Health Care Reform Was Not About the Economy for Voters

By: Thursday November 13, 2014 6:15 am

Charlie Cook made the rather unconventional point that Democrats suffered from President Obama’s rather poor handling economy in 2009, but Jonathan Bernstein took issue with this assessment. Bernstein’s defense of Obama I think is worth mentioning mainly because he is accidentally highlighting what was Democrats’ big problem. From Bloomberg View: 6. The stimulus package, Detroit [...]

It Is Still All About the Economy, Jobs, and Dysfunction

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 9:02 am

It is worth remembering that while the media often focus on how the latest story or international incident will affect elections, what regular people care about most has remained unchanged for years. From Gallup: The number one problem according to Americans is unemployment followed closely by government dysfunction and the poor economy. Issues like immigration [...]

Obama’s Approval on the Economy Drops Sharply

By: Thursday August 15, 2013 9:25 am

Over the past two months President Obama’s overall job approval rating is down only slightly but his approval rating on the issue of the economy has dropped significantly. According to Gallup, since June the number of people who approve of his handling of the economy is down 7 points. Now almost twice as many people [...]

Less a Pivot and More a Campaign-Style Reminder

By: Wednesday July 24, 2013 11:40 am

Today President Obama delivered the speech which is supposed to begin yet another one of his “pivots” to the economy, but it came across more as a campaign-style reminder. Much of the speech was focused on Obama patting himself on the back for what he has already done for the economy, like passing student loan [...]

Study: Economic Downturn Accounts for Some But Not All Slowdown in Health Care

By: Monday April 22, 2013 12:33 pm

The recent slowdown in health care spending can only be partly attributed to the economy downturn according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Over the past several years health care spending has grown noticeably slower than it has over the last several decades. The big question though is whether this slowdown is [...]

Five Big Opportunities on the Economy Obama Missed

By: Monday September 24, 2012 9:32 am

One of the most frustrating things about having a two-party dominated political system, especially in the heat of an election, is that many important points get ignored if they don’t fit the partisan paradigm. One of the best examples is the impoverished debate about Obama’s record on the economy. The only arguments most people hear [...]


By: Wednesday August 17, 2011 2:39 pm

If only Paul Krugman would STFU, I’m sure things would be just fine.


While DC Debates Deficit the American People Worry About Jobs and the Economy

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 1:44 pm

Given that the federal deficit is basically the only thing that almost every major political figure has been talking about, the fact that the deficit only ranks as a top issue with 16 percent of the country is truly remarkable. I suspect the issue wouldn’t even rise above single digits if politicians and pundits hadn’t been continuously force feeding the public deficit hysteria for months.

7 Times As Many Rank the Economy as Top Concern Over Deficit

By: Thursday June 30, 2011 8:13 am

Congress is in a full blown austerity mode right now and any deal that comes out of these negotiations is likely going to be really bad news for regular people. That is why I suspect any deal will just happen to be reached at the last minute, so Congress will “need” to quickly pass the bill with effectively no public debate or time for scrutiny.

How Does Geithner Still Have a Job?

By: Wednesday June 8, 2011 1:23 pm

How often do you have to be wrong until you are fired by the Obama Administration? For Treasury Secretary Geithner the answer seems to be a non-zero number approaching infinity.