Dean Baker

A Dream Deferred: Minimum Wage Higher In 1963 Than It Is Today
Are we going to remember Dr. King's sacrifice with platitudes or action? Read more...
Our economy is depressed because we've been cutting government spending in the face of a depressed economy. Read more...
Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel took on President Obama and his budget plan explained why that proposal ought to be dead on arrival for Democrats. Read more...
Ruth Marcus won't have to worry about eating catfood. “The debate about the CPI was really a political debate about how, and by how much, to cut real entitlements.” --Greg Mankiw, chairman of George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers Read more...
When I was a young organizer for Iowa Citizen Action Network, we were doing a lot of work on utility rate hikes. I met an elderly woman, maybe late 70s, who was living on her Social Security check. As utility prices went through the roof, Read more...

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If they were really serious about saving money from Medicare, the Very Serious Schmucks could follow some of the suggestions in economist Dean Baker's book, "The End of Loser Liberalism". Sure, they'll tick off Big Pharma. But they can't be any less Read more...
After reading this nonsense from over at TPM this Sunday, where Republicans are just desperate to glom onto any ridiculous talking point they think might gain them an inch of ground -- Republicans Seize On O’Malley’s Remark That We Aren’t Read more...
The signs are everywhere, and it won't really depend on which party wins, now that Nancy Pelosi's drinking the Catfood Commissioners' Kool-Aid: They're going after their Grand Bargain. They want to cut Social Security and Medicare in the lame duck Read more...
The Washington Post is capable of some great investigative reporting, but for the most part, its editorial view reflects that of the Beltway media elites. You've seen their hunger to destroy the working class by the constant use of their pet Read more...
Is he a liar? Is he just clueless? Or does he live in a parallel universe? From Center for Economic Policy and Research: "Greenspan also said he believes that the sharp rise in gold prices is due to market concerns about inflation taking Read more...