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President Reagan finished his first, tax-cutting term in office with stunning economic growth rates between 5.8 percent and 8.5 percent. Mr. Obama ended his first term with near-zero growth (0.1 percent) in the fourth quarter of his fourth year in office.

Little wonder Americans are pessimistic about the future. The past four years look like a painful preview of the next four.

Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and contributor to The Washington Times.