Dean Baker

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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 8:45am
Paul Ryan's Next Attack on Workers' Retirement a Win for Wall Street
As everyone knows, the fundamental principle of the Republican party is to redistribute as much income as possible from the rest of us to the rich. In keeping with this principle, Paul Ryan and the Republicans in Congress are pushing through a proposal to make workers pay larger fees on their...
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Friday, February 17, 2017 - 10:15am
Paul Ryan Has a Plan to Take Away Insurance from Tens of Millions of People
Hey, no one said Speaker Ryan wasn't a smart guy. (Actually, many people have, but whatever.) Anyhow the Republicans have published an outline of their proposal for an Obamacare replacement. It seems designed to ensure that tens of millions of people lose their health insurance coverage. The basic...
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 9:45am
It’s Austerity, Not Globalization, That Pulls European Workers to the Right
Both the Washington Post ( 1/22/17 ) and New York Times ( 1/22/17 ) had pieces about declining support for the left in France and the rise of a nationalist right in both Italy and France. Both pieces attributed the rise in support for the right to people losing from globalization, implying that...
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Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 1:30pm
Davos Man Is a Neanderthal Protectionist
The NYT had an article on the annual meeting of the world's super-rich at Davos, Switzerland. It refers to Davos Man as "an economic elite who built unheard-of fortunes on the seemingly high-minded notions of free trade, low taxes and low regulation that they championed." While "Davos Man" may like...
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Monday, January 9, 2017 - 8:30am
Politico Is Mistaken, It Would Be Fun and Easy for Donald Trump to Divest
Politico badly misled readers this morning in an article that said Trump "can't simply divest from his businesses." The article cited a number of experts who explained how difficult and complicated it would be for Trump to sell off his various businesses, many of which have complex ownership...
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 1:45pm
Can't We Kill the Deficit Hawk Industry?
Yes, I know Peter Peterson is a major source of employment in Washington and that the Washington Post editors and many pundits would have to look for substantive issues to talk about if they couldn't whine about the debt, but really it is time for these folks to grow up. The immediate provocation...
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Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 9:30am
Denialism on Trade
It is really amazing how the political and economic establishment types feel the need to deny that trade can actually have a negative impact on manufacturing jobs and total employment in their arguments against Donald Trump's trade policies. George Will gave us a great lesson in this silliness in...
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 10:30am
Trump and Growth
Neil Irwin used an Upshot column to address the issue of whether Donald Trump can acheive the 4.0 percent annual growth rate he has promised over the next decade. He argues that insofar as it is possible it is likely to involve two items that Trump voters may not like: job displacing innovations...
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Monday, December 5, 2016 - 12:30pm
How to Gain Support for Trade: Stop Rigging It to Redistribute Upward
The NYT had an article presenting the comments of several people genuflecting over the lack of public support for current trade policy (wrongly referred to as "free trade"). The obvious reason for this lack of support, which is overlooked by those cited in the article, is that the intention and the...
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 1:45pm
Trump Has No Choice: He Has to Sell the Stuff
Donald Trump is about to become president and immediately begin violating the constitution. The constitution explicitly prohibits the president from taking payments and gifts from foreign governments. (Can we stop using the term "emolument"? No one has used it for a hundred years. We want to be...
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