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Will the state of the U.S economy be a factor during the 2020 election?

Assistant professor of political science Michael Sances answers:

“Presidential elections are typically referendums on the state of the economy, but as we all know, presidents inherit economies from their predecessors. Will voters attribute recent positive economic performance to Trump, or will they attribute it to his predecessor Barack Obama? In research I am working on now, I find that voters almost always attribute the current economy to the current incumbent, whether that incumbent has been in office for six months or six years. So, I think the economy will ultimately work toward Trump’s re-election. The Democratic nominee will have to either convince voters the economy is not that strong, or focus on other issues. I am skeptical voters can be convinced that the economy is not Trump’s responsibility.”

Michael Sances
Michael Sances

Michael Sances is an assistant professor of political science at Temple University. His research has been featured in a number of academic journals along with in popular media outlets such as the NYT, VOX & The Economist.

Does the nominee from the Democratic Party even matter? (2020 Election)

Assistant professor of political science Michael Sances answers:

“Will the Democratic nominee really affect what happens in November? Statistical models that ignore any qualities of the candidates do a pretty good job at predicting general election winners. More anecdotally, a low-quality nominee in 2016 did not seem to hurt the Republican party’s chances. Despite the intense media attention around who will win the nomination, I do not think it is entirely unreasonable to argue that it will not ultimately matter much.”

Michael Sances
Michael Sances

Michael Sances is an assistant professor of political science at Temple University. His research has been featured in a number of academic journals along with in popular media outlets such as the NYT, VOX & The Economist.

15. Richard Prisinzano: An Analysis of the Warren Campaign’s Proposed Wealth Tax.

Richard Prisinzano, director of policy analysis at the Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM), talks to us today about the democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s proposed wealth tax.

We get his take on the PWBM’s analysis of the Warren wealth tax, an analysis be helped direct, along with his comments on the rebuttals to the  analysis. 

We do also touch on other related topics such as tax avoidance, the impact of taxes on GDP and many more things tax related. I have attached a link to the PWBM analysis below.

Link to the analysis:

Link to his Twitter:

Link to the Warren Campaign wealth tax proposal:

13. Bryant Simon: Is Our Drive to Make Things Cheaper Killing Us?

Bryant Simon is a history professor with interests in everything from Southern History to Food Studies.

The conversation starts with a fascinating overview of historic topics such as white workers in the south during the new deal era, the racial segregation of Atlantic City in the early to mid 20th century and the Hamlet Fire, a tragic incident that illustrates the shortcomings of how cheap our society has become. 

The second part of the conversation focuses on how The United States willingness to save money comes above all else, but at a cost. As such we touch  on everything from climate change to a wholistic lack of regulation and how the drive to make things less expensive and pay people less isn’t inherent to the countries identity.  

The conversation finishes by discussing why studying history is important and why society shouldn’t overlook those who study the humanities 

Link to his faculty page:

2. Steve Newman: On Unions, University Football Stadiums, and the Humanities

Steve Newman, english professor and president of the Temple Association of University Professionals, talks to us about the importance of listening to communities, why unions matter, controversies around the proposed Temple University football stadium in North Philadelphia, and the necessity of the humanities in today’s society.

Link to his faculty page: https://sites.temple.edu/snewmanbio/

Link to his article in Philadelphia Magazine: https://www.phillymag.com/news/2019/10/22/temple-football-stadium-opposition/

Link to the article he touched on arguing an opposing view to the Temple Football Stadium: https://www.phillymag.com/news/2019/09/18/temple-university-football-stadium/