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What would Donald Trump need to say to lose ground within the GOP? Based on what we’ve seen so far, it’s disturbing to think how low and hateful he would need to go to put a dent in his support by Republicans.

As this graph from Bloomberg Politics shows, Republicans reward Trump no matter how offensive he is.

The Costs of Republicans in the White House

We can’t afford a Republican in the White House.

From deficits to job growth, a Republican in the White House is bad for the economy.

Not surprisingly, the economic fallout is hardest on hardworking families and those most vulnerable.

The numbers are hard to argue against.

  • Nine out of the last 10 recessions occurred under a Republican president
  • Democratic presidents have created nearly twice as many jobs per year as Republican presidents
  • Unemployment under Republican presidents has been 18 percent higher than under Democratic presidents

Democratic presidents have helped create 24.4 million more jobs than Republican presidents, and on a year-to-year basis, jobs have grown nearly twice as fast under Democratic presidents as under Republicans.

Unemployment under Republican presidents has been 18 percent higher than under Democratic presidents.

Real Gross Domestic Product growth under Democratic administrations has been 44 percent higher than under Republicans.

Real business investment growth under Democratic presidents has been 193 percent higher than under Republicans.

Federal budget deficits under Republican administrations collectively are 24 percent higher than under Democratic White Houses. As a percentage of GDP, Republican presidents have been 63 percent higher than Democratic presidents.

Federal Spending has increased nearly three times as fast under Republican administrations than under Democratic.

Trade deficits under Republican presidents have been 39 percent higher than under Democratic presidents.

The stock market has grown 200 percent faster under Democratic presidents than under Republicans.

For more detailed information and sources, visit PresidentialData.org.


Take a Stand for a Fair Minimum Wage

“Nothing helps families make ends meet like higher wages. … And to everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it. If not, vote to give millions of the hardest-working people in America a raise.”
– President Obama, January 20, 2015 

No one should live in poverty when working full time. It’s time to establish a living wage.

In President Obama’s State of the Union address, he once again urged Congress to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour. He posed a challenge to Congress: try living on $15,000 or less a year. For most members, that would be more than a 90 percent pay cut.

Raising the minimum wage nationwide will increase earnings for millions of workers.  And it’s the right thing to do.

Please sign on to encourage Congress to raise the minimum wage.

Raise the Wage … And Congress Will Follow?

CaptureWith Scott Walker out of the presidential race and polls showing stronger support for unions, labor leader David Rolf is optimistic about a number of trends, including raising the minimum wage.

We talk about whether Congress will eventually follow all the states that are tired of waiting and are raising the minimum wage on their own with Rolf, the author of “The Fight for Fifteen: The Right Wage for a Working America.”

A Vocabulary Lesson: The Anti-Poverty Dictionary

Conservatives are discussing poverty and inequality more and more, but what are they really saying? Melissa Boteach of the Center for American Progress breaks down the Republicans’ anti-poverty rhetoric, showing that it is just a coded way to justify the same old policies aimed at cutting education, health care and affordable housing.

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