My favourite NB economist (turned court reporter?), Kurt Peacock, mentioned my blog “It’s the economy, stupid” in his TJ column yesterday. I presented to a group in Halifax yesterday where the person who introduced me made some nice comments about the blog and its reach in Atlantic Canada – although he deduced from the blog that I would be a supporter of Mitt Romney – an observation that, upon reflection, is probably true. I really like Obama – but probably lean towards Mass. Governor version of Mitt Romney. But I digress.
When I google the term “It’s the economy, stupid”, I get the Wikipedia entry and then my blog.
So, does James Carville own the phrase because he said it way back when or do I own it because I have used it every day since October 2004? If there was a big copyright battle over this, would I win?
I am not sure I have actually convinced many New Brunswickers that it is, indeed, the economy, stupid. In fact, I probably should rework the term “It’s about a lot of things, but not the economy, stupid”. I had hoped to move the needle on raising public awareness about the importance of the economic and economic development but after eight years of plugging away – there seems to be less interest than ever. How many times has it come up during this municipal election cycle? I mean beyond the boilerplate rhetoric. How many municipal politicians will get elected because people think they have the strongest economic development platform?
Think back to recent provincial elections. In the U.S. researchers now say there are only two measures that best predict the ability of a President to get re-elected: GDP growth and the unemployment rate.
In New Brunswick, re-election is based on not touching sacred cows or really annoying one of the special interest groups.
I’ll soldier on. It puts food on the table and is certainly an interesting way to earn a living.