Robert Samuelson

The real Dodd-Frank scandal is misinterpretation

WASHINGTON – Comes now Timothy Geithner, treasury secretary from 2009 to 2013, to tell you that much of what you “know” about Dodd-Frank – Congress’ response to the 2008-09 financial crisis – is...

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

Sides need to find middle ground on regulations

“In fiscal 2015, the Federal Register, containing final and recommended rules, totaled 80,260 pages.” WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump pledges to dismantle much of the regulatory state, the...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

True verdict on Obama administration years away

WASHINGTON – It is far too early to render final judgment on the Obama presidency. All the chatter about his “legacy” overlooks two obvious realities. The significance of Obama will depend heavily...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2017 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Trump’s job ‘jawboning’ is politics, not economics

The reality is that his jawboning won’t create many new jobs and could actually cost U.S. jobs. WASHINGTON — Jawboning is back in style, courtesy of Donald J. Trump. Those with long memories will...

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

Trying to understand the new world order in 2017

On all fronts, the actual future confounds the imagined future. WASHINGTON — One insistent question that will shape 2017 is whether we’re witnessing the gradual decay of the post-World War II...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2017 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Trump’s economic plan may be mission impossible

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, it seems, embraces the old dictum: Make no small plans. Already, he’s published an agenda for his first 100 days in office, recalling Franklin’s Roosevelt’s launching of...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2016 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Political paralysis owed to shifting demographics

WASHINGTON – The political paralysis in Washington is often ascribed, depending on partisanship, to Republican obstructionism or President Obama’s arrogance. But there are deeper causes to the...

DATE: March 1, 2015 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Does Romney have right kind of business background?

WASHINGTON – For Mitt Romney, it’s the best of times and the worst of times. While his New Hampshire win brings him closer to the Republican nomination, his campaign narrative against President...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2012 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

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