Umair equates a large welfare state with a successful nation.

That’s not what he meant. I’m not saying I agree with the article, but he makes a clear distinction between quantitative and qualitative analysis. He’s simply saying we need to understand what increases in things like GDP really does for the majority of Americans. You’re cherry picking his weaker arguments to make a point while ignoring the entire premise, which ironically is exactly his frustration with political pundits.

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