind of stuff wasn’t your style?

    As per DOF. And fuck bipartisanism. If the Dems have one fault is that they are often trying to be too bipartisan (=timid). If the Republicans have one fault is that they can never say “bipartisan” without saying “suckers” under their breath.

  4. I tend to wrinkle my nose up when I see one set of statistics presented as percentages, and then another set presented in actual/rounded numbers.

    Based on the following numbers I got off the census site:
    Estimated 2000 Population 281,424,603
    Projected 2007 population 300,913,000
    So Poverty increased by .2% (2.3% in 2000 and 2.5% in 2007) and Uninsured increased by 1% (14.2% in 2000 and 15.2% in 2007)

    I had to check to see if the actual percentages to population changed. I didn’t see a figure for estimated 2007 population, but to get a better perspective on how accurate those projections are, the 2000 projected was 247,110,000 at one point, as we can see they were off by 34.3 mil.

    No sure what the unemployment numbers might actually be, I assume they don’t count children in those figures. What are the actual/rounded numbers of people claiming to be unemployed?

  5. Hey Last Hussar, I thought that kind of stuff wasn’t your style?

    Faceslap. Satire and sarcasm are lost on Americans.

    However, even that ultra commie BBC reckons its not all the Shrub’s fault.

  6. I’m a bit late to the dogpile here, but thought you might like to see a list of GWB’s more notable gaffes. What a way to summarize an 8-year presidency.

    Satire and sarcasm isn’t lost on THIS American. In fact, I thrive on it.

  7. George Bush handled the country admirably during a terribly difficult 8 years.  The reason for the difficulties?  President Clinton’s failure to handle matters of national security collectly – resulting in 9/11.  Combine that with Logan Quinn’s analysis of the improperly presented statistics, and one can easily see the folly of bashing Bush while heralding the achievements of the democratic party.

  8. Now I know you’re full of shit, Jon. I was willing to give you the benefit of the doubt in the other thread, but here you’ve shown yourself for the batshit insane Republican you really are.

  9. Les – in this situation you have the facts reversed.  It is your viewpoint that is insane.  You are small-minded and are unable to evaluate the cause and effect of various situations which results in your placing blame exactly opposite of where it belongs.

  10. You’ve been here all of a few hours and you’ve already determined my mental state. The arrogance is amazing.

    Again, thanks for showing up and demonstrating exactly how far removed from reality you folks are.

  11. And you determined my mental state in a shorter amount of time – so that was a very illogical response.  So much for a legitamte debate. As I stated previously, your entire blog illustrates why liberals are nutcases.  Its humorous and scary at the same time.

  12. I show up and start saying the things that you are saying is crazy, therefore you conclude I’m crazy. 

    I think its pretty obvious that you are the crazy one.

  13. Whether the majority of commenters would say you are crazy or not doesn’t matter to me.  It is still obvious that your liberalist opionions are crazy, and not well thought out.

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