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 [...]

Unemployment Seen as America’s Top Problem

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 6:53 am

Americans now see unemployment as the nation’s top problem. It has recently jumped to number one according to Gallup: This is a rather depressing statement about where the country is almost six years after the financial meltdown. We are still in one of the longest periods economic trouble. The poll also reflects that Congressional Republican [...]

Jobs and the Economy: Issues Regular People Actually Care About

By: Monday April 15, 2013 1:13 pm

While it seems Congress has forgotten that we have been suffering with unacceptably high unemployment for years regular Americans have not. Once again the top concern for Americans is the economy followed a close second by unemployment. From Gallup: The issues that Washington is currently focused on (immigration, gun control, deficit reduction) all barely rank [...]

Another Day, Another Poll Showing America Losing Faith in Its Government

By: Wednesday September 28, 2011 7:38 am

Trust in the federal government has now reached an all time record low according to CNN’s polling.  The previous low was set back in 1994. From CNN: A CNN/ORC International Poll released Wednesday morning indicates that only 15 percent of Americans say they trust the government in Washington to do what’s right just about always [...]

Allowing High Unemployment Is a Choice Our Government Is Making

By: Thursday September 22, 2011 9:59 am

Official unemployment is at 9.1 percent, and the American people think unemployment is the most important problem in the country. That is why it is important for regular people to know that high employment is not solely dictated by some “invisible hand of the market.” It can be greatly affected by the policy choices made [...]

Most See Unemployment as America’s Top Problem

By: Thursday September 15, 2011 1:55 pm

A large plurality of Americans, 39 percent, say unemployment is the most important problem facing the country today. “Unemployment” recently managed to take the top spot away from the issue of “the economy in general” in Gallup’s polling. While I think it is noteworthy unemployment as an issue has gone up steadily, I personally find [...]

Our Sadly Diminished Expectations

By: Friday September 9, 2011 3:11 pm

Official unemployment has been stuck around 9 percent for 16 months, and recent signs indicate our economic growth has stalled. And for over two years now, the American people  have called jobs/economy the top problem in this country. In this environment, many people on the left are happy that a Democratic president asked Congress to [...]

Remember When a Possible 9 Percent Unemployment Was Considered a Huge Crisis?

By: Wednesday August 24, 2011 11:32 am

The latest long term budget projections from the Congressional Budget Office assume that unemployment will be very high for years to come. From the CBO: CBO expects that the recovery will continue but that real (inflation-adjusted) GDP will stay well below the economy’s potential—a level that corresponds to a high rate of use of labor [...]

The Federal Deficit Isn’t a Top Concern for Regular Voters

By: Thursday June 16, 2011 8:32 am

One would think given that the level of deficit hysteria in Washington has reached such a fevered pitch that the American electorate was clamoring for our elected officials to make the federal debt their only priority. The reality according to Gallup is the opposite. The American people are almost exclusively worried about the economy and [...]

Imagine If the Unemployed Helped Run the Fed

By: Tuesday May 3, 2011 3:46 pm

Imagine if five of the 12 voting members of the Federal Open Market Committee were selected exclusively by unemployed Americans, instead of the current system of having them chosen by rich bank executives. This could be done. Currently five of the voting members on the FOMC, which sets monetary policy, are presidents of one of [...]