Why Obama can't match the Reagan recovery
May 4th, 2012
01:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Why Obama can't match the Reagan recovery

New York (CNNMoney) - April's jobs report was, in a word, disappointing. The economy added only 115,000 jobs. Hiring slowed. More than 340,000 workers dropped out of the labor force.

April's report, which follows lackluster numbers for March, is particularly bad news for President Obama's campaign staff in Chicago.

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  1. Prosperid

    Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Why Obama can't match the Reagan recovery
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    Oh seriously CNN! Comparisons of Obama to REAGAN?!!! Is this some sort of JOKE??!! Are you seriously wondering why Obama, who has done exactly the OPPOSITE of Reagan, is not having Reagan's success??? Are you seriously wondering why a far left socialist that believes in demonizing businesses and redistributing wealth cannot turn around a free market capitalist economy??? Would you bring a Ferrarri to a plumber to fix an engine problem??? Obama is the clueless plumber with a poorly running Ferrarri in front of him. My apologizes to all the plumbers bt associating them to the clueless idiot in the Whitehouse.
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    @ Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    RUSH LIMBAUGH, you always have time to pollute the social media don't you?

    May 4, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Apples and bricks comparison.
    Did Reagan inherit an economy bordering on a second Great Depression? No? Then get back to me when he does.

    May 4, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. bobcat2u

    The main reason Obama can't match Reagan on the recovery, is because in 1984 the jobs were still here in the US. It's pretty hard to get a job when all the jobs have been shipped overseas.

    May 4, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    Reagan put the "Con" in conservative.

    May 4, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. RealityBites

    Its laughable to even see Obama's name next to Regan's. But the collaberating news networks are still working at it...

    May 4, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Oh, and lest we conveniently forget, did Reagan have to deal with an entire political Party whose sole purpose was to block and obstruct any and all his efforts in order to ensure tha he was a one-term president? Even if all of their lockstep efforts jeopardized not only the country's but the global economy? No? Well get back to me when that was the case.

    May 4, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The myviews some people have are not backed up with facts.

    May 4, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Thomas

    @Howard
    You Liba will go to any length to make excuses for Obama. Face the facts, hes a LOOSER !!!

    @
    Thats not true ! I think Obama has been slow to remove the cancer and let the healing begin !
    He has made many decisions I don't agree with , yet he's done a better job then the last guy who pulled the pin and left in a hurry !

    As for the comparison to Reagan and Obama , the comparison should be that Reagan was dealing with Tip" O'Neill , Obama has to deal with the Tan Man.

    May 4, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Bren

    Hahahahahaha..........Go look at the unemployment rate FACTS/data about when Bush was in office.

    The majority of the time, unemployment was at 4.6%--which is one of the reasons why Bush was reelected so easily.

    Obama is a JOKE, and his policies are a JOKE!! Obama is not a qualified, competent, leader--he is an unqualified, incompetent FAILURE and a bad joke on our country.

    Oh, also.........Gas was $1.79/gallon when Obama took office. Gas has gone up OVER 100% since Obama took office. This is another reason that Bush won reelection so easily.

    It is GREAT that Romney and the superpacs are waking up voters throughout the country to what Obama and his policies have done to destroy our economy, unemployment rate, gas prices, coutry!! Every day, more and more voters are being awakened to the disaster known as the Obama Administration.

    May 4, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Don't forget, wingnuts, Reagan raised taxes twelve times, and felt that the wealthy should pay their fair share.

    May 4, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    Imdont remember the democrats calling for reagan to be a one term presiding. Let's not forget thst ronnie raised taxes also. The teatards only want it for everyone but the rich.

    May 4, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Myviewis

    @bobcat2u – you are correct – thanks to companies like Apple jobs were shipped overseas and it didn't bother its owner that Americans were left without those jobs and of course the Unions didn't care either.

    May 4, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Myviewis

    Who is dumb enough to hire a manager without experience? Democrats.

    May 4, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Sue

    No wonder Obama and the liberals were milking the Bin Laden situation.

    Bin Laden being killed does nothing for people who cannot pay their bills, buy food, buy gas and live decent lives.

    As Romney said........."It is the economy, and we are not stupid"!!

    May 4, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. demwit

    @Wire Palladin, S. F. – The myviews some people have are not backed up with facts.
    I just read your debt figures on the other post and thought the same thing..., how ironic.

    May 4, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. jofran

    I just couln't help but wonder howmany manufacturing jobs were outsourced during Ragan presidency or since he left office

    May 4, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Hammerer

    Why can't obama match Regan;
    First he would need some knowledge of economics. Then a little leadership would help.

    May 4, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    How about that HUUUUUGE deficit Reagan the much revered,Iran-Contra, line-forgetting, albeit affable B-movie actor left the country with? And he wasn't trying to jumpstart the economy either. Just spending away like Rethugs are wont to do. Some say that said deficit equaled that of five president's combined, but that could of course just be hearsay.

    May 4, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "The myviews some people have are not backed up with facts."

    Gotta admire its sheer stubbornness, though. Despite all evidence to the contrary, myviews is bound and determined to make the same arguments about experience that lost her GOBP cult the last presidential election. Keep doublin' down on the stupid you radical rightwing sheeple!

    May 4, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. Dr. Knowitall

    Simple, because Regan was not a communist and blieved in the American people. Obama is a communist and wants top down control of the economy.

    May 4, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Data Driven

    Since Mikey perfectly addressed the apple's/oranges Reagan/Obama comparison, I think I'll restrict my remarks to wondering why the conservatives who post here insist on multiple punctuation usage and all-caps in their posts. You people sound like hysterical teenage girls talking about the latest Bieber record.

    May 4, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Myviewis

    @jofran – I wonder the same – let's ask Warren Buffet, Apple, Microsoft, Eastman Kodak afterall it is their big companies that mainly shipped jobs overseas. Oh wait, Apple's owners didn't care? But we all spend so much money making Apple's owners so rich!!!!

    May 4, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    hmmmm... When did Obama RAISE taxes and RAID SS ? When did Obama increase Govt jobs by 283,000 over 4 yrs. During Reagan's presidency the annual deficits averaged 4.2% of GDP after inheriting an annual deficit of 2.7% of GDP in 1980 under president Carter. Of course Obama is not like Reagan.

    May 4, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. Don't be duped by the MSM

    Dominican mama 4 Obama, Regan was handed the Carter aftermath.

    May 4, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    @Hammerer – "Why can't obama match Regan; First he would need some knowledge of economics. Then a little leadership would help."
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    It's too late bubba.. Reagan's gone.

    May 4, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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