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Election reveals clear calculus: 47 pct > 1 pct

November 9, 2012

Ultra-wealthy candidates and supporters - from the billionaire Koch brothers and their man Mitt Romney to pro wrestling maven Linda McMahon - learned the hard way that money can’t buy everything in America. Voting rights can be a great equalizer in a land of income inequality.

The biggest winner in U.S. election: Mr. Uncertainty

November 6, 2012

As voters hit the polls, it’s becoming increasingly evident that whether Obama gets another shot or Romney takes over neither will have much of a mandate. It doesn’t take a worst-case, recount scenario to foresee an outcome of extreme gridlock that dampens financial markets.

To fix U.S. finances requires compromiser-in-chief

October 25, 2012

Achieving a grand bargain on tax, entitlements and spending will take a leader who is capable of bipartisan dealmaking. Having worked with Democrats as governor of Massachusetts, Romney may have the edge over Obama, whose signature legislative triumphs were party-line deals.

Last U.S. debate neglects foreign policy realities

October 23, 2012

Listening to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spar, it would have been easy to forget that Europe exists, free trade matters or global coordination of finance remains a priority. Worse, the politically facile China-bashing suggests both men are missing the big opportunity.

Breakingviews e-book: The U.S. election

October 16, 2012

America is divided. That at least is the message from the two parties in the run up to Nov. 6 U.S. presidential and congressional votes. With Barack Obama and Mitt Romney neck-and-neck in polls, our latest e-book examines how we got here, and the main fiscal and economic challenges facing the next American president.

Romney’s foreign policy doesn’t seem so austere

October 9, 2012

The Republican indicates a George W. Bush-like interventionist approach, another step away from the party’s pre-World War Two isolationism. That could lead to more Middle East conflict and defense spending, eating savings from thriftier budgets. It’s also just as risky as Obama’s stance.

Nine answers that should win the White House

October 3, 2012

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney need to explain how they would fix the U.S. economy when the first of their debates kicks off on Wednesday evening. Breakingviews concocts the nine answers we’d love to hear.

Forming ECON Team 4 is next president’s top task

October 2, 2012

Thanks to the fiscal cliff, whoever occupies the White House won’t have the luxury of choosing the first big legislative priority. Striking a bipartisan mega-deal to fix Uncle Sam’s finances will be priority one. Use our new Dream Team Machine to create an economic delta force.

Percentage-mania builds confidence in 50-50 world

September 24, 2012

Romney’s 14.1 percent tax rate is the latest headline-grabbing hard number. It follows his 47 percent of slackers, Occupy’s unequal 1 percent, and the euro 7 percent yield-cliff, to name a few. The percentage fixation can make the world look clearer, sometimes dangerously so.

U.S. political jamborees alienate Mr. Market

September 10, 2012

The stark contrasts in tone at the Charlotte and Tampa conventions mirror the different options facing Americans. Republicans and Mitt Romney served up fiscal spinach while Democrats and Barack Obama dangled pro-worker red meat. Neither choice is likely to thrill investors.