| Aug 7, 2009
| 1:45 PM
Today's topic: How much of a fiscal hazard to California does the state's pension system present? Won't CalPERS recover most of the money it has lost this year once the economy recovers?
Without reform, get ready for fiscal disaster Point: Marcia...
| Aug 6, 2009
| 3:01 PM
Today's topic: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had said he would sign a budget only if legislators reformed the state's pension system. The budget he signed last month, however, didn't include this overhaul. What happened?
The sacrifices made by public...
| Aug 19, 2009
Today's topic: Would the economy be worse off without the Obama administration's stimulus? Or does the fact that we're still deep in a recession suggest that it would have been better simply to let the economy bottom out as quickly as possible?
| Aug 20, 2009
| 12:08 PM
Today's topic: Is "cash for clunkers" a Keynesian success story, or did it produce nothing more than a blip in car sales?
What good are we doing by destroying the clunkers?
Point: Brad DeLong
I find it hard to imagine that you and I will find much...
| Aug 21, 2009
Today's topic: Would a more effective stimulus have been a direct bailout for homeowners facing foreclosure?
The problem: There aren't enough buyers
Point: Edward Leamer
It's been 3 1/2 years since the housing market peaked at the end of 2005, and we...
| Sep 2, 2009
Today's topic: Experts forecast that climate change will increase the frequency of deadly wildfires. Do state and local governments have enough resources to prevent and fight fires (in other words, will taxes have to be raised to pay for more services),...
| Oct 8, 2009
| 3:14 PM
Today's topic: When should we start caring about federal deficits? When should we start doing something about them? Dean Baker and Maya MacGuineas continue their debate on the relationship between unemployment rates and economic recovery, and how much...
| Oct 9, 2009
| 1:33 PM
Today's topic: At what point in the economic recovery can Washington turn its attention to addressing the impending insolvency of Medicare and Social Security? Dean Baker and Maya MacGuineas finish their debate on the relationship between unemployment...
| Oct 1, 2009
| 11:44 AM
Today's topic: Who should have standing to sue over displaying religious icons on public land? Can anyone offended claim actual injury, or should standing in these cases be determined by narrower criteria? Erwin Chemerinsky and Joseph Infranco continue...
| Jan 7, 2010
| 3:52 PM
Moshe Adler, in his very incisive Times Op-Ed article on Jan. 4, correctly points out the hypocrisy and lack of correlation between production and compensation among high-paid executives. He offers three prospective solutions: a law to set a maximum ratio...
| Mar 11, 2009
A Bay Area officer of the scandal-clouded Service Employees International Union has collected double salaries, one as a city transit worker and the other from a charity that receives much of its funding from the labor organization and corporate interests,...