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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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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The Top 12 Reasons Millennials Shouldn’t Buy Obama’s Economic Sales Pitch

With the midterms quickly slipping from his party’s grasp President Obama is digging up his old playbook by reaching out to Millennials, an age group he’s largely ignored for the past six years. The goal is to convince young adults that his economic and health care polices have helped them escape the depths of the…
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New Polls Show Republican Candidates are Winning the Battle of Ideas

Earlier this week we discussed the serious political headwinds that Democrats are facing this election cycle. They are playing defense on a lot of turf that is traditionally friendly to Republicans, President Obama is increasingly unpopular, Obamacare continues to be a drag, and the political momentum is clearly in the GOP’s favor. But what about…
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Rebuilding the Economy Taking a Backseat to Building-Up Big Government

In 2009, in his very first address to Congress, President Obama promised an “agenda that begins with jobs.” “Now is the time to act boldly and wisely,” he said, “to not only revive this economy, but to build a new foundation for lasting prosperity.” It was a great thought. Jobs and economic growth should have…
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Jobs, Not Loan Rates, the Top Issue Facing Young Adults

Doing his best to reignite the constituency that carried him into the White House President Obama has been travelling to college campuses in three swing states to pander to youth voters. It’s a good political strategy. There are several things that could derail Obama’s reelection bid and the failure to rouse the youth vote is…
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Democrats Abandoning Obama Over Keystone Opposition

Americans already know that President Obama is bad at math. When met with historic deficits, which require cutting spending to balance, Obama instead adds more spending items to the agenda. But, he’s even worse at figuring out the political calculus behind certain policy choices. The most stunning example is Obama’s utter fumbling of the Keystone…
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