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  • Theodore Roosevelt

    3 1.90%
  • Woodrow Wilson

    12 7.59%
  • Herbert Hoover

    18 11.39%
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    26 16.46%
  • Harry Truman

    1 0.63%
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson

    3 1.90%
  • Richard Nixon

    15 9.49%
  • James Earl Carter

    38 24.05%
  • William Jefferson Clinton

    6 3.80%
  • Other (Specify)

    36 22.78%
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    Re: Worst 20th Century President

    Quote Originally Posted by phattonez View Post
    I don't get it. The economy was terrible under FDR but he gets a "hey at least you tried" award but Ronald Reagan was president over a good economy. He gets called the worst ever? Makes no sense at all.
    Stagflation is not a good economy. Especially when your policies actively prolong it. Please review the artificial recession created by the Fed during his early years.
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    Re: Worst 20th Century President

    Hoover.

    Raise taxes and drastically cut spending during a really bad recession. Good idea there.
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    Re: Worst 20th Century President

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Stagflation is not a good economy. Especially when your policies actively prolong it. Please review the artificial recession created by the Fed during his early years.
    That was mostly a thing of the 70s. The 1980s, despite two nasty recessions, saw a fairly good US economy
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    Re: Worst 20th Century President

    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkenAsparagus View Post
    That was mostly a thing of the 70s. The 1980s, despite two nasty recessions, saw a fairly good US economy
    True, but people tend to completely ignore how Reagan funneled huge amounts of money into a stagflationary economy at the same time as the fed was trying to reduce inflation. Reagan's policies made it significantly worse. If he had just let the Fed do it's job without monkeying around, the country would have gotten out of the recession much faster and with far more manageable inflation rates.

    I find it incredibly hypocritical for people who bash FDR on his policies which they argue prolonged the depression yet praise Reagan despite his policies which prolonged stagflation. What the hell? Consistency anyone?
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    Re: Worst 20th Century President

    Odd how Harding is not one of the popular choices.
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    Re: Worst 20th Century President

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    True, but people tend to completely ignore how Reagan funneled huge amounts of money into a stagflationary economy at the same time as the fed was trying to reduce inflation. Reagan's policies made it significantly worse. If he had just let the Fed do it's job without monkeying around, the country would have gotten out of the recession much faster and with far more manageable inflation rates.

    I find it incredibly hypocritical for people who bash FDR on his policies which they argue prolonged the depression yet praise Reagan despite his policies which prolonged stagflation. What the hell? Consistency anyone?
    Just pointing that one thing out. Never said that Reagan was perfect
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    Re: Worst 20th Century President

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Odd how Harding is not one of the popular choices.
    While I don't think to highly of the Harding Administration due to its rampant corruption, things went pretty well during his Presidency. When he entered office, America was in huge economic recession, and many Leftists were imprisoned during the Red Scare. Harding's hands off approach to the economy allowed for a quick recovery. He also helped end the scare, and even had prisoner Eugene Debs over to the White House. Now of course there were things like the Teapot Dome Scandal, but there have been worse 20th Century Presidents

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    Re: Worst 20th Century President

    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkenAsparagus View Post
    Just pointing that one thing out. Never said that Reagan was perfect
    Well, no one sane does it. But the Cult of Reagan acts like he never increased taxes, didn't increase debt/deficit and was an economic genius. The man was a reckless fiscal liberal.

    I do know some people that love Reagan for his real fiscal policies. Those who bought 30 year munibonds paying 13%.
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    Re: Worst 20th Century President

    While Ronald Reagan violated his oath of office and subverted the U.S. Constitution in the Iran-Contra scandal it was another GOP president, Richard Nixon, who threatend the foundation our system and way of life with his conspiracies to use the U.S. government and its agencies to attack his political enemies and take revenge upon those who crossed him.
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    Re: Worst 20th Century President

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    Is there really any question?

    As Chris Rock says...."George W. Bush in not just the worst President of the United States, he is the worst PResident of Presidents....PTA President......"
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