Why Do Democrats Keep Losing: It’s the Economy, Stupid

“It’s the economy, stupid.” Those four words, coined by James Carville as the political corollary of the KISS (keep it simple stupid) principle won Bill Clinton the 1992 election. They were so important that Carville had them placed on a large sign that hung in the campaign’s war room, a constant reminder that no matter…
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Obama Congratulates Himself On a Job Well Done

By almost any measure it’s been an incredibly difficult and humbling year for President Obama. After all, the Democratic presidential candidate, who appeared to be as close to a “sure thing” as there is in politics, and who fashioned herself as an extension of Obama’s policy platform, got trounced. The result isn’t just a blow…
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Clinton’s Economic Speech Ignores the Main Problem: Slow Growth

Hillary Clinton’s economic policy speech in Michigan was built on answering four questions: Which candidate has a plan to create good-paying jobs? Who will restore fairness to the economy and make sure those at the top pay their fair share? Who will best represent working families? And who can deliver results that make a difference?…
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Trump Lays Out Vision for Economic Progress

It was fitting that Donald Trump’s gave his most recent economic speech in Detroit, a city that embodies the failed leadership of Democrats at every level. It wasn’t all that long ago that Detroit was the shining star of American manufacturing, a place where entrepreneurs experimented and technology flourished to create a blue collar paradise.…
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On Voters’ Top Issues the US is Heading Backwards

Republican or Democrat, young or old it makes no difference – the most important issues in the upcoming election are the economy and terrorism. Sadly, there is real reason to be concerned. Simply put, ISIS is growing and the economy is not. And that creates a huge problem for a candidate like Hillary Clinton who…
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Historically Slow Recovery Weighs Down Clinton’s Chances

“I’d give him an ‘A’. I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves for saving our economy from falling into a great depression, for saving the auto industry which represents millions of jobs up and down the supply chain, for beginning the crackdown on Wall Street abuses with Dod-Frank, for getting the Affordable Care…
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Economists See A Rising Threat of Recession

The economic recession feels as though it were just yesterday. I vividly remember the mixed feelings when Senate and House leaders announced a tentative deal to pass President Bush’s plan to purchase $700 billion in “troubled assets” in order to stabilize the financial system. I remember anxiously watching the bill fail in the House and…
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President Obama Still Doesn’t Understand Americans’ Economic Struggles

President Obama still doesn’t get it. When he looks back at his economic record, he sees one filled with remarkable successes, and to anyone who sees differently, well, he’d prefer you just listen to his scholarly assessment. “I actually compare our economic performance to how, historically, countries that have wrenching financial crises perform,” Obama recently…
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A Great Jobs Report Comes With Serious Caveats for Young Adults

For the first time in years we can declare the latest jobs report a near-unmitigated success. Employers added 321,000 jobs, a figure that far exceeded the consensus forecast of economists, who expected 228,000. Hourly wages rose 0.4 percent, the largest gain in 17 months. The average length of the workweek ticked up to 34.6 hours.…
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