I want to follow Dean Baker in dumping on the Robert J. Samuelson Monday, 9/11/19 WaPo column on “The Democrats’ fairy-tale campaigns.” He may be right that lots of proposals have been put forward with no clear accounting of how much all of them will cost, but RJS also fails to recognize some might save money, such as a properly structured universal health care program that might move us more towards the costs we see in other nations. Of course, RJS regularly uses this column to call for cuts in Social Security benefits, so that some of these candidates dare to call for increased such benefits has him really riled up. How dare they!?!?
Aside from reminding that RJS has regularly been misguided on Social Security projections, he goes after him for not noting the role of patents and other regs supporting monpoly power, especially in the health care sector, including supporting outrageously high doctor salaries.
As it is, RJS whines about the size of budget deficits and claims the next president will need to increase defense spending. This latter is not obvious. Trump has done a lot of increasing it, and restoring damaged US alliances does not obviously call for more spending. How about just behaving better and making outrageous demands of US allies, including a stupid trade war?