Michael39301 Wrote: Let's look at three main issues:1. Employment---levels are far above/beyond what ANY Republican candidate from 2012 predicted that he/she would attain by the end of 2015.2. Wages---hourly wages have increased, and are still increasing, far beyond what ANY Republican candidate from 2012 claimed he/she would achieve by the end of 2015.3. Gas Prices---far, far below what ANY Republican candidate from 2012 claimed he/she would achieve by the end of 2015.Now I am not claiming that any President alone can actually make any of these variables change to this degree by him/her self, but President Obama is the one in charge. All those hundreds of dire predictions for the economy, issued by Republicans over the last 4 years, were nothing but hot air.
Schmidt Wrote: Michael -- Yes I'm not one to give any president the entire credit or fault as the case may be for major swings in economic conditions. The global market place has a lot to do with it. Nevertheless, Republicans were indeed blowing their horns on what the economy would look like under a Republican president, versus their dire predictions of gloom and doom if Obama was reelected, but then something else happened in 2012...Obama got reelected.So as we examine all the factors and trends in the global market place, we can give Obama credit for the stimulus package on 2009, the Affordable Care Act, and other initiatives, none of which by themselves probably had a major effect, but collectively helped steer us in the right direction. The dollar right now is trading at a nine year high on the foreign exchange markets...showing confidence in Obama's policies.Republicans before the last election looked at all the trends and went all in. They were ready to claim victory in 2012 and set the economy in the direction it was already headed. And then shit...Obama got reelected. Now what...they claim credit anyway.