Obama student loan fix spares rod, spoils borrower

June 11, 2014

Extending repayment caps and debt forgiveness to older graduates gives too many high earners a break. Making everyone pay a flat percentage of income would be simpler, fairer – and cheaper for taxpayers. It could also deliver a valuable lesson in financial responsibility.

For Obama’s 2012 hopes, it really is the economy

January 4, 2012

A reasonably reliable forecasting model puts the U.S. president with just over half the two-party vote in November. The Intrade electronic market gives him a 52 pct chance of re-election. A Breakingviews calculator shows how economic growth in 2012 could tip the result.

U.S. recovery now not jobless, only homeless

January 6, 2012

Despite the 200,000 new jobs last month and another drop in unemployment, job creation is still slower than in recent recoveries and looks a bit like the early 1960s. That’s partly because the weak housing market means few new construction jobs. Still, Obama can breathe easier.

Obama’s corporate tax plan is a good start

February 23, 2012

The president’s proposal to reduce the rate paid by companies to 28 pct and eliminate many loopholes gets the debate moving in the right direction. But there’s plenty of room to improve the plan, too. For one thing, it would make global competition tougher for domestic firms.

Gun bubble reloads on Obama re-election fears

April 3, 2012

The president’s 2008 victory triggered massive growth in firearms sales. Purchasers thought strict gun control legislation was coming. It never arrived, and weapon sales tumbled. Yet the prospect of a second Obama term is boosting sales - and shares of gun-makers - once again.

New Obama budget still leaves fiscal future fuzzy

April 13, 2011

President Barack Obama's budget do-over is certainly an upgrade. U.S. deficits a decade from now would be sharply lower than under his previous plan. But the approach is still full of accounting gimmicks, and ducks making necessary long-term fixes.

Does GE gain by lending the White House its CEO?

January 21, 2011

When the president asks for help it would be difficult for even the busiest corporate chief to say no. It's even harder when he owes the federal government a big favor.

U.S. politicians could learn from Chinese moms

January 20, 2011

Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Washington has triggered debate about whether the United States should copy his country's hands-on economic model.

Global relief on fiscal cliff misses the point

January 2, 2013

The unnecessary fight over the U.S. budget ended with another messy and inadequate compromise. Other equally silly clashes loom. Investors may cheer, but their nail-biting was symptomatic of the world’s excessive dependence on dysfunctional American politics. That hasn’t changed.

Midterm beating could help Obama shift to center

November 3, 2010

GOP victories in the midterm may force President Obama to embrace the political center and thereby help his re-election chances.