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Jon Talton

Analysis and commentary on economic news, trends and issues, with an emphasis on Seattle and the Northwest.

April 20, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Vote: What econ issue should be No. 1 in the campaign

When the Hilary Rosen “Ann Romney’s never worked a day in her life” kerfuffle erupted, somebody at Talking Points Memo commented, “Welcome to the next seven months.” Yes, many bright shiny irrelevancies will be competing for the short attention span of Americans. Really, really important things, such as climate change and our utter lack of preparation for a high-cost energy future won’t be discussed at all.

Will this election turn on the economy? History and common sense says it should, although the never underestimate the power of “God, guns and gays” to overpower “It’s the economy, stupid.” What do you think should get the most attention of the candidates and, gasp, a serious national discussion in the presidential campaign:

The top economic issue for the candidates:

Read on for the best links of the week and the haiku:

The Week’s Links:

  • 700,000 are about to lose their extended jobless benefits || Zero Hedge
  • As workers age, oil industry braces for skills gap || NPR
  • Fix inequality with $10 million loans for everyone! || Sheila Bair/Wash Post
  • Mercantilism is a state of mind || Prestowitz/Foreign Policy
  • China now tops U.S. in rocket launches || Wired
  • Why austerity is destroying Europe || The Atlantic
  • When Mormons were socialists || Salon
  • The eurozone as one country || Mainly Macro
  • Visualizing America’s derivatives universe || Zero Hedge
  • Consequences of states’ reliance on budget cuts || CBPP
  • Oil prices: It’s not the speculators || Economist’s View
  • Credit’s starring role in the downturn || San Francisco Fed
  • Buffett Rule is a good idea || Simon Johnson/Baseline Scenario
  • Friedman and Schwartz on James Tobin (geeky but good) || Uneasy Money

    Tweet of the Week: @KimJongNumberUn The rocket looked so solid when I saw it at IKEA

    Today’s Econ Haiku:

    Big airline merger

    Sure to kill choices and jobs

    But bosses’ pay soars

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