Feb 11, 2014

Welfare state taking over the U.S. government

by Robert Samuelson

The budget story that is largely missed by American political leaders and the public is that the welfare state is strangling government's ability to respond to other national problems, because the constituencies for welfare benefits are more powerful than their competitors for federal support.

Apr 17, 2013

Japan's depopulation time bomb

The government must take steps to ameliorate the impact of Japan's shrinking population, which is forecast to decrease by 20 million by 2040.