It appeared most recently in a Common Dreams post, in which Dave Johnson of Campaign for America's Future (arguably, "Make America Work Again" is also a campaign for America's future) suggests that, but for Republican obstruction, the continuing economic recovery would have been more robust. Republican operative Ed Rogers offers the predictable counter-argument.
[The Obama administration] has stifled small businesses with excessive taxation, perpetuated a punitive regulatory regime enhanced by a pointless passion for global warming initiatives and acted with an anti-business bias that has all amalgamated to slow growth and spread discontent across the country.Reality might be more complicated, and the old "secular stagnation" idea is back. But deleveraging, the predictable consequence of a financial crash, takes a long time. Fiscal cutbacks post-stimulus might be precisely what Mr Johnson has in mind: think of how much more borrowing the Obama administration might have engaged in with a more sympathetic House or Senate. And the continuing retirement of Baby Boomers is affecting labor force participation in ways that will occupy several cohorts of reg monkeys, er, future doctoral students. But the current recovery, if that's what it is, whether the jobs added chart is more like a string bikini than a beach volleyball bottom, has been going on for a long time, and adjustments within the adjustments are likely to follow.
A bad economy has political consequences. Donald Trump is just one of them, but unfortunately, we won’t know the price we will ultimately pay for Obama’s destructive and reckless economic policies for years to come.