Columnists weigh in on what Democrats should do first


November 13, 2018 - 10:48 AM

How can House Democrats have an impact on economic policy? Even though the Senate and President Donald Trump can block them, the Democrats will be tempted to propose legislation that has popular support and that challenges the president’s claim to represent the interests of American workers. In particular, should Democrats stop caring about the deficit, which has exploded under Trump? Here, columnists and contributors for Bloomberg Opinion suggest some priorities.


Noah Smith: With the Senate and presidency in Republican hands, there’s little the House Democrats can do in terms of passing actual legislation. Instead, the focus should be on putting forward legislation that inspires the country, even if it won’t pass. That will also avoid the need to scramble to draft new legislation if and when a Democratic president is elected.