Fed shouldn’t pick a fight with President Trump

WASHINGTON – ”To the barricades.” That’s one way of characterizing Bill Dudley’s recent proposal that the Federal Reserve fight back against President Trump’s attacks. Although it’s a bad idea, it...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Here’s why we may be underspending on defense

WASHINGTON – I’ve written several columns this year on military spending, contending – against conventional wisdom – that we don’t spend more than the next eight countries combined, including China...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Who will be the fall guys for the next recession?

WASHINGTON – To have a recession or not – that is the question. It also encompassed last week’s most important political news, notwithstanding all the public attention understandably focused on the...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

On China and trade, Trump’s reputation sinks

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump sold himself to the American public as an expert deal-maker. At the top of his list was a promised trade bargain with China that would boost U.S. exports and remedy some...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

We already have a welfare state. So what’s next?

WASHINGTON – It seems unavoidable. Like it or not, the U.S. welfare system is bound to play a big role in the 2020 election. The recent Democratic debate on health care is just a prelude to a...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Here’s how the internet’s tentacles grabbed me

WASHINGTON – I got hacked. It was scary. In this age of cybereverything, we all live in dread that we’re going to be attacked by the internet. Nearly everyone seems vulnerable. The internet is...

DATE: July 25, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Is Russia’s Putin right that liberalism is obsolete?

WASHINGTON – It looks as if Vladimir Putin wants to be recalled as something besides an aggressive autocrat. He yearns, it seems, to be seen as a leading political thinker, respected for his...

DATE: July 11, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Bernie, the ’30s called and wants its decade back

WASHINGTON – Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, is a man from the 1930s. If you didn’t believe that before, you certainly should now....

DATE: June 24, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

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

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