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Neil Cavuto Pretends Real Economic Statistics Are Meaningless

'It's not your father's typical recovery.'

I imagine the scene today on Fox in Friends was a bit hard to swallow for some viewers, as the mandatory blonde on the show was a brunette. No worries though, because Kimberly Guilfoyle has the exact same opinions as the golden haired hatemongers. Once you adjust your eyes, you felt right at home listening to Kimberly decry everything about this administration. They are discussing the approval rating of President Obama and are asking Neil Cavuto, why is the sky falling? President Obama hosted a town hall and touted the economic improvement during the first six years of his presidency.

In a moment of temporary clarity, Cavuto praises the real life facts of economic improvement since the president's tenure began. But he clarifies his approval with a testament about the way Americans actually feel.

Well, he is right as far as statistics, things have gotten a lot better than we were. I mean the market is more than doubled, you see the economy come off the mat, but a good characterization of this is that while all the key numbers have improved, the fact of the matter is, not enough that Americans feel it. It is ironic that in an environment of unemployment rate under 5½% that so many Americans when asked on the subject, think it's actually higher.

They don't feel that these jobs that are materializing and they are materializing at a clip of better than 200,000 a month aren't necessarily high-paying or doing enough to change their outlook for the economy. So it is an improvement, it is a marked improvement from the meltdown, but it is not your father's typical recovery.

Doocy then shows the Quinnipiac Poll numbers of the president's approval ratings, where 50% disapprove of his handling of the economy.

When you ask Americans if the country is on the right track or the wrong track, a huge majority says wrong track!?

Cavuto says that the economy is "off the mat but not off to the races."

At this same point in his presidency, Ronald Reagan wasn't as popular as these nostalgic amnesiacs claim.

In 1987, approval of Mr. Reagan's handling of foreign policy was at the lowest level of his Presidency: only 29 percent of those surveyed approved; 58 percent disapproved. 42 percent of those surveyed approved of the way Mr. Reagan was handling his job and 46 percent disapproved.


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Kilmeade discussed Cavuto's attendance at the Economic Growth Summit in Orlando, organized by Rick Scott, designed to woo prospective White House aspirants from the Republican Party to his state. Cavuto then praises the economy in Florida under Rick Scott. But the credit for Florida's job growth is tied to the national economy.

Florida’s economy, whether it was under Scott, Crist, Bush, Lawton Chiles, Bob Martinez, Bob Graham etc has been heavily service-sector and housing-bubble oriented.

To claim that any of these Republican Governors who are fighting 'Obamacare' tooth and nail, have succeeded is simply idiotic. In fact, the job growth of states that have implemented their own state insurance exchanges instead of resisting the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

If you'd like real Republican gubernatorial job growth figures: look right here

Governor Chris Christie
New Jersey’s unemployment rate is higher than the national rate at 6.8% and since the beginning of the national recovery, is ranked 49th in private-sector job growth.

Governor Scott Walker
Recent jobs numbers show that Wisconsin is ranked dead last among neighboring states and lags behind the nation in private-sector job growth. Wisconsin has averaged 1.3% in annual private-sector job growth since 2010, while the national average has been 2.1%.

Governor Rick Scott
An estimated 606,000 Floridians still remain out of work. In the month of May alone Florida lost nearly 18,000 jobs which is more than any other state in the country.

Please spare us your praise for Republicans, Fox 'News.' Facts are indisputable. But Fox 'News' is not known for its honesty when attempting to portray the economy under any Democratic president. Of course Cavuto is trying to grasp at straws and attempts to discredit this president who will be remembered as being far more competent than his Republican predecessor.

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