Dean Baker

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
When Is the NYT Going to Start Putting Budget Numbers in Context?
David Leonhardt, the NYT's Washington editor, committed the paper several months ago to putting large numbers in context in response to a complaint raised by Public Editor Margaret Sullivan.There is still no evidence of this effort in the paper's budget reporting.
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Monday, January 06, 2014
All Eyes on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, America's Leading Progressive
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Monday, December 23, 2013
The Progressive 'Left' vs. Bill Keller's Disastrous 'Center-Left'
Bill Keller gives us some holiday fun by getting almost everything completely wrong in contrasting the left-left (Elizabeth Warren and Bill de Blasio) with his friends, the center-left. There are so many profoundly ill-informed assertions that it might be hard to know where to begin if Keller didn't make it so easy.
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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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