Robert Samuelson

Candidates ignore cost of an aging population

WASHINGTON – Just for the record, we ought to note that trustees for Social Security and Medicare recently released their annual reports. The two programs alone constituted 45 percent of the...

DATE: May 1, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

What caused the financial crisis? Our success

WASHINGTON – It is astonishing that even though the global financial crisis occurred a decade ago, we do not yet have a clear and convincing explanation of its basic cause. Theories abound....

DATE: April 19, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Federal control of education has failed ... Next?

WASHINGTON – You can count on one familiar refrain in the 2020 presidential campaign: Fix the schools. Faith in education is one of the nation’s bedrock values. Better schools would (we think)...

DATE: April 14, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Democrats, media to blame for ignoring Dreamers

WASHINGTON – The “Dreamers” lost again. As you will recall, the Dreamers are illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as young children. Most have grown up as Americans; sending...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Great Recession worse than Great Depression?

WASHINGTON – Here’s today’s economic quiz: Was the 2007-09 Great Recession more damaging than the Great Depression of the 1930s? Surely the answer is “no.” In the 1930s, unemployment reached 25...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

It’s no longer the economy, stupid – so what is it?

WASHINGTON – One lesson of the midterm elections is that economic growth is losing its power to unite the country and to reduce explosive conflicts over race, religion, ethnicity, immigrant status...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Ducking hard questions, we all lost the elections

WASHINGTON – We all lost the fiercely contested midterm elections. They were a referendum on President Donald Trump, which suited both Republicans and Democrats just fine. Democrats were betting...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Solving climate change may well be impossible

WASHINGTON – If there were any doubt before, there should be none now. “Solving” the global climate change problem may be humankind’s mission impossible. That’s the gist of the latest report from...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Will the next financial crisis come as a stranger?

WASHINGTON – The news is better than you might think. A decade after the onset of the 2008-09 global financial crisis – an event usually dated to the bankruptcy of Lehman Bros. – the world economy...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: Could Lehman Brothers have been saved?

WASHINGTON – Who lost Lehman Brothers? As we approach the 10th anniversary of Lehman’s collapse (Sept. 15), these questions won’t go away. The Lehman bankruptcy is portrayed as the pivotal event...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: Welcome to the age of malware

WASHINGTON — Welcome to the Age of Malware. It promises to be a huge downer and, possibly, a great tragedy. For years, we have regarded personal computers, the internet, smartphones and various...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: Productivity boom? Think again

WASHINGTON — Let’s travel back in time to 1995. Most Americans still remembered the calamitous inflation of the late 1970s (prices rose 13 percent in 1979). Many federal benefits, including Social...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

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