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Sam Stein

White House Ratchets Up Pressure On GOP After Dismissing Platinum Coin Idea | Sam Stein | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of news that both the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve rejected the minting of a trillion dollar coin as a soluti...

Zach Carter

Administration To Reject Magic Coin Trick To Avert Debt Ceiling | Zach Carter | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Treasury Department will not mint a high-value platinum coin to avert the debt ceiling, according to an official statement from...

Cold Case File: Who Shot Down a 70-Year-Old Attack on Social Security?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

How did we reach such a state of confusion about the solvency of Social Security? Actuaries deal in probabilities and statistics. What were the odds we'd be so confused in 2010?

State Controller Warns IOUs Could Be Issued In 2 Weeks

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

State Controller John Chiang said California was only "two to four weeks" away from issuing IOUs for the second consecutive year as the state budget i...

How California Could Turn Its IOUs into Dollars

Ellen Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ellen Brown

If the state were to deposit its money in its own state-owned bank, it could have enough credit to solve its budget crisis with funds to spare.

Towards a Solution to the Debt Crisis in California: The State Could Walk Away and Create Its Own Credit Machine

Ellen Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen Brown

California could put its revenues in its own state-owned bank and fan these "reserves" into many times their face value in loans, using the same "fractional reserve" system that private banks use.

California Dreamin': How the State Can Beat Its Budget Woes

Ellen Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ellen Brown

The world's eighth largest economy is not going quietly into that pit of debt and devastation that has devoured Third World countries whole.

California Budget Squabbling: Schwarzenegger 'Broke' The Budget, He 'Should Fix It'

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California's controller will start paying many of the state's bills with IOUs as soon as Thursday after lawmakers failed to clos...