For some people it's been pretty damn good. When Obama came into office the Dow Jones had already fallen to around 6400 and a lot of people lost a lot of money. Today it's at 16,400. So some people are making a ton of money. Apparently, as far as business and Wall Street is concerned, the Obama Administration has been pretty good for them. The unemployment numbers were climbing to 10% and 800,000 jobs a month were being lost. Today the unemployment figure is at 7%.
Since the "trough" of the recession in late 2009/early 2010 in seasonally adjusted numbers:
◦7.4 million MORE jobs in total
◦8.1 million MORE private sector jobs
◦6.4 million MORE people working*
Since Bush left office & Obama took office (January 2009) in seasonally adjusted numbers:
◦3.1 million MORE jobs in total
◦3.9 million MORE private sector jobs
◦2.2 million MORE people working*
If Congress passed a jobs bill, things would certainly be better, however that might make Obama look good, and that's not something that the Republicans want to allow. One of the most appalling things I've seen is that the Government shutdown cost the taxpayers $23 Billion. We aren't getting that back. And now the Republicans have no interest in extending unemployment benefits to those still trying to find jobs. That would cost about $24Billion. Extending unemployment benefits is not on the Republican agenda for this session, so those people will have no way of paying their mortgages or rent or car payments, or paying for heat or even gas to get to a job if they found one. Unemployment benefits are paid through the FICA tax that we all pay into. These people have paid into it all their working lives. Now, they're screwed. Meanwhile Congress gets Six figure salary's for doing absolutely nothing. Pretty nice gig.