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Economic Meltdown

A Response to My Mom on Obama and the Economy

Howard Winant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Winant

The greatest was Lincoln; the next best was Roosevelt. I think Obama has the potential to be a president on their level.

Brand Extension -- What Wall Street Borrowed From Madison Avenue

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harry Shearer

All Joe Cassano was doing was brand extension, with a twist -- he took not only the equity of the AIG name, but the credit rating that went with it.

Gold Not Money: Bling's the Thing

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diane Francis

The future is always a matter of opinion, as is political competency, which is why it's a good idea to own a little gold.

AIG and the Undeserving Rich

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Joseph A. Palermo

For years unbridled capitalism has beat down and bloodied the working middle class in this country. Those chickens are now coming home to roost.

Blue Dog Democrats and Republican Triangulation

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

We must not allow the Blue Dogs to slow down President Obama's momentum or water down the sweeping reforms the nation needs in these trying economic times.

Time: 25 People To Blame For The Financial Crisis

Time | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

TIME lists the top 25 people to blame for the economy, in order of their culpability. The top five: 1. Angelo Mozilo, former chairman and CEO of Count...

The Evil of Banality

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It could be that our institutions are so corrupt, our political discourse so banal and polluted, that they are incapable of lifting us up from our national malaise.

Stimulate Me!

Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stanley Bing

Experts seem relatively unified, if such a thing is possible, on the issue of direct economic stimulus to every taxpayer. They're against it.

HuffPost Readers Share Their Solutions to the Global Economic Crisis

Matthew Palevsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Countless theories about the economic crisis were aired last week in Davos during the World Economic Forum. But many of the voices heard were the same...

The AP Hands Obama His #1 Talking Point for the Second Presidential Debate

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jackson Williams

Just hours before Obama and McCain meet in a Town Hall debate, the Associated Press has moved a story that screams: "Retirement Accounts Have Lost $2 Trillion."

Holiday Food Faux Pas -- And How to Avoid Them

Laura Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Laura Weiss

While over-the-top foods may be out this year, there are some simple culinary steps you can take to avoid striking the wrong note during the upcoming holidays.

236.com: Americans Maintain Pre-Obama Levels Of Self-Centeredness

236.com | 23/6: The News, But Funnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The economic meltdown hasn't altered Americans' self-centered world view. (yay?) According to Buzzfeed, America's top five Google searches during the ...

Former Treasury Secretary Rubin On Meltdown: "Nobody Was Prepared For This"

Think Progress | Matthew Yglesias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Robert Rubin speaks up for himself: "Nobody was prepared for this," Mr. Rubin said in an interview. He cited former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Gre...

Al Qaeda To US: Overcome Economic Woes With Islam

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAIRO, Egypt — Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader appeared in a new video posted Friday calling on Americans to embrace Islam to overcome the financial mel...

Capitalism & the Capitalists

Edward J. Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Edward J. Murray

Let's start with a re-thinking our fundamental economic philosophy: capitalism. In order to run effectively over time, democracies need robust economic systems.

Transformation Keys: Universal Supply And The Economic Meltdown

Russell Bishop | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Russell Bishop

Welcome to the second in a series on Transformation Keys, a weekly series on thoughts you can use to transform the quality and experience of life for ...

Shut it down! Now!

Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stanley Bing

Wall Street and its associated analysts, brokers, traders and investors are simply too stupid to operate at this point. So let's not let them.

The Great Myth of Main Street

Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stanley Bing

I have worked in theaters, as a cab driver, in small companies, large corporations and mega-watt global behemoths, and they are all the same. They are people working for a living.

How to Fix the Economic Meltdown and Stop Terrorism: Legalize Heroin and Whores

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Henry Sterry

The bottom line, economically, is that there is a big beautiful sexy cash cow to be milked here.

The Debt vs. Interest Rate Conundrum

Michael Pento | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Pento

It now takes about 10 cents on every tax dollar collected just to pay the interest on the debt. As bad as that is, it's only because interest rates are at record lows that the debt is still manageable.

Declaring War on the Meltdown

Alan Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Alan Fein

A wise Democrat I know argues that a 21st Century WPA-type program is not only good policy; it's also good politics: "Bailing out financial markets is playing defense. I want to play offense."

Some Administrations -- Not All -- Make Policy Decisions Based On Constitution

Sheila Suess Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sheila Suess Kennedy

As we prepare to choose a new president, we should look closely at the candidates' approach to our constitutional culture. It will tell us much more than the issue papers and campaign promises that are mainstays of electoral strategies.

A Fitting Denouement to the Era of George W. Bush

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The worst financial collapse since the Great Depression is somehow a fitting end to eight miserable years under the worst presidential administration ...

Fed Cuts Interest; Stocks Soar

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve slashed a key interest rate by three-quarters of a point Tuesday, capping its most aggressive two months of act...