Archive for the ‘Romney’ Category
Our admittedly unscientific poll offers cheer to both candidates
Oct 6th 2012 | WASHINGTON, DC | from the print edition
[Greg Ip and a colleague] BARACK OBAMA and Mitt Romney have spent many months and hundreds of millions of dollars trying to convince the public that electing the other man would lead to economic catastrophe. They have fought to a draw: voters today are almost evenly split over which man would do a better job on the economy.
But whom would the experts pick? To find out, The Economist polled hundreds of professional academic and business economists. Our main finding should hearten Mr Obama. By a large margin they rate his overall economic plan more highly than Mr Romney’s, credit him with a better grasp of economics, and think him more likely to appoint a good economic team (see chart). They do not hold the perpetually disappointing recovery against him; half of respondents graded his record as good or very good, compared with just 5% who said that about George Bush in our poll four years ago. “It all depends on the counterfactual,” said Justin Wolfers, an economist at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, referring to how bad things might have been without the president’s emergency measures.
But Mr Romney can take heart from a deeper dive into the numbers. The Economist polled two groups: research associates of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the country’s leading organisation of academic economists; and the outlook panel of the National Association for Business Economics. The academics gave Mr Obama much higher marks than Mr Romney, which may in part reflect partisan preference: fully 45% of them identified themselves as Democrats, and just 7% as Republicans. Read the rest of this entry »
With the deficit at over $1 trillion for a fourth year running, taxes and government spending are critical to the campaign
Oct 6th 2012 | from the print edition
[Greg Ip] BARACK OBAMA won in 2008 largely because of the economy. He may lose this year for the same reason. The economy now surpasses all other issues in voters’ minds. Close behind are health care, taxes and the deficit. These issues are all intertwined. The candidates’ competing proposals on taxes and spending are central to how they plan to revive economic growth.
Both have laid out ambitious markers for the next four years. Mr Obama promises to create 1m more manufacturing jobs. Mr Romney counters with predictions of 12m new jobs in total. Neither figure is out of line when the economy has as much ground to make up as it has now. Over the coming decade, Mr Obama has projected average annual growth of 3.2%; private economists think growth of just under 3% is more likely. A team of Mr Romney’s advisers think his plan will spur the economy to grow by 3.5-4% a year. Read the rest of this entry »
The Washington Post, Outlook section
By Greg Ip, Published: October 5
The probable Republican nominee should stop pandering to the left on China and to the right on taxes
Apr 21st 2012 | from the print edition
TO UNDERSTAND why Mitt Romney has triumphed over his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, look no further than March’s disappointing job numbers. With growth fragile and petrol prices soaring, the economy is Barack Obama’s gaping weak spot, and Republican primary voters have backed the candidate best equipped to exploit it.
Yet it is very far from clear what they are getting. Blame that, in part, on a nominating contest that repeatedly veered into irrelevancies. But blame the candidate, too. In the past year Mr Romney’s views have metamorphosed worryingly as he has tried to protect his flank against a succession of conservative challengers. It is no exaggeration to say that there are now two Romneys when it comes to economics (see article).