Robert J. Samuelson is a Washington Post columnist.

New data refute the stereotype that most of the elderly are poor and are living on the edge. Some are; most aren’t.
We’ve been here before: one of those portentous moments when corporate America promises to be more socially “responsible.” These episodes are, it seems, a permanent feature of modern capitalism.
Most economists aren’t yet predicting a recession, but they’re drifting in that direction.
The central — and unanswerable — question now is whether we are stumbling toward a larger and unmanageable global economic crisis. There are several possibilities.
Since World War II, there have been two other long stretches of economic expansion: one in the 1960s, then again in 1990s and early 2000s. Both ended badly.
Americans dislike the concept of the welfare state. That’s for Europeans. We prefer the “safety net.” But we are deluding ourselves. Our safety net is their welfare state; the differences are those of detail, not fundamental principle.
There is a larger issue here that Congress and presidents have assiduously avoided for decades. What is government for?
On inspection, it’s unclear that the economy needs another jolt of cheap credit. Although the Fed has been raising rates since December 2015, they’re still low by historical standards.
This is the internet’s new normal. It expands our choices but compromises our freedom. It encloses society in a permanent cocoon of suspicion. There’s no escaping its grasping tentacles.
Just as economic entrepreneurs create and sell new products or services, policy entrepreneurs could create and sell new policies. The process was straightforward.
You may dislike or detest Putin for many good reasons, but you have to acknowledge that he’s a keen observer of the times.
In this army of candidates, do we have anyone who can exert that sort of leadership, especially when much of the persuasion that needs doing involves the delivery of relatively unwelcome news?
So it’s Trump against the economy. If he can seem to control the economy (whatever the reality), he may overwhelm his opponent regardless of the case against him.
To put it bluntly: Japan is slowly going out of business; its population is shrinking and it resists immigration. This cannot continue indefinitely.
Democratic presidential candidates expect the government (aka, “the country”) to do for them what they don’t want to do for themselves, or are incapable of doing.
In a fascinating new paper, economists David Jacks and Dennis Novy argue that today’s contentious trade disputes recall what happened during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Considering that the economy has been expanding for nearly a full decade, wage gains remain sluggish.