Some people have difficulty understanding how Clinton could drop the poverty rate from 15% to 11%, and Bush raise it from 11% to 12%, and yet Bush's average poverty rate is lower than Clinton's.
It's like this. Imagine the economy is an ER and sick patients are the unemployed.
When Dr. Clinton came into the ER, there were 15 sick patients.
He cured 4 and sent them home, leaving 11 sick patients.
Dr. Clinton turned the ER over to Dr. Bush.
Dr. Bush kicked two janitors in the balls. The janitors were admitted with ruptures, bringing the ER to 13 patients.
Dr. Bush then discharged 1 patient, leaving 12 patients.
QUESTION 1: which Dr. had the lower average number of patients?
QUESTION 2: which Dr. was the better at his job?