We won’t get into the nitty-gritty of the actual hard numbers here, folks. That would be an encyclopedia-sized post in and of itself. But suffice it to say the Obama administration inherited a proverbial s–tstorm on multiple fronts from the previous White House, the worst in which would arguably be the economy.
And you know what? It got fixed.
That’s right – throughout the tenure of his two-term presidency and despite constant blockading from GOP brass – Obama fixed the economy.
Is/was it perfect? Of course not. And to be clear: it never will be. There will always be hardship, down-markets, unemployment, greed. But what was accomplished over the past 8 years was by and large the best progress that could ever have been expected (with the exception of the glaring absence of a single-payer healthcare system, of course).
With little-yet-significant support from certain Democrats (we’re looking at you with pride, Senator Warren), the Obama White House was able to successfully pull the nation’s financial crisis back from the brink and forge ahead a more stable and prosperous economy for millions of affected Americans.
But in typical Trump style, the attempts to coerce the would-be history books in the celebrity-in-chief’s favor even before they are written have been coming in hot and heavy since before he even took office.
Mere days after his election, Donald Trump praised himself on Twitter as having been the root catalyst for an economic surge that occurred as a direct result of years of hard work, and not by him. He has also taken credit for multiple jobs-growth related happenings that were already in the works long before his winning the election back in November.
And as of this writing – only two weeks into his freshman and so far disastrous, conflict-riddled presidency – the Trump administration is once again attempting to commandeer more economic growth statistics from the previous administration.
What actual statistics do show, however, is a different story.
Throughout his campaign, Trump and his ilk misleadingly hammered home the idea that shrinking unemployment numbers were a lie born of the Obama administration. They ridiculed actual, data-driven reports that showed unemployment as having dipped below 5% for the first time in a decade, despite Obama’s having inherited a rate at more than twice that.
The Republicans also campaigned on false accusations of the Democrats’ economic policies being “disasters” for the economy, despite actual proof of the exact opposite.
“The unemployment number, as you know, is totally fiction,” Trump said at one of his “victory lap” rallies in December. “If you look for a job for six months and then you give up, they consider you give up. You just give up. You go home. You say, ‘Darling, I can’t get a job.’ They consider you statistically employed. It’s not the way. But don’t worry about it because it’s going to take care of itself pretty quickly.”
Don’t worry about it, he said. Or more accurately, pay no attention. Nothing to see here. Leave the conniving to us.
A few days later, Trump double-downed on his ridiculous assertions, claiming the “real” unemployment numbers were something more akin to a Mad Max dystopia:
“I am going to be the greatest jobs president that God ever created,” he said. “Don’t believe those phony numbers. When you hear 4.9 and 5% unemployment. The number’s probably 28, 29, as high as 35. In fact, I even heard recently, 42%.”
Whimsically aloof, the new leader of our democracy is literally just making stuff up.
But now that he has taken office amidst a season of nonstop criticism and contention, the new president is attempting to polish his golden visage by reversing claims of a false jobs report and instead taking credit for what has been happening all along.
A recently-released jobs report showed that 227K new jobs were created in January. In a subsequent press conference, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed that the rise in job creation was due to “confidence” in Trump.
“Today’s report reflects the consumer confidence that the Trump presidency has inspired,” he said.
To be clear, the Trump administration is claiming that – while entirely devoid of actual statistics and actual job-creating policy – over a quarter of a million jobs were created in one month due to little more than employers’ elation that Trump got the job.
Alternative facts and the problems they create
As a self proclaimed “successful businessman,” Trump’s biggest campaign promise was to “turn the economy around.” But around from what, you may wonder? Thanks to Obama, the economy was already the best it’s been in over a decade; and as evident in the January jobs report, this upswing still has some momentum left. We are still living in the afterglow of progressive economic policy and real consumer confidence in an actual, dependable and coherent presidency.
Without solid and substantial policy outside of rampant deregulation and rolling back a near decade’s worth of solid and successful economy-boosting efforts, the Trump administration has given absolutely no sign of how and why the current economic surge is their doing. The very numbers they claimed as “phony” are the same they are now urging the electorate to accept as truth, and to give them credit for only half-reversing their own pathetic lie.
This brazen “alternative” to economic reality is becoming a far more prevalent theme of the new administration than any American should find comforting.Click here for reuse options!
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