Letter: Job creation

April 29, 2014 

To see real job creation, you have to compare apples with apples. Using the Bureau of Labor Statistics figures: President Reagan (1981-89), to stimulate the economy, had to negotiate with Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill, D-Mass., and his successor, Jim Wright, D-Texas. Both sides put aside their political differences and we had 16.1 million jobs created.

President Clinton (1993-2001), to stimulate the economy, had to negotiate with speakers from both parties -- Tom Foley, D-Wash., Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., and Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. Same story, we had 22.7 million jobs created.

News pundits like you to believe that it's valid to compare apples to oranges. They like to compare President George W. Bush's first term (2001-05) with President Obama (2009-13). Bush dealt with Hastert and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and we lost 13,000 jobs lost.

While Obama dealt with Pelosi and John Boehner, R-Ohio, we had 1.2 million jobs created. Pundits like to focus on the economy meltdown (The Great Recession) of the first term and not the second term job creation period.

EVAN MEACHAM, Kennewick

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