Why has the U.S. economy performed better under Democratic than Republican presidents, “almost regardless of how one measures performance”? This Evonomics article by Steve Roth probes the blatant difference, that even top GOP think tanks admit to be flat-out fact. When they attribute it to “luck” they ignore the scores of other metrics that also do better across democratic administrations…
.. such as rates of entrepreneurship and small business startups, military readiness, U.S. military casualty rates, terrorist attacks and the rate of change of deficits. All of these conservative desiderata do dramatically better across democratic administrations, which should attract party-switching by those who are sincere. (It should not have taken Trump.)
Others, like decline in poverty, environmental protection and rates of investment in science, education, culture and infrastructure, should please more than just liberals.
See a broader comparison of outcomes: http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/06/so-do-outcomes-matter-more-than-rhetoric.html
Roth explores likely explanations, several of which boil down to the same thing — that the Republican Party’s controlling oligarchy simply does not care about outcomes-based governance or long term metrics of national health. Their executive and legislative branches have shown interest only in impulsive self-interest, using specialists to concoct incantations — like “WMDs” and “Supply Side Economics” — to justify what amounts to raids upon the commonwealth.
The fact that the Congressional GOP leaders - Dennis Hastert, Tom DeLay, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan - have shown no interest in adapting laws to fit 21st Century changing circumstances, blocking even minimal legislation that does not benefit the clade, is entirely consistent.
But Read Roth’s article. It’s a bit partisan, but offers possible explanations for a flat-out fact. That no one who looks at history or evidence should trust the Republican Party with governance over even a local pest control district.
And it is why "Bernie" folks should just put the presidential race behind them. Hold their noses, support HC, but put their passion behind Congressional and state races that really matter.