Obama Cites Larry Bartels ‘Unequal Democracy’

“There’s a book that’s come out right now, by prominent economist—irrefutable—looking at the evidence showing that when Democrats have been in charge of the economy, the economy has grown faster and it’s also been fairer in the sense that everybody benefits. And when the Republicans have been in charge, the economy has grown slower and there’s been greater inequality. And this is, you know, looking back over the last 80 years.” –Barack Obama

As reported last week by MSNBC, Barack Obama spoke about key ideas found in Larry Bartels’ new book Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age during a stop on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania.

Obama’s comments come on the heels of an August 22 commentary for CNN in which James Carville wrote, “Obama can connect with voters on the economy by using history as a guideline. He should start by reading Unequal Democracy by Princeton academic Larry Bartels. The non-partisan and non-political Bartels points out devastatingly after an exhaustive study of Democratic and Republican presidents that the Democrats built a better economy and a more just society.*

Comments

  1. Obama get to create the budget but congress gets to appropriate the money by congressional authority but
    i really think that a new era of fiscal transparency is trying to gain a foothold in washington or at least
    it seems that way.

    If i had my druthers i would like to see all the founding fathers ressurected so that we could get their opinion of how we are handling the responsibility of maintaining our democracy.

    We do have the historical accountings to use as a litumus test not just for augumentative but hopefully for judicial and legislative sake, implementing laws that seek to secure our nations future.

    Hopefully in the end we are becoming avid readers of our well maintained volumes of historical accountings and not just perusers skimming over the wisdom laced content that if read, pondered and acted upon
    will invigorate us and our nation to higher heights.

    L.B.

  2. very true

  3. If i had my druthers i would like to see all the founding fathers ressurected so that we could get their opinion of how we are handling the responsibility of maintaining our democracy.

  4. CNN is always there for ya…LOL