NICK HANAUER TALKS ECONOMICS WITH THE YOUNG TURKS: THOMAS FRIEDMAN DOESN’T MINCE WORDS: This is a really forceful column — a white-knuckled repudiation of Trump. It doesn’t stay away from low-blows (Friedman says Trump’s children should be “ashamed”). The whole piece is passionate and beautifully written, but the concluding paragraph really shines: People are playing with fire here, and there is no bigger flamethrower than Donald Trump. Forget politics; he is a disgusting human being. His children should be ashamed of him. I only pray that he is not simply defeated, but that he loses all 50 states so that the message goes out across the land — unambiguously, loud and clear: The likes of you should never come this way again. WHY IS HILLARY CLINTON SEEKING KISSINGER’S ENDORSEMENT? The upside of this move is extremely limited. Why cozy up to a sinister war criminal? You can’t talk about how dangerous Donald Trump is to democratic norms and then seek the endorsement of Henry Kissinger. At least, not without looking two-faced. To be clear, Obama recently awarded Kissinger earlier this year, so Clinton is not alone in her admiration of the man. TIM KAINE LOOKING LIKE A BOSS: Kaine doing retail at an Austin taqueria gets pulled aside by a Latino man who wanted to talk Trump, in Spanish pic.twitter.com/EolmF3gcMy — Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) August 10, 2016 GOP BEEFS UP STAFF TO WOO AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTERS: Yeah, that’ll do it.
NYT EDITORIAL BOARD LAUGHS OFF TRUMP’S ECONOMIC PLAN: In a speech billed as a blueprint for stimulating growth and creating jobs, Mr. Trump offered a grab bag of ideas that borrow from discredited supply-side economics , the fossil fuel industry’s wish list and “America First” isolationism. He also criticized Hillary Clinton and President Obama for what he called their “job-killing, tax-raising, poverty-inducing” agenda. It was vintage Trump, full of promises of greatness and victories backed by fantastical proposals. MAINE GOP SENATOR SAYS NO TO TRUMP: Susan Collins will not be voting for Donald Trump this November. She joins the likes of Ben Sasse and Lindsey Graham. Collins points out that the “Khan incident” was when she couldn’t stay silent any longer. Which kind of seems odd to me. Was she ok with the ban on Muslims? Or the wall? I’m spitballin’ here. IS CLINTON A “PRUDENT HAWK”? Basically this article goes, “Yeah, she has loved interventionism, but now that she’s president she’ll focus on domestic policies. Just look at six of her seven “biggest accomplishments” on her website – they’re all based on domestic issues!” Color me skeptical. TRUMP’S SHOTGUN MARRIAGE OF POPULISM AND SUPPLY-SIDE
LOW-SKILL WORKERS COULD BE A GREAT RESOURCE FOR THE USA: Since there won’t be much growth in the share of workers with BAs or higher, these improvements will instead come in the form of greater hiring and productivity for workers who have a high-school degree or less. These workers will not only be more likely to find jobs, but they’ll also be working longer hours than they are now, likely in service professions. Here is another reason why it is so important that we ensure the economic security of workers in the service industries. Nick Hanauer and David Rolf’s Shared Security piece offers a blueprint of creating a benefit system that is “fully prorated, portable, and universal.” WILL CLINTON HELP DOWN BALLOT DEMOCRATS? It appears likely, although most “wave” elections tend to come in non-presidential years. The main exceptions were in 1964 (Goldwater) and 1980 (Carter). I’ll be extremely surprised if the Democrats retake the House. For now, Democrats should aim to 1) recapture state legislatures and 2) ensure we take back the Senate. Mitch McConnell doesn’t deserve his current job. YOUNG ADULTS PREFER GUN RESPONSIBILITY KANSAS REPUBLICANS REJECT GOV. SAM BROWNBACK’S CONSERVATIVES IN PRIMARY: Sorry, trickle-downers. TWEET OF THE DAY: The economic plan Trump has now scrubbed from his website would've caused a “lengthy recession,” 3.5 million jobs lost, 7% unemployment rate — igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) August 8, 2016
ALL MEN FOR TRUMP’S ECONOMIC TEAM: The sexism is strong in this one. 255,000 JOBS ADDED IN JULY: 77 straight months of private sector job growth. And the unemployment rate is now down to 4.9%. According to the New York Times: The employment data painted an unusually strong tableau of growth, with nearly all of the indicators that form the basis of the Labor Department’s monthly jobs report pointing in the right direction. Hillary Clinton should be talking about this recent report non-stop. Here is her moment to talk about economic growth and why her vision will continue to grow the American economy. HOURLY WAGES GROW AS WELL: Adding to the robust job creation, the average hourly wage increased by 0.3 percent in July, a bit faster than expected. Together with a slight extension of the average work week, this puts more money in the pockets of U.S. households. This bodes well for consumer spending, which still comprises the most important component of the economy, suggesting that the U.S. is in relatively good shape to resist the growth slowdown afflicting other countries. HRC LEADS TRUMP IN GEORGIA TWEET OF THE DAY: FACT: Wages are rising at the fastest pace in 7 years → https://t.co/C8P76lnNkb #JobsReport pic.twitter.com/erXP4sSOsd — The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 5, 2016
THOMAS FRIEDMAN COMPLAINS THAT HRC DOESN’T TALK ABOUT GROWTH: And he’s right. While Hillary often spends time talking about “good paying jobs”, she never fully completes the circle; that is, when American workers are paid more that helps stimulate our economy and grows the pie. US JOBLESS CLAIMS RISE MARGINALLY HILLARY CLINTON’S MILLENIAL CHANGE: The core of Clinton’s problem: About one-fifth of Millennials surveyed said they would vote for Sanders against Trump, but not for her. Two-thirds of those Sanders hold-outs said they see “no real difference” between Clinton and Trump on the issues they care most about. Sanders “was trying to paint her as a tool of the oligarchs and neo-conservatives,” said Baumann. “And he had some success.” OBAMA’S APPROVAL RATING REACHES 54% ERIC GREITENS MANAGES TO SAY NOTHING SUBSTANTIVE AND SHOOT A GUN IN 30 SECONDS: TWEET OF THE DAY: Looks like Melania may have worked in the States on a tourist visa, making her an illegal immigrant. https://t.co/8Vk17ZqyFo — Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) August 4, 2016
PRAMILA JAYAPAL JUST SCORED A HUGE PROGRESSIVE VICTORY: Congratulations, Pramila! She now will face either Brady Walkinshaw or Joe McDermott in the general election. TRUMP ASKS WHY US CAN’T USE NUKES: Good god. No wonder Rudy Giuliani and Reince Priebus want to sit him down for an intervention . TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS MUST DIE: WORKERS, BUSINESSES DOING WELL IN SEATTLE: Opponents might try to characterize these [minimum wage] increases as marginal. But for workers and families living on the margins, these increases make a meaningful difference in their day-to-day lives. TWEET OF THE DAY: Right-wing ideology on the run: at least 11 legislators allied with Gov. #Brownback ousted in #Kansas GOP primary. https://t.co/22NuzX7GZG — EJ Dionne (@EJDionne) August 3, 2016
FIRST OFF: Turn in your ballot, Washingtonians. As a citizen, this is a basic responsibility. Don’t shirk it. If you don’t know about local races, don’t worry, some awesome local blogs have got you covered . TWEET OF THE DAY: A little kid is yelling "Take the bitch down!" when Trump mentions Hillary Clinton. A little kid. No more than 10, I would say. — Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 2, 2016 SUPPORTING TRUMP IS THE GOP’S EQUIVALENT OF THE IRAQ WAR VOTE: I think [Trump’s big name supporters] are making a mistake not just from some lofty historical perspective but in how they will look in the relatively near future. IS HILLARY CLINTON REALLY THE MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE EVER? This article makes a very compelling case that Hillary Clinton is, in fact, not the most qualified candidate in our nation’s history. Check out James Monroe’s resume: Secretary of war, secretary of state, governor of Virginia, ambassador to both the UK and France, and a senator. That’s a delicious set of qualifications, James. VANCOUVER SLAPS 15% TAX ON FOREIGN HOME BUYERS: Nice touch.
HOW THE ‘STUPID PARTY’ CREATED DONALD TRUMP: The Republicans have not “run away from the anti-intellectual label” in my lifetime, in fact, they’ve “embraced it for their own political purposes.” Sure, some of this anti-intellectualism was aimed at highlighting how Republicans weren’t a party of elites (even though they were – see George W. Bush). The trend, this article concludes, “has now culminated in the nomination of Donald J. Trump.” They nominated an ignoramus to become POTUS and this debacle should force the party to “rethink its growing anti-intellectual bias and its reflexive aversion to elites.” DONALD TRUMP GAVE REPUBLICANS THE CHOICE OF RACISM OR DEFEAT: Annnnnnnd they chose racism. SHOULD EVERYONE GO TO COLLEGE? Great blog post on the necessity of universal postsecondary education. TWEET OF THE DAY: For those new to this: all Ryan budgets are huge tax cuts for rich, savage cuts for poor, and magic asterisks to pretend they reduce deficit — Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) August 1, 2016
CONGRATULATIONS HILLARY CLINTON! HOW PROGRESSIVE WAS HILLARY CLINTON’S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH? I was impressed with Hillary’s speech last night. Sure, there was some empty rhetoric, but for the most part I thought it was a very inspiring speech that was littered with progressive policy choices. Perhaps one of Clinton’s most powerful lines used themes Nick Hanauer has outlined in his “ parasite economy ” argument: “It’s wrong to take tax breaks with one hand and give out pink slips with the other.” HILLARY CLINTON WILL DOMINATE THE FEMALE VOTE: EXPECT MORE WAR: Sigh. Perhaps the least emphasized fact of this presidential election is that whoever wins, American foreign policy is going to get more belligerent, more inclined to the use of military force to solve problems, less accepting of the limits of American power to resolve conflicts. BEST SPEECH OF THE NIGHT: TWEET OF THE DAY: Stunning photo by @benlowy . #DemsInPhilly pic.twitter.com/sIi2S7MmjH — Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) July 29, 2016
THE FUTURE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY: Imagine how different last night would’ve been if Clinton had got the nomination instead of Obama. It’s quite a thought experiment. The Democratic Party would be far different, in my opinion and Dylan Matthew’s. Here’s the latter’s take: The sequence was supposed to go in reverse. Clinton would get the nomination after Obama put up a respectable showing. She might pick him as a running mate, or pick a fairly boring, well-qualified white dude like Biden or Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland or Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh or former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack , who would then run against a more seasoned Obama in the 2016 primary. That would have resulted in a very different Democratic Party in 2016. It would be a party inextricably, personally linked to the Clinton family, whose only qualified public servants and potential Cabinet appointees are people personally loyal to the Clintons. It would be a considerably more militarily hawkish party. BARACK OBAMA’S SPEECH: You must watch this seminal piece of public speaking. THE DIVERSE LEFT AND WHITE WORKING-CLASS RIGHT: Those voters haven’t been the party’s center for years: except for Bill Clinton in 1996, no Democrat has won more than 40 percent of white voters without a college education since 1980, according to media exit polls. On a national basis, Democrats have largely replaced them with increased support from Millennials, minorities, and college-educated whites—while running just enough above their national numbers among working-class whites in the key Midwestern battlegrounds to retain the advantage in those pivotal states. TWEET OF THE DAY: Tim Kaine represents the middle class. Trump doesn't know what it is. pic.twitter.com/innwNURL3c — Chuck (@JoltedToad) July 28, 2016