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Robert Samuelson: Trump Isn't Destiny

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12.06.2017

It's time to take a brief break from Donald Trump. Whatever you think of him, there's no denying that he dominates the news cycle. We seem to assume that the nation's future depends on Trump's fate, for better or worse. The reality is otherwise: The nation's future also hangs on larger economic and social trends that no president can shape.

A new report from the congressional Joint Economic Committee (JEC) reminds us of this. The report examines the nation's "social capital." Now, social capital is an obscure academic term that, essentially, signifies the ability of people to work and play together — to cooperate and connect with others.........

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