Magazine October 10, 2016, Issue

Recovery at Last?

Confusion about economic policy is distorting both political parties’ analysis

Good economic news came for liberals at just the right moment. As the mid-September polls showed Donald Trump closing the gap with Hillary Clinton, the Census Bureau reported that 2015 was the best year for middle-income households since it started keeping the records in 1967. Their incomes rose more than 5 percent. Poverty declined.

Democrats took the numbers as a vindication of the Obama administration’s policy record: President Obama had rescued an economy in free fall, and done it without Republican help. Almost all Republicans in Congress voted against stimulus legislation in February 2009. Republicans have often said that various Obama …

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Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy


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The Week

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Crass Couture

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