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How Merkel's Austerity Plans Are Making Half Of Europe Sick – And The Way Out

Huffington Post Germany | Sebastian Christ | Posted 12.01.2014 | World

There's nothing Germans love quite like spending less. Incredibly wealthy billionaires like IKEA's founder, Ingvar Kamprad, or Theo Albrecht, founder...

Detroit's Death Knell? Austerity, Structural Racism, Water Wars

Michael Shank | Posted 11.18.2014 | Detroit
Michael Shank

The post-industrial dystopia emerging on the streets of Detroit may be shocking, but it is not surprising. The crisis results from the convergent forces of fiscal austerity and structural racism in a region defined by its extreme segregation of race, wealth and opportunity.

Demand Representation From the Reds

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans could easily - though wrongly - perceive their big victory as a mandate. But exit polls show something quite different: Voters don't like Republicans any better than Democrats.

Conservatives for Stimulus - A New Bumper Sticker

Paul A. London | Posted 10.27.2014 | Business
Paul A. London

I write this, however, not to praise Wal-Mart but to criticize it. Unemployment and underemployment are killing Wal-Mart's middle and lower income customers.

Republican Right Embraces Its Long, Hypocritical Tradition of Pandering to Fear

Robert Creamer | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Republicans have made questions of how safe we are -- from disease, terrorism or something unspoken and perhaps more ominous -- central in their attacks against Democrats. But this is nothing new.

1 Country's Austerity Obsession Could Take Down The Global Economy

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 11.05.2014 | Business

Austerity is the opposite of the gift that keeps on giving: It just keeps taking and taking. Germany, the world's homeland for austerity obsession,...

More Trade Agreements Won't Fix Austerity

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The U.S. economy is growing slowly and Europe's hardly at all. The stock market lurch last week is a belated acknowledgement that our two economies share a common affliction, and Europe suffers more seriously. The affliction is austerity. And yet the main remedy being promoted by the U.S. government and its European allies is a trade and investment deal known as T-TIP, which stands for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. According to the deal's sponsors, T-TIP would help stimulate recovery by removing barriers to trade and promoting regulatory convergence and hence investment. The proposed deal is not popular in the U.S. Congress, which has to approve negotiating authority. The administration, say well-placed sources, hopes to cram through the necessary approval during the lame duck session of Congress after the November 4 election. That still will not assure approval, because the deal is also increasingly unpopular in Europe.

Concrete Action Needed This Week from the World Bank and IMF to Combat Inequality

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

At this week's annual meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF), the topic of inequality is buzzing. And rightly so given that extreme economic inequality is one of the largest barriers to ending extreme poverty.

E.U. Austerity, You Must Be Kidding

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 12.07.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

The leading political lights in Europe -- Messrs. Hollande, Valls and Macron in France and Mr. Renzi in Italy -- are raising a big stink about fiscal austerity. They don't like it. And now Greece has jumped on the anti-austerity bandwagon.

Igor Bobic

Sweden's Turn Left Could Deal A Blow To European Austerity

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics

Austerity isn't just out of fashion in the U.S. anymore. If Sweden elects a center-left government, as it is projected to do on Sunday, the country co...

Joy Resmovits

America's Schools Could Be More Efficient If Teachers Were Paid Less: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics

When it comes to education, the United States isn't getting all the bang it could for its buck, according to a new report. GEMS Education Solution...

Boehner's Constitution Of Convenience

Duncan Hosie | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Ironically, Speaker Boehner resorted to the American justice system to sue President Obama, the very system he has worked relentlessly to underfund for indigents. Instead of suing Obama, he should start fixing the system he and his colleagues broke.

Are EU Bankers Trying To Increase Unemployment In Greece?

Dimitri B. Papadimitriou | Posted 10.21.2014 | World
Dimitri B. Papadimitriou

An international dialogue should begin now. It might open with an invitation to the Troika: Explain why Greece should not start a jobs guarantee policy today.

Jobs Grow, But Highway Bill Shows Austerity Still Hurts

Roger Hickey | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

While it is good that 700,000 jobs were not destroyed last night, America needs to be investing to create millions of jobs, not just to prevent the worst.

The EU's Anti-Austerity Hypocrites

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

According to the coalition, its members simply cannot impose further spending cuts. They assert that their budgets have been cut to the bone. This claim is ludicrous.

The U.S. Government Has Hurt The Economy In 11 Of The Past 12 Quarters

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 07.30.2014 | Business

The U.S. economy has just gone through some big, big changes. Big, good changes! But one thing has not changed: federal government spending, which can...

Mississippi Cuts $1.3 Billion From Schools, Gives $1.3 Billion to Nissan

Carl Gibson | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Mississippi has proved to us all that austerity, or the political ideology of "government living within its means," is a farce. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and the GOP-led legislature illustrated that perfectly in two ways.

Austerity Is Poisoning The Economy, In 2 Charts

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 07.17.2014 | Business

Austerity is like a bad tattoo: It's going to be with us, causing misery, for years to come. The broad spending cuts that were the fruits of the Re...

How Kansas and California Debunked the GOP's Tax Cuts Argument

Carl Gibson | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

The Paul Ryans of America have lost the bet fair and square. The tax cuts experiment has had plenty of time to show results, but the only people whose economic situations have improved since the Bush tax cuts are the wealthiest 1 percent of society.

Build a 21st Century Economy? GOP Stalls Even the Highway Bill.

Roger Hickey | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Conservatives have blocked every significant plan for investing in jobs and growth since the stimulus. They claim they have an alternative, but their program has so damaged the recovery it deserves to be called what it is: economic sabotage.

Jason Linkins

Elite Beltway Consensus Is A Looming Danger For America

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

It's not often that I have the opportunity to read something sensible about deficit mania and the terrors that have followed in its wake, but when I d...

5 Years After the Great Recession, Our Economy Still Far from Recovered

Andrew Fieldhouse | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Andrew Fieldhouse

Five years after the end of the Great Recession, the economy is far from healthy. A tragic mix of budgetary blunders and congressional inaction deserve the lion's share of the blame for this.

Homeless Proofing or Christ Proofing?

Mark Sandlin | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

They will still be there, even if you no longer have to lay your eyes on them.

An Educator's Lament: Part III -- Stakes of Our Educational Demise

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.13.2014 | Education
Dave Pruett

Inadequately educated citizens see the world in black and white, settle for sound bites rather than discourse, fail to distinguish information from disinformation, and succumb to manipulation by clever attack ads and faux news.

An Educator's Lament: Part II -- Causes of Our Educational Demise

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.09.2014 | Education
Dave Pruett

The primary culprits against education include neglect, austerity, anti-intellectual/anti-science attitudes, good intentions gone awry, and malevolence aforethought.