Supporters of the president are circulating a chart around the Internet that makes it appear his plans are turning around the economy. 

The president's plans are not doing that, but the chart below that's being used makes it look like the so-called economic recovery began at the same time as President Obama's inauguration in January 2009.

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Here’s another way of presenting the exact same data.

Whether the reader looks at the number and sees an inflection point or four years of economic stagnation depends on presentation. Overall, there is no denying that the recession was severe and prolonged, and the country has yet to fully recover.


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There aren’t many policies that get near unanimous support from economists, but free trade is one of them. Despite this, a central theme of the 2016 presidential campaign, heard from both political parties, was that free trade was somehow harmful to the United States and corrective action was needed. Mark Perry, an economics professor at the University of Michigan-Flint and scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, makes the case for why President Trump’s assessment of free trade is misguided.

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