From Bloomberg (via Daily Kos):
"During an election-year clash over which U.S. political party has the best prescription for curing unemployment, Democrats can argue that almost two-thirds of private-sector job growth in the past five decades came with them in the White House.
The BGOV Barometer shows that since Democrat John F. Kennedy took office in January 1961, non-government payrolls in the U.S. swelled by almost 42 million jobs under Democrats, compared with 24 million for Republican presidents, according to Labor Department figures.
Democrats hold the edge though they occupied the Oval Office for 23 years since Kennedy’s inauguration, compared with 28 for the Republicans. Through April, Democratic presidents accounted for an average of 150,000 additional private-sector paychecks per month over that period, more than double the 71,000 average for Republicans."
And here is the pictorial evidence:
In case you wonder what the Reagan-created merger of the Republican party and the press has brought us, consider this:
People have been mesmerized into forgetting that our country's time of greatest growth occurred when the top tax rates varied between 75 and 90%. That was what was necessary to prevent the rich from destroying the balance of our economy and ruining the prospect of a better life for anyone but themselves.
These are not nice people. And Mitt Romney is a perfect specimen: a man who does not give a damn what misery he imposes on others if he gets what he wants himself, and who is content to see our entire way of life destroyed, to be replaced with some sort of savage peonage, as long as he escapes with his wealth intact.
But rest assured, this is all too complicated to present to the American people, so it will be replaced with the message that all we have to do to prosper is let the rich have everything they want; and that the result of the decade when the country allowed their stolen government to do just that was a mere illusion.