The president spent his last 90 minutes of free airtime advertising his lack of empathy and opposition to the minimum wage.
Eric LevitzOn Thursday night, Trump defended his administration orphaning 545 immigrant children by emphasizing how clean their facilities were on the day of a photo-op.
This is one of several reasons he did not win the debate.
As Trump fades, Senate Republicans are distancing themselves from the president — by advertising economic priorities even more unpopular than his.
Eric LevitzAs Donald Trump’s odds of reelection steadily erode, Senate Republicans are pivoting to a new campaign strategy: promising voters that they will serve as a check on Joe Biden’s attempts to save the country from a depression.
In Georgia and Arizona, conservatives have already done what they denounce Democrats for even contemplating.
Eric LevitzRepublicans could argue that expanding a state supreme court — and packing the federal one — are radically different things, and thus, that their divergent views on the propriety of each are rooted in apolitical principles.
But I wish they wouldn’t bother
A new dataset shared exclusively with "Axios on HBO" suggests the real jobless rate is 26%.
Eric Levitz"A person who is looking for a full-time job that pays a living wage — but who can't find one — is unemployed. If you accept that definition, the true unemployment rate in the U.S. is a stunning 26.1%"
McConnell can afford to walk away from COVID relief because the Senate’s partisan skew tightly limits how many seats his party can lose.
Eric LevitzThe Senate's pro-GOP bias doesn't just hurt Democrats. It also deforms the GOP by enabling it to do things like, say, "sabotage the economy one month before Election Day to appease big donors" *without* placing itself out of contention for federal power. nymag.com/intelligencer/…pic.twitter.com/XfyOpovPlu
Eric LevitzThe problem with the Senate's pro-GOP bias is not merely that it disempowers Democrats. The problem is also that it enables the Senate GOP to ignore public opinion — and betray the material interests of its own voters — without ever falling from power.
Eric LevitzElite Republicans have trouble accepting that they cannot purchase a reprieve from this pandemic — in part because a foundational premise of the elite Republican worldview is that the wealthy can always buy immunity from whatever befalls the herd.
A tie goes to the guy who’s winning by seven points.
Eric LevitzJoe Biden looked old and tired. Watching him try to complete a sentence occasionally felt like watching a washed-up, shit-faced acrobat trying to wobble his way across a tightrope one last time.
And he won the debate in a rout.
The president’s taxes are full of evasion schemes that our underfunded IRS has failed to punish.
Eric LevitzRe-funding the tax police should be a top Dem priority. It's a reform that's both good and popular as an end itself -- and a means of expanding the amount of new social spending the party can enact before exhausting moderates' tolerance for taxes/deficits.
Eric LevitzTo be clear, it is likely impossible for the IRS to be so efficient as to collect all $7.5 trillion. But a former IRS commissioner thinks it could easily reel in $1.6 trillion if it were given the proper resources/mandate.
Eric LevitzThe GOP fought to defund the tax police. Anarchy ensued: Between 2014 and 2016, 300,000 U.S. residents with incomes above $100,000 didn't even bother to file federal taxes -- and faced 0 consequences for stiffing Uncle Sam.
Americans didn’t have to choose between guns and butter during the war. And they don’t need to choose between prosperity and sustainability today.
Eric LevitzBy massively increasing public spending to confront the challenge of Nazism, the U.S. government spurred historic growth in GDP, productivity, and the labor force -- while greatly reducing inequality.
A Green New Deal could do the same. (h/t @JWMason1)
Eric LevitzFunny how the economic consensus of the past 40 years - which presumes that private capital is the engine of growth/innovation - just ignores that the U.S. achieved unprecedented growth and innovation when our economy was at its most centrally planned.