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The politician's job is to conjure support by convincing voters that they have the ability to transform society or right the economy or end politics as usual. The economists’ job is to remind everyone that the power of our elected leaders is actually quite modest. As we head into the November elections, we must ask who will do the best job muddling through the complexities of real world government, not whose bright banner will wave most vividly in the sun.


Glaeser, Edward L. "Political Power." Boston Globe, October 21, 2010.