Barack Obama: 24 Statistics That Show How Much The Current President Has Messed Up Our Economy
Michael Snyder:Â Under Barack Obama, the U.S. economy has performed worse than it did under any other president since the end of the Great Depression.Â After every other recession since World War II, the U.S. economy always regained what was lost and got even stronger before the next recession began.Â During this “economic recovery”, we have not even come close to getting back to where we were in 2008.Â In fact, the number of Americans living in poverty and the number of Americans that are dependent on the government both continue to explode even as Barack Obama runs up trillions of dollars of new debt.Â Anyone that believes that Barack Obama is going to “fix the economy” if he is given another four years in the White House has taken way too many sips of the Obama kool-aid.Â The truth is that Barack Obama is not going to save you.Â Barack Obama has royally messed up our economy (along with a lot of other things) and that is not something we should be thanking him for.
Yes, Barack Obama is not solely responsible for the economy.Â In fact, he does not even have the most influence over the direction of the economy.
However, if he had been willing or able to actually do what was necessary to fix the economy, he certainly had ample opportunity.
For example, the Democrats had full control of Congress during Obama’s first two years in office.
They were in a position to push through just about anything that they wanted to.
But just about everything that did get through Congress during those two years was full of really, really bad ideas.
More importantly, Barack Obama has done absolutely nothing to stand in the way of the nightmarish policies of the Federal Reserve.
Yes, the Federal Reserve does have more power over the U.S. economy than Barack Obama does.
But Barack Obama has made no moves to reign in the Fed or to stop their idiotic policies.
In fact, Obama has had nothing but good things to say about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, and he nominated Bernanke for another term.
Talk about stupid.
If you were the owner of a pro football team and your coach had lost every game for several years in a row would you give him a new contract?
Of course not.
But even though Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke hasÂ a track record of failureÂ that would make the Washington Generals blush, Obama has given Bernanke his unquestioning support.
Obama insists that it would be a really bad idea to ever question the “independence” of the Fed.Â Obama believes that it is a good thing that U.S. monetary policy is determined by a panel of “experts” that work for a secretive organization that has no direct accountability to the American people whatsoever.
Yet their decisions have a huge impact on all our lives every single day.
So since Barack Obama has steadfastly refused to stand up to the Federal Reserve and has had nothing but wonderful things to say about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, it is fair to hold Obama at least partially responsible for the nightmarish economic conditions that Fed policies have helped create.
In the final analysis, basically every single decision that Barack Obama has made regarding the economy has been wrong.Â He has added trillions to our debt while flushing our economic future down the toilet at the same time.
Thanks Obama – you really have been awful.
The following are 24 stats that show just how much Obama has royally messed up our economy….
#1Â Under Bill Clinton, the average unemployment rate was 5.2 percent.Â Under George W. Bush, the average unemployment rate was 5.3 percent.Â Under Barack Obama, things have been much worse. The month after he took office the unemployment rate rose above 8 percentÂ and it has stayed there ever since.
#2Â Under Barack Obama, the velocity of money (a very important indicator of economic health) has plungedÂ to a post-World War II low.
#3Â Real median household income has decreasedÂ by more than 4000 dollarsÂ since Barack Obama entered the White House.
#4Â The United States hasÂ plenty of oilÂ and we should not have to import it from the Middle East.Â Unfortunately, Barack Obama has an absolutely nightmarish energy policy.Â Under Bill Clinton, the number of drilling permits approved rose by 58 percent.Â Under George W. Bush, the number of drilling permits approved rose by 116 percent.Â Under Barack Obama, the number of drilling permits approvedÂ decreasedÂ byÂ 36 percent.
#5Â When Barack Obama took office, the average price of a gallon of gasoline was $1.85.Â Today, the average price of a gallon of gasolineÂ is $3.71.
#6Â Under Barack Obama, the United States has lostÂ more than 300,000 education jobs.
#7Â Since Barack Obama became president, the number of long-term unemployed Americans has risenÂ from 2.7 million to 5.2 million.
#8Â For the first time in the post-World War II era, the employment-population ratioÂ has not bounced backÂ after a recession.Â The percentage of working age Americans with a job has been below 59 percentÂ for 35 months in a row.
#9Â While Barack Obama has been president, U.S. home values have fallenÂ by another 12 percent.
#10Â More than three times as many new homes were sold in the United StatesÂ in 2005Â as will be sold in 2012.
#11Â Electricity bills in the United States have risen faster than the overall rate of inflationÂ for five years in a row.Â Thanks Obama.
#12Â When Barack Obama first entered the White House, an ounce of gold was going for about $850.Â Today, the price of gold isÂ over $1630 an ounce.
#14Â The number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 31.9 million when Barack Obama took office toÂ 46.4 millionÂ today.Â How much more “hope and change” are we going to be able to endure?
#16Â If you can believe it (and this really is hard to believe),Â more than half of all AmericansÂ are now at least partially financially dependent on the government.
#17Â The total amount of money that the federal government gives directly to the American people has grownÂ by 32 percentÂ since Barack Obama became president.
#18Â Under Barack Obama, federal spending as a percentage of GDP (25 percent) is the highest that it has been since World War II.
#19Â The Obama administration has been spending money on some of the most insane things imaginable.Â For example, in 2011 the Obama administration spentÂ $592,527on a study that sought to figure out once and for all why chimpanzees throw poop.
#20Â The U.S. government has run a budget deficit of well over a trillion dollarsÂ every single yearÂ under Barack Obama.
#21Â Under Barack Obama, U.S. debt was downgraded from AAA status for the first time ever.
#22Â Since Barack Obama took office, the U.S. national debt has increasedÂ by 50 percent.
#23Â Since Barack Obama became president, the U.S. national debt has increased by an average ofÂ more than $64,000Â per taxpayer.
#24Â During the Obama administration, the U.S. national debt has grown more than it did from the time that George Washington became presidentÂ to the beginning of Bill Clinton’s second term as president.
Michael has an undergraduate degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the University of Florida law school.Â Â He also has an LLM from the University of Florida law school. Michael has worked for some of the largest law firms inÂ WashingtonÂ D.C., but now is mostly focus on trying to make a difference in the world.