Robert J. Samuelson / Politics

Horror and Honor

WASHINGTON -- The first Memorial Day -- then called Decoration Day -- was celebrated May 30, 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War to honor the Union dead. Compared to a national population of 31.4 million in 1860, the Civil War dead, ...

Governed From the Grave

WASHINGTON -- Eugene Steuerle has given us a common-sense way to understand Washington's budget stalemate. For half a century or more, politicians of both parties engaged in "giveaway" politics, he says. Democrats favored new spending programs; ...

The World According to Geithner

WASHINGTON -- We now have Timothy Geithner's 528-page memoir of the financial crisis and its aftermath. Called "Stress Test," it's full of fascinating details of a frightening time. For me, the most striking incident involves a call between ...

Is China No. 1?

WASHINGTON -- It's probable that the U.S. economy is no longer the world's largest. New World Bank figures, notes economist Arvind Subramanian of the Peterson Institute, suggest that sometime in 2014 China will overtake the United States in gross ...

Climate-Change: We Have No Solution

WASHINGTON -- It would be healthy -- in the sense of promoting honesty -- if every report warning of global warming and climate change (the two terms are interchangeable) came with the following disclaimer:

Despite our belief that global ...

The Stay-Put Society

WASHINGTON -- One disturbing trend of recent decades is the decline in Americans' geographic mobility. We pride ourselves on being a get-up-and-go people. In particular, we see ourselves as willing to move for opportunity. If there aren't jobs ...