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Weissman: Governor Tough Guy, At It Again
Jan 02, 2005
You may have heard the story.
Four years ago Dean Baker and I wrote a book entitled "Social Security: The Phony Crisis" (University of Chicago Press, 2000). We showed that there was no financial, economic, actuarial, or other reason to be worried about the future of Social Security. T
Wise: The Color of Deception
Oct 26, 2004
"A lie can travel half-way around the world while the truth is still pulling on its boots."
Weisbrot: George W. Bush's Record-Breaking Economy
Aug 12, 2004
"Our economy since last summer has been growing at the fastest rate in 20 years" said President Bush in a speech last week. The word went out from on high, and soon it began to spread: the fastest-growing economy in 20 years! A very important discovery fo
Weissman: Subway: Junk Food, Junk Economy
Jul 31, 2004
What's the largest fast junk food chain in the country?
Wise: No Such Place as Safe
Jul 26, 2004
I think I've figured out what it is I hate about those "racial dialogue" groups that seem to be springing up across the country nowadays.
Wise: Situational Ethics, Conservative-Style
Jul 08, 2004
Conservatives never cease to amaze me.
Wise: Personal Responsibility is a Two-Way Street:
Jun 29, 2004
Perhaps Bill Cosby should have known better.
Wise: My Life as a Resident Alien
Jun 13, 2004
Despite being born in the United States and living here all of my life, I guess I'm still not really an American. For if I was, then surely I would have "felt good" when Ronald Reagan was President, since, I'm told, Reagan made Americans feel good again.
To truly understand a nation, a culture, or its people, it helps to know what they take for granted. After all, sometimes the things that go unspoken are more powerful than the spoken word, if for no other reason than the tendency of unspoken assumptions
Weisbrot: Is The Fed Playing Election-Year Politics?
Apr 09, 2004
Is Alan Greenspan trying to get George W. Bush elected President this November? Accusations of partisanship have dogged the Fed Chairman for some time -- especially since he told Congress in January 2001 that, with continuing budget surpluses, we might pa
Though it is always difficult to predict the outcome of an election in the United States, it is quite a bit easier to make accurate pronouncements about the way in which an election campaign will unfold. No matter the candidates, certain things are virtua
Weissman: Justice on the Range
Mar 22, 2004
The cowboy and rancher once stood as symbols of American individualism.
Wise: Of Broken Clocks and Conservatives
Mar 02, 2004
There's an old saying that even a broken clock is right twice a day. Although conservative think tanks can't generally boast a record nearly that impressive, the underlying premise occasionally holds for them as well, so that once in a while they too will
Weisbrot: It Pays to Get Tough with IMF
Feb 23, 2004
For the second time in less than six months, the government of Argentina stood up to the International Monetary Fund -- and the IMF backed down. Last week the Fund approved the latest installment of its lending to Argentina, after having failed in its eff
Wise: Unnatural Selection
Jan 22, 2004
For those who speak out against racism, learning to deal with people who disagree with you is a time-consuming process, and a talent that must be cultivated. This was made painfully clear this past week when I received an email claiming that people like m
Weisbrot: CAFTA Not Likely to Do Better Than NAFTA
Jan 09, 2004
NAFTA, CAFTA, do we hafta? That was one of the slogans that thousands of demonstrators brought to Miami last month, as they protested the ministerial meeting of the Free Trade Area of the Americas. After having trouble bullying some of the bigger South Am
Wise: Content of Whose Character?
Dec 23, 2003
One thing can be said for conservatives: they are nothing if not unoriginal.
Wise: ItÕs the Racism Stupid
Dec 08, 2003
Sometimes an argument gets made with such regularity that no matter how silly, it nonetheless requires an answer. Indeed the more often it gets made, the more often it calls for rebuttal, since its repetition indicates someone just isnÕt getting it.
Wise: Itâ€™s the Racism Stupid
Dec 08, 2003
Sometimes an argument gets made with such regularity that no matter how silly, it nonetheless requires an answer. Indeed the more often it gets made, the more often it calls for rebuttal, since its repetition indicates someone just isnâ€™t getting it.