Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sanders and her opponents play gotcha while Rome smolders

On black employment gains, Sanders meant to compare Trump's first X months with Obama's first X months-- a fun data point, but the wrong time frame.

My problems with this moment are different:
1.) Presidents (and their cronies/partisans) take too much credit for macro performance. But then they need to eat the blame too. #GooseGander
2.) This sort of gotcha comparison is a common but lame attempt to grasp at power.
3.) The complaint misses a far larger issue: African-Americans and relatively marginal folks struggled under Obama's admin.The stock market boomed but we had a slow/lame recovery-- the sort of record that partisan Dems would have crushed if it'd been a GOP prez.


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