Presidential spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders (full disclosure: my daughter) was asked to respond to Barack Obama’s attempt to take credit for the robust job creation numbers, suggesting it’s just part of the continuing streak that started on his watch.  He actually attributes the boom in jobs (and I assume also the record-setting stock market, sky-high consumer confidence and GDP growth of 3.3% and rising) to the carbon regulations he imposed on industry and his focus on clean energy.  Yes, nothing makes the economy boom like expensive, complicated government regulations and huge giveaways of tax money to crony companies like Solyndra.  All those years of growth below 3% (well, it was an unprecedented accomplishment for a President) were just the economy’s way of gathering steam so that it could burst forth as soon as business owners and investors (purely coincidentally) learned that Hillary Clinton wasn’t going to be able to continue and expand Obama’s policies. 

While this article declares that Sarah had the perfect response (personally, I thought her laughter alone would’ve been the perfect response), I wrote here recently about this trend of liberal Presidents trying to take credit for things accomplished after they were gone.  There’s a revisionist movement that claims the boom under Reagan was really attributable to the decisions made by Jimmy Carter, and if he’d only gotten four more years, the economy would’ve boomed under him instead of Reagan.  Uh-huh.  (It was actually the tough choices made by Reagan, which were necessary to end stagflation but took a couple of years to take effect before the economy took off like a rocket.  As Reagan joked, “You’ll notice our Democratic friends don’t call it ‘Reaganomics’ anymore now that it’s working.”  For the record, nobody ever named anything that worked after Jimmy Carter.)


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I wrote that you almost feel sorry for these poor liberal Presidents, always doing all the right things to make the economy boom (more government, taxes, regulations, etc.), only to have it stubbornly refuse to take off until after they leave.  If only those companies that were sitting on capital to keep it from being taxed away had just used it to expand when they were in office!  If only there had been more manufacturing jobs (as there are now) instead of just waiter and bartender jobs!  If only Jimmy Carter had had eight years, and Obama had had 12, or 16, then things might have finally boomed under them!  And maybe, just maybe, someday, the Great Pumpkin really will show up. 



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  • Ron

    12/28/2017 01:52 AM

    My President, Donald Trump, is the best President since Ronald Reagan. I liked George Bush also. However, he failed to clean the progressive liberal democrats out of the top jobs in the fbi which is one problem we have faced in the joke of an investigation of lying hilary by the cover-up fbi top jobs in their organization.... I understand most of them were placed there by bill clinton. I did go to school and know that names of people should be capitalized. However, I only do that for people who have earned my respect. Difficult to respect liars. Donald Trump has a thick hide and can take anything the lefty liars throw at him. I pray for him each day and I thank Almighty God that He placed Trump in that position. I like you too Mike and thank you for all you do for our Almighty God and this Country. When it comes to voting for politicians it is very easy to inspect the fruit. Galatians 5:22-23. Can't vote for anyone who endorses the cold bloody murder of babies or anyone who doesn't believe the Word Of God. Oh Yes Tax Reform-----Good Job President Trump and the Republican Congressmen and Senators. Oh, and I am praying for the confused, democrats. My prediction, the democrats will take back the country in 2024. Old people like me will be graduating to a much better place. The young brain washed college youth of today will bring socialism in which will be the downfall of this great nation. I hope I am wrong.

  • Darlene Osuji

    12/26/2017 01:49 PM

    I thank God for Sarah! I am so sick of all the left's actions. I have never saw a president shown so much disrespect. I thank God for you mike too. We need more people like you and Sarah! God bless you both.

  • James B. Johnson

    12/22/2017 05:33 PM

    Democrats are totally useless and need to be put out to pasture. They're all rich and that is all they really care about anyway!!

  • Dana Dansereau

    12/20/2017 11:32 AM

    Why doesn't someone ask the Pelosi/Shumer tag team exactly what about the tax bill is so harmful to Middle America? How is it like Armageddon? What part of it will destroy America? Or better yet, have they even read the bill? Remember this . . .'Sign it and we'll find out what's in it?' Enough of the broad terms and general criticisms. Give me an example, backed up with support, that this bill is what they are trying to brainwash the Left into thinking it is! The Pied Piper comes to mind . . .

  • Phil Shea

    12/19/2017 11:07 AM

    The only two things Carter did for us was double-digit interest rates and Billy Beer