President Barack Obama has been holding more frequent meetings with a coterie of United States pundits. The pundits are given access to the president and, in return, Obama expects his points of view will be represented in national opinion articles that are published on current issues or affairs of the day.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday November 1, 2013 3:15 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday May 6, 2013 10:40 am|
Since Israel launched air strikes in Syria last week, more and more liberal supporters of greater United States intervention are presenting arguments they have developed to support advocacy for arming rebel groups.
New York Times columnist and former executive editor, Bill Keller, argues President Barack Obama needs to “get over” the Iraq invasion that did not uncover any weapons of mass destruction. “I fear prudence has become fatalism, and our caution has been the father of missed opportunities, diminished credibility and enlarged tragedy,” Keller writes.
|By: Dean Baker Sunday February 24, 2013 4:30 pm|
In this century Mexico has had the slowest per capita GDP growth of any country in Latin America. It has made almost no progress in reducing poverty and it is plagued by drug gangs and corruption. But Thomas Friedman sees a Mexico that doesn’t show up in the data:
|By: Dean Baker Sunday November 18, 2012 6:00 pm|
The evidence presented in Thomas Friedman’s column today would lead readers to believe that the economy’s biggest problem is that companies are being run by executives who are so ignorant of economics that they don’t know that the way to attract more workers is to raise wages. The column begins with the story of Traci Tapini, who with her sister is co-president of Wyoming Machine. For some reason Friedman assures us Tapini “is not your usual C.E.O.”
|By: Dean Baker Wednesday June 6, 2012 12:20 pm|
It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. Today, Thomas Friedman tells us about the squandered opportunities around the world, siding with Angela Merkel’s lecturing to Europe and promoting the Bowles-Simpson scheme to redistribute income upwards.
|By: Dean Baker Sunday February 26, 2012 1:20 pm|
|By: Dean Baker Sunday February 19, 2012 7:00 pm|
Thomas Friedman gave readers his pseudo endorsement of a candidate for president today. The person is David Walker, who headed up the Government Accountability Office from 1998 to 2008 before leaving to take the helm as president of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. He later left that organization to head up another Peter Peterson funded venture.
Walker has been in the public eye over for more than a decade as a result of his crusade against the government budget deficit.
|By: Dean Baker Sunday December 11, 2011 7:12 pm|
The NY Times continues its policy of affirmative action for people ignorant of the world by allowing Thomas Friedman to write two columns a week on whatever he chooses. Today he talks about the job crisis.
|By: Dean Baker Monday September 12, 2011 7:00 am|
Thomas Friedman is once again orthogonal to reality. In his column today he urges a “grand bargain” where the Republicans abandon extremists of the right and agree to tax increases and Democrats abandon extremists of the left and agree to cut Medicare and Social Security (euphemistically referred to as “entitlements”). There is one little problem with Friedman’s story…
|By: Dean Baker Wednesday June 22, 2011 3:17 pm|
The United States has to cut back spending on the Commerce Department or it will bankrupt the country. Okay, I have no evidence for this and it really doesn’t make any sense. The Commerce Department’s budget is about $10 billion a year, less than 0.3 percent of total spending, but this note is written in the spirit of Thomas Friedman.
Just as Thomas Friedman can tell readers that Social Security and Medicare are bankrupting the country with no evidence, in my blognote I get to blame the Commerce Department. The reality of course is that Social Security is fully funded by its own dedicated tax revenue through the year 2036, meaning the program on net imposes no burden on the government.