Robert Samuelson

Trade wars and the $247 trillion global debt bomb

WASHINGTON – The untold story of the world economy – so far at least – is the potentially explosive interaction between the spreading trade war and the overhang of global debt, estimated at a...

DATE: July 14, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: Neo-isolationist policies won’t work in this era

WASHINGTON – On this July Fourth, America has taken a turn for the worst. The great delusion of Donald Trump’s presidency is that we can thrive by embracing nationalism even though major economic...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Current crisis in Italy threatens global economy

WASHINGTON – If you’re nostalgic for the 2008-09 financial crisis, you can cheer up. Another debacle may be on its way. Its epicenter would be Italy, which may threaten the rest of the world...

DATE: June 2, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Our new capitalism strikingly resembles the old

WASHINGTON – We flatter ourselves into thinking that we live in a time of exceptional economic upheaval. The truth is that the present resembles the past. What we learned – and forget – is that a...

DATE: May 19, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: Children versus grandparents

WASHINGTON – To those paying attention, the recent strikes for higher teachers’ pay in West Virginia and Oklahoma are a harbinger of things to come. You can attribute the strikes to the stinginess...

DATE: April 10, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: Why fossil fuels survive

WASHINGTON – Anyone who tells you that dealing with climate change is simply a matter of sweeping away the obstructionism of oil companies is living in a dream world. The real obstacle is us – our...

DATE: March 5, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: China and the global race for new technology

WASHINGTON – The National Science Foundation and the National Science Board have just released their biennial “Science & Engineering Indicators,” a voluminous document describing the state of...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Trump’s take on trade may well lead to dead end

WASHINGTON – Most Americans likely think that our trade policies have been largely the same since the Republic’s earliest days. The assumptions are that we’re free traders now and always have...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2017 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: We are having the wrong debate on taxes, again

WASHINGTON – We Americans are having the wrong debate. Almost all the arguing about the Trump administration’s proposed tax cut centers on two issues. Will the tax reduction stimulate faster...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2017 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: Does history prove that tax cuts spur growth?

WASHINGTON — The answer is “no.” The question, from a reader, is “Do we have any historical evidence that lowering tax rates, particularly among the richest strata, generates economic growth, as...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2017 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: Build the wall, and keep the ‘dreamers’ in return

WASHINGTON — It’s time to build the wall – and, in doing so, prevent an estimated 690,000 DACA “dreamers” from being deported from the United States. It’s a fair deal that could be scuttled only...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2017 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: How resilient is the typical American consumer?

WASHINGTON – The American consumer is the great engine of growth for the $19 trillion U.S. economy, representing nearly 70 percent of spending. If the consumer is confident and happy, chances are...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2017 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

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