Dilemmas for the Democrats: What Next in the Eighties?

Dilemmas for the Democrats: What Next in the Eighties?

This should be the Democratic moment. Well before October’s crash, the Reagan administration had shuddered to an overdue halt, its own agenda unenactable and its viable agenda—arms control, last year’s tax reform— lifted without acknowledgement from the center. The much-ballyhooed fifty–nine months of unbroken recovery never alleviated, and eventually succumbed to, a pervasive anxiety that the nation no longer controls its economic destiny. Polling conducted this summer, at the presumed peak of our economic well-being, with official unemployment beneath 6 percent and the market still soaring skyward, showed the public’s primary concern to be the specter of renewed recession.

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