Dean Baker

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 1:45pm
Trump Has No Choice: He Has to Sell the Stuff
Donald Trump is about to become president and immediately begin violating the constitution. The constitution explicitly prohibits the president from taking payments and gifts from foreign governments. (Can we stop using the term "emolument"? No one has used it for a hundred years. We want to be...
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 2:30pm
Turning the White House into the New Headquarters for Trump University
There are sharp differences between the political parties in many areas, but one principle on which there has been a longstanding agreement is that the presidency should not be used as a marketing platform for the president’s personal business interests. Donald Trump seems determined to break with...
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 9:30am
The TPP And Free Trade: Time To Retake The English Language
The proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are planning to do a full court press in the lame duck session of Congress following the election. We will be bombarded with speeches and columns from President Obama and other illustrious figures telling us how it is important to approve the...
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Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 2:00pm
Economists Keep Getting It Wrong Because the Media Coverup Their Mistakes
Most workers suffer serious consequences when they mess up on their jobs. Custodians get fired if the toilet is not clean. Dishwashers lose their job when they break too many dishes, but not all workers are held accountable for the quality of their work. At the top of the list of people who need...
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Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 11:15am
At WaPo, You Can Say Anything to Support TPP–or to Smear Sanders
In pushing trade agreements, it is fair to say anything, even if it has no relationship to the truth. Therefore it is not surprising to see Fareed Zakaria ( Washington Post , 9/1/16 ) pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by claiming that it will boost growth, and attacking Bernie Sanders for...
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Monday, September 5, 2016 - 9:15am
WaPo Wants Us to Mourn the Lost Political Power of Big Business
Seriously, the Post ran a major front page article in its Sunday business section telling us that "big business lost Washington." The piece does acknowledge that business lobbies are still very effective in getting special deals for their industry, like favorable tax treatment for offshore profits...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 11:00am
Paul Ryan's Calls for Eliminating Almost the Entire Federal Government
No, that is not some new concession that the Speaker made to appease Donald Trump, this is his budget wonkiness. According to the analysis of Ryan's budget by the Congressional Budget Office, he would reduce the non-Social Security, non-Medicare portion of the federal budget, shrinking it to 3.5...
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Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 10:30am
Paul Krugman, Brexit, and Unaccountable Government
Paul Krugman devoted his column on Friday to a mild critique of the drive to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union. The reason the column was somewhat moderate in its criticisms of the desire to leave EU is that Krugman sympathizes with the complaints of many in the UK and elsewhere...
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Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 9:00am
The Washington Post's Bernie Sanders Bashing
The Washington Post really, really doesn't like Bernie Sanders and they miss no opportunity to display this dislike. For this reason, it is not surprising that they had a field day highlighting a report from the Tax Policy Center showing that his program would increase the debt by $18 trillion over...
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Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 4:15pm
Thomas Friedman’s Bargain-Basement Punditry
Thomas Friedman really is a gift to the world. As a long-established New York Times columnist and author of many widely touted books, he is a great source of insight into establishment thinking. He comes through brilliantly in his column today. Friedman’s basic story is that the two parties need to...
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