Funny how the addition of a graph makes a point stronger, while not necessarily making anything clearer or more correct.
The problem with this graph is its simplicity - those are not the only pertinent bits of information at play.
Teachers often can be incredibly one-sided and have too much effect on students by asking questions that require agreement with a false premise before answering. I have heard variations of all of these questions as I have passed by open classroom doors ...
- Did Clinton cause that improvement on his own or did the computer age have more of an effect on the economy?
- Did Bush really destroy the economy or were these events out of his control?
- Did Bush know that his failures, including "Mission Accomplished", would come back to haunt him and his legacy?
- What should Bush have done differently in the last six months of his Presidency?
- Why didn't Bush do something while the economy imploded?
- Is it a coincidence that Democrats have grown the economy while Republicans have not?
- Since Democrats grow the economy,as seen in the graph above, why shouldn't we pass Health Care reform and save the lives of those less fortunate?