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Jon Talton

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

August 31, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Vote: Romney and the economy

Conventions once had drama and tension. Now they’re mere television extravaganzas, the outcome predetermined. But then again, once it was considered unseemly for someone to personally campaign for the presidency. Anyway, my question is whether Mitt Romney convinced you he would be more effective on economic issues than the incumbent?

Now, Democrats won’t vote for him for a variety of issues. Conservatives may line up in the usual disciplined fashion, but many doubt whether Governor Etch A Sketch is really one of them. Social issues will attract Romney votes no matter his economic promises or possibilities. I want to focus on the economy alone. Here, his challenge is to 1) Convince the electorate that a reboot of George W. Bush’s policies will work this time, despite abundant evidence that they failed disastrously in the ’00s, and 2) Move beyond his embodiment of the finance capitalism that is so unpopular.

Did Romney sell you on his economics

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

This Week’s Links:

  • Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s speech at Jackson Hole || Federal Reserve Board
  • The federal bailout that saved Romney || Rolling Stone
  • Why are the big banks suddenly afraid? || Simon Johnson/NYT
  • Job creation under Bush and Obama || The Daily Beast
  • Fact-checking Paul Ryan’s stimulus claims || Time
  • Is U.S. growth over? || The Grumpy Economist
  • Breaking down the past decade in debt || Washington Post
  • Judgment day for the eurozone || Project Syndicate
  • Why no prosecutions from the banking crisis? || Credit Slips
  • One man against the Wall Street lobby || Baseline Scenario

    Today’s Econ Haiku:

    Jackson Hole splendor

    Bernanke says he’s ready

    We’re down in the hole

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