Paul Krugman in The New York Times on Apple's job growth lessons. Piggybacking on his newspaper's revelation that Apple doesn't create many American jobs, Krugman argues for what does create jobs: "industrial clusters, — in which producers, specialized suppliers, and workers huddle together to their mutual benefit." It's what makes China such an attractive place to manufacture and it's not something that only occurs in low-wage developing countries , he notes. "Germany remains a highly successful exporter even with workers who cost, on average, $44 an hour — much more than the average cost of American workers. And this success has a lot to do with the support its small and medium-sized companies — the famed Mittelstand — provide to each other via shared suppliers and the maintenance of a skilled work force." Bringing the message home, he says "The point is that successful companies ... don’t exist in isolation. Prosperity depends on the synergy between companies, on the cluster, not the individual entrepreneur."
Kimberley Strassel in The Wall Street Journal on Romney's missed opportunity. After getting hammered by Newt Gingrich for the last two weeks as a "Massachusetts moderate," Romney missed his golden moment, Strassel argues. "A candidate with even half the usual complement of political antennae would have seen this as a game-changing opportunity to win with conservatives. It was Mr. Romney's moment to turn his occasional defense of Bain Capital into a broad rallying cry for capitalism. Florida posed the perfect backdrop to elevate his causes of free-market housing and energy. It was a chance to unveil a simpler and bolder economic reform plan."
David Paul Kuhn in Real Clear Politics on how Gingrich could fade, again. "Gingrich’s primary vulnerabilities are a layer beneath the surface. Republicans’ attachment to Gingrich remains fickle. Gingrich’s appeal to men is significantly offset by his weaknesses with women (see Insider Advantage polling on Sunday and Wednesday). The GOP electorate is still digesting who Gingrich is and, perhaps more consequentially, is not."