Today, Fox News host and senior vice president of business news Neil Cavuto tried yet again to suggest that it was actually Democrats at fault for the recession. During a rambling, three-minute monologue on his daily Fox News' show Your World, Cavuto conceded that President Obama did "inherit a mess" when he entered office. But he then added: "[A] Democratic Congress for most of that time before had a hand in that mess, and a Congress by the way of which one Senator Obama was part."
Watch Cavuto's rant (which includes a bizarre reference to former President John F. Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs):
To be charitable, Cavuto doesn't know what he's talking about.
The National Bureau of Economic Research, the organization that declares when U.S. recessions begin and end, said that the recession began in December 2007. Democrats regained the majority in Congress in January 2007, meaning that Democrats had been in control for less than 12 months before the recession began. By contrast, Republicans controlled both houses of Congress for more than a decade before that, from January 1995 through January 2007 (except for a brief period from June 2001 - January 2003 when Democrats controlled the Senate by one vote while the Republicans retained control of the House).
Moreover, Bush had, of course, been president for nearly seven years leading up to the recession.
So much for Cavuto's claim that "for most of that time before" the recession, a "Democratic Congress" bore responsibility for creating a bad economy.
But have no fear. I'm sure Fox will come up with a new way to blame Democrats for the recession again tomorrow.