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The Puerto Rico Debt Crisis, Explained

Robert Rosenkranz | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Robert Rosenkranz

Puerto Rico is on its way to one of the largest debt defaults in history, right up there with Greece and Argentina. Economic stagnation, or contraction, is not merely a result of an economic cycle but of major long term problems that make the island uncompetitive. But is there a way out?

U.S. Army to Cut 40K Soldiers: Why That's Not a Surprise

FindTheBest | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
FindTheBest

For the soldiers who lose their jobs and families dependent on a military income, these cuts are certainly disruptive. Few, if any, military bases will be unaffected by the troop reduction. But the announcement shouldn't come as a surprise.

Michael McAuliff

Dems Will Torture GOP With Shutdown Politics In Spending Battle

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats’ plan to block every GOP spending bill this summer isn’t a bid for a government shutdown -- it’s a strategy to bring Rep...

Germany's Leadership Role in Advancing Economic Freedom: Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

The topics of strengthening the transatlantic partnership and advancing economic freedom were brought to the forefront, when we gathered in Brussels at a dinner event of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in December 2014.

The Invisible Hand of God

Jim Burklo | Posted 05.01.2015 | Religion
Jim Burklo

America ought to be better than these statistics imply. It's time for us to live up to the moral values espoused so long ago by Adam Smith. The real Adam Smith, that is.

How the Republicans Could Make Government More Efficient, But Won't

Martin Lobel | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Martin Lobel

Almost the first thing the Republican leaders of the Senate and House promised when they took control of both houses of Congress was that they would make government work more efficiently. But they haven't, and they won't.

George Will's 'Firing Offense' at Fox

Paul Abrams | Posted 06.06.2015 | Media
Paul Abrams

On rare occasions when professional right-wingers let down their ideological guards, however, they can slip into revealing the truth. But, George Will has sinned on that most sacred of right-wing catechisms, government spending. From that, there can be no reprieve.

The Grand Republican Strategy: We Win, You Pay!

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

You never hear the reformocons talk about arithmetic in their speeches. They talk about inequality and upward mobility and the American middle class. They talk about all sorts of expensive new plans, and they never mention that there's a catch.

Gov. Rauer's Illinois spending cuts plan: "admirable" or stressful?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.06.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts for Illinois have a lot of people up in arms. But David From, director of the Illinois chapter of Americans F...

Extending Funding for CHIP in 2015 Is Key to Sustaining Gains for Children

Gene Lewit | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Gene Lewit

Extending CHIP funding until 2019 could go a long way to sustain and expand CHIP-related gains for children as CHIP enrollment grows in conjunction with further implementation of the ACA. Extending CHIP funding, however, is only an interim measure. In the long run, it will require additional actions.

6 Spending Cuts Proposed for Illinois by Gov. Bruce Rauner

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.21.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his first budget address to the General Assembly Feb . 18, outlining his plans for getting the state's finances back on track.

Painful Lessons About Poverty and Disability

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 04.16.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

One of America's crown jewels in enabling people to lift themselves out of poverty, the Federation Employment and Guidance Service (FEGS), which for generations enabled people with disabilities, immigrants and others at-risk, is closing its doors.

Needed: A Bold Left to Defend Government

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We need an active, independent left willing to challenge the push for smaller government. A well-managed government can revitalize the economy even as it makes our world a better place to live. Many Americans seem to understand that instinctively. Where, then, is the movement that will make that argument?

Obama Rallies Democrats For Spending Surge

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN and ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Con...

In the Balance: The Public and the Federal Budget Deficit

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Some economists on the left argue that the deficit is not a serious threat to the health of the economy, while other experts say that projected increases show that long-term solutions need to be found. What does the public think about this debate?

National Defense: Time To Revisit Goldwater-Nichols

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

A new military reform bill would provide an excellent opportunity for our elected legislators to ponder their own responsibility for the growing mound of waste we cannot afford.

How to Love Like a French Woman

Isa Freeling | Posted 03.22.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

In France, mothers get a medal from the government after having four children or more. Some call it the "Reproduction Medal." It's a fact that artist Sara Shaoul learned this year during her summer residency in Paris.

Building a Shared Vision: The Next Step in American Progress

Irv Katz | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Irv Katz

The nonprofit sector has become an indispensable part of the American economy and society. While there have been cuts in government investments, if the past hundred-plus years (as well as the interest and vigor of the millennials) are any indication, the sector will continue to grow.

How I Taught a 6-Year-Old Algebra in Four Months

Ravé Mehta | Posted 03.11.2015 | Education
Ravé Mehta

The U.S. educational culture is more focused on doing well in sports or being popular. In many cases, these priorities lead kids to being rebellious or defiant, and sometimes not doing well in school, just so they're not perceived as a nerd.

A 102 Year Old Cleveland Institution Goes Global

Michael Goldberg | Posted 03.08.2015 | Business
Michael Goldberg

Until late last year, people who wanted to participate in a forum at The City Club of Cleveland had to drive to 850 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, park the car, take the elevator to the second floor, sit down in a chair, and wait for the mike.

Respect

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.05.2015 | Healthy Living
William B. Bradshaw

In 2015 one of my primary wishes is that all of us will concentrate on treating other people with respect. I have just scratched the surface; I encourage you to give this entire matter some very deep consideration.

FINALLY: GOVERNMENTS START SPENDING

New York Times | Posted 01.01.2015 | Politics

NAPLES, Fla. — For a long stretch, government spending cutbacks at all levels were a substantial drag on economic growth. Now, finally, relief is in...

Ebola Crisis Made Worse By IMF Austerity Plans For Africa: Study

AP | By MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 03.01.2015 | Business

YORK, England (AP) — Professors from three leading British universities say International Monetary Fund policies favoring international debt repayme...

Conservatives for Stimulus - A New Bumper Sticker

Paul A. London | Posted 12.27.2014 | 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.

Why Government Spends More Per Pupil at Elite Universities Than at Public Universities

Robert Reich | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

Imagine a system of college education supported by high and growing government spending on elite private universities that mainly educate children of the wealthy and upper-middle class, and low and declining government spending on public universities that educate large numbers of children from the working class and the poor. You can stop imagining.