Stories tagged: Robert J. Samuelson
Tue., Sept. 17, 2019
If the case for negative interest rates is so strong, why all the controversy? The answer, of course, is that the case isn’t that strong.
Tue., Aug. 27, 2019
This is a high-stakes gamble. The possible ways in which a world sated with dollar securities could trigger a financial or economic crisis are many.
Tue., Aug. 20, 2019
There are parallels between the present financial turmoil and past episodes of economic disruption, including the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Tue., Aug. 13, 2019
There is growing evidence of a possible recession. If one materializes, President Trump could lose his most powerful argument for reelection: a strong economy.
Tue., Aug. 6, 2019
The Fed increasingly sees itself as a social agency dedicated to job creation. That – more than the effect on stock prices – is the real story behind the Fed’s …
Tue., July 30, 2019
The military-industrial complex isn’t bankrupting us – though some on the left still cling nostalgically to the belief that it is. It’s fiction.
Tue., July 23, 2019
The letter seemed innocuous, except for one troubling detail: I didn’t create an online account with the Social Security Administration.
Tue., July 16, 2019
Economic policy entrepreneurship hasn’t and won’t disappear. But the hoped-for gains have been conspicuous by their absence. There is an enduring cycle of disappointment.
Tue., July 9, 2019
Vladimir Putin says many people around the world have lost faith in the liberal idea.
Tue., June 18, 2019
Japan is slowly going out of business; its population is shrinking and it resists immigration. This cannot continue indefinitely.
Tue., June 11, 2019
The lessons of the past do not seem to have been absorbed or analyzed with significant rigor. Anyone who has paid the slightest bit of attention knows that government has …
Tue., June 4, 2019
The trade standoff between the United States and China suggests that the long-established ‘most favored nation’ approach is giving way to rival economic blocs that, increasingly, control international trade and …
Tue., May 21, 2019
Historic birth patterns tell us a lot about where the country has been – and where it might be going.
Thu., May 16, 2019
We have a system that, through high tariffs, imposes the equivalent of a tax on American citizens to implement a trade policy that favors China.
Tue., April 30, 2019
An unsettling specter haunts the world economy: a future of ubiquitous robots that destroy millions of jobs. But is that realistic?
Tue., April 23, 2019
Donald Trump’s nominees for the Federal Reserve Board are fiercely partisan, which would cast a dark shadow over economic policymaking.
Tue., April 16, 2019
The lesson of the financial crisis is that it wasn’t just overzealous regulators or greedy capitalists; the larger role was played by the convergence of many forces that we understand …
Tue., April 9, 2019
We should let states and localities see whether they can make schools work better. The grandiose fix-it national plans are mostly exercises in political marketing.
Sat., March 30, 2019
Stephen Moore is almost uniquely unqualified to serve on the Federal Reserve Board
Tue., March 19, 2019
Many of the things that we feared would happen with Brexit have happened, or might still. Worse, the consequences aren’t confined to the United Kingdom.
Tue., March 5, 2019
Just how much praise Donald Trump deserves for the economy’s performance is unclear – remember that in the last two years of the Obama presidency, the economy also generated 200,000 …
Tue., Feb. 26, 2019
The current Democratic presidential candidates endorse a variety of far-reaching proposals that, if adopted, would represent the largest expansion of government since Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:02 p.m.
Written by Harvard economist John Kenneth Galbraith and published in 1958, “The Affluent Society” foretold that private prosperity would lead to a larger public sector. But this has also left …
Tue., Feb. 5, 2019
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome (“Jay”) Powell didn’t waste much time getting to the point at last week’s press conference. “My colleagues and I have one overarching goal: to sustain the …
Tue., Jan. 29, 2019
Whenever I or someone else suggests that we need higher defense spending, there is an incredulous response from critics: U.S. military spending equals the outlays of the next eight countries …
Tue., Jan. 15, 2019
General Electric and Sears have fallen on hard times, and that tells us a lot about U.S capitalism.
Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 6 a.m.
We aren’t stagnating, after all. Unless you’ve been hibernating in the Himalayas, you must know of the recent surge in economic inequality. It’s not just that the rich are getting …
Tue., Nov. 6, 2018
We’ll know soon who won the fiercely contested midterm elections, but we already know who lost: We all did. What’s been missing is any realistic engagement with the difficult issues …
Fri., Nov. 2, 2018
I had assumed that my three children, now in their late 20s and early 30s, would grow up in a world where their Jewishness, depending on how much they felt …
Tue., Sept. 25, 2018
The basic purpose of politics is to resolve conflicts, but the choices are being evaded. The political systems of many advanced countries have broken down – or are in the …