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The Rebirth of Social Darwinism

Robert Reich | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

Listen to today's Republican debates and you hear a continuous regurgitation of William Graham Sumner, the nineteenth century academic who brought Social Darwinism to America.

How Not to Shop 'Til You (or Your Wallet) Drop

Carolyn Scott | Posted 01.31.2012 | Style
Carolyn Scott

In order to maintain sanity, health, as well as money in your bank account for the rest of the year, it's important to shop smart. Check out a few of these tips before you flash your credit cards and get yourself into a wrapping frenzy.

In the Public Interest: Deficit Reduction That Should Be Easy

Dan_Smith | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics

The decision on how we achieve deficit reduction now returns to the full Congress. They can do right by the American people and end wasteful subsidies, close corporate tax loopholes and direct taxpayer money to important public priorities.

Jason Linkins

Thomas Friedman To Obtain Obama's Deficit Reduction Plan He Didn't Think Existed | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.02.2011 | Media

Thank you, Fox News' Ed Henry, for the scoop that Thomas Friedman is at the White House today, and for pointing out that he may, at this minute, finally be in possession of the very deficit proposals that the White House made months ago.

The Failure of the Super Committee and the Dismal Future for Congress

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The super committee, in addition to being a gimmick, was a way for congressional leadership and the White House to put off the decisions that were forced upon them by the debt ceiling debate.

When Rehab Is Cut -- You Hurt Too

Lee Woodruff | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Lee Woodruff

The type of quality medical rehabilitation care that Rep. Gabby Giffords needed -- and the type of care that you or your loved ones may need in the future -- is at significant risk due to current proposals in Washington proposed as part of deficit reduction.

5 Countries With the Highest Military Expenditure

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

The United States spends more on its military than the total spent by the second largest (China), third largest (United Kingdom), fourth largest (France), fifth largest (Russia)... and fifteenth largest (Turkey) combined.

Small Kitchen College | Posted 01.29.2012 | College
Small Kitchen College

Photo Credit: Small Kitchen College With the holidays right around the corner, there are plenty of excuses to throw cozy dinner parties at your home....

Super Committee Ain't So Super

Jerry Kremer | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Jerry Kremer

Despite an occasional burst of optimism from quarters that were not involved in the negotiations, it is fair to say that both sides were anticipating that the committee would fail to come up with anything that resembles a budget deal.

The Pentagon's First Bake Sale

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2012 | Comedy
Chris Weigant

Since the politicians quite obviously won't patriotically support the healthy growth of our military-industrial complex any more, we are going to have to make up the difference ourselves.

Fighting Terrorists, Not Soviets

Burns Strider | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Burns Strider

Times have changed. We don't play vinyl records on our iPods; we don't use pay phones when we're out and need to make a call. And, we shouldn't be funding last century's battles, especially when it comes at the expense of our troops.

PHOTOS: Top 10 Best Value Destinations For 2012

Lonely Planet | Posted 01.21.2012 | Travel
Lonely Planet

If past years (or recessions) have sucked up your travel budget, plan smart and get more in bang for your buck in these value destinations, from Lonely Planet.

Frugality Fatigue and The Boomer

Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.21.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Frugality has left me exhausted. Minding our pennies is tedious. Living in fear of spending is no way to live. And for a boomer -- we who feel entitled to the world's harvest of riches -- living within our means has been a painful adaption.

Nuclear Turkeys

Joe Cirincione | Posted 01.20.2012 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Washington is planning to spend over $700 billion on nuclear weapons and related programs over the next ten years. Some programs are necessary, some ...

The Super Committee's Big Lie

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 01.20.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

As the Super Committee threatens this week to gut the government on the basis of a big lie, it's more important than ever that we fight back with systematic data. With truth on our side, the new progressive movement will prevail.

Arms and the Super Committee

William Hartung | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
William Hartung

As the Congressional super committee moves towards its deadline for developing a deficit reduction plan, we need to make sure that its decisions reflect the national interest, not special interests.

Cuts in Education: A Failing Choice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We still talk about public education as the great equalizer and pathway out of poverty, but continue to fall far short in assuring millions of poor children upward mobility.

Michael McAuliff

Balanced Budget Amendment Fails In House Vote | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The latest Republican push for a balanced budget amendment that would force massive spending cuts to the country's social safety net die...

Please, No Gimmicks -- A Letter to the Super Committee

Jonathan Cowan | Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Cowan

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction must approve a credible agreement that at minimum meets the committee's mission to achieve $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction without resorting to gimmicks or budgetary sleights of hand.

Winners, Losers and the Beauty of Impact Analysis

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 01.16.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Whether reforms follow or not, the uncovering the true meaning of what our leaders do, has irresistible appeal in-and-of itself. No wonder impact analysis has become almost an academic obsession to the new generation of economists.

Jason Linkins

Thomas Friedman Needs Someone To Help Him Access Widely Available Facts About Politics | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.16.2012 | Media

Would it be too much to ask for someone -- perhaps one of his New York Times colleagues -- to give famously airheaded columnist Thomas Friedman a bit of an explanation of what is actually going on in the world of politics?

The Myth of the Wealthy Elderly

Dean Baker | Posted 01.15.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

While Very Serious People debate whether people who earn $250,000 a year are rich when it comes to restoring the 1990s tax rates, they somehow think that seniors with incomes under $30,000 a year must make sacrifices. There is a logic here, but it ain't pretty.

Message to Congress: Healthy Lands and Waters Support a Healthy Economy

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.11.2012 | Green
Mark Tercek

As federal budget deadlines loom, I hope that Congress recognizes the immense value of programs that sustain our country's irreplaceable natural resources. Healthy natural systems are the foundation for a healthy economy.

Trigger Happy: Why Deficit Cuts Should Be Triggered Only When Unemployment Drops to 5 Percent

Robert Reich | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

On planet Washington, where reducing the deficit is still more important than creating jobs, no one is talking about the most obvious policy trigger of all -- no budget cuts until the official level of unemployment falls to 5 percent, its level before the Great Recession.

Defense Spending and the Deficit Debate

Jonathan Masters | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Masters

Most experts believe reducing the defense budget is sensible fiscal policy, but they disagree over the extent of the cuts, and how they should fit into a comprehensive deficit-reduction package.