"Without a doubt President Obama inherited a difficult situation. Here's the problem: He made it worse!"
The above graph, showing average annual job creation under Democratic and Republican administrations since 1945, with 2009 separated out as a year in which the disastrous level of job loss was plainly the result of the policies under George W. Bush, shows just how wrong that assertion is.
Since the effect of the stimulus and other Obama policies took effect, the level of job creation in his administration has been higher than that under four of the last six Republican presidents.
For the full story, see a piece I did for the New York Times this week:, "Has Obama Made the Job Situation Worse?"
Progressive Point of the Day: This is part of a series of brief pieces that will offer suggestions to the Obama campaign and progressives on effective points to raise and ways to frame their argument. Consider it an advice column for Democrats, who have been having messaging problems for years. Despite the "Point of the Day" tag, it will not appear every day, but it will appear often between now and the election.
Follow Robert S. McElvaine on Twitter: www.twitter.com/@BobMcElvaine
(270 to win)
|Virginia 100% Rpt.||51.2%||47.3%|
|Florida 100% Rpt.||50.0%||49.1%|
|N. Carolina 100% Rpt.||48.4%||50.4%|
|Ohio 100% Rpt.||50.7%||47.7%|
|New Hampshire 100% Rpt.||52.0%||46.4%|
|Colorado 100% Rpt.||51.5%||46.1%|
|Wisconsin 100% Rpt.||52.8%||45.9%|
|Iowa 100% Rpt.||52.0%||46.2%|
|Nevada 100% Rpt.||52.4%||45.7%|
|Seats gained or lost||+2||-2|