Man, having the Volokh Conspiracy over at WaPo is gonna be fun:
The president under whom the poorest quintile enjoyed the largest increase in after-tax household income was George W. Bush. And the two administrations under whom the richest quintile and richest 1 percent fared the worst were the two Presidents Bush. Among Barack Obama’s four immediate predecessors, the two biggest income equalizers were George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
Just to be clear, I am not pining for the good old days of the economy of George W. Bush.
But George W. Bush was the most successful of our recent past presidents in achieving very substantial increases in incomes for the poorest quintile (+18.4%), while keeping gains for the richest quintile and richest 1 percent at modest levels.
Via AoSHQ. The reason why this is hysterical is because it basically sets up the WaPo’s readers with a nasty-to-them observation: if you like income equality, you must love George W. Bush. Which means that the aforementioned readers now have to decide which Lefty shibboleth to give up.
PS: Personally, I think that trying to view the Bush administration through the lens of income inequality – or, indeed, anything except national security – is a mug’s game. After 9/11, the focus permanently changed. But I don’t mind at all taking advantage of the confusion of my enemies…