I’m not interested in how you intend to vote. We have too many polls already. Today’s poll has more to do with which candidate is making, or failing, at economic issues. Under normal circumstances, this should be an economic election, with growth still slow and unemployment high. Yet it’s close.
Maybe enough Americans give President Obama credit for averting a second Great Depression. Maybe many are wary of Mitt Romney because of his shape-shifting, the hard dogma of the right and his history not as a “businessman” but as a private-equity guy. In other words, an emblem of the financialization of America and the crash — and he’s offering more Bush policies of tax cuts and deregulation.
So, a couple of angles (you can make multiple selections):
Read on for the links of the week and the haiku:
The Week’s Links:
- The Oct. 19, 1987 stock crash: A computer lesson, still unlearned || Floyd Norris/NYT
- Employment data reveal U.S. economy is bouncing back || The Guardian
- Inside Foxconn || James Fallows/The Atlantic
- U.S. taxpayers poised to subsidize Asian coal demand || Reuters
- A tax plan that economists love (and politicians hate) || NPR
- Seven reasons Intel could be the next RIM and why the company is in the fight of its life || Quartz
- Fortune 500 deferring $433 billion in taxes || Middle Class Political Economist
- Throwing out insiders won’t fix corporate boards || Harvard Business Review
- Drug compounding pharmacies, deaths, and regulation || Washington Post
- How botched derivatives regulation will leave taxpayers holding the bag || Naked Capitalism
Today’s Econ Haiku:
Sprint buys up Clearwire
Two drunks hold each other up?
Not entirely clear