The biggest story of the year is how Republicans-driven austerity starved the economy | from Eclectablog

How GOP austerity helped create Trump

The conservative media can’t stop complaining that we’re in the midst of the worst recovery since World War II — despite the fact that it’s likely that more private sector jobs will be created in President Obama’s second term than have ever been created in four years under any Republican.

But conservatives aren’t complaining, they’re bragging.

A little-noticed report from the Economic Policy Institute earlier this month should have been national news, but was drowned out the sturm und drang of the campaigns and low-grade trauma generated by Donald Trump’s constant toxic mix of abuse andgaslighting.

Here’s the conclusion EPI came up with as it examined the role government investment has played in the last four recoveries:

The recovery since 2009 has been historically slow, and the disappointing pace can be explained entirely by the fiscal austerity imposed by Republicans in Congress.

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