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The global food crunch

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

Here's a question about the Mideast turmoil for future historians: How much did food inflation contribute? We know some basic facts. Middle East countries import 50 percent or more of their wheat, a staple food for many. Beginning in mid-2010, world grain prices exploded. At $8.56 a bushel in Feb...

Why Social Security is welfare

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Shared sacrifice must include the elderly.

Is organized labor obsolete?

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Public unions are on a path to mimic labor's decline in the private sector.

Who rules America? AARP.

Mon, 21 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

AARP's control of our budgetary policy is not a recipe for winning the future.

High-speed rail is a fast track to government waste

Mon, 14 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Federal support for high-speed rail is a waste.

The real Reagan legacy

Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

The Gipper pushed unpopular economic policy, and it paid off.

Reminder from Egypt: The age of oil isn't going away

Sun, 06 Feb 2011 20:00:00 EST

Just what Egypt's crisis will do to the markets is unclear.

How Obama's speech muddied the budget debate

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Obama failed to give America a reality check on the budget.

China's new world order demands stronger U.S. response

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

America's encouraging China's new world order, with fateful consequences.

The shadow of the '60s

Sun, 16 Jan 2011 20:00:00 EST

The disillusion and contentiousness among Americans is very close to that of the 1960s.

To foster high-achievers, think beyond the classroom

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

American competitiveness must be fixed outside the classroom.

Judging Obama's economics

Mon, 03 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

He deserves more credit than his critics give but less than he claims.

On Medicare and Social Security, be unfair to the boomers

Sun, 26 Dec 2010 20:00:00 EST

No one wants to reduce benefits for baby boomers, but we may have to.

Retiree benefits are cheating our children

Sun, 19 Dec 2010 20:00:00 EST

Promises of retirement benefits are another way to cheat our children.

How our allergy to risk is hurting the economic recovery

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Indestructible anxiety has hobbled the recovery.

What the Bowles-Simpson plan left out

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

We've come to believe that benefits, once conferred, can't be revoked.

In Ireland's debt crisis, an ominous reckoning for Europe

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Its challenge is no longer just economic; values and ideals are under assault.

Our burgeoning budget and the politics of avoidance

Mon, 22 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

The proposed solutions to the budget problem are delusional.

How to avoid Japan's economic mistakes

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

The private sector, not stimulus, is the key to economic growth.

As G-20 summit nears, China is unlikely to budge on currency

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Beijing's controlled currency rate hurts more than just the U.S. economy.

Calif. rail project is high-speed pork

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It's become fashionable to think that trains will help 'save the planet.'

The dysfunction of American politics

Mon, 25 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It doesn't narrow our differences; it exaggerates them.

Can the Fed still rejuvenate the economy?

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Bernanke says the Fed can revive the economy, but their tools are arcane and weak.

The age of austerity

Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The same spending cuts and tax increases that we need also threaten economic growth.

The real jobs machine: Entrepreneurs

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Almost all job growth comes from new businesses.

The makings of a trade war with China

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Provoking China would be better than allowing it to remake the trading system.

The ritual of sound-bite economics

Mon, 20 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The blame game for slow economic recovery misses the big picture.

School reform's meager results

Mon, 06 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Efforts to improve America's education system have disappointed for two reasons.

The saving mentality is hurting the economy's recovery

Mon, 30 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Consumers are the crux of the matter.

How a homeownership fetish hurt the American dream

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The American dream has become a foolish fetish -- and yet to end it, we need to make haste slowly.

Bumper sticker politics

Mon, 16 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Our badges of self-expression have merged into the larger attack culture of slogans.

America's parent trap

Mon, 09 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

More Americans may choose not to have children because of higher taxes.

Shale gas: Hope for our energy future

Mon, 02 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

No longer do scarce U.S. natural gas reserves suggest increasing foreign dependence.

Why CEOs aren't hiring

Mon, 26 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Why CEOs aren't hiring -- yet.

As Massachusetts health 'reform' goes, so could go Obamacare

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

As Massachusetts health 'reform' goes, so could go Obamacare.

The Great Recession's stranglehold

Mon, 12 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Great Recession's strangehold on the American psyche has prevented recovery for far too long.

Financial 'reform' or revenge?

Mon, 05 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

If basic ingredients of financial panics never change, how helpful is new legislation?

Economics: The shaky science

Mon, 28 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The disconnect between economic theory and reality seems ominous.

Obama's energy pipe dreams

Mon, 21 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Obama's vilification of the oil industry is understandable, but not intelligent.

Our economy's crisis of confidence

Mon, 14 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Our pessimism on economic recovery could lead to a dreaded "double-dip" recession.

Oil spill reveals the dangers of success

Mon, 07 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Why letting our guard down contributed to the oil and financial crises.

Why Obama's poverty rate measure misleads

Mon, 31 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Is the administration's proposed indicator tailored to favor a political agenda?

Why the U.S. should support Europe's rescue package

Mon, 24 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

America must support Europe's rescue package.

Wake up, America

Mon, 17 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Not even Europe's debt crisis can get Americans to care about our ballooning deficit.

The welfare state's death spiral

Mon, 10 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Greece's economic plight threatens to rock the stability of other welfare states, and here's how.

A new economic world order?

Mon, 03 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The global economy is at a fateful crossroads, the move to a new order.

Financial reform's big unknowns

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Will the financial regulatory bill prevent another panic?

Goldman's rendezvous with reality

Thu, 22 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Why the SEC case against Goldman Sachs is a moral watershed.

The VAT isn't an easy fix for budget woes

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

What's wrong with arguments for the value-added tax.

When a glum economy perks up

Mon, 12 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Despite pessimism, the economy is showing good signs, and it deserves attention.

The posionous politics of self-esteem

Mon, 05 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Today's tendency to turn every contentious issue into a moral confrontation is unnecessarily divisive.

With health bill, Obama has sown the seeds of a budget crisis

Mon, 29 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Obama's behavior is self-indulgent and reckless.

Alan Greenspan's flawed analysis of the financial crisis

Mon, 22 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Alan Greenspan's complicity in the financial crisis.

Obama's illusions of cost-control

Mon, 15 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Obama is telling people what they want to hear, not what they need to know.

Will Millennials become the chump generation?

Mon, 08 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

Millenials were born to bear their elders' baggage, right?

Both parties fall prey to make-believe politics

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

There is a make-believe quality to modern American politics.

Greece and the welfare state in ruins

Mon, 22 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

The nation's financial struggles should serve as a warning sign for other welfare states.

The danger behind China's 'me first' worldview

Mon, 15 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

The danger behind the rising power's "me first" doctrine.

Paul Ryan's lonely challenge: controlling runaway deficits

Fri, 12 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Paul Ryan , a six-term Republican congressman from Wisconsin who is the ranking minority member of the House Budget Committee , has yanked himself from obscurity by doing something no one else in Congress or apparently the White House has done: design a specific plan to control long-term government...

America's candor gap on the budget

Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

The annual budget slams Americans with a bewildering blizzard of numbers.

What to do before spending more on health care

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Before spending more, we need to spend better.

Now confirmed, Bernanke must rebuild confidence

Fri, 29 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Now that the Senate has confirmed him for a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve , Ben Bernanke has, or ought to have, a very simple agenda: improve confidence. This isn't his job alone, of course. President Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner are hardly bit players. But what...

China's $2.4 trillion grip on the global economy

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

China, with its $2.4 trillion grip on the global economy, is growing at the expense of others.

A Wall Street pay puzzle

Mon, 18 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Why are those at the center of the financial crisis the first to recover?

The numbers behind Americans' everyday lives

Mon, 11 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

A statistical portrait of American life in 2010.

In the aftermath of the Great Recession

Mon, 04 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Has the mix of economic trauma and aging made us prudent -- or merely fearful?

Democracy's demolition derby

Mon, 28 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

It is often a shortsighted, unreasoned and selfish process.

Robert J. Samuelson on health reform's ghost savings

Mon, 14 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Democratic plans to reduce health-care costs are a mirage.

Robert J. Samuelson on our health-care nation

Mon, 07 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Health care is taking over government.

Job creation made hard

Thu, 03 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

A bad situation made somewhat worse by Obama.

Robert J. Samuelson: Proposed Fed reforms worse than useless

Mon, 30 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

Bipartisan threats against the institution that saved America from depression.

Robert J. Samuelson on the health bill's burdens for the young

Mon, 23 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

The House health 'reform' bill would extract more subsidies from the young.

Robert J. Samuelson on health cost control

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

Obamacare is not "reform" -- given what it would do to spending, it's more like malpractice.

Robert J. Samuelson on whether the world is facing its next big bubble

Mon, 09 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

There's a thin line between promoting recovery and a crash.

Robert J. Samuelson on whether America could go broke

Mon, 02 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

It's still a very, very long shot, but it's no longer entirely unimaginable.

Samuelson on the fake debate on the public health plan

Mon, 26 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

It pretends to control costs and improve access when it doesn't.

What to do about job creation

Mon, 19 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The answer, frankly, isn't clear.

Cutting Health Costs Is Key to Better Future

Mon, 12 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Today's youngest Americans are likely to be worse off than their parents.

Government Action at Least Stemmed Panic

Mon, 05 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Government efforts prevented another depression.

The Health-Care Ego Trip

Mon, 28 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Obama and his allies see themselves as instruments of national destiny.

U.S. Tire Tariff On China: Bad Policy, Right Message

Mon, 21 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Bad policy, right message.

The Health Care Debate's Missing Candor

Mon, 14 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Obama and his opponents aren't being honest. But neither is the public.

Media Files:

Job Growth is Critical Issue for Recovery

Mon, 07 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

As the country recovers, will American jobs come back, too?

Politicians Duck Hard Choices on Deficit

Mon, 31 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Democrats and Republicans are united in their unwillingness to have a serious debate.

Ben Bernanke: The Man Who Saved the World

Wed, 26 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Staving off a depression increases your chances of another term as Fed chief.

High-Speed Rail Plans Defy Experience

Mon, 24 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Why Obama's bet on rail is an expensive mistake.

Media Files:

Will U.S. Recovery Go Global?

Mon, 17 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The world can't rely on American consumers to carry the global economy.

Obama's Health Care Plan Just Expands Status Quo

Mon, 10 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Obama would expand health benefits while merely talking about controlling costs.

Media Files:

California's Budget Crisis Reflects National Economic Reckoning

Mon, 03 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The budget and economic bills coming due in the Golden State are ours, too.

Media Files:

Obama Reform Sidesteps Health Costs

Mon, 27 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The most misused word in the health care debate is 'reform.'

President Obama, Democratic Congress's Squandered Stimulus

Mon, 20 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

It's not surprising that it hasn't done much stimulating.

Media Files:

The Consequences of Big Government

Mon, 13 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Without anyone much noticing, our national government is on the verge of a massive permanent expansion.

Economists Focused on Theory Slighted Reality

Mon, 06 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

One intriguing subplot of the economic crisis is the failure of most economists to predict it.

Finance Reforms Won't Prevent Crises

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The Obama administration's financial 'reforms' won't prevent future crises.

Both Corporate, Public Welfare Are Endangered

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

America has promised its citizens more than it can deliver.

Wrong Way on Health 'Reform'

Mon, 15 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

It's hard to know whether Obama's proposal is naive, hypocritical or simply dishonest.

Deflation or Inflation?

Mon, 08 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The economy might be at risk of both.

The Media's Infatuation With President Obama

Mon, 01 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Has any recent president basked in so much favorable media coverage?

The Medicare, Social Security Bankruptcies We Need

Mon, 25 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Bring on the bankruptcy of Medicare and Social Security.

Obama's Dangerous Debt

Mon, 18 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

His budget is a case study in political expediency and economic gambling.