Governor Romney’s decision to select Paul Ryan as his running mate has condemned the country to 90 days of ridiculous news stories and columns about a choice on the size and role of government. The debate is silly because its explicit assumption is that Paul Ryan wants a small role for government. It is flatly wrong to describe Mr. Ryan as a supporter of small government. He is more accurately described as an opponent of government interventions that redistribute income downward and a supporter of government policies that redistribute income upward.
|By: Dean Baker Monday August 13, 2012 11:15 am|
|By: cocktailhag Thursday July 12, 2012 8:00 pm|
As the still-unfolding recession leads to a disturbing preponderance of PhD’s working at Subway, there is one increasingly infuriating bright spot of iron-clad job security: the op/ed page of your local newspaper. Once upon a time, the op/ed page became my favorite part of the newspaper; as the third kid out of four, I seldom [...]
|By: Dean Baker Wednesday May 16, 2012 9:00 am|
Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson says that people are taking away the wrong lessons from JPMorgan’s $2 billion loss on a proprietary trade gone bad. He has some legitimate points but carries his case too far.
|By: Dean Baker Tuesday April 10, 2012 6:59 am|
Today’s column by Robert Samuelson tries to tell us that Franklin Roosevelt would be appalled by the current state of the Social Security program. Of course, he produces not a single iota of evidence to support this position, although it is very clear that Samuelson doesn’t like Social Security.
|By: Scarecrow Friday January 13, 2012 11:50 am|
The questions Mitt himself raised are exactly what the country should be debating. After Wall Street’s self delusion and greed tanked the economy, throwing millions out of work and into fraud-laden foreclosures, the number one economic issue of our times should be whether the malefactors of wealth through financial engineering should be allowed anywhere near governmental power over the economy.
|By: Dean Baker Monday January 2, 2012 1:00 pm|
Last summer news reports were filled with ill-informed predictions of a double-dip recession. Now there seem to be many accounts that misrepresent recent economic data to make a case for substantially stronger growth.
|By: masaccio Tuesday December 27, 2011 7:45 am|
Robert Samuelson confuses taxing the rich with slavery. Coincidence? Nipping at the sherry again? You decide.
|By: Jon Walker Friday December 23, 2011 12:50 pm|
The health care policy moves by the Obama administration since the 2010 election all seem to be about trying to minimize as much as possible health care reform as a political issue in the 2012 election.
|By: Dean Baker Tuesday December 6, 2011 9:15 am|
A newspaper that doesn’t fact check its news articles can hardly be expected to fact check its opinion pieces. This mean that Robert Samuelson can get away with just about anything he wants in his column.
|By: Dean Baker Monday November 7, 2011 7:00 am|
Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson can’t find the actual data on what’s driving the deficits and how to address them, so he concocts a “centrist” position that, surprise, calls for cuts to “entitlements” and programs that matter to the folks hit hardest by the recession.