Barack Obama’s Social Security mistake was exactly what you’d expect from a candidate who promises to transcend partisanship in an age when that’s neither possible nor desirable.
Paul KrugmanNow, there's a quite different issue involving Biden's past positions. He was for years a member in good standing in DC's Very Serious People, who insisted that Social Security was in crisis and needed cuts. I spent years crusading against that dogma 3/
Joseph R. Biden Jr. and advisers to the Sanders campaign exchanged sharp accusations over his record as the two presidential candidates chased an overlapping slice of blue-collar voters.
Paul KrugmanSome progressives seem to be having trouble understanding the difference between two issues in this Biden-Sanders confrontation. The first is whether the Sanders campaign lied about what Biden said in 2018. Yes, it did 1/
Paul KrugmanMy colleague David Brooks asserts that rising inequality is about productivity, not power. People used to say that a lot, but the preponderance of economic analysis has moved the other way, for good reasons 1/
Paul KrugmanOK, economists make bad calls, as I can attest — although I was completely right in these debates. The really telling thing, however, was the reaction of those who got it wrong. None, and I mean none, of them were willing to admit that they got it wrong 5/
Free markets can’t solve all our problems. Just ask Toledo.
Paul KrugmanSome may remember when Erick Erickson suggested that state legislators should be beaten to a "bloody pulp" because they had banned phosphates in dishwasher detergent; phosphates make detergent work a bit better, but also lead to toxic algae blooms 2/