Lying with statistics

I just read an article that claimed to show how Obama’s economy had out-performed Reagan’s … except it used apple/orange comparisons like dollar values, numbers of jobs created, and the unemployment rate.

I decided to see for myself how the Reagan and Obama economies compared by using an apple/apple statistic.

Reagan Recovery vs Obama Recovery

I think this clearly illustrates the value of Conservative over Liberal economic policies. Both presidents inherited failing economies, but President Reagan (R) implemented hard-line Conservative policies, while President Obama (D) implemented hard-line Liberal policies.  It’s very easy to see which one put more people back to work.

Source:
http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS12300000

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Filed under Barack Obama, Economy, Ronald Reagan, Unemployment