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Fast-forward to the 1980s when Ronald Reagan won the presidency as the economy was plunging into a severe recession that in some respects was worse than the one Mr. Obama faced. Reagan proposed cutting tax rates to boost sagging economic growth and to bring down an unemployment rate that would rise to nearly 11 percent. In fact, he said he got the idea — aggressively promoted by tax-cut crusader Jack Kemp — from Kennedy’s tax cuts.

By 1983, the Reagan economy grew at a spectacular 4.5 percent rate that would soar to more than 7 percent in the fourth quarter and to 8.5 percent by 1984. Unemployment plunged as job creation went through the roof. In September 1983, the economy created more than 1 million jobs and 3.5 million jobs for the year — job growth the Obama White House can only dream about.

The Kennedy tax cuts also had an influence on yet another, more recent president, Bill Clinton, who had met President Kennedy when a young man. He raised taxes in his first year, only to see a modest, so-so economy in his first term. Then, in 1997, the Republican-led Congress sent him a tax-relief, deficit-reduction bill that, after some resistance, he signed. It lowered the top capital-gains tax rate from 28 percent to 20 percent, among other tax-cut incentives, and the economy took off. By 1998, venture-capital investment exploded to $28 billion, up from $8 billion three years earlier — launching a job-producing, high-tech boom.

All of these tax cuts benefited the rich, but they also opened up employment and investment opportunities for middle- and lower-income Americans, too.

When Kennedy’s far-left critics criticized his tax-cut plan during his 1960 campaign, saying it would benefit the wealthy, he would reply, “a rising tide lifts all boats.”

Mr. Obama wants an economy that benefits the middle class but not anyone above that income level. It is a delusional and deeply dysfunctional school of economics that is worshipped by today’s far-left Democratic Party, and Mr. Obama is its high priest.

Today, any Democrat in good standing who dares to embrace and promote Kennedy’s pro-growth, pro-job tax cuts risks being excommunicated by his party.

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