The heartland is weathering the recession, but its lawmakers are screwing everyone else

If you’re feeling a little sprightly about things and you can’t figure why, worry not: the New York Times’ economic columnist is here to drag you down.

Crack open a bottle of well scotch and a bag of goldfish — if you can afford better, you must be Canadian or something — and settle into his most recent breakdown of the Great Recession, which includes an interesting theory on how lawmakers from heartland states are ruining the recovery for everyone else.

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