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

Samuelson: Trump’s trade myths about politics, not economy

WASHINGTON – You cannot understand President Trump’s so-called “trade war” without acknowledging that it’s mostly about politics and not about economics. Trump has embarked on a giant marketing...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: The threat from Italy’s economic turmoil

WASHINGTON – If you’re nostalgic for the 2008-09 financial crisis, you can cheer up. Another debacle may be on its way. Its epicenter would be Italy, which may threaten the rest of the world...

DATE: May 31, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Our new capitalism strikingly resembles the old

WASHINGTON – We flatter ourselves into thinking that we live in a time of exceptional economic upheaval. The truth is that the present resembles the past. What we learned – and forget – is that a...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

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