‘Want A Better Economy? History Says Vote Democrat!’

Conservative business website Forbes reminds voters to support Democratic candidates if they want a better and more stable economy.

Forbes published an amazing article during the lead-up to the 2012 general election, busting myths regarding the economy and advising their readers to vote Democrat if they want a better economy.

It is worth taking another look at their data, with the 2018 midterm elections around the corner, as their factual support remains every bit as valid today as it was in 2012.

Forbes began, noting that “there is a considerable difference in the recommended economic policies of the two dominant parties.”

The common viewpoint is that Republicans are good for business, which is good for the economy.  Republican policies – and the more Adam Smith, invisible hand, limited regulation, lassaiz faire the better – are expected to create a robust, healthy, growing economy.  Meanwhile, the common view of Democrat policies is that they too heavily favor regulation and higher taxes which are economy killers.

However, as Forbes explained, the reality is far different when one considers the facts – which leads to the rest of the article which is based in large part on an easy to read book; “Bulls, Bears and the Ballot Box” (available at Amazon.com). As Forbes explained, the authors of that book, Bob Deitrick and Lew Goldfarb, studied the last 80 years of economic history.

Their heavily researched, and footnoted, text brings forth some serious inconsistency between the common viewpoint of America’s dominant parties, and the reality of how America has performed since the start of the Great Depression…

This book’s authors are to be commended for spending several years, and many thousands of student research assistant man-days, sorting out economic performance from the common viewpoint – and the broad theories upon which much policy has been based.  Their compendium of economic facts is the most illuminating document on economic performance during different administrations, and policies, than anything previously published.

Take a look at this list of bullet points, provided by Forbes, explaining why Democrats are better for the economy than their conservative counterparts:

  • Personal disposable income has grown nearly 6 times more under Democratic presidents
  • Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has grown 7 times more under Democratic presidents
  • Corporate profits have grown over 16% more per year under Democratic presidents (they actually declined under Republicans by an average of 4.53%/year)
  • Average annual compound return on the stock market has been 18 times greater under Democratic presidents (If you invested $100k for 40 years of Republican administrations you had $126k at the end, if you invested $100k for 40 years of Democrat administrations you had $3.9M at the end)
  • Republican presidents added 2.5 times more to the national debt than Democratic presidents
  • The two times the economy steered into the ditch (Great Depression and Great Recession) were during Republican, laissez faire administrations

And take a look at what Lew Goldfarb had to say about the Republican platform:

  • “The platform is the inverse of what has actually worked to stimulate economic growth
  • The recommended platform tax policy is bad for velocity, and will stagnate the economy
  • Repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will have a negative economic impact because it will force non-wealthy individuals to spend a higher percentage of income on health care rather than expansionary products and services
  • Economic disaster happens in America when wealth is concentrated at the top, and we are at an all time high for wealth concentration.  There is nothing in the platform which addresses this issue.”

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