Dean Baker

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Can't the NYT Print a Budget Article Without Editorializing About Cutting Social Security and Medicare?
The answer seems to be no.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Let's Get This Straight: AIG Execs Got Bailout Bonuses, but Pensioners Get Cuts
As we passed the fifth anniversary of the peak of the financial crisis this fall, the giant insurance company AIG was prominently featured in the retrospectives. AIG had issued hundreds of billions of dollars of credit default swaps (CDS) on subprime mortgage backed securities. When these mortgage-backed securities failed en masse, AIG didn't have the money to back them up.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Technology Didn't Kill Middle Class Jobs, Public Policy Did
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Sunday, November 03, 2013
Plutocrats vs. Populists: Good Piece Until the End -- Answers are Easy
Chrystia Freeland has a good piece in the NYT on the rise of plutocratic politics in the United States and elsewhere and the populist opposition it has provoked.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Republicans Are Delusional About US Spending and Deficits
It is understandable that the public is disgusted with Washington; they have every right to be. At a time when the country continues to suffer from the worst patch of unemployment since the Great Depression, the government is shut down over concerns about the budget deficit.
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Friday, October 11, 2013
The Ravings of Niall Ferguson, the Real World, and the Needless Suffering of Tens of Millions
For reasons I cannot imagine, Niall Ferguson has achieved some standing as an intellectual with interesting things to say about the economy. Whenever I have read one of his pieces I almost always find it so confused that it would take a blogpost at least as long as the original to set it straight. This is why I generally ignore Ferguson, except when prodded by friends and readers.
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Friday, October 04, 2013
Shutting Down the Government Over Health Care
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Monday, September 30, 2013
Thank the GOP for the Shutdown and Holding the Economy Hostage
Here we go again: the GOP is ready to stall the US economy and shut down the government in a crusade to cut government spending. Proponents of austerity both in the United States and Europe are eager to claim success for their policies.
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Monday, September 23, 2013
The Media's Complicity in Cutting Social Security and Medicare
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Anniversary Present for Wall Street Banks: A Financial Speculation Tax
As we mark the fifth anniversary of the Wall Street bailouts, it is clear that little has changed in the way they do business.
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