Obama's Policies Have Not Turned the Economy Around
William W. Beach
President Obama insists that his policies are producing a robust economic recovery. However, public opinion polls and recent election results underscore a very different perception: Working Americans see an economy still deeply depressed in key sectors and much slower everywhere than it should be. In short, the president's policies have not turned the economy around.
Where are we today compared to the other, big recession of the post-World War II period, the early 1980s? One way to answer that is to compare the two recessions calendar quarter by calendar quarter. Start with the '80s one. At its worst point -- seven quarters after the recession started -- the economy was just as weak as the worst days of the recent recession.
Today, we are 17 quarters from the beginning of the recession that started in
By contrast, our economy today, 17 quarters after the start the recent recession, remains dramatically weaker than it should be. Real GDP growth over the current "recovery" has averaged only 2.5 percent and the unemployment rate stands at a very high 8.3 percent -- well above the normal, full-employment rate of 5.5 percent. Millions of people lack work and, more importantly, they have little prospect of finding employment.
These numbers starkly indict the president's economic recovery program. Unprecedented deficit spending has created ballooning federal debt that itself now slows the economy. Rather than lighten regulations and lower taxes as
Obviously, we should do just the opposite -- and quickly. Even suggesting that taxes will rise and regulations will grow harms our economic prospects, and more debt further burdens our prospects for recovery. Truth is, working Americans have figured this out. The big economic question of the day is, will President Obama?
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