Mark Thoma makes the basic case against Robert Samuelson. Brendan Nyhan adds in the point that Samuelson's column is extremely long-lived, he's been writing it for the past thirty years. I really wonder about this kind of thing. There are plenty of columnists I don't like, but normally they're at least good at generating buzz and discussion. But what's Samuelson's value to the Post? Are there people who, at the margin, are ready to drop their Washington Post subscriptions if they don't get to read about how we should cut Social Security benefits for the nine millionth time?

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