PETER MORICI: Learning to lift the economy again

ANALYSIS/OPINION: The most troubling aspect of the presidential campaign is that neither front-runner has focused on the most critical issue confronting America — learning to grow again. In this century, gross domestic product (GDP) has advanced a paltry 1.7 percent a year, and annual family incomes have fallen about $4,000, whereas during the Reagan-Clinton era, progress was a lot better. Donald Trump blames China, but it’s not simply about unfair trade and the art of the deal. Hillary Clinton implicitly blames white men. Her whole campaign is premised on the notion that universities and corporate managers are handicapping America by conspiring against women and minorities, when the makeup of the student body at most campuses reveals a different story, and businesses nowadays earnestly recruit and pay well women and minorities…


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