The Political Interest: Who Has the Best Plan for Fixing the Economy?

Two guys with booklets itching for a fight. That's what it's come down to. Two candidates who have specific ideas for fixing an economy both describe as near collapse and who view each other's prescriptions as deficient. "At some point," says Paul Tsongas, "we're going to have to go head to head on economics." The sooner the better, says Bill Clinton.

Well, if it's a debate they want, let it begin.

Note first that Clinton and Tsongas are new-breed Democrats. As they seek to craft a different relationship between government and the private economy, they challenge their party's traditional orthodoxy. In...

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