Search Results for: Dean Baker

Oct 08 2015

NYT on TPP: Too Secret for Critics to Have a Right to Complain About

Yep, Lucy yanked the ball away from Charlie Brown this time, too.

The New York Times subtly sneered at TPP critics for opposing a document that they haven’t been allowed to see yet.

Oct 06 2015

‘Massive’ Media Hype for TPP

TPP countries with and without current trade agreements with the US. Source: International Monetary Fund

It is amazing how the elite media can be dragged along by their noses into accepting that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) can have a big impact on trade and growth.

Oct 03 2015

‘These Are the Crimes That Really Matter’

CounterSpin interview with Brandon Garrett on corporate criminals

Brandon Garrett

“The companies may pay the fines, but the shareholders really pay that, and the people who actually committed the crimes at these big banks or corporations, they’re not the ones who are paying the fines. In fact, often, they get raises, or they keep their jobs.”

Oct 01 2015

‘We Could Have All These Drugs Available at Generic Prices’

CounterSpin interview with Dean Baker about why medicine costs so much

Dean Baker (cc photo: Keith Ivey)

“We don’t think it makes sense to have the fire department come down to your house when it’s on fire and your family is inside, then negotiate how much you should pay them. And that’s in effect what we’ve done with drugs.”

Oct 01 2015

Washington Post Won’t Let Journalistic Integrity Stand in the Way of Scaring You Away From Sanders

Bernie Sanders' haircut compared

The Washington Post’s difficulties in separating its news and opinion pages showed up again in a piece by David Fahrenthold that warned the public against Sen. Bernie Sanders’ agenda in his presidential campaign.

Sep 25 2015

Dean Baker on Drug Prices, Brandon Garrett on Corporate Crime

Martin Shkreli on NBC News

Drug company CEO Martin Shkreli became the target of public outrage by raising the price of a drug from $13 to $750 a tablet. Plus: The Volkwagen case raises yet again the question of whether our legal system can adequately respond to corporate crime.

Sep 15 2015

New Yorker Calls Corbyn ‘Childlike’–but Who Are They Kidding?

Jeremy Corbyn (photo: Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

What the Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn is proposing is directly financing spending by printing money. If that is “childlike,” then folks like Paul Krugman have a similar affinity for childlike solutions to economic problems.

Sep 08 2015

Does Your Candidate Support Workers’ Interests? David Brooks Thinks You Have a Psychological Problem

Bernie Sanders supporters in Phoenix, Arizona (cc photo: Gage Skidmore)

The more important question ignored in Brooks’ analysis is how people are supposed to respond when the party they have supported consistently pursues policies at odds with fundamental principles of their core constituencies.