Dean Baker

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The biggest item on the benefit side is that it guarantees a benefit of at least 125 percent of the poverty level for anyone who has worked for at least 30 years. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Friday, November 08, 2019
A Bold Plan to Strengthen and Improve Social Security Is What America Needs
The Social Security 2100 Act proposed by Connecticut Representative John Larson is getting closer to being passed by the House of Representatives. It now has more than 200 co-sponsors. If it were to be approved and become law, it would both improve the program’s benefit structure and its financial...
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Zuckerberg is not a political philosopher concerned about the public good. There is a zero evidence he is a deep thinker of any sort. He is a Harvard boy who stumbled into a good idea and had the necessary connections to get very rich from it: end of story. (Photo: Getty) Views
Friday, November 01, 2019
Mark Zuckerberg Is a Rich Jerk
Last week, New York Times columnist Timothy Egan had a piece headlined “Why Doesn’t Mark Zuckerberg Get It?” The piece then goes on to document how Facebook has become a medium for spreading lies and nonsense all over the world, that many ill-informed users have come to believe. This is what Egan...
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaking at the Heartland Forum in Storm Lake, Iowa on March 31, 2019. Views
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Senator Warren is Exactly Right
When I first saw Senator Warren refuse to acknowledge that Medicare for All will mean higher taxes, I admired her political skills, but as an economist, I was annoyed at her evasion of an obvious truth. However, on further thought, I realize that she is exactly right and is doing a public service...
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Demonstrators hold signs in support of a financial transactions tax (FTT), also known as a Robin Hood tax.  (Photo: Elvert Barnes/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, October 14, 2019
The Economics and Politics of Financial Transactions Taxes and Wealth Taxes
This piece first appeared on Patreon. Last month, the Washington Post reported that Joe Biden is considering including a financial transactions tax (FTT) as part of his campaign for the Democratic nomination. For those of us who have long advocated such a tax, this is very good news. On this issue...
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The media take a somewhat different tack on this country versus country story, but they nonetheless embrace the nonsense Trumpian logic. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Corporate Media Take the Trump Line on Trade
The New York Times ( 8/10/19 ) ran an article this month with a headline saying that the 2020 Democratic presidential contenders faced a major problem: “How to Be Tougher on Trade Than Trump.” Serious readers might have struggled with the idea of getting “tough on trade.” After all, trade is a tool...
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Excessive CEO, which comes at the expense of the corporation, is far more pernicious than returns to shareholders. (Image: Shutterstock) Views
Monday, August 19, 2019
CEOs Say They Will Stop Maximizing Shareholder Value. Would Be Better If They Stopped Maximizing CEO Compensation
The Washington Post had a major front page article announcing in the headline "Group of top CEOs says maximizing shareholder profits no longer can be the primary goal of corporations." The piece refers to a statement by the Business Roundtable, a group comprising many of the country's largest...
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Monday, August 12, 2019
Why Would the Democrats Want to be 'Tough' on Trade, as Opposed to Smart on Trade?
The New York Times has created an absurd dilemma for Democrats; "how to be tougher on trade than Trump." This framing of the trade issue is utterly bizarre and bears no resemblance to reality.
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The pharmaceutical industry and its supporters in Congress try to pretend that we couldn’t possibly develop new drugs without the incentive of patent monopolies. (Photo: Chris Potter/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, July 02, 2019
Why Aren’t the Democrats Talking About Ending Patent-Financed Drug Research?
Many of the leading Democratic candidates, especially Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have been putting forward bold progressive plans in a wide variety of areas. Sanders and Warren have both supported a quick transition to a universal Medicare program, with no premiums, co-pays, or...
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In reality, the shares are 1.5 percent for SNAP, 0.4 percent for TANF and 0.4 percent for foreign aid. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Friday, March 29, 2019
To Readers, $X Billion Just Means ‘a Whole Lot of Money’
Polls consistently show that the public hugely overestimates the share of the budget that goes to items like SNAP (food stamps), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and foreign aid. People will typically give answers in the range of 20 to 30 percent of the budget for these categories of...
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Trillion Dollar Wall Street Bailouts, Bernie Sanders, and the Washington Post
Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post Fact Checker gave Bernie Sanders two Pinocchios yesterday for saying that the Wall Street banks got a trillion dollar bailout. Kessler raises several points of contention. First, whether the Wall Street banks actually got that much money. Second, whether it can...
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