Stories by Dean Baker

Dean Baker is the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). His most recent book is Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy. He also has a blog, Beat the Press. subscribe to Dean Baker's feed

Posted on: Jul 11, 2011, Source: The Guardian

Pursuing a plan to kill social security, politicians are relying on a credulous public and compliant media to ramp up debt panic.

Posted on: Jun 2, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced a bill to create a prize fund that would buy up drug patents, so that drugs could be sold at their free market price.

Posted on: Apr 12, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Paul Ryan's attack against the middle class might have been expected to draw an outraged response. Instead, the punditry rallied around the GOP Rep.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2011, Source:

The wealth redistributed to the top 1 percent over the last 30 years is roughly enough to double the income of all those in the bottom half of the distribution.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Bankrupt states could tell teachers, highway patrol officers, and other public employees that they're not getting the pensions they were expecting, even if already retired.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2011, Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research

Th folks trying to slash Social Security face enormous political opposition and have no good argument for their case. They're going to have to lie, cheat, steal to do it.

Posted on: Jan 12, 2011, Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research

Obama's picks of Bill Daley and Gene Sperling will likely result in tens of millions of people across the country experience serious economic hardship.

Posted on: Dec 20, 2010, Source: AlterNet

We have to push President Obama to announce in advance that he will never sign a debt ceiling bill that includes cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The establishment is telling us that if Congress doesn’t approve the package Obama negotiated with the GOP, it will be the end of the world!

Posted on: Nov 14, 2010, Source: Boston Review

If the current deficit were larger, we would have more jobs and growth. But many deficit hawks seem more interested in cutting benefits than economic truths.

Posted on: Oct 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The highest rates of foreclosure are on the quick and dirty loans made at the peak of the bubble.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2010, Source: AlterNet

A modest tax on Wall Street financial speculation could raise more than $150 billion a year -- money that would go a long way toward funding a serious jobs agenda.

Posted on: Oct 5, 2010, Source:

The only way that the deficit hawks can make good on the goal of reducing foreign borrowing is by slowing growth and raising the unemployment rate.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2010, Source: The Guardian

The same crew that tapped our pockets two years ago is eagerly pitching the line that their bailout was good for us.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Economists are still spinning fairy tales so they can celebrate bank bailouts. Too bad everybody's still broke and out of work.

Posted on: Jul 20, 2010, Source: ISN

15 million are unemployed, but unfortunately none of the people responsible for the recession are in that category.

Posted on: Jul 6, 2010, Source: The Guardian

From now until Nov. 2, the Republican Party will be the party of unemployment.

Posted on: May 27, 2010, Source: AlterNet

There has been little change in personnel and no acknowledgment of error at the central banks whose incompetence was responsible for the crisis.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2010, Source: Comment Is Free

Worried about the deficit? Wall Street is the problem, not Social Security.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2010, Source: Democracy Now!

The biggest winners in Obama's latest foreclosure prevention plan are the banks that created this mess.