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Budget Cannot Be Balanced on the Backs of America's Most Vulnerable People

Mike King | Posted 10.16.2011 | Impact
Mike King

Many older people have no one to care for them. As head of an organization that provides health care and housing to low-income seniors, I take very seriously the reality that for many vulnerable Americans, we have become their family.

Our National Dark Night Of The Soul

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 10.16.2011 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

We are a nation woven together by eclectic threads of common faith in the truth that all people are created equal. Again and again, our darkest hours have come when elements within our own national body have tested this faith.

6 Best Items To Stock In Your Mini Fridge

Small Kitchen College | Posted 10.16.2011 | College
Small Kitchen College

Yes, I'd lived with a refrigerator for 18 years before I arrived at my freshman dorm, but this fridge was different! It was...well, mini.

Good Government Through the Looking Glass: The Budget Process

Toni Preckwinkle | Posted 10.15.2011 | Chicago
Toni Preckwinkle

Requiring preliminary budget estimates is the first step in implementing a more transparent and accountable budget process. This allows us to better engage our stakeholders, including County residents, in the budget process.

An Open Letter to the Budget Super Committee

Kristie Arslan | Posted 10.15.2011 | Business
Kristie Arslan

We self-employed are doing our part to help the nation reduce its debt by paying taxes. Frankly, if some of the nine million unemployed Americans were given some incentive to join our ranks, we'd be paying down that debt a lot faster.

Title I Students Assisted By Federal Aid, New Study Reports

Posted 10.11.2011 | Education

Students receiving federal aid are improving in math and reading, according to a new study from the Center on Education Policy. The new report, ...

War Budget Cuts Possible if We Counter Contractors' Multimillion-Dollar Campaign Spending

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

The deal worked out to allow a rise in the debt ceiling gives us our first real chance in more than a decade to make significant cuts to our country's out-of-control war budget, but we are going to have to fight for them.

The Tea Party Has Peaked

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

After peaking in the spring and summer, Tea Party influence will decline in the fall. And sure as the leaves will turn brown, it is about to get very frustrating to be a Tea Party Republican.

Hollow Arguments on Defense

William Hartung | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
William Hartung

Opponents of proposed reductions in the Pentagon's spending plans have increasingly settled on one frightening phrase: "hollow military." No one wants this. Thankfully, there is no danger that we will have one under any current budget-cutting plan.

Seattle Schools To Shut Down For A Day.. And Another Half

Posted 10.10.2011 | Education

Seattle Public School teachers have agreed to take one and a half days off to help ease their state's budget woes. The move follows a districtwide ...

Muddled Martinis the Right Drink for Our Times

Rosalyn Hoffman | Posted 10.10.2011 | Home
Rosalyn Hoffman

2011-08-10-Screenshot20110810at3.59.16PM.jpg As the summer heats up with events well beyond your control, constructively channel your frustration by shaking up these little babies.

Memo to Obama: Use Market Jitters to Seize the Initiative

Peter M. Shane | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

Thanks to the debt ceiling deal no one liked, official Washington seems poised now to wait for a cumbersome congressional process to drag the country ...

After Months of Tea Party Attacks on the Environment, Glimmers of Sanity Emerge

Frances Beinecke | Posted 10.09.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

A growing number of GOP lawmakers are starting to question the Tea Party's reckless overreach. They realize that anti-environmental efforts do not reflect the wishes of the American people.

Never Another Budget Crisis: Two Fixes We Can Make Right Now

Edward Muzio | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Edward Muzio

I know I'm not alone in my frustration with our elected leaders' recent struggles with... well, with leadership. The fact that they created a financial disaster for our nation, and then failed to fix it in any permanent way, troubles me.

Addicted to Debt

Eric Margolis | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Eric Margolis

Most empires have been brought down by profligate spending and poor budget controls, not foreign invaders. The United States looks to be the latest example unless it can order its finances and rein in Wall Street. So far, not much sign of either.

Five Governance Problems That Contributed to the U.S. Credit Rating Downgrade

Darrell West | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Darrell West

A number of long-term trends has paralyzed policymakers and made it difficult to address pressing problems. Unless these conditions improve, it will be difficult for elected leaders to address the budget deficit.

Credit Rating Downgrade -- Politicians Play While America Loses

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

This credit rating shift will certainly prompt a series of finger pointing exercises -- from those who manufactured the debt ceiling crisis to those who allowed the crisis to occur in the first place. In the end, it is America that loses in these games.

How to Save a Quarter of a Trillion Dollars

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

By scrapping plans for nuclear weapons "modernization" and for national missile defense, programs that are both useless and provocative, the United States would save $271 billion.

FAQs on the Standard & Poor's Downgrade of the U.S. Credit Rating

Natalie Pace | Posted 10.07.2011 | Business
Natalie Pace

If Congress gets smart, goes back into negotiations immediately and comes up with a credible plan to implement budget savings of more than $4 trillion over the next 10 years, the world will have renewed faith in the its largest economy.

How to Cut Hundreds of Billions in War Spending

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

The debt limit crisis that's consumed Washington, D.C. created an unexpected silver lining: the first opportunity in a decade to make real cuts to our runaway military budget.

The Stock Market Reacts Negatively to Bad Economic Compromises That Threaten Consumer Spending

Pat LaMarche | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

An awful lot of groups are condemning this week's "compromise" between Congress and the president which raises the debt ceiling and allegedly holds at...

We Will Grow the Economy By Shrinking It

David Morris | Posted 10.05.2011 | Business
David Morris

Welcome to the new era of austerity, driven by the superstition of our age: We will grow the economy by shrinking it.

How To Burn Calories In The Kitchen

Big Girls, Small Kitchen | Posted 10.05.2011 | Home
Big Girls, Small Kitchen

Ditch those free weights, and grab a cast iron skillet instead! It's summertime, which means some of us are a little bit less worried about what topp...

A Historic Opportunity to Cut Military Spending

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The agreement in Washington to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for spending cuts has made a lot of people very unhappy. But the agreement had one important positive aspect: it created a historic opportunity for significant cuts in projected military spending.

National Debt: Still Broken, How to Fix It

Stuart Diamond | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics
Stuart Diamond

The more than 500 point drop in the stock market on Thursday shows that neither the public nor investors think lawmakers in Washington have developed a process or the details necessary to solve the national debt crisis.