Trump’s Mexico tariffs would be risky and nasty

WASHINGTON – President Trump’s latest foray into trade policy is notable for its economic recklessness (it could tip Mexico into a recession, followed perhaps by the United States), its gratuitous...

DATE: June 10, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Maybe there’s something we can do on warming

WASHINGTON – On global climate change, I’ve changed my mind – just slightly. I’ve written about this issue for more than two decades, and my theme has been monotonously consistent. As a starting...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

What Sears and GE declines say about capitalism

WASHINGTON – General Electric and Sears have fallen on hard times, and that tells us a lot about U.S. capitalism. Both were once great enterprises -– symbols of American ingenuity and imagination....

DATE: Jan. 17, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Hike defense spending (and maybe cut welfare)

WASHINGTON – The most uncovered story in Washington these days is the loss of U.S. military power – a lesson particularly important in light of recent events: the resignation of Defense Secretary...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Great Recession worse than Great Depression?

WASHINGTON – Here’s today’s economic quiz: Was the 2007-09 Great Recession more damaging than the Great Depression of the 1930s? Surely the answer is “no.” In the 1930s, unemployment reached 25...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Solving climate change may well be impossible

WASHINGTON – If there were any doubt before, there should be none now. “Solving” the global climate change problem may be humankind’s mission impossible. That’s the gist of the latest report from...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: Why we don’t prepare for the future

WASHINGTON – More than 20 years ago, I wrote that Americans would solve their most pressing problems through either consensus or crisis. We would debate the country’s controversial issues until we...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: The triumph of downward mobility

WASHINGTON – It’s an axiom among many Americans that each future generation will live better than its predecessor. New technologies, greater efficiencies and a can-do spirit will reward us with...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: Get ready for the coming welfare wars

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration may have declared it over, but a new War on Poverty is coming anyways. It will be fought largely over the concept of a “work requirement.” Should the...

DATE: July 19, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: Why our neo-isolationism will not work

WASHINGTON – As we near July Fourth, America has taken a turn for the worst. The great delusion of Donald Trump’s presidency is that we can thrive by embracing nationalism even though major...

DATE: July 2, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: History of 1930 tariff legislation is haunting

WASHINGTON – The ghost of Smoot-Hawley seems to haunt President Trump. You will recall that Smoot-Hawley was the sweeping tariff legislation that Congress passed and President Hoover signed in...

DATE: June 28, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: Consequences of unraveling trade rules unclear

WASHINGTON – The escalating trade war between the United States and China poses crucial, though unanswerable, questions: Is this the beginning of the end of the post-World War II international...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

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