George Takei is absolutely right about this – almost no matter how you look at it, the economy does better under DEMOCRATS than under Republicans, yet bizarrely, “Republicans score higher with voters when it comes to the economy.” It makes absolutely no sense, of course, unless you consider the fact that the media relentlessly misinforms the public, hardly mentions good news under Democratic presidents but constantly harps on bad news (without putting it in context, such as with inflation, which has absolutely NOT been caused by Democratic policies, but is a worldwide phenomenon largely resulting from economic recovery from the deep COVID-induced recession in 2020). Don’t believe it? See this NY Times article, which – for a change – actually lays out the facts, asking “Why Are Republican Presidents So Bad for the Economy?” and answering that “G.D.P., jobs and other indicators have all risen faster under Democrats for nearly the past century.”
So sure, you might say, the economy does better in terms of economic growth and jobs under Democrats, but *what about inflation*? Uhhhh…actually, as this article points out, inflation has averaged 3.4% under Republican presidents vs. 2.9% under Democratic presidents. Oh, and the stock market has performed much better under Democratic than Republican presidents. And the deficit was lower.
So that pretty much covers it, and yet, as George Takei says, “It always baffles me that Republicans score higher with voters when it comes to the economy.” Why is that? As noted above, the media obviously bears a lot of the blame for its generally abysmal reporting on economics. But also, it’s really up to *Democrats* to emphasize these facts, over and over again, and to not allow Republicans to falsely claim they’re supposedly better on the economy. Because, clearly, they ARE NOT. Anyway, if you want a stronger economy, the LAST thing you want to do is vote Republican, because the pattern pretty much is: 1) Republicans inherit a strong economy from Democrats; 2) Republicans f*** it up big time; 3) Democrats are elected, turn things around; 4) voters are like, sure, we’ll give Republicans another try now; 5) Republicans f*** things up again; 6) rinse/repeat.