With inflation at its highest level in a generation and the economy stalling, consumers and companies in the United States are under pressure. Facing the ballot box in ten weeks’ time, so, too, is President Biden.
Long before entering the White House, Biden’s affinity for his country’s railroads earned him the nickname Amtrak Joe. The Times travelled along a stretch of America’s longest passenger rail route — from Dallas, Texas, up to Chicago, Illinois — to take the temperature at this critical juncture for the world’s largest economy.
Which is how, on a sweltering August morning in Dallas, we found ourselves at a chamber of commerce greeted by an amateur cheerleader, shaking pom-poms and chanting: “We’re No 1! We’re No 1!” The celebrations were