‘Want lower unemployment? Get a GOP Governor.’
July 13, 2012
I certainly don’t want to lean too heavily on this—confounding variables and all that—but I know that at least one reader of this blog finds this kind of evidence very persuasive. (I’m sure he’ll convert to conservatism immediately upon seeing this…)
Via Haemet and Breitbart.com, Examiner.com reports that Republican governors are correlated with falling unemployment rates recently. (Eternity Matters also mentioned this, whence the pithy title.)
According to Examiner.com, 17 new Republican governors (elected in the 2010 Tea Party tsunami) first took office in January 2011; 8 new Democrat governors were also elected and took office at the same time.
- Since then, every single new-Republican-governor state has seen a decrease in the unemployment rate, with an average decrease of 1.35 points (i.e., from 8.59% to 7.24%).
- During the same time, the national rate fell by only 0.9 points.
- New-Democrat-governor states saw a decrease similar to the national average, of only 0.95 points.
In other words, Republican governors were associated with unemployment falling 50% faster than the national average. Make of that what you will.