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Auto Industry Teammates

Dan Dubno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Dubno

We all know that the car occupies a central position in our way of life, yet aside from adding DVD players and coffee cup holders, we've done little to integrate ideas from the rest of our society.

America: The Bank-Owned State

Ann Pettifor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ann Pettifor

The US administration has itself been hijacked, and America is now, effectively, a Bank-Owned State. Democracy has been usurped by what Abraham Lincoln called 'the Money Power'.

Funny But True: Lessons from A.I.G.

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
John Wellington Ennis

These are real pamphlets of wisdom put out by A.I.G. (Apparently the artwork is from Highlights.)

Don't Most Republican Need Social Security, Too?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

It's folly to give Republicans credit for anything. The lack of rhyme in their response to the stimulus suggests that at this point they stand for nothing more than sheer nihilism.

A New Movement

Amy Ephron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Ephron

There is a movement to strip billions of dollars from the stimulus bill led by Ben Nelson of Omaha (whose Democratic status is debatable) and Susan Collins (Republican) of Maine.

Loosen Mortgage Lending Standards

Mike Garibaldi-Frick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Garibaldi-Frick

We can continue bailing out the banks and Wall Street or, we can take a more reasonable approach by helping out the middle class in a real tangible way.

HuffPost Breaks Huge Corruption Story -- And We Must Do Something About It

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Not only are some of the most non-trusted companies in America blatantly trying to buy off Congress, but they're using our bailout money to do it. Enough!

Obama's Stimulus Money Must Not Be Wasted on Nuke Reactors

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

Cut off from Wall Street, hordes of nuke lobbyists will descend like radioactive locusts on this gargantuan stimulus package. They must be stopped.

Bush/Cheney: Dinosaurs of the Old Economy

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

The legacy of Bush and Cheney are inextricably tied to the survival of the old fossil fuel economy. Their assignment was clear: defend and protect at ...

We're All Nonprofits Now

Tom Tresser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

In a market economy, if you try to start a nonprofit or dedicate yourself to working for a nonprofit, you get no special credit. You have to pay your bills, same as the next person.

Bailing Out Dan Quayle

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul Jenkins

The battle over the bailout of some segments of the US auto industry has become increasingly defined in terms of class, but this hides the fact that the same type of players will benefit from both bailouts.

Bail Me Out!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Coleen Rowley

Mike Dennehy came up with this cute CARtoon today. All it needs is the invisible hand....out, huh? ...

My Christmas Bail Out: An Open Letter to My Friends

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Dr. Irene S. Levine

By avoiding Black Friday this year, I've already saved the lives of innocent strangers who otherwise might have been trampled by sale-crazed crowds.

Recharge America with Electric Cars

Gavin Newsom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gavin Newsom

Yesterday, joined by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, I announced a nine-step policy plan for transforming the Bay Area into the "Electric Vehicle (EV) Capital of the U.S."

"The Witch of Wall Street," a Cautionary Tale for Tough Times?

Erica Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Erica Heller

Hetty Green was the world's richest woman, but also earned the nickname of the "Witch of Wall Street," with her severe Quaker clothing and staggering thriftiness.

Crash Test

Amy Ephron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Amy Ephron

I know that 600,000 jobs hang in the balance over the auto industry bailout, but wait, I have a solution. Why don't we convert the factories to alternative energy sector plants?

The Negotiated Rate: 35% on a Merrick Bank Credit Card

Alex Geana | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Alex Geana

What will jump start the economy is my ability to find opportunity and spend again (along with millions of others). Now I'll be maintaining debt, instead of contributing to the next retail quarter.

Why October 6th Felt Like September 11th

Jeannie Ralston | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeannie Ralston

Today, I'm not sure who to be angry at, exactly who to blame, but after years of inattention and living like we had a right to a free lunch, my suspicion is that this time the culprit is all of us.

You Can Fool all of the People all of the Time

Brian Oxman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Oxman

Why am I not surprised that the $700 billion .... No, the $850 billion .... No, try again ... the $1.8 trillion bailout giveaway passed through Cong...

Bailout Bill Gives Tax Break to Wooden Arrow Manufacturers While Small Business Get the Shaft

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

If anyone was concerned that President Bush, Treasury Secretary Paulson and Congress were not up to the task of passing a serious economic recovery bi...

Our National Sue Simmons Moment

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

I am a liberal, and damn it, I want the government to act. I'm not opposed to a huge, sweeping bill, but the way this went down on Monday was bullshit.

The Last Supper on Wall Street: Sushi, Stocks, and Who is Picking Up the Check?

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

Denial was overtly present during a three hour dinner at an expensive sushi restaurant. Bankers threw stock prices into the conversation between the dishes of sashimi and cucumber martinis.

Cowardly New World

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

Are we rallying based on the idea that strings attached help and that heavy regulation will triumph over global recession and a public no better able to pay its bills?

Friday Talking Points [48] -- Throwing Out The Rulebook

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Back in Volume 36 of this Friday Talking Points column, I pointed out what seemed to me to be an obvious observation -- that the media was going a lot...