It's the Fox News school of statistical graphics.http://www.businessinsider.com/fox-news-charts-tricks-data-2...Moreover, the article and graphic make the common mistake of ascribing the economic conditions of the first year of a president's term to that president and not his predecessor. For example, the 2.1% GDP increase in 1981 should be ascribed to Carter, the 1993 2.9% increase Bush I and the -3.1% fall in 2009 to Bush II.
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