For you to claim that things were somehow OK when Reagan took office is incredibly uninformed. The misery index was at a modern day high. I am not here to blame Carter, as the mess Reagan got was the cumulative effect of all the messed-up 70's.
You can debate all you want that Obama inherited worse, or Reagan inherited worse. Both were bad. The difference is in how Reagan went to solving his mess, which worked, vs. Obama being inept beyond belief.
Please don't tell me that I am incapable of understanding what went on during a period of time when you were either a kid or wasn't born.
You keep giving Obama the benefit of doubt in the face of data and results that are disastrous but because you are a liberal and an ideologue thus results don't matter.
It is obvious to me that you have no clue about leadership and how to influence a private sector economy. Hopefully that will come to you with age and experience. Attitude plays a major role in human behavior and Reagan knew how to motivate people. His tax cuts helped more than you will ever admit. Compare Reagan's speechs to Obama's. Notice any difference?
A study of the first terms of both Presidents is a startling contrast in leadership, and success. Reagan succeeded. His plan worked. He had great rapport with many Democrat leaders. He was a political genius, and was up to the job. For Chrissakes, at this first midterms in '82, unemployment was 10.8%, and he lost all of 28 House seats, and no net Senate. And '84 was .... well, Obama will not do in '12 what Reagan did in '84.
Yes, Obama inherited a massive and unique mess. I cannot say it was better or worse. It was real bad.
But Obama has had the wrong solutions. And no leadership. He is not the guy we need moving forward.
I will argue the first two because anyone can see that every president has done what he thinks is right (Although there right/wrong may not fit with your political agenda).
Name one president who hasn't done this.One, he delegates responsibility
Have you heard of writing the president a letter, he reads 10 a day. I was listening to NPR and someone wrote him (and he read it) a letter explaining how feed up with how he was running the country etc etc... and he responded thanking him for his advice etc etc...Two his eqo is too large in that he cannot take constructive criticism