Does It Play in Peoria?

The issue is the economy, and both parties are dodging

Political campaigns are wretched forums for debating economic policy. Passionate partisan oratory invariably oversimplifies, when it does not downright distort, what by their nature are formidably complex issues. And that is the case, in spades, for the mid-term election campaign now plodding toward its conclusion at the polls next Tuesday.

The issues, certainly, are pressing. The nation is racked by the highest unemployment rate in 42 years. Recovery remains elusive, as was demonstrated by last week's economic news, a maddeningly familiar mixture of plus...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!