Economy? What Economy? -- By Harold Meyerson
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
On an issue of some concern to Americans -- the economy -- they [Republicans] seem to have nothing to say.
I have combed the schedule of events here [at the Republican Convention] without finding a single forum . . . devoted to what John McCain and the Republican Party propose to do about America's . . . economic challenges. I've found four panels on what to do about the Middle East, but not one on what to do about the Middle West. [emphasis added]
[T]he Republicans here plainly don't believe that the economy needs fixing. On Monday, a New York Times poll of Republican convention delegates showed that 57 percent believe the American economy is in very good or fairly good shape.
The only economic concern of ordinary Americans that finds expression inside this year's GOP convention is the price of gas, for which the chief solution, as you would expect at a convention where the American Petroleum Institute is hosting the party's governors, is offshore drilling.
Republican silence on economic matters stands in sharp contrast to the Democratic convention last week in Denver, where there were close to 20 forums on "green" jobs, reviving progressive taxation, balancing the budget, rebuilding infrastructure, the economy of alternative energy and the like. [emphasis added]
If the election is about the economy, they're cooked -- and their silence this week on nearly all things economic means that they know it.