Obama vs. Reagan: GDP Growth Rate Update Shows Devastation of Socialist Policies

Guest Post by Joe Hoft

Obama’s just like Reagan… Except when he isn’t.

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Trickle Down Economics versus Trickle Down Socialism

As noted last year – Barack Obama’s economic policies have been an absolute failure when compared with Reagan’s economic recovery.

Here is an update with 2015 year end data showing Annual GDP Growth comparisons:

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(Chart by Joe Hoft)

Per updated data reported by the US Dept of Commerce – Bureau of Economic Analysis as of January 29, 2016, the average annual GDP growth rate for Obama in his first 7 years in office is a dismal 2.9% . Reagan’s recovery on the other hand averaged a 7.9% annual GDP growth rate for his first 7 years in office.

Reagan’s policies led to an average annual increase in GDP of nearly 3 times that of Obama’s policies.

Of course, Obama’s record on job growth is also much worse than President Reagan’s record.
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Net job growth has declined under Obama. By the end of the second year of their terms as president, economic growth under Reagan averaged 7.1% , under Obama an anemic 2.8% . (IJ Review)

And today, more than seven years into the tepid recovery, labor-force participation remains at its lowest level since 1978 during the Carter years.

In addition, as noted last year, Obama’s job growth is also much worse than Reagan’s record with more people being added to food-stamp rolls than the job rolls.

More… The Obama Economic Record: The Worst Five Years Since World War II


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Jim Hoft is the founder and editor of The Gateway Pundit, one of the top conservative news outlets in America. Jim was awarded the Reed Irvine Accuracy in Media Award in 2013 and is the proud recipient of the Breitbart Award for Excellence in Online Journalism from the Americans for Prosperity Foundation in May 2016. In 2023, The Gateway Pundit received the Most Trusted Print Media Award at the American Liberty Awards.

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