Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: Growing black-white wage gap is unexplained and scary

WASHINGTON – There are few economic problems more frustrating than the stubborn gaps in wages and unemployment rates between blacks and whites. Despite decades of trying to reduce or eliminate...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2017 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: We need higher taxes

WASHINGTON – Can we get real about “tax reform,” the Republican promise to enact deep tax cuts that will spur economic growth? Probably not, but let’s give it a try. For starters, we can stop...

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

Samuelson: Trump’s need to dominate news cycle says it all

WASHINGTON — No one is working harder for the impeachment of Donald Trump than Donald Trump. If we have learned anything about this president, it is that he has a compulsion to be the center of...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2017 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: How health care controls us more than we control it

WASHINGTON – If we learned anything from the bitter debate over the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) – which seems doubtful – it is that we cannot discuss health care in a way that is at once...

DATE: July 25, 2017 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: Too many of us have a vested interest in division

WASHINGTON — This is the summer of our discontent. As Americans celebrated July 4, they were mad at their leaders, mad at their government and mad at each other. A recent Pew poll finds that...

DATE: July 7, 2017 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: Rise of postindustrial society linked to anger

WASHINGTON – Ever since Donald Trump’s election, a cottage industry of politicians, journalists, scholars and commentators has sought to understand what motivates Trump supporters. Theories have...

DATE: June 19, 2017 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: Anti-globalization fervor pits politics against economics

WASHINGTON – Globalization has gotten a bad rap. The Trump White House associates it with all manner of economic evil, especially job loss. The administration has made undoing the damage a central...

DATE: May 15, 2017 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Government being redefined by aging, health costs

WASHINGTON – I have been writing for some time – not years, but decades – that we are slowly turning the federal government into an old-age and health care agency. The relentless rise in the costs...

DATE: May 8, 2017 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

The federal budget is a massive national slush fund

WASHINGTON – There was bound to be a political commotion when the Trump administration released its 2018 budget. After all, it isn’t every day that the White House proposes deep cuts in agency...

DATE: March 28, 2017 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Giant of health care, Medicaid, needs reform now

WASHINGTON – It’s time to take control of Medicaid before it takes control of us. Unless we act – and there is little evidence that we will – Medicaid increasingly becomes another mechanism by...

DATE: March 20, 2017 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

To a degree, the ‘administrative state’ is here to stay

WASHINGTON – Just what White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon meant when he recently suggested “deconstructing the administrative state” is unclear. To critics, he would gut the whole...

DATE: March 10, 2017 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Time’s right to agree on a tax and rebate for carbon

WASHINGTON – By all means, let’s have a carbon tax. It’s the best way to deal with global climate change. It would require Republicans and Democrats to compromise – a good thing – and would...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2017 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

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