Robert J. Samuelson / Politics

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 ...

Raise Defense Spending Now

WASHINGTON -- You might have thought that the lesson would be obvious. In the past year, we've had an elementary tutorial in the uses of raw military power: in Ukraine, where Russia manufactured a "rebellion"; in Iraq, where the Islamic State (...

The coming investment boom?

WASHINGTON -- Suppose we could design the next phase of the economic recovery. What would it look like? Here's one pleasing vision. Business investment in plants and equipment -- factories, computers, freight cars, software, machine tools -- would...

Workers at the Mercy of Markets

WASHINGTON -- The questions hanging over Labor Day 2014 are whether and when America gets a pay raise. Ever since the 2008-09 financial crisis, the job market has been in a state of heartbreaking weakness. But the worst now seems to be over. As ...