Talking Economics in Iowa

President Trump’s strategy to win the 2018 midterm election is taking shape; he is planning to travel all across the battleground states and congressional districts and talk about the economy. Trump traveled to Peosta, Iowa (just outside Dubuque) last week to visit Northeast Iowa Community College. He was there to talk about tariffs, manufacturing jobs, and job training. Of course, his rambling monologue touched on a lot of other topics, as well, but with all the distractions

How to Debate the Trump Economy: Go Local

There is a right way and a wrong way for Democrats to debate the economy in the 2018 election. Both ways are true, but one is vastly more likely to win votes in the key battleground states and congressional districts Democrats need to win. Highlighting local economic conditions and local economic anxieties in the middle of America, rather than quoting national statistics, is the best way to debate the Trump economy. First the facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ tells us

How to Fix the Democratic Economic Message Part 3: The Listerine Test

If Democrats hope to regain their lost advantage in public trust to get the economy moving and create good jobs, then we need clear and compelling ways to express our ideas. What is needed is not another 10-point plan, but rather a 10 word explanation of the logic behind our proposals. Voters need to know what we see as the problem and how our approach will work to make their lives better. Recapping Part 1 and Part 2 of this series: We should not try to minimize our strate

Repeal and Regret: What 25 Years of Health Care Reform Polling Tells Us About Obamacare Reform in 2

It’s Groundhog Day all over again. Yet another president is preparing to tackle America’s most frustrating domestic public policy challenge. Healthcare is going to be a long hard slog for Republicans and every bit as unpleasant as it has been for Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. At the end of a long and frustrating road, Republicans will wish they took an early deal with a few small tinkers and a declaration of victory. There should be a presidential transition c