Presimetrics: What the Facts Tell Us About How the Presidents Measure Up On the Issues We Care About

Presimetrics: What the Facts Tell Us About How the Presidents Measure Up On the Issues We Care About

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by Michael E Kanell, Michael E. Kanell, Nigel Holmes, Mike Kimel
     
 

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The authors cut through party bias to present the quantifiable facts about how modern presidents have performed on critical national issues

Politicians and the media spend a lot of time telling Americans how the presidents and their administrations are performing, but this analysis always skews along party lines. In Presimetrics, Kimel and Kanell take a

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The authors cut through party bias to present the quantifiable facts about how modern presidents have performed on critical national issues

Politicians and the media spend a lot of time telling Americans how the presidents and their administrations are performing, but this analysis always skews along party lines. In Presimetrics, Kimel and Kanell take a fresh look at modern politics by gathering data from numerous government sources in order to compare and rank presidential performance on critical issues, from employment and health care to taxes and family values. The results frequently defy expectations:

• Reagan, godfather of neoconservatives, increased the federal workforce more than any president since LBJ

• Clinton, a hero to Democrats, cut funding for the NEA by a larger percentage than any other president

• Nixon/Ford outperformed all administrations on Democratic issues like Federal spending on social programs

The lively text clearly explains how various policies of each administration affect the data, and fascinating information graphics lend even greater depth to the discussion, showing at a glance how multiple administrations stack up.

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Library Journal
While historians, political scientists, and the media regularly evaluate recent U.S. presidential performance based on biography or leadership style, this book sets out to "measure" it, asserting that quantitative analysis removes partisan or subjective bias. Kimel, an economic consultant, and Kanell (economics writer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution) gathered data from government sources to produce charts and graphs that illustrator Holmes tailored for the layperson. The book compares and ranks performance for Presidents from Eisenhower through George W. Bush on such key issues as economic growth, jobs, and health care. Although the text and graphics are very accessible to noneconomists, the results may surprise many (e.g., Reagan increased the federal workforce more than anyone since LBJ, and Clinton cut the National Endowment for the Arts by the greatest percentage), as we tend to determine a President's reputation based largely on public perception and partisan perspective. Readers may find themselves asking whether data can tell the whole story. VERDICT Recommended for anyone high school age or above who is interested in American history, politics, or the Presidents.—Leslie Lewis, Duquesne Univ. Lib., Pittsburgh

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579128357
Publisher:
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/18/2010
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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