Dean Baker

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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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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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