It is appalling to hear conservative critics of President Obama claim that his policies — in particular the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — have failed because unemployment remains so high and the 8 million jobs lost in the recession have not been replaced. The conservative policies put in place during 8 years of the Bush administration wrecked the economy, helped drive it into the deepest recession in 70 years and caused that unemployment. The figure tracks monthly job losses before and after the Recovery Act. continue reading