The Great Debate

Saving the economy from our brains

By J Saft
February 6, 2009

James Saft Great Debate – James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

Our brains are wired for bubbles, it would appear, and regulation and tight external controls are the only way to save ourselves from ourselves.

How Congress is harming the economy

February 5, 2009

 Diana Furchtgott-Roth– Diana Furchtgott-Roth, is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. The views expressed are her own. –

First 100 Days: Do not marginalize small businesses

February 3, 2009

georgecloutier1– George A. Cloutier, a graduate of Harvard Business School, is the founder and CEO of American Management Services, one of the nation’s largest turnaround and management services firms specializing in small and mid-size companies. He is also the author of the upcoming book, “Profits aren’t Everything, They’re the Only Thing.” The views expressed are his own. –

Play by the rules, close failing banks

By J Saft
February 3, 2009

James Saft Great Debate – James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

Why not just play by the existing rules and rescue the economy, rather than the banks and their foolish shareholders and counterparties?

Arms control to start U.S.-Russia thaw

By Paul Taylor
February 3, 2009

Paul Taylor Great Debate — Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

Arms control is back and will thaw icy relations between the United States and Russia this year, but how far the new detente goes depends on the truculent mood in Moscow.

Uncle Sam pays for middle-class health care

January 30, 2009

 Diana Furchtgott-Roth– Diana Furchtgott-Roth, former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. –

Obama and the Afghan narco-state

By Bernd Debusmann
January 29, 2009

Bernd Debusmann - Great Debate– Bernd Debusmann is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. –

Obama’s investment horizon for clean energy

January 28, 2009

John Kemp Great Debate– John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

Like a Byzantine emperor, a U.S. president’s every public move is scripted to send signals about his priorities to Congress, the electorate, business, and the vast federal bureaucracy that will actually be responsible for formulating and implementing decisions in his name.

Less social dialogue and more social change

By Reuters Staff
January 28, 2009

stern_official_5x5a- Andy Stern is the president of the Service Employees International Union. His views are his own -

Is the executive pay bubble popping?

By J Saft
January 28, 2009

James Saft Great Debate – James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

Signs are it won’t just be the salaries of bankers coming under fire.

An unusual array of forces are combining to make it very likely that top tier pay may be structurally falling, rather than simply taking a cyclical dip during a downturn.