It’s the Economy – and Trump is stupid.

Trump’s shocking admission that he pushed to slow down coronavirus testing also highlights his fundamental misunderstanding of the economy.  Trump is obsessed with the big numbers that give him simple ways of understanding if he’s winning or losing – like TV ratings, crowd sizes, testing numbers, and the stock market. That’s why his instinct is to […]

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Failure of Leadership

1. TRUMP IS IGNORING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS AS HIS ACTIONS THREATEN TO MAKE THE OUTBREAK WORSE.  Americans isolated themselves for months to give Trump and his administration time to come up with a plan and prepare the country to defeat the pandemic, but Trump has failed to deliver and largely given up on fighting coronavirus. Yesterday […]

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It’s the Economy, and Trump is failing

Disapproval of Trump’s handling of the economy is on the rise. A month ago, Trump’s net approval on the economy was +10 (53-43%); now, it’s even (48-48%). Approval among independents has also dropped 14 points in the same period. The economic crisis sparked by coronavirus is actually fueled by years of President Trump’s conservative economic […]

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Action Alert: Tell Ducey To Follow the Science

Yesterday, a small group of protesters circled the empty Arizona Capitol demanding that Governor Ducey lift his stay-at-home order. These small protests seem not to be spontaneous, grassroots movements but rather something egged-on by Trump re-election operatives, and, of course, by Trump’s own Tweets. Still, these are the Republican base and while Ducey is not […]

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Push Back! Messaging This Week.

Trump’s gaslighting is dangerous. We need to push back with timely messaging, so stay tuned to what fits with the news. Yet, remember, to paraphrase James Carville from the 1992 campaign, “It’s healthcare, stupid.” This year, healthcare may be tied closely to his original message, “It’s the economy, stupid.” Trump’s China rhetoric may be resonating […]

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Tax Cut “Nothing Burger”

Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune Decades from now, many Americans will have to consult history books to gain an appreciation of the lowest point of Donald Trump’s presidency: His impeachment. But they will be able to feel the effects of his highest point: the 2017 tax bill, which he signed into law two years ago Sunday. That’s because they […]

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“Unbelievable” Economic Claims Are Indeed.

We need to be well-versed in the realities of our economy as we move into the 2020 Election. Trump and other Republicans will be distorting reality and claiming credit for a thriving economy. Thanks to a recent Washington Post Finance column, here are some facts to keep in mind. Median Household Income In nominal terms, […]

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Broken Promises

The payroll tax supports Social Security and Medicare. Cutting it is a quick way to infuse money into a faltering economy because the cuts are most likely to be spent by consumers rather than saved or invested. But cuts also leave Social Security and Medicare underfunded and Republicans — notably Mitch McConnell — often threaten […]

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The Danger of Trump’s Mexican Tariff Stunt

There are lessons for China, the European Union and Japan. This column appeared in the Washington Post. Leaders in foreign capitals are likely updating their trade war strategies after watching how President Trump handled his confrontation with Mexico.  The episode provides a couple of important lessons for governments (think: China, the European Union and Japan) still […]

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Progressive Capitalism

We want to provide some important excerpts from a truly great Op-Ed entitled “Progressive Capitalism Is Not an Oxymoron” with the subtitle “We can save our broken system from itself.” The piece, written by Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, was published in the New York Times. Despite the lowest unemployment rates since the late 1960s, […]

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