The State of the Union? Uncompetitive

In the decades following World War II, the U.S. economy was by almost any measure the world’s most competitive. It boasted the highest manufacturing output, the highest productivity, a huge trade surplus — and, consequently, the highest living standards. But as Rob Atkinson writes in RealClearPolicy, that’s no longer the case. President Trump should focus on this issue like a laser in his second annual address to Congress. To “Make America Great Again,” he needs to articulate a clear vision and detailed agenda for restoring U.S. economic competitiveness.

And a competitiveness agenda should be right up President Trump’s alley, since it will require confronting the nation’s elites with some painful truths.