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Posted on 09/09/2018 3:00:32 PM PDT by Virginia Christian Alliance
Is the current economic growth is due to the Obama administration?
Dan Wolf's research based upon data and analysis from the US Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statics, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, and others,are truly revealing what the left will not want us to know.
I wasnt sure if this was the right time for this article. But after the lefts reporting and antics over the last couple of weeks about all that is supposedly wrong, I think we deserve a little reality. Liberals have proudly announced this last years economic growth is due to the Obama administration, and I think they are right, but not for the reasons they claim.
I have to admit though, this article didnt quite turn out the way I initially expected. I thought I would simply look at some of the underlying economics and see changes in direction or amplitude since early 2017changes from the previous administration. The underlying story would be about policy, and while that is part of it, there is more. This article examines some changes in population demographics, gross domestic product, small business dynamics, and confidence in an attempt to tease out some inferences on why things changed.
Over 3 million new jobs have been created since January of 2017, and record low unemployment rates reached for a number demographics including some minority groups, young people and women. The overall unemployment rate stands at less than 4%, so we should expect to see the labor participation rate begin to rise. That rate measures the current workforce percentage employed, adjusted for those in institutions or actively serving in the military. However the participation rate has hardly moved and is still below pre-recession levels. Why? To answer well start by looking at some population changes.
This first chart shows U.S. population changes by three age groups; those under 16, between 16 and 65, and over 65. The first group is not included in employment statistics, but the other groups usually are. The under 16 group decreased by about a third from 30% to just under 20%, while those over 65 increased from 10% to about 16%. This matters as historically those over 65 have participated in the labor force at a much lower rate.
The next chart shows the U.S. labor participation rate over the same time period. When we break out the participation rates of those over 65 from those below, we see a different story. The grey shaded area in all the charts represents the recession that lasted from Q4 of 2007 to Q3 of 2009. During the recession, the participation rate of those less than 65 decreased by about 5% while it actually rose 1% for those over 65.
Since the recessions official end participation rates for both groups increased, with those below 65 rising back toward 70% , where it was just before the recession, while those over 65 are now above where they were in 1970 at almost 20%. However those changes have in part been offset by the shift in population demographics mentioned earlier.
But the participation rate is not the end of the story. See the table below. The civilian noninstituational population (CNP) represents the population segment available for work. Formulas for each column are also shown. Two thousand eight marked the first annual measure after the recession began, but it wasnt until seven years later in 2015 before the unemployed number returned to pre-recession levels. While 10.8 million entered the workforce between 2008 and 2015, 9.8 million of them went into the Not in the labor force category. They had given up hope of finding employment and were counted as not looking for workreducing the participation rate by about 7.5%.
From 2015 through 2017 the figure for those not in the labor force increased by only another 1 million, while the number of employed increased 4.5 million and the number of unemployed decreased by 1.3 milliona positive swing of almost 5 million persons in just two years. Hope is returning, and more people are again employed or looking for work.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
GDP measures economic activity in the form of expenditures. The next chart shows GDP for the following sectors; Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE), Private Domestic Investment (PDI), and government spending. PCE is primarily consumer expenditures while the larger portion of PDI are business expenditures. Several things to note. One, PCE is by far the largest GDP component. Two, PDI is the most volatile during the eighteen years shown. Three, the government sector is the least efficient as it on average delivers only about $.30 in services for each $1 it takes in.
Both PCE and PDI decreased significantly during the recession, while government spending increased. The federal government tried to spend its way to prosperity by racking up over $10 trillion in additional debt in just eight years, but it did nothing to improve employmentas we just saw.
Both PCE and PDI began to increase after the recession, while government spending has held steady. While the recession ended in 2009, it wasnt until 2013 before PDI expenditures returned to pre-recession levels. The line at Q1 of 2017 marks the administration change from the 2016 election. Both PCE and PDI have continued to increase since the election. More evidence of hope, but hope that began before 2016. Investment is made in anticipation of future returns.
The chart at the left shows the same GDP data as quarterly percentage changes. Even after the recession there were relatively large quarterly swings in GDP for six additional years, with highs above 4% and lows approaching -1%. These began to steady starting in 2016, and since the election growth has been steadier yet and above 2%with the most recent quarter recently revised upward to 4.2%. Hope translating into greater stability.
Small businesses make up over 99% of all U.S. firms, and significantly impacts the U.S. economy. During the recession there were fewer business startups than deaths. The number of new businesses increased after the recession, but did not reach pre-recession levels again until five years later in 2014. Why so long?
The total number of small businesses continued to increase through 2014, before losing more than 1 million firms again in 2015primarily due to conditions in the energy sector. Since 2015 they have again grown and are approaching 30 million firms, over 98% of which have less than 100 people. Startups are again significantly greater than deaths, and the gap is widening, indicating more people are now both willing to risk and invest their capital in a businessand they are more often succeeding. Additional evidence of hope returning.
So What Happened?
None of the things above point to causality, only correlations that lasted five or six years after the end of the recession. Ten million people leaving the workforce, volatile swings in GDP (especially business investment), small business expansions and contractions accompanied by sluggish startups. We can look at the areas of taxes, regulations, corruption and toxicity that created and deepened divides within America during the Obama administration.
For tax increases, we dont have to look any further than Obamacare. New taxes or increases in existing taxes include; the individual mandate tax, employer mandate tax, investment surtax, insurance plan excise tax, medicare payroll tax increase, medicine cabinet tax, HSA withdrawal tax increase, medical device tax, Blue Cross/Blue Shield tax increase, charitable hospital excise tax, and health insurer tax. Everyone was taxed, and not only taxed but given many new regulatory mandates to boot.
The Obama administration issued 685 major rulesrules that individually are estimated to have an economic impact of at least $100 million. Over 95,000 new pages of regulations were issued in 2016 alone. It is estimated the administrative costs of all federal regulations places a drag of over $2 trillion on the U.S. economy, about $15,000 per household. This is about a quarter of the U.S. median household income. It not only represents a decreased ability to provide for ourselves, but a loss of freedom as well.
As for corruption, there are many scandals and abuses of power that one can point to. Benghazi, the IRS targeting of conservative groups, the Fast and Furious program, and the lies told knowingly about Obamacare to get it passedto name only a few. We can also look at the Obama administrations abuses of power in enacting environmental regulations, defying court orders when they impeded its goals, and that administrations more recent apparent withholding of information to get at least one FISA warrant to spy on a political opponentagain, just to name a few.
The Obama administration set the tone for the societal division occurring during his eight years. Racial tensions increased and our law enforcement vilified to the point where some are shot. School shootings skyrocketed under his administration. Weve seen the rise of hate groups such as Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, and Antifa. Not to mention one member of congress calling for the harassment of current administrative personnel. Again, just to name a few.
Add to that the most recent Democratic infantile antics during the Kavanaugh hearings. As an American, I am ashamed of such behaviorand angry. But we shouldnt be surprised. Our ideas shape our choices and actions, in this case they are the bad fruit produced by men and women whove chosen to turn away from goodwho have chosen to do evil. Hate, violence, division, jealousy, and envy are the results of turning away from goodthat is, God. These create weakness in a people as it creates division. It is only through good that love, peace, unity, happiness, and joy are created. These produce strength within a people as they become more closely bound together. The data in the previous charts bear that out as we again strive as a people to do the right things. Unfortunately the Democratic senators at the hearings noted above are making the case they would rather rule in hell than serve in heaven. They are weak leaders, but we will only deserve better when we make better decisions.
So the Democrats are right. The current economic growth is due to the Obama administration. His administrative mismanagement led to eight years of repressed economic activity, which is now being tapped. Whatever growth did occur was despite his efforts to the contrary, and not because of them. All it took was undoing the repression the Democrats created and continue to try and create. Kudos for a job well done.
Hope and Confidence
Weve mentioned hope several times. It is important for a number of reasons. Hope is a virtue. Virtue doesnt come from choosing vice, but from choosing good. Several things about hope. It is the expectation of good things to come. It is the basis for our actions, and doesnt change with circumstances. There can be no hope without love, nor love without hope. Finally, love is faith and hopes fulfillment.
When the virtue of hope becomes established within a person, it leads to confidence. Confidence in being able to make your own choices and doing the right thing, and that doing the right thing will be rewarded instead of penalized. It comes down to hope in the future. Hope can only exist in the light of faith. So in closing, we are going to take a quick look at the business and consumer confidence indices.
While business confidence increased rapidly after the recession, it generally drifted downward again from 2014 through 2016. Consumer confidence was slower to rise, but didnt reach pre-recession levels until 2015. Both indices remained flat throughout 2015 and 2016. Both have continued to climb steadily since the 2016 election reaching levels not existing since before the recession.
That leads to the second argument advanced by the Democrats about the economy, and that is the current president will not be able to sustain the current levels of economic growth. They are betting the only way to create growth is through government control. Ill bet on the American people instead, and so does this president.
 US Census Bureau, https://www.census.gov/popest/data/. Accessed 08/2018.
 Bureau of Labor Statics, http://www.bls.gov/. Accessed 08/2018.
 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, https://www.bea.gov/data/gdp/gross-domestic-product. Accessed 08/2018.
 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/bdm/entrepreneurship/bdm_chart5.htm. Accessed 08/2018.
 Americans for Tax Reform, Full List of Obama Tax Hikes, https://www.atr.org/full-list-ACA-tax-hikes-a6996. Accessed 08/2018.
 Sherfinski, David, Obama's regulations in 2016 to drain economy by $2 trillion, The Washington Times, May 31, 2017. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/31/obamas-regulations-in-2016-to-drain-economy-by-2-t/. Accessed 08/2018.
Also, Gattuso, James, and Katz, Diane, Red Tape Rising 2016: Obama Regs Top $100 Billion Annually, The Heritage Foundation, May 23, 2016. https://www.heritage.org/government-regulation/report/red-tape-rising-2016-obama-regs-top-100-billion-annually. Accessed 08/2018.
 Washington Times, Obamas regulations in 2016 to drain economy by $2 trillion, May 31, 2017, https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/31/obamas-regulations-in-2016-to-drain-economy-by-2-t/. Accessed 08/2018.
 Wolf, Dan, Failing to Protect Our Children, March 19, 2018. http://www.livingrightly.net/Blog/tabid/87/ID/70/Failing-To-Protect-Our-Children.aspx.
 Wolf, Dan, pp. 5-6, A Handbook of Natural Rights, living rightly publications, forthcoming.
 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, https://data.oecd.org/leadind/consumer-confidence-index-cci.htm. Accessed 08/2018.
readers digest version please.
Well, he did post it in full.
I went ahead and read it.
Hope and Optimism result in greater activity/productivity and a positive attitude results from making right choices...
Yes - the economy recovered during Obama’s administration just as it would have under any administration being a free country and all. But Obama’s antics and taxes repressed the economy so even though it happened on paper - it didn’t really happen in reality until Trump took off leash.
Sorry, he chose a really, poorly misleading headline.
I agree with his finish, but it took forever, and contradicted the title.
Skip to near the end, to the section titled “So what happened?”
In short, we dumped Obama with all his racial division, hatred, high taxes, and business-stifling regulations. New optimism abounds in the land and the economy is going gangbusters. Democrats say “it can’t last,” but the author is betting on the American people to make it last.
All it took was undoing the repression the Democrats created and continue to try and create.
Says it all
So the Democrats are right. The current economic growth is due to the Obama administration. His administrative mismanagement led to eight years of repressed economic activity, which is now being tapped. Whatever growth did occur was despite his efforts to the contrary, and not because of them. All it took was undoing the repression the Democrats created and continue to try and create. Kudos for a job well don
IMHO gas prices at 4.00/gal under 0 did a lot to drag the economy.
People living paycheck to paycheck lost a good chunk of income just
Getting to and from work.
If Trump can keep prices down below 3.00/gal he and economy will be in good shape for re-election and appointment of another two SCOTUS changing the court for two generations. Im looking for a Trump mandate in November!
Agree and if the mid terms turn out right it get much better.
So who ‘re you gonna believe, the Democrat version giving all the credit to Obama, or your lyin’ eyes?
The premise of the Democrats is bizarre at best, and downright evil in most other circumstances. They were doing their level best to try to completely throttle the spirit of American ingenuity and entrepreneurship any way they could, because some demographic group or another was not being treated “fairly”.
But the reality is, that once the onerous taxation and micromanaging regulations were removed, those very demographics that were not being treated “fairly”, suddenly were reaching much higher rates of employment, and more importantly, household income was definitely rising, and effect felt at the very grassroots of America.
So Obama was like the crowd-pleaser show of a drag racer doing a “burnout” at the starting line, with the front braked locked, and the vehicle rapidly accelerating once the flag was dropped and the brakes released?
Sorry, all the burning of rubber was simply wasteful and totally unproductive.
If you insist on hitting yourself in the head with a hammer, it will be unpleasant. That's 8 years of Obama.
If you stop hitting yourself with the hammer, you will suddenly feel so much better.
Idiot writer is usiing government data that lags 18 to 24 months. He ‘accessed’ the govt data in 2018 but the data collected and tabularized is cut off from the beginning of 2017, before POTUS was sworn in.
Madness. Guy is a frickin dunce.
For example, his Labor Force Participation Rate ends at the beginning at the beginning of 2017. The chart is pasted with data from beginning 1970 t 2017.
And his links run in circles back to the FR post.
And that is not accounting for the funny math the CBO and GAO were spinning while OMuslim was in office.
The economy right now is on fire because of Trump policies. POTUS has the right numbers. In his speech days ago he drew attention to the economy of OBullsh*t going south and it was indeed.
Liberals have proudly announced this last years economic growth is due to the Obama administration,
Beyond rediculous communist Bullshit.
The economy right now is on fire because of Trump policies. >>> the author is making a point that the obama policies where so bad that it makes the trump boom look even better. 1% growth under obama is compared to 4% under trump. the contribution is one of contrast.
Im hopeing for RGB and sortemayer to be replaced w conservatives from trump.
What’s that mean?
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