Latest from Catherine Rampell
  • Opinion

Manchin’s work requirement for child benefits would throw grandparent-led families under the bus

Some are still working, but most grandparents responsible for their grandchildren are no longer in the labor force.
  • Oct 18, 2021
  • Opinion

A new problem for Democrats: Americans suddenly want smaller government after all

If you think opposition to “big government” is high now, imagine the blowback after months of coverage about expensive, incompetently executed safety-net expansions.
  • Oct 14, 2021
  • Opinion

The energy crisis is driving prices up. Don’t let that stop transitions toward cleaner fuels.

Short-term price shocks cause suffering but not enough to durably change consumer purchasing habits or businesses’ investment decisions.
  • Oct 11, 2021
  • Opinion

The September jobs report in one word: ‘Oof’

The effects of covid are all over this report.
  • Oct 8, 2021
  • Opinion

Republicans are losing the support of the business community. Democrats should take advantage.

Many of Democrats’ supposedly bleeding-heart policies — child care, paid leave, worker retraining, more legal immigration — are also pro-growth.
  • Oct 7, 2021
  • Opinion

If Democrats must scale down their ambitions, here’s what they should prioritize

A grab-bag of partly funded programs is harder to coherently “message” to voters than a few clear top-line takeaways.
  • Oct 4, 2021
  • Opinion

Memo to Democrats: Do fewer things, better, rather than a bunch of things, poorly

They have chickened out on many of the tax increases Biden proposed, meaning it will be even more difficult to get this bill fully paid for.
  • Sep 30, 2021
  • Opinion

Our child-care system has been failing women (and men and kids). That may soon change.

If the U.S. child-care system was always relatively threadbare, today it is unraveling.
  • Sep 27, 2021
  • Opinion

To his fellow Democrats, Manchin has been a spoiler. But he’s also a useful scapegoat.

Even if Manchin fell in line, Democrats would still struggle to stuff all their various goodies and giveaways into a $3.5 trillion package.
  • Sep 23, 2021
  • Opinion

Once again, Democrats must be the grown-ups and keep Republicans from causing a global catastrophe

Not acting in time on the debt limit could lead to crises here and abroad.
  • Sep 20, 2021