“They reveal the deficiencies of public policy, but the interesting thing is people may not make that connection because a feel-good story has short-circuited that connection. So the frame, essentially, is individual deficiencies — not systemic issues — for why people need the rescues that we’re seeing.”

“The notion that we become more racially diverse without the accompanying wealth does not change the equation.”

“Total retail for 2017 grew by 4.2 percent. The positive gains in 2017’s retail sector were made against the backdrop of seven hurricanes that hit the U.S. With the exception of Maria in Puerto Rico, the same is likely to be the case for Florence and other storms. Those economies will be briefly interrupted, but they will bounce back.”


The Legacy of President Obama’s Race Rhetoric