Well, Isn’t This Cheery

by on October 9, 2008 · 6 comments

Peter Ferrara, offering us a taste of the dismal science for the American Spectator in reviewing a recent book’s economic predictions for an Obama Presidency (but what about civil liberties?). Hey, maybe they’ll send out more economic stimulus checks! We used ours this year to pay down a tax bill. It’s like the circle of life. (Other references to the Lion King will be swiftly and severely dealt with).

  • MikeRT

    HakunamaHopeChange…. it's an inflation free…. philosophy…

    Ummm yeah…

  • http://enigmafoundry.wordpress.com eee_eff

    This is really silly–after having 8 years in power the neo-con's agenda has been shown for what it is: anti-social and extremely dangerous.

    I like especially like the rhetoric in this article, calling Obama “far left” Please! Dennis Kucinich was the only Democratic candidate who was close to being 'left'

    But to hold the silly views of the article in the Spectator, one has to make major informational exclusions, like the persistent and very real tendency of the economy to do better under Democrats than Republicans.

    http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/car

    BALTIMORE – As each new day brings word of another Wall Street bailout even more colossal than the last, one question presents itself with ever-increasing force: why does America’s economy perform so badly under Republican presidents?

    The facts are hard to dispute; indeed, the historical record is now so stark that diehard Republicans are probably starting to wonder if there is a curse. Over the period for which modern statistics are readily available, Democrats have outperformed Republicans by almost every traditional measure of economic performance (per capita GDP growth, unemployment, inflation, budget deficits).

    Democrats have even managed to beat the Republicans on their own turf. Thanks to the profligacy of the current Bush administration (and the prudence of the Clinton administration), average Federal spending as a proportion of GDP under Republican presidents now exceeds that under Democrats during the measured period.

    The pattern of Republican deficiency holds up when the span of historical analysis is extended by using stock returns to measure economic performance. On average, since the inception of the Standard and Poor’s composite stock index in 1926, the reward for putting your money in the market has been about 16 percentage points lower per presidential term under Republicans than under Democrats. Republican underperformance remains a stubborn fact even when the Great Depression and World War II are left out of the analysis (in the fond hope that they will prove to have been unique experiences).

  • MikeRT

    But to hold the silly views of the article in the Spectator, one has to make major informational exclusions, like the persistent and very real tendency of the economy to do better under Democrats than Republicans.

    That's usually because the Democrats come in riding on the reforms of the Republicans. Well, in the past, back when the limited government wing of the Republican Party actually had clout over the neocons.

    The fact is, the libertarian-leaning side of both parties is what used to help the economy along by promoting trade and lower taxes.

  • MikeRT

    But to hold the silly views of the article in the Spectator, one has to make major informational exclusions, like the persistent and very real tendency of the economy to do better under Democrats than Republicans.

    That's usually because the Democrats come in riding on the reforms of the Republicans. Well, in the past, back when the limited government wing of the Republican Party actually had clout over the neocons.

    The fact is, the libertarian-leaning side of both parties is what used to help the economy along by promoting trade and lower taxes.

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