• April 19, 2011    

    Call me a contrarian — or just your garden-variety journalist/skeptic — but when I read the much-ballyhooed Standard & Poor’s announcement yesterday, I shook my shiny head. “Because the U.S. has, relative to its AAA peers, what we consider to … Continue reading

  • April 12, 2011    

    Tax day is breathing down our necks: just under one week left to file. And that’s including this year’s three-day extension; tax day bumped from the traditional April 15th to the 18th since DC government workers are off Friday (the … Continue reading

  • April 11, 2011    

    Name: Michael Cassady Question: As I read deeper into the details about the financial crisis, it seems the root condition that capital is ‘capitalizing upon,’ excuse the pun, is the transitional inefficiencies affecting the integration of formerly hegemonic national economies … Continue reading

  • April 6, 2011    

    A conversation this morning with a centrist Democrat from the Brookings Institution who lived through the shutdown of 1995, economist Martin Baily. “In terms of the economy, it had a surprisingly small effect,” he said. “On the other hand, when … Continue reading

  • March 30, 2011    

    Name: Alex Question: Maybe it’s my background as a college instructor (and union member), but Paul Solman’s tone in his inquiry into GM workers’ wages raised my hackles. It may be that the intent was didactic — to instruct viewers … Continue reading

  • March 28, 2011    

    Name: Dr. Gene Audette Question: Every year it’s prognostications, prognostications. But seldom do “columns” like yours do a retrospective to compare what was predicted to what actually occurred, and to get the same prognosticator to have to defend his/her predictions … Continue reading

  • March 18, 2011    

    Name: Doug Shoaf Question: Given the harm that inflation does to the personal finances of almost every individual in the country, and its tendency to encourage spending and discourage saving, why do so many of our public officials and business … Continue reading

  • March 16, 2011    

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Join us live right here on Thursday, March 17 at 3p.m. ET for a chat between Paul Solman, Dante Chinni of Patchwork Nation and Derek Thompson of The Atlantic. The discussion will be moderated by PBS NewsHour Correspondent … Continue reading

  • March 16, 2011    

    Name: Michael Cassady Question: With the suffering from the financial crisis falling mostly on masses of people who were not responsible for causing it, why has there not been a healthy postmortem and acceptance of responsibility before the victims are … Continue reading

  • March 15, 2011    

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Paul Solman and Dante Chinni of Patchwork Nation recently traveled to two counties in Ohio – Crawford and Delaware. Thirty years ago they had similar average incomes but today, they’ve grown apart. The town of Galion in Crawford … Continue reading

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