Robert Samuelson: The time has come to impeach and remove Trump

WASHINGTON – No one has worked more aggressively to trigger impeachment than the president. You may remember that, during the campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump suggested that, should he win, he...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Fed shouldn’t pick a fight with President Trump

WASHINGTON – ”To the barricades.” That’s one way to characterize Bill Dudley’s idea that the Federal Reserve fight off President Trump’s attacks. It’s a bad idea, but it also shows the defects of...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

On economy, leadership conspicuous by its absence

WASHINGTON – What is striking about the latest bouts of financial turmoil – the recent wild swings in global stock and bond markets – is that they provide a sobering reminder of the potential...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Who will be the fall guys for the next recession?

WASHINGTON – To have a recession or not – that is the question. It also encompassed last week’s most important political news, notwithstanding all the public attention understandably focused on the...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

On China and trade, Trump’s reputation sinks

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump sold himself as an expert deal-maker. At the top of his list was a promised trade bargain with China. It isn’t working as planned. The trade war with China is a dangerous...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

We already have a welfare state. So what’s next?

WASHINGTON – It seems unavoidable. Like it or not, the U.S. welfare system is bound to play a big role in the 2020 election. The recent Democratic debate on health care is just a prelude to a...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Here’s how the internet’s tentacles grabbed me

WASHINGTON – I got hacked. It was scary. In this age of cybereverything, we all live in dread that we’re going to be attacked by the internet. Nearly everyone seems vulnerable. The internet is...

DATE: July 25, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Is Vladimir Putin right that liberalism is obsolete?

WASHINGTON – It looks as if Vladimir Putin wants to be recalled as something besides an aggressive autocrat. He yearns, it seems, to be seen as a leading political thinker, respected for his...

DATE: July 13, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Dem candidates more like students than leaders

WASHINGTON – What struck me about the first debates among 20 candidates for the Democratic nomination for president was how they resembled graduate students. All seemed articulate and intelligent....

DATE: July 6, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Trump’s Mexico tariffs would be risky and nasty

WASHINGTON – President Trump’s latest foray into trade policy is notable for its economic recklessness (it could tip Mexico into a recession, followed perhaps by the United States), its gratuitous...

DATE: June 10, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

The brave and scary new world of trading blocs

WASHINGTON – We may be on the cusp of an upheaval in global trade. Since World War II, the international trading system has operated on the premise of “most favored nation (MFN),” meaning...

DATE: June 6, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Many economists often don’t know what’s going on

WASHINGTON – The most intriguing thing we have learned about economists in recent decades is that they don’t know nearly as much as they thought they knew. We see this all the time. Just recently,...

DATE: May 15, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

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