Robert J. Samuelson / Politics

'Net neutrality' myths

WASHINGTON -- As a young reporter in the 1970s, I covered the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC). Created in 1887, the ICC regulated the nation's railroads and sought to protect the public against abusive freight rates. Congress deregulated the ...

Family-Friendly Politics

WASHINGTON -- If you're wondering what the 2016 presidential election will be about, here's one dark-horse possibility: the family-friendly workplace. As millions of Americans struggle to balance family and job demands, proposals requiring paid ...

The Real Middle-Class Squeeze

WASHINGTON -- Given the obsession with economic inequality, you might think it's the main force squeezing the middle class. It isn't. We have this not from some right-wing think tank but from President Obama's top economists. The bigger culprit, ...

Wow, 'Negative' Interest Rates!

WASHINGTON -- To the long list of economic mysteries can now be added interest rates. They've been at rock bottom, as everyone knows. But now we've encountered something novel: negative interest rates. Lenders are actually paying for the privilege...

Light bulbs vs. the Internet

WASHINGTON -- We are not getting our money's worth from "creative destruction." For history buffs, the phrase will be familiar. Coined by Joseph Schumpeter (1883-1950) -- one of the 20th century's towering economists -- it defines a central ...