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Political leaders greatly influence the economy through their policies. Find out what their policies were, and their impact on the economy.
  1. 2008 Presidential Election (13)
  2. 2012 Presidential Election (23)
  3. 2016 Presidential Election (8)

Obama's Economic Policies Since Becoming President
Find out the major economic programs and priorities of Barack Obama since becoming President in 2009.

National Debt Under Obama
President Obama added the most to the U.S. debt. Was it his policies, a reaction to the recession, or both?

2014 State of the Union Address
President Obama's focus for the 2014 State of the Union Address is income inequality. He also urges Congress to pass many of the same measures he highlighted in 2013. Since it's an election year, he may not have any better success.

FY 2014 U.S. Federal Budget
The Federal budget for FY 2014 was never approved thanks to divisive politics.

2013 State of the Union Address
A summary and the economic impact of the 2013 State of the Union Address, which outlines President Obama's priorities for the rest of the year.

U.S. Fiscal Cliff 2012
The failure to resolve the fiscal cliff in 2012 was because of a major shift in political power.

2012 Obama SOTU Address
Find out how the proposals of Obama's State of the Union Address would impact the economy -- and why they probably won't ever be implemented.

FY 2012 U.S. Federal Government Budget
Find out why the annual Federal budget process is becoming ever-more politicized.

2010 Obama State of the Union Address
President Obama's 2010 State of the Union Address focused on the economy.

Economic Stimulus Package 2009
What was in Barack Obama's 2009 economic stimulus package?

Obama Economic Advisory Panel
Who is on the Obama Economic Advisory Panel, and what role does the panel play?

Ronald Reagan's Economic Policies During His Presidency
Ronald Reagan was President from 1981-1989, during one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression. He instituted the "Reagan Revolution" and created "Reaganomics." Find out what else this charismatic leader did to impact the economy during his Presidency.

Ronald Reagan's Economic Policies During His Presidency
Ronald Reagan was President from 1981-1989, during one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression. He instituted the "Reagan Revolution" and created "Reaganomics." Find out what else this charismatic leader did to impact the economy during his Presidency.

John F. Kennedy's Economic Policies During His Presidency
John F. Kennedy was President from 1960-1963, ending the recession of 1960. He advocated deficit spending, reassuring businesses he would stimulate the economy as long as needed. Find out what else this charismatic leader did to impact the economy during his Presidency.

John F. Kennedy's Economic Policies During His Presidency
John F. Kennedy was President from 1960-1963, ending the recession of 1960. He advocated deficit spending, reassuring businesses he would stimulate the economy as long as needed. Find out what else this charismatic leader did to impact the economy during his Presidency.

What Do You Think...?
Voting is the most important way to express your opinions. In between elections, share your views on current issues. What's the best way to reduce the debt? Is America spending enough on defense...or too much? Is Obamacare too liberal, or doesn't it do enough? Read what others think, then chime in!

John F. Kennedy's Economic Policies During His Presidency
John F. Kennedy was President from 1960-1963, ending the recession of 1960. He advocated deficit spending, reassuring businesses he would stimulate the economy as long as needed. Find out what else this charismatic leader did to impact the economy during his Presidency.

Ronald Reagan's Economic Policies During His Presidency
Ronald Reagan was President from 1981-1989, during one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression. He instituted the "Reagan Revolution" and created "Reaganomics." Find out what else this charismatic leader did to impact the economy during his Presidency.

Compare Obama and Bush on the Economy
President George Bush and President Barack Obama both faced the worst recession since the Great Depression. Find out what programs they developed to stimulate the economy, how they were different and how they were similar.

Homeowner Stability Initiative to Stop Foreclosures
A summary of Obama's most recent bill to help those facing foreclosures.

The Laffer Curve
The Laffer Curve is the theoretical underpinning for supply-side economics and much of the Republican tax cut policies. What does it really say and how does it work?

Making Homes Affordable Program
The Making Homes Affordable Program is a new initiative launched by the Obama Administration to help homeowners avoid foreclosure.

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