Nov
18
2014

No, Tar Sands Oil Isn't Inevitable

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Pundits say opposing Keystone is foolish because they're going to get that oil out of the ground no matter what. But is that true?

Oct
10
2014

Why 'The Economy' Isn't Good News for Democrats

Breadline, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Manhattan

Trying to figure out why people who are struggling don't give Obama credit for the economic boom? It doesn't seem so mysterious.

Sep
12
2014

Cutting Pensions and 'Responsible' Politics

Gina Raimondo

Anything that hurts labor unions, workers and moves Democrats to the right must be something to cheer about.

Sep
09
2014

Fracking Away the Climate Crisis

Youngstown factory (photo: David Maxwell/NYT)

The New York Times and PBS NewsHour present very different looks at fracking. What's missing from both? Climate change.

Jan
17
2014

NYT: The Center Is Right in France

Are "economic experts" really gratified by French President Francois Hollande's economic policy ideas? The New York Times cites one, but it's not hard to find other economists who offer a very different take.

Nov
04
2013

Social Security Death Fraud EXPOSED!

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After reporting that "the government has trouble determining exactly which Americans are deceased," the Washington Post notes, almost as an afterthought, that the "vast majority" of deaths are recorded without incident.

Aug
28
2013

Washington Post: Big Government…Isn't That Big

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The Washington Post wanted to show that big government was still big–but they wound up showing readers mostly the opposite.

Mar
15
2013

Washington Post's Austerity Backer, Still Trying

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The Washington Post's Howard Schneider asks, "In Europe's grand battle over growth vs. austerity, has Ireland proved that austerity works?" If so, keeping unemployment more than 10 percentage points above pre-recession levels is an odd sort of "working."

Feb
27
2013

CNN's Recipe for Italy: Austerity–No Matter What

Newsweek's Barbie Nadeau

CNN.com had an odd piece of analysis of the Italian election results, arguing that austerity "is necessary by any calculation to actually start moving Italy out of the recession." That's not the calculation of Paul Krugman, who for what its worth is a Nobel Prize-winning economist.

Feb
13
2013

Milbank Looks Forward to 'Bleak Times' Ahead

Why do we need "serious spending cuts"? Milbank assumes the answer is so obvious that it need not be explained–everyone knows the more cuts, the better. All the serious people, anyway.

Dec
19
2012

Journalists Back on the Chained Gang

Chicken Cow, by Egui_

Don't expect much help from corporate media on understanding the "Chained CPI," because selling the "grand bargain" requires citizens not really knowing what this part of the deal entails.

Dec
17
2012

John Boehner–Philosopher?

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Are John Boehner's ideas about tax cuts evidence of his "philosophy"? Or are they just misleading?

Sep
07
2012

Don't Call It 'Raising the Retirement Age,' Because That's Not What They're Doing

Barack Obama (photo by NASA/Bill Ingalls)

As Dean Baker noted (Beat the Press, 9/7/12), corporate media mostly missed one of the major pieces of news in President Barack Obama's speech to the Democratic National Convention. Talking about the federal budget deficit, Obama said, "Now, I’m still eager to reach an agreement based on the principles of my bipartisan debt commission." Then, as he talked about what he would and wouldn't do to reduce the deficit, he included this line: "And we will keep the promise of Social Security by taking the responsible steps to strengthen it–not by turning it over to Wall Street." "Responsible steps to […]