Dean Baker

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Thursday, December 29, 2016
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
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 05, 2016
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
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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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Turning the White House into the New Headquarters for Trump University
There are sharp differences between the political parties in many areas, but one principle on which there has been a longstanding agreement is that the presidency should not be used as a marketing platform for the president’s personal business interests. Donald Trump seems determined to break with...
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
The TPP And Free Trade: Time To Retake The English Language
The proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are planning to do a full court press in the lame duck session of Congress following the election. We will be bombarded with speeches and columns from President Obama and other illustrious figures telling us how it is important to approve the...
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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Economists Keep Getting It Wrong Because the Media Coverup Their Mistakes
Most workers suffer serious consequences when they mess up on their jobs. Custodians get fired if the toilet is not clean. Dishwashers lose their job when they break too many dishes, but not all workers are held accountable for the quality of their work. At the top of the list of people who need...
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Wednesday, September 07, 2016
At WaPo, You Can Say Anything to Support TPP–or to Smear Sanders
In pushing trade agreements, it is fair to say anything, even if it has no relationship to the truth. Therefore it is not surprising to see Fareed Zakaria ( Washington Post , 9/1/16 ) pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by claiming that it will boost growth, and attacking Bernie Sanders for...
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Monday, September 05, 2016
WaPo Wants Us to Mourn the Lost Political Power of Big Business
Seriously, the Post ran a major front page article in its Sunday business section telling us that "big business lost Washington." The piece does acknowledge that business lobbies are still very effective in getting special deals for their industry, like favorable tax treatment for offshore profits...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Paul Ryan's Calls for Eliminating Almost the Entire Federal Government
No, that is not some new concession that the Speaker made to appease Donald Trump, this is his budget wonkiness. According to the analysis of Ryan's budget by the Congressional Budget Office, he would reduce the non-Social Security, non-Medicare portion of the federal budget, shrinking it to 3.5...
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