Robert J. Samuelson / Politics

The Future of Think Tanks

WASHINGTON -- Unless you're a dedicated policy wonk, the name Stuart Butler probably doesn't ring a bell. For 35 years, Butler has been a senior researcher at the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation. He was among the most visible figures -...

Dodd-Frank's Achilles' Heel

WASHINGTON -- Four years after Dodd-Frank became law, the question being asked is whether the country is safe from another financial crisis. It's the wrong question. It presumes that major financial crises are routine events. They're not. What ...

True Economic 'Patriotism'

WASHINGTON -- Corporate America's latest public relations disaster comes under the banner "tax inversion." In an inversion, a U.S. company shifts its legal headquarters to a country with a lower tax rate. Just last week, the U.S. drug maker AbbVie...

Budget Policy as Prayer

WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Budget Office last week issued one of its periodic long-term budget outlooks. Its themes are distressingly familiar. There is no balanced budget in sight. Under favorable assumptions, the CBO projects deficits of $7...

A Part-Timer Boom -- or Blip?

WASHINGTON -- There may be a dark lining to the sunny June employment report, which recorded an increase of 288,000 payroll jobs for the month. Most -- or all -- of the increase may have been part-time jobs. If that's a trend, it could signal a ...

The Medicaid Paralysis

WASHINGTON -- The White House recently put out a 40-page report arguing that the 24 states that have not expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or "Obamacare") are hurting their poor and themselves. It's an easy case to make...