The 2016 presidential election is giving new meaning to the political maxim "It's the economy, stupid."
That's because most economists believe that when it comes to formulating growth plans and talking intelligently about the challenges ahead, the candidates primarily have been, well, stupid.
Collectively, the field of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump received a thrashing from a field of economists surveyed by Bankrate.com. Fully half of the 24 experts gave the candidates an "F," with most of the others assigning the group a "D."
Respondents groaned both that the candidates' plans were half-baked, and that there is a general lack of attention to serious economic debate during the campaign.