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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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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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 8:15am
Treating Global Warming Denialism Like a Sex Scandal
The Washington Post ran a column last week that blamed the baby boom generation for global warming. Even for the Post this was extraordinarily low. This is not an issue of defending my generation; it is a question of how bad policy persists. And the answer puts the blame far more on media outlets...
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Sunday, December 27, 2015 - 10:15am
The Federal Reserve Board and the Presidential Candidates
Some of the folks watching the Republican presidential debates were struck by the fact that Donald Trump was apparently unfamiliar with the concept of the nuclear triad: that the United States maintains a nuclear force composed of land based missiles, submarine based missiles, and strategic bombers...
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Monday, December 21, 2015 - 11:00am
Your Retirement Prospects Are Bleaker Than Ever
The vast majority of Americans who expect to retire in the next decade can count on little income other than their Social Security. This is true not only for low-income workers, who have struggled most of their lives, but also for millions of middle-income workers. Although Social Security is a...
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