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Entries by Dean Baker from 03/2012

Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Bowles-Simpson Commission Report

| Posted 03.05.2012 | Business

Parents often find it useful to tell their children about non-existent creatures to instill habits of good behavior. It seems that many political leaders are going the same route.

Affirmative Action for School Reformers?

| Posted 03.12.2012 | Education

The rich and powerful have lined up firmly on the side of school reform, which is defined as a system where teachers lack job security and standardized testing becomes all-important.

Getting Labor Unions to the Adult Table: Why Labor Organizing Should Be a Civil Right

| Posted 03.13.2012 | Business

There needs to be some change in the rules if workers in the private sector are going to have chance of being able to organize successfully.

Medicare Costs Too Much and They Better Not Cut It

| Posted 03.19.2012 | Business

There is an old story about two men in a retirement home. The first declares, "the food in this place is poison." His friend agrees and adds, "and the portions are so small." This exchange perfectly captures the Republican approach to Medicare. We desperately need an overhaul of our health care system, which is a cesspool of inefficiency and corruption. However, in keeping with their desire for larger portions of poison, the Republicans want to dismantle Medicare, which is by far the most efficient part of the national health care system. Instead they want to hand over even more of our money to a badly broken private system.

The Paul Ryan Rorschach Test

| Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan did a great public service when he released his budget last week. By throwing a piece of total garbage on the table and pretending it is a real budget plan, he allowed us to see who in Washington is serious about the budget and who just says things that will push their agenda. Advocates of the Ryan plan are obviously not thinking seriously about how to fashion a budget that provides basic social insurance and sustains a 21st century economy.

White House Burning: Putting Out the Wrong Fire

| Posted 03.26.2012 | Books

Given their heroic role in the financial reform debate, I am not anxious to criticize Johnson and Kwak's new book, White House Burning. But there are some important areas of difference that deserve attention.