Political Nutz

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Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Bush Unemployment Record

I keep seeing knucklehead Republicans citing bogus numbers to demonstrate the growth of unemployment under President Obama.  As usual, the Republicons don’t let reality get in the way of their message.  Here are the facts:

  • When George Bush took office in January of 2001, the unemployment rate was 4.7%.
  • When Mr. Bush left office in January of 2009, the unemployment rate was 9.3%.
  • The unemployment rate in August of 2011 was 9.1%.
The overall numbers are actually worse.  Only about 1 million civilian jobs were added over the eight years 2001-09.  Increasing unemployment was masked by the over 300,000 people who were added to the federal government payroll under Bush.  So the Republican president oversaw zero civilian job growth and helped balloon the federal payroll.  So much for the notion of pro-jobs, small government GOP.
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