Robert Samuelson Wants to Abolish Peter Peterson’s and Bill Gates’ Bank Accounts

By: Friday June 7, 2013 6:55 am

It was the Social Security and Medicare trust funds that he wants to abolish. It would be the same thing — destroying large amounts of wealth, just different people involved.


Robert Samuelson Tries to Salvage Reinhart-Rogoff and Austerity

By: Thursday April 25, 2013 4:00 pm

I have a policy of not discussing items that directly refer to me in this blog, but I will make an exception today because the issues raised by Robert Samuelson are important. In his column Samuelson makes two key arguments. First, that the Reinhart-Rogoff conclusions about high debt leading to slow growth still stand even after the errors in the original paper were corrected, and second, that this work was never really the basis for austerity anyhow.

Robert Samuelson: “What Frustrates Constructive Debate Is Muddled Pundit Opinion”

By: Monday March 18, 2013 6:40 am

Okay, that’s not exactly what Robert Samuelson said, but pretty close. He actually told readers:

What frustrates constructive debate is muddled public opinion.

Robert Samuelson Tells Us That Our Ratio of Interest Payments to GDP Is Near a Post-World War II Low

By: Monday February 25, 2013 5:45 am

If we don’t get the Robert Rubins of the world again playing crazy games at government insured banks, is it necessary to spend a lot of time worrying about the $7.3 trillion in insured deposits? (Wait, I forgot Robert Rubin is still a highly respected person in DC policy circles, maybe we should be worried.)

Robert Samuelson’s Psychological Problems

By: Monday February 18, 2013 8:13 am

Robert Samuelson is convinced that the U.S. economy is suffering from psychological problems

Fun With Robert Samuelson: The Good News Is Bad News

By: Monday January 28, 2013 7:40 am

It’s always entertaining to read Robert Samuelson’s columns on Monday mornings. They are so deliciously orthogonal to reality. Today’s column, asking whether America is in decline, is another gem.

When it Comes to the Fed and Jobs, Robert Samuelson Is Worried About Inflation and Martians

By: Monday December 17, 2012 2:10 pm

Samuelson warned that the last time the Fed tried to target both inflation and unemployment was in the 1970s and complains that this ended disastrously. Both parts of Samuelson’s claim are wrong.

Grading Robert Samuelson’s Grading of Obama

By: Monday September 3, 2012 11:45 am

Robert Samuelson gives President Obama a low grade for his economic performance following his initial six months in office (so do I). Let’s examine the basis for his assessment.

It’s Monday and Robert Samuelson is Confused About Medicare, Again

By: Monday August 20, 2012 2:00 pm

Robert Samuelson devotes his column today to misrepresenting a new article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, claiming that it shows the Ryan-Romney Medicare plan would save money. In fact, the article compares costs of Medicare Advantage plans with the current traditional Medicare plan. It notes that in many cases the former are lower, however it does not attribute the savings to the more efficient delivery of care. It notes that lower costs may be due to cherry picking healthier patients, which has been the finding of other research

Sometimes You Just Have to Respond to the Stoopid

By: Thursday August 16, 2012 7:15 pm

I laugh when I see where someone has butt shot himself while thinking of all the “butt calls” I have received from family and friends. And I get a little sad when I see legislators in my home state embarrassing themselves with their diatribes against teaching evolution. (Note: Gravity is still considered a theory as well, maybe some of these folks complaining about teaching evolution “cuz it’s only a theory” should maybe be invited to test that gravitational theory from the top of the capital building – rhetorically speaking of course.)

But then, I wind up reading something that is so incredibly stupid and disingenuous, that I am moved to take a whack at it on my own.

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