Meanwhile, joblessness and debt got much worse for Bush after Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats took Congress in 2006—spoiling an economic record that previously looked solid. Instead of a simplistic view of a “Clinton Boom” and “Bush Bust,” it’s valid to discuss a “Gingrich Boom” and “Pelosi Bust.” Congress, not the White House, makes final decisions on spending and taxes and influences the economy as much as the president. History shows the huge stakes in the upcoming elections, and suggests a shift to GOP control could change the nation’s economic direction for the better.
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