Okay, so back to politics because I'm helpless against its insatiable pull. I took this from the New York Times site today because I'm sick of rhetoric and political grandstanding from both sides, and there's nothing like some honest to god data to get the real picture. What it shows is a pretty remarkable gap between the growth of family incomes year to year, during both Republican and Democratic presidencies. Across the board, and not surprisingly, among the bottom 40% of the population, Democratic presidents have, if not sustained or engendered, witnessed considerably greater economic growth at the core family level over the past 60 years.
I won't speculate deeper on the variables inherent in this sort of equation (social, political, economic, military, etc.) as this post would extend indefinitely, but as a nugget of real, hard information in a sea of claims and allegations, it's as good as gold.