Just for the heck of it, I decided to get a chart of USD vs CAD dollar values.
Why USD/CAD? Because the better the US Dollar does against the Canadian Dollar, the better it is for both countries. (Us being a consumer, Canada
being a provider. etc...)
I placed the terms of the US presidents on the chart aswell, and for humor sakes, indicated the point at which the Iraq war began.
Woops, image gets cut off, click on it to see the whole thing.
President names are listed in the span of their terms.
Republicans are highlighted in red, democrats in blue.
Through this method, I found that during the Regan Administration, the economy of North America was fluctuated somewhat, but in the end, wound up
overall pretty steady as a whole.
During Bush seniors administration, he actually managed to turn the fluctuation of the dollar into an upward trend.
During Clintons administration, the dollar just kept skyrocketing.
Enter Bush Junior, and it didn't take long before he sent the dollar heading back down.
As I said, for humor sakes, I pointed out when the Iraq War started, perfectly lining up with the drastic decline of the dollar.
I wasn't able to make many direct conclusions, but I thought you guys might like to have this chart for further discussions.
[edit on 19-3-2008 by johnsky]