Editors' Picks

Obama Had GDP Growth Higher Than The One Trump Is Celebrating On 4 Separate Occasions

Trump is celebrating the GDP growth of 4.1%, but it isn’t such a great achievement when Obama’s economy had higher GDP growth in four separate quarters.

Video of MSNBC’s Ali Velshi going inside the new numbers:

Velshi said:

Second quarter GDP growth is impressive. Now, there are several one-time factors. But I want to take a look at what GDP is and why quarterly figures alone have to be looked at in context. GDP, look, it’s much more complicated than this. I know some of you are going to get angry I put such a short description. GDP is basically the total value of everything produced by everybody and every company in the country. It’s a big scorecard of the country’s economy. Now we have seen high rates like this before, in fact we’ve seen higher quarterly growth rates. During the Obama administration, quarterly growth reached four percent or higher four times during the Obama administration. It actually got above five percent in 2014, but this is the highest since 2014. The annual GDP growth rate never broke 3% under President Obama.

I tend to like to look at this one a little more. Last time we saw that kind of growth was during the Bush administration, 3.3%. Back in 2005. Right now, federal reserve officials forecast GDP to be up by 2.8% compared to last year, for all of 2018. Then to tail off to 2.4% in and 2% in 2020. I have seen numbers that are higher estimates for this year than 2.8%. I’m going to call it 3 for argument’s sake. That’s probably a number you should be thinking about. The boost was fed in part by spending from consumers and businesses and a rush from farmers getting their soybean exports into the global market ahead of new tariffs.

Obama had a higher GDP growth rate several times

Obama beat the GDP growth rate Trump is celebrating several times, but the Republicans would always respond by dismissing the numbers. The Republican dismissals became so extreme that by the end of the Obama presidency they were claiming that the economic numbers were fake. The numbers were real then, and they are real now, but they also won’t help Trump and the Republican Party in November for one big reason.

The economy doesn’t feel great because wages are not going up fast enough

It doesn’t matter what the economic numbers say. If people don’t feel like they are doing well, the incumbent party is going to lose the next election. Trump’s policies have made income inequality worse. From the tax cuts for the wealthy to rising health care costs and gas prices, people in the middle and lower parts of the economy are getting squeezed while the wealthy are doing very well.

Things haven’t gotten better on the ground for most Americans. In fact, they’ve gotten worse.

Obama had better GDP numbers multiple times, so while Trump throws himself a parade, keep in mind that in the pocketbooks of a majority of Americans, Trump and the Republican Party remain massive failures.

For more discussion about this story join our Rachel Maddow and MSNBC group.

Recent Posts

Democrats Keep The Momentum Going In Georgia As Black Voter Turnout Is High

Democrats have kept rolling in Georgia as black voter turnout in Democratic areas has been…

16 hours ago

Trump Is Basically Promising A Coup In 2024

Trump is off the deep end and making it clear that he intends to try…

17 hours ago

Elon Musk’s Big Hunter Biden Laptop Fail Pushes Trump Over The Edge

Elon Musk's promised release of Twitter documents related to the Hunter Biden laptop story was…

18 hours ago

DNC Makes South Carolina the State with First Democratic Primary

Finally, the all-important first primary looks like the Democratic Party.

1 day ago

A Great Sign For Raphael Warnock As Early Voting Wait Lines Stretch For Hours In Democratic Areas

There are long wait lines in Democratic areas for the last day of early voting…

2 days ago

Alex Jones Files For Bankruptcy As He Owes Sandy Hook Families $1.5 Billion

Alex Jones has filed for personal bankruptcy as he owes the families of Sandy Hook…

2 days ago