'From the perspective of ordinary folks, it feels like we’ve experienced six and a half lost years.'
Nothing has taken place down there [at the border] that I’m not intimately aware of…this is not theater.
in Dallas yesterday, when asked about visiting the borderlands.
…during a hastily arranged news conference…where he began a two-day visit to the state for Democratic fundraising and an economic event.
he also said
he’s “not interested in photo ops” and challenged Congress to give him new authority to respond to the situation.
…the skills myth—like the myth of a looming debt crisis—is having dire effects on real-world policy. Instead of focusing on the way disastrously wrongheaded fiscal policy and inadequate action by the Federal Reserve have crippled the economy and demanding action, important people piously wring their hands about the failings of American workers. Moreover, by blaming workers for their own plight, the skills myth shifts attention away from the spectacle of soaring profits and bonuses even as employment and wages stagnate. Of course, that may be another reason corporate executives like the myth so much.
…what the vow of executive action…constitutes is a gamble that Americans…agree more with the liberal economic vision than the conservative one. The hope: If people support liberal economic policies like the minimum wage hike, they will support accomplishing them via executive action, won’t care about process, and will contrast this action favorably with Congressional Republicans, who will remain associated with Washington dysfunction and, by extension, economic pessimism.