Who is responsible for the strong economy: Barack Obama or Donald Trump?
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Who is responsible for the strong economy: Barack Obama or Donald Trump?

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President Trump has touted the strong economy as proof that his first year was a success, but his latest jobs report fell short. While Trump claims the GOP tax bill and months of deregulation have led to a stronger stock economy, many economists argue Trump has little to brag about because it is actually Barack Obama's policies that are responsible. Obama is the one who turned things around after the recession and he should get credit. What do you think? 📈

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. added 103,000 jobs in March, missing its goal by 75,000. Unemployment also remains stagnant.

103,000 jobs were added last month. Wall Street economists had expected an increase of about 185,000, according to Bloomberg. The unemployment rate was 4.1 percent for the sixth straight month.

Nevertheless, March marks the 90th consecutive month of job growth.

March was the 90th consecutive month of job growth, by far the longest streak on record. Employers have added an average of just over 200,000 jobs per month so far in 2018, a pace that has held relatively steady for the past two years. The unemployment rate hasn’t budged since October, but remains at its lowest level since 2000.

Many argue Obama, not Trump, deserves credit for the continued job growth. He's the one who turned the economy around in 2008 and got us out of a recession.

But President Trump and his supporters have pointed to the economy as proof of his success. The Dow Jones broke 25,000, unemployment continues to drop and consumer confidence is at an all-time high. More and more companies are announcing huge investments in U.S. manufacturing.

Since the day Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016, the Dow Jones industrial average has risen by some 35 percent, making the last 14 months one of the greatest bull market runs in history.
The left was certain exactly the opposite would happen with a Trump presidency. To borrow a recent phrase from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, President Trump's policies would cause "Armageddon" for family finances, the American economy and the stock market... When it comes to Trump's critics, so far almost all have been dead wrong. 

Trump says this is all thanks to him. The stock market is up because he got rid of all the regulations that were holding American businesses back, and the GOP tax bill has led companies to give their employees bonuses. He's a businessman, and so other business leaders are confident that he'll be doing what's best for corporate America. 

Economists still argue Obama-era policies are actually responsible for the current economy, and Trump is just taking the credit. The numbers Trump are citing as markers of his success are trends that are continuing from the Obama era.

The stock market has been on a steady rise since the financial crisis. Trump's enthusiasm for removing regulations probably helped to speed growth a bit, but the stock market was already on the upswing before he got into office. Obama, however, deserves far more credit. After all, he inherited an economy that tanked during the financial crisis. It was his actions that stemmed the bleeding and jump-started growth.

Unemployment continues to decline, but again, it's a trend that started with Obama. Between 2010 and 2016, unemployment went down from 10 percent to 4.8 percent when Obama left. It's currently 4.1 percent.

Republicans are pulling off an economic scam that would have them screaming about “the end of the world” if Democrats tried the same.
“You are essentially paying for this growth with over $1 trillion of borrowed money,” said Shepherdson. “Had the other guys done this, you’d have claims that they were going to bring on the end of the world by tea time.”
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