As former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) flails about trying to use his family name to attract financial and elite support while also desperately trying to distance himself from his brother's disastrous record, there is another problem he cannot run away from: The 12 Bush years were the worst on record for net new private sector job creation.
Not just the worst, but no one has even come close to being the second worst.
The totals for the 12 years we let these children of privilege use their instincts (or "gut" as W told us to rely upon) were abysmal, a total of 747,000 net new private sector jobs.
That's it. Less than 1 million new private sector jobs in 12 years of Bush presidencies.
President Obama creates as many new private sector jobs in 3-4 months as the Bushes did in 12 years.
To understand this more fully, the Bushes averaged 5,190 new jobs per month for 12 years. No, not 51,000 that would be considered terrible, awful and devastating. But one-tenth of that, 5,190. There are no words to describe how abysmal that is.
Lest one believe that Junior were the culprit, crashing his daddy's numbers, we can break it down further. Under Bush Senior there were a grand total of 1,084,000 new private sector jobs and Junior had a net negative 337,000 jobs. Other than Junior, Senior's 1 million jobs in 4 years is the lowest by far of any modern presidency
So, the proposition Jeb is making to the nation appears, in essence, to be this: we should rely on a third Bush's instincts (whose genetic defects on economic policy are described above) to extend President Obama's economic recovery from his brother's most disastrous economic and financial collapse since the Great Depression.
For Mitt Romney it was the 47 percent. For the Bushes, it is the 747,000.
Jeb Bush must think the American people are fools, or gluttons for punishment, to give the Bush instincts and hangers-on a third chance.