Dean Baker

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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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Saturday, September 07, 2013
The Media's Disgraceful Acquiescence to Larry Summers' White House Boosters
Selling Larry Summers as the successor to Ben Bernanke as chair of the Federal Reserve Board is a tough job.
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Friday, August 09, 2013
Fiddling with Fannie and Freddie Only Sets Us Up for Another Crash
President Obama's announcement of his plans for a restructured mortgage market was painful for those who remember the bubble and crash.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Detroit and Goldman Sachs: Makers and Takers
By now everyone has heard about Detroit's bankruptcy. One of the big bills in the city's payable box is the $3.5 billion in unfunded pension obligations. The story in many people's minds is that overly generous public sector wage and benefit packages pushed the city over the brink.
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Monday, July 15, 2013
Stiglitz Explains How Patent Protection Both Slows Growth and Increases Inequality
Very nice column from one of my favorite Nobel prize winning economists. Stiglitz explains some of the ways in which patent protection impedes growth and increases inequality.
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Saturday, June 29, 2013
The Social Security and Medicare Cutters Are Very Unhappy
Who can blame them? The vast majority of people across the political spectrum oppose their plans to cut these programs. Furthermore, improved budget projections (partly because of cuts that are very bad news) have drastically reduced both current deficit projections and projections for longer term deficits.
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Thursday, June 20, 2013
Do Wall Street and the 1 Percent Thrive at the Expense of Our Kids?
One of the most compelling lines put forward by those seeking cuts in Social Security and Medicare is that spending on the elderly is coming at the expense of our children. The people putting forward this argument typically point to the high percentage of children living near or below the poverty line.
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