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[OP-ED]: Deficits forever?

 07/20/2017 - 12:15
The federal budget remains badly out of whack, even though we are near or at “full employment” (June unemployment rate: 4.4 percent). We cannot afford tax cuts; we need tax increases.

House Republicans, who are now deliberating the government’s 2018 budget, pledge to eliminate deficits within a decade. Well, good luck with that. It must be obvious that chronic deficits reflect a basic political impasse that can be broken only if majorities in Congress do things they’ve refused to do: trim Social Security benefits; raise taxes significantly; control health spending. There is a giant mismatch between what Americans want from government and what they’ll pay for with taxes.

[OP-ED]: ¿Déficits para siempre?

 07/20/2017 - 12:10
El presupuesto federal permanece en muy mal estado, aunque estemos cerca de un “empleo pleno” (Tasa de desempleo de junio: 4,4 por ciento). No podemos permitirnos recortes de impuestos; necesitamos aumentos de impuestos.

Los republicanos de la cámara baja, que ahora están deliberando sobre el presupuesto de 2018, prometen eliminar los déficits en una década. Bien, buena suerte con eso. Debe ser obvio que los déficits crónicos reflejan un impasse político básico que puede ser interrumpido solo si las mayorías del Congreso hacen lo que se han negado a hacer: recortar los beneficios de seguridad social; aumentar los impuestos significativamente; controlar los gastos de salud. Hay una gran discordancia entre lo que los estadounidenses quieren del gobierno y lo que están dispuestos a pagar en impuestos.

La latina al mando de la Pennsylvania Bar Association

 07/13/2017 - 10:51
Sharon R. López, Pennsylvania Bar Assotiacion

Sharon López ha dedicado su vida al servicio de causas nobles: de activista por los derechos de las comunidades excluidas pasó a ser una abogada que desde los tribunales ha promovido la excelencia, inclusión y diversificación de su profesión. Este año asumió como presidenta de la PBA, la organización de abogados más importante de Pensilvania. 

[OP-ED]: Will DA candidate promises bring real justice?

 05/12/2017 - 17:20
Ramona Africa (right) lone surviving adult MOVE member of the May 1985 bombing-&-burning at recent MOVE program along with MOVE members Sue Africa (center) and Consuella Africa (left). LBWPhoto

Candidates seeking a victory in the May 16, 2017 primary election for District Attorney in Philadelphia have spent months making big promises to initiate reforms and ‘restore integrity’ to that post now polluted by the presence of current DA Seth Williams who is facing a federal trial for a slew of corruption charges.

[OP-ED]: Trump’s stock boom -- illusion or reality?

 04/25/2017 - 10:10
Stock valuations are tricky. With hindsight, the market can stay above or below levels reflecting economic fundamentals for long stretches. Whatever the case today, stocks are nowhere near the absurd heights of the “tech bubble” at the turn of the century. EFE

The last thing President Trump now needs is for the stock market to go south on him. After all, he’s got worries aplenty: abroad, North Korea, Syria, Russia and Brexit; at home, the stalled effort to repeal Obamacare; and uncertainty surrounding “tax reform.” Compared with this tapestry of troubles, the stock market has been a splendid blessing.

Plain Text Author: 
Robert J. Samuelson

[OP-ED]: El boom de la Bolsa de Trump--¿ilusión o realidad?

 04/25/2017 - 08:45
La valoración de las acciones es difícil. A posteriori, el mercado puede permanecer por encima o por debajo de niveles que reflejan los principios básicos económicos durante largos períodos. Cualquiera sea el caso actual, las acciones no están ni de cerca en los elevados niveles absurdos que alcanzaron durante la “burbuja tecnológica”, a fines de siglo. EFE

Lo último que necesita el presidente Trump, en este momento, es que el mercado de valores baje. Después de todo, tiene abundantes preocupaciones: en el exterior, Corea del Norte, Siria, Rusia y Brexit; internamente, la iniciativa estancada de revocar Obamacare; y la incertidumbre en torno a la “reforma fiscal”. Comparado con su mosaico de problemas, el mercado de valores ha sido una bendición del cielo.

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Robert J. Samuelson

Honduran woman saves herself, family from violent extortion gang

 04/12/2017 - 07:42
Undated photo provided on Apr. 11, 2017 showing 37-year-old Honduran citizen Carolina, who fled from their native Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, because for over a year Barrio 18 members had demanded more and more protection money every week to "watch over your business." EFE/Sashenka Gutierrez

Carolina and her family fled from their native Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, because for over a year Barrio 18 members had demanded more and more protection money every week to "watch over your business."Their original destination had been the United States until Donald Trump's arrival in the White House temporarily put the brakes on that idea.

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EFE

[OP-ED]: Stephen Bannon’s Ideas -- and His Very Different Actions

 02/14/2017 - 14:50
White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks (L) and Senior Counselor to the President and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon walk down the West Wing Colonnade following a bilateral meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House in Washington, DC, USA. EFE

Perhaps it’s just me, but a few weeks into the Trump presidency, between the tweets, executive orders, attacks and counterattacks, I feel dizzy. So I’ve decided to take a break from the daily barrage and try to find the signal amid the noise: What is the underlying philosophy of this administration?

Plain Text Author: 
Fareed Zakaria