In the course of some other work, I ran across this March 2, 2009 post from Instapundit (aka Glenn Reynolds) who used the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s closing on that date to render a (negative) verdict on the Stimulus bill. His exact words: “Looks like a vote of ‘no confidence’ to me.”
So I decided to chart the Dow from the date of the stimulus passing (around Feb. 20, 2009) to date.
In case you aren’t clear, that is a 4,167 point increase – 53%.
By comparison – the Dow during the presidency that Reynolds supported – George W. Bush (down 21%):
And here’s the Dow so far for Obama:
And just because it’s fun, the Dow during Clinton’s presidency: