Robert J. Samuelson / Politics

The Twisted Priorities of a Graying Nation

WASHINGTON -- It is an extreme irony of the Obama presidency that a proud liberal -- someone who believes in government's constructive role -- is presiding over the harshest squeeze on government since World War II. We are gutting government.

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Obama's Community-College Gamble

WASHINGTON -- A presidential budget is more than an expression of policy. It's also an exercise in political brand management. It aims to project the president and his administration favorably. This is certainly true of Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 ...

What Caused the Housing Bubble?

WASHINGTON -- We are constantly learning new stuff about the housing bubble -- and some of the new stuff contradicts the old. This is obviously important, because the housing bubble led to the 2008-09 financial crisis and Great Recession. What we ...

Austerity On Trial

WASHINGTON -- Is this the beginning of the end for austerity?

The day after the Greek left-wing party Syriza impressively won the country's latest election, the Financial Times ran the following headline:

"Greek leftists' victory throws down ...

The Economy's Achilles' Heel

WASHINGTON -- President Obama has declared the economic crisis over -- and for the United States, maybe it seems that way. But most other countries, not so much. Their recoveries are faltering. The obvious question is whether the global weakness ...

Reagan, Volcker & Krugman (Part 2)

WASHINGTON -- A week ago, I wrote a column taking issue with Paul Krugman's contention that President Reagan had little to do with the decisive crushing of double-digit inflation of the early 1980s. In Krugman's telling, all the credit belongs to ...