Syd Goldsmith


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Op-Ed Columns since November 2008

Mostly About the United States Economy

Since President Obama’s election victory on November 4, 2008 I have had to come face to face with the disastrous state of the U.S. economy, and fractious debates on virtually every issue that comes before the American public. Most contentious of all has been the health care debate, but Afghanistan and Iran will take the spotlight soon enough. Writing about the economic crisis, education, and health care for the China Post has been much more challenging than speculating about the progress of the 2008 election campaign.

The failure of a single major financial institution, Lehmann Brothers, had worldwide consequences which are still unfolding a year later. The crisis on Wall Street devastated Main Street and it looks like recovery will be painfully slow. As of October, 2009, there are six times as many job seekers as there are available jobs in the U. S. There is fear of both inflation and deflation, which could still accelerate a downward spiral into depression.

Economists and politicians have disagreed vociferously about what it will take to revive the U.S. and world economies. President Obama probably wants more stimulus, but Republicans and conservative Democrats would certainly oppose it.

I cannot help but wonder whether my analyses contain occasional bits of wisdom, or merely a lot of hot air. You to be the judge and let me know what you think at If nothing else, I hope these op-ed columns clarify the issues and the choices fairly, so readers can draw their own conclusions.

Here are the links to my musings on the economy and politics, as well as a link to thoughts on the thaw in Taiwan-China relations which appeared in the Christian Science Monitor.

Columns Since the U.S. Elections

Debate on health care in the U.S. is savaging civil discourse
What is a few trillion here and there?
The great American divide regards skills and knowledge
Battling insurance companies over U.S. health care reform:
Will Vitriol Dominate U.S. Politics:
While the G-20 leaders temporized, the U.S. changed accounting rules:
President Obama versus the Naysayers:
Obamanomics faces a bottomless pit:
Obama must salvage lives, homes, lending, and banks:
Voodoo economics or shrewd politics?
Bailout or bankruptcy for Big 3?
U.S. needs a sovereign wealth fund
A Welcome Thaw was syndicated worldwide
For China and Taiwan, a welcome thaw