Dean Baker

Dean Baker is the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). He is the author of The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer and the more recently published Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of The Bubble Economy. He also has a blog, "Beat the Press," where he discusses the media's coverage of economic issues.

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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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Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 10:45am
The Question Is Not "Free Trade" and Globalization, It Is Free Trade and Globalization Designed to Screw Workers
Why are none of the "free trade" members of Congress pushing to change the regulations that require doctors go through a U.S. residency program to be able to practice medicine in the United States? Obviously they are all protectionist Neanderthals. Will the media ever stop the ridiculous charade of...
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Monday, April 11, 2016 - 9:45am
From DC’s Deficit Panic to Flint’s Poisoned Water
We know that the Washington Post editors really hate Bernie Sanders and rarely miss an opportunity to show it. Dana Milbank got in the act big time today as he once again denounced Sanders (along with Donald Trump and Ted Cruz) in his column . There was much good stuff in the column, but my...
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Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 12:45pm
DC Press Corps Spins Itself Silly Over Sanders’ Specifics
The Washington press corps has gone into one of its great feeding frenzies over Bernie Sanders’ interview with New York Daily News . Sanders avoided specific answers to many of the questions posed, which the DC gang are convinced shows a lack of the knowledge necessary to be president. Among the...
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 10:30am
The Elite's Comforting Myth: We Had to Screw Rich Country Workers to Help the World's Poor
Roger Cohen gave us yet another example of touching hand-wringing from elite types about the plight of the working class in rich countries. The gist of the piece is that in Europe and the U.S. we have seen growing support for candidates outside of the mainstream on both the left and the right...
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Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 9:45am
How to Fight Poverty Through Full Employment
One of the most effective ways to combat poverty among current and future generations is to maintain a full employment economy. The point should be straightforward: when the labor market is strong, or “tight,” it offers increased employment opportunities for those at the bottom. Disadvantaged...
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Friday, January 29, 2016 - 8:15am
Washington Post’s Wild Swings at Sanders
It’s not surprising that the Washington Post (owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos) would be unhappy with a presidential candidate running on a platform of taking back the country from the millionaires and billionaires. Therefore the trashing of Sen. Bernie Sanders in an editorial, “Bernie Sanders’...
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 8:15am
Convincing the Young to Blame the Old, Not the Rich
The Washington Post ‘s Catherine Rampell devoted a column ( 12/24/15 ) to a popular Washington pastime: trying to get young people angry at their parents and grandparents so that they are not bothered by the enormous upward redistribution of income taking place in this country. She begins the piece...
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