Robert J. Samuelson / Politics

Good Wage Increases -- and Bad

WASHINGTON -- Wages are among our most scrutinized economic indicators. It's no secret why. We'd all like a pay raise. But there's a second, less-recognized reason. Wages are considered a precursor to higher inflation. If they rise sharply, prices...

The Folly of Fed Bashing

WASHINGTON -- Fed bashing -- strident criticism of the Federal Reserve -- is back in style, and it's taken a new turn. Traditionally, it's been a liberal sport. When the Fed raised interest rates, liberals attacked it for driving up unemployment ...

'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, ...