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Postage and Other Economic Outrages Against Soldiers

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
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Don McNay

America ships soldiers off to Afghanistan and Iraq for free. If you come back in a body bag, they ship that back for free, too. However, we make families who send soldiers socks, food and underwear pay shipping costs.

Obama Year One: The Public Is A Trust, Not An Option

Dan Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Siegel

One year since an historic election, where the Obama administration has fallen short in our hopes for a truly new direction, one finds the central conflict to be between public good and private gain.

Arianna: Move Your Money And Make Too-Big-To-Fail Banks Smaller (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Huff TV

Arianna appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann Thursday to explain Move Your Money, a project that encourages Americans to fight back against Wall...

Is There a Change In the Weather at Goldman Sachs?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

A news item appeared this week that at least seems to offer reasonable hope that Goldman is beginning to use its good fortune to help remedy the foundering fortunes of Main Street America.

Escape from Pottersville: The North Dakota Model for Capitalizing Community Banks

Ellen Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ellen Brown

Where can our floundering community banks get the capital to make room on their books for substantial new loans? An innovative answer is provided by the state of North Dakota.

2009: The Year Wall Street Bounced Back and Main Street Got Shafted

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

If 2009 has proved anything, it's that the bailout of Wall Street didn't trickle down to Main Street. Mortgage delinquencies continue to rise. And people everywhere, it seems, are worried about losing their jobs.

Has Obama Sold Out?

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

2009's biggest story was not the economy, health care, or the escalation of the war in Afghanistan, but rather the resurrection of America's largest b...

Washington: Totally Disconnected From Main Street

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Operating a business on Main Street is a lot different than lecturing at the Harvard Economic Club. The team Obama surrounded himself with has spent way more time in a faculty lounge than in the corner barber shop.

President Obama's Entrepreneurial Mindset

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

I have not seen much evidence of Obama being in touch with small-town Kentucky, but after reading David Plouffe's new book, The Audacity to Win, I have become convinced that he knows what it takes to run a business.

Following Palin in Hong Kong

Cameron Sinclair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cameron Sinclair

I found myself in an odd situation of keynoting the same event as Sarah Palin in Hong Kong. I ended up tweeting the talk, and other than her comment on the Fed, I think it's somewhat accurate.

Tone Deaf? The White House and Unemployment

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

If unemployment figures are really "unacceptable," why is Larry Summers accepting the forecast -- and repeating it -- instead of telling us how the White House plans to change it?

Credit Card Delinquencies Up, Worst Yet To Come

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Despite optimistic pronouncements from the nation's financial stewards, a recovery is not in the cards. At least not anytime soon, judging by the late...

Why Obama Won't Be Able to Reform Wall Street

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Arianna Huffington

Obama won't be able to change the course our financial system is on unless he takes on the bankers and their hordes of lobbyists who continue to dictate policy in DC.

The Lottery Question

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Everyone has dreams and desires but usually keep them hidden, back in the recesses of their minds. The lottery question gets those dreams and desires out in the open, on the front burner.

Shahien Nasiripour

Bank Numbers Reveal Troubling Trend On Main Street

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

More than one in four U.S. banks are unprofitable, a number fueled by rising numbers of bad loans, the FDIC announced Thursday. The percent of banks ...

The Bonuses and the Damage They Do

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

This is a story we know too well: Wall Street vs. Main Street. Irresponsible behavior leads to bonuses for the former while working hard and playing by the rules leads to unemployment and foreclosure for the latter.

Why the Senate Should Confirm Bernanke But Make the Fed More Accountable, Too

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Reich

If you'd have asked me three months ago whether Bernanke would be confirmed, I'd have said no. Congress (and much of the public) is still furious about the bank bailouts, as well they should be.

Today Is the Day to Cut Up Your Credit Cards

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

When three people who know about money go to the extreme of not owning any credit cards, others might want to take note.

Saving Small Businesses, The Brooklyn Way

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Bob Zuckerman does not want to wait for the economic stimulus package to drip down to Brooklyn's quickly emptying storefronts.

Main Street USA on Roosevelt Island

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

Roosevelt Island's Main Street has to be one of the most depressing places in New York City. Lined with ugly, box-shaped brown buildings that block out the sun, it seems to exist in perpetual darkness.

Economic Recovery: Wall Street and Main Street Diverge Again

Jill Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jill Schlesinger

Why is Wall Street sure that things are honky-dory, while Main Street is plagued by anxiety? Because Main Street has started to accept the reality of the past 20 years and change its behavior.

Free and The Search for Economic Innovation

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

As we look at life after the financial crisis, we need to turn traditional thinking on its head. Picking up a copy of Chris Anderson's Free is a good place to start.

Top Ten Unconventional Indicators Of The Recession

HuffPost's Eyes & Ears | Matthew Palevsky/Stephanie Harnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Despite Wall Street doling out multi-million dollar raises to executives, most of the country continues to suffer from rising unemployment and a falli...

Cramer & Colleagues Put Heat on SEC to Bring Back Uptick Rule

Harleen Kahlon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harleen Kahlon

This letter to the SEC prepared by Jim Cramer, Eric Oberg, Scott Rothbort and Bill Furber, who are in favor of reinstating the Uptick Rule, has been e...

Faux Localization: The New Greenwashing?

Linda Buzzell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Linda Buzzell

The trend toward local economies may be convincing the giant multinationals like Starbucks to start disguising the affiliations of their stores.