Robert J. Samuelson / Politics

Let's Export Oil

WASHINGTON -- One of the economy's good-news stories is the oil boom, a derivative of the natural gas boom. When the drilling techniques used to tap vast new reservoirs of natural gas were applied to oil, they yielded similarly astounding results....

The Alibaba Moment

WASHINGTON -- Alibaba, China's giant e-commerce firm, is a harbinger.

We are going to see more Chinese firms venturing out onto the world stage. The most ambitious are no longer content to operate just in China or act as manufacturing contractors...

The next (nasty) economic surprise?

WASHINGTON -- We live in the shadow of "secular stagnation," to use a phrase now fashionable among economists. Even assuming a full recovery from the Great Recession, it's widely expected that the economy will grow more slowly in the future than ...

America's B-Minus Economy

WASHINGTON -- The Census Bureau has just released its 2013 edition of "Income and Poverty in the United States," sometimes called the nation's "economic report card." It depicts a country that is slowly -- but convincingly -- recovering from a ...

The Roughed-Up American

WASHINGTON -- America's economy is improving, but the public mood is a lagging indicator. A Pew poll in late August found that Americans recognize that the job market has strengthened. Although 58 percent of respondents said "jobs are difficult to...

Medicare Savings: Curb Your Enthusiasm

WASHINGTON -- Contrary to some media reports, the Medicare monster hasn't been tamed. But it has been made a little less unruly. To be precise: Spending is regularly falling below projections, creating the prospect of hundreds of billions of ...