How can republicans do such incredible damage to America in only 8 years?

Here is what happened after 12 years of a republican congress and 6 years of an entire republican government: Between Jan 2001-2009 under Republican's policies of deregulation and a 15% tax rate on stock profits for wealthy people: Budget went from a 236 billion surplus to a 1.2 TRILLION deficit (a 1.4... show more Here is what happened after 12 years of a republican congress and 6 years of an entire republican government:

Between Jan 2001-2009 under Republican's policies of deregulation and a 15% tax rate on stock profits for wealthy people:

Budget went from a 236 billion surplus to a 1.2 TRILLION deficit (a 1.4 trillion drop)
National debt doubled from 5.7 trillion to 10.6 trillion (a 5.2 trillion increase)
Dow Jones plunged 25% from 10,587 to 7,949
Trillions in bad loans and gambling debts co-signed/guaranteed by the US Govt
Two fake wars costing a trillion dollars and 6,000 american lives
Gasoline tripled from 1.44 to 4.11 per gallon on July 11, 2008
Unemployment doubled from 4.2% to 8.2%
Losing 700,000 jobs monthly
Economy in total freefall

(Republicans try to confuse people by saying democrats took over Congress in Jan 2007 and started the recession, but they can't name one thing democrats did to hurt the economy. All experts state the housing crisis started in 2006 and all subprime loans had already been made under a republican congress and president)
SOURCES:
BUSH DOUBLED OUR DEBT FROM 5.7 TRILLION TO 10.6 TRILLION
(Source: US Treasury Dept - Bureau of Public Debt - http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np)

BUSH TURNED A 236 BILLION BUDGET SURPLUS INTO A 1.2 TRILLION DEFICIT (A 1.4 TRILLION DROP)
(Source 1: CBO - Congressional Budget Office - Historical Budget data - Shows the 236 billion surplus in 2000)
(http://cbo.gov/ftpdocs/108xx/doc10871/historicaltables.pdf)

(Source 2: Congressional Budget Office - Annual budget and economic report and testimony before Congress on Jan 8, 2009) (Both the report and testimony before congress declare a 1.2 trillion deficit for fiscal year 2009 ---2 weeks before obama takes office)
(http://cbo.gov/ftpdocs/99xx/doc9958/01-08-Outlook_Testimony.pdf)

(Please note: The fiscal year 2009 started Oct 1, 2008 under president bush. At that time, the 2009 deficit was projected at 600 billion. Then the banking crisis occured in Oct 2008 and bush started a 700 billion TARP bailout program which was added to the 600 billion deficit which left obama with a 1.2 Trillion deficit the day he took office according to the CBO)

BUSH OVERSAW A DOW JONES THAT PLUNGED 25% OVER 8 YEARS
(Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/q/hp?s=^DJI)

GASOLINE TRIPLED UNDER BUSH ENERGY POLICY
(Source: US Dept of Energy- Energy Information Administration) (http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/dnav/pet/hist/LeafHandler.ashx?n=PET&s=MG_RT_US&f=W)

BUSH DOUBLED UNEMPLOYMENT FROM 4.2% TO 8.2% -----(Feb 2001-2009)
(Source: US Dept of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics-)
(http://data.bls.gov/PDQ/servlet/SurveyOutputServlet?request_action=wh&graph_name=LN_cpsbref3)
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