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'Bail Out of America' or 'Bail Out America'?

Paul Heroux | Posted 12.26.2011 | Business
Paul Heroux

Republicans have been chanting that public investment "crowds out" private investment. They are missing a major lesson of Macroeconomics 101: public investment doesn't crowd out private investment in the short run; it does so in the long run.

10 Ways Zombies Became A $5 Billion Industry

24/7 Wall St. | JON C. OGG | Posted 12.25.2011 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: Zombies may be the walking undead, but their contribution to Main Street's economy is very much alive. In modern times, the zombi...

9 Reasons the Cain Campaign is Done

Shawna Vercher | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
Shawna Vercher

It has been an intense primary season, with a number of candidates rising to the top of media discussion only to fade just as quickly. Here are nine reasons why Herman Cain's campaign may also burn out.

When Main Street Occupies Wall Street

Kim Carter | Posted 12.20.2011 | Los Angeles
Kim Carter

Occupy Wall Street shows us that the middle class has been attacked, robbed of their ideal existence and experiencing a revolt much like that of the civil rights era.

At Least We Still Have the Kardashians -- The "Who Cares?" World Series

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 12.19.2011 | Media
Mark Goulston, M.D.

I think the problem is that fear and greed and star addiction have in common is that they are all adrenaline driven.

The 'Occupy Wall Street' Movement Should Help Get Homeless Off Main Street

Joel John Roberts | Posted 12.19.2011 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

I drove by the park next to the City Hall in my home town one early evening when I saw a scattering of tents and a group of people camped out on publi...

Occupy Your Own Backyard

Stephen Gyllenhaal | Posted 12.18.2011 | Politics
Stephen Gyllenhaal

Marching and protesting only get you so far and we still have a democracy on the books here, so why not use it? Really use it? Why not take a deep breath and... run for office this election cycle.

Baby Boomer's Method to Occupy Wall Street

Don McNay | Posted 12.07.2011 | Fifty
Don McNay

If I were 22 instead of 52, I'd probably be out on the streets. Instead, like most baby boomers, I'm watching the revolution on television. And supporting the protesters in a middle-aged way.

Bernanke and the War on Senior Citizens

Don McNay | Posted 11.23.2011 | Small Business
Don McNay

If you follow what the Federal Reserve is doing, all the moves are designed to protect Wall Street at the expense of Main Street.

NYPD Shuts Down Wall Street

Natalie Pace | Posted 11.18.2011 | Business
Natalie Pace

Protesters had hoped to take command of Wall Street on September 17, but the New York Police Department quickly showed them who was in charge, by barricading all entrances to the heart of America's financial institutions.

Are You Cut Out to Own Your Own Business?

Don McNay | Posted 11.15.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Most people want a regular work routine. Their lives are based on forty-hour work weeks and steady paychecks. When people tell me they want to start their own business, I ask them whether they can really live without regular income.

Groton, CT Patch: After Irene, Family Grocery Store Closes After 63 years. | Deborah Straszheim | Posted 11.14.2011 | Home

The Universal Food Store has been owned by Frank Quaratella's family since 1947. But after it was forced to close during Hurricane Irene, the personab...

Movie Review: Main Street

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.09.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's not hard to see how a movie like Main Street got made, at least in theory. Why it's being released is another question altogether.

September 11 Anniversary: A Chance for Main Street to Reflect and Take Economic Action

Don McNay | Posted 11.02.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Until Washington gets the courage to trust the American people to handle hard and sobering decisions -- and develops a plan of action that does not favor one interest group over another -- real economic solutions are not going to come from Washington.

Help for Main Street, Not Wall Street

Don McNay | Posted 10.15.2011 | Small Business
Don McNay

Washington and Wall Street are tied at the hip and spend most of the time talking only to each other. They are connected socially and economically and have media outlets devoted to promoting their philosophies.

Getting Rich Slowly

Don McNay | Posted 10.12.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Because the money is harder to access, people who take structured settlements are more likely to "get rich slowly" than my professional clients who can cash in a mutual fund or stock whenever they want.

Why Isn't the Economy Recovering?

Jim Worth | Posted 10.10.2011 | Business
Jim Worth

For most Americans it has been a slow and painful recovery from this recession. Analysts, politicians, and pundits continually offer excuses for the ...

Are You Ready to Jump Into the World of Self-Employment?

Don McNay | Posted 10.10.2011 | Small Business
Don McNay

If Americans like the idea of self-employment and know it presents the greatest opportunity for growth, what is stopping some of them from taking the plunge?

Small Business Optimism Continues To Decline Amidst Uncertainty

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business

Amidst anemic consumer spending and national uncertainty over the fate of the debt ceiling, small-business optimism declined for the fifth straight mo...

Rise of Political Consultants: When the Washington-Main Street Disconnect Began

Don McNay | Posted 10.07.2011 | Business
Don McNay

For many years, the two parties were the Democrats and the Republicans. Now I view it as people who depend on Wall Street versus people who don't depend on Wall Street.

Orlando Bloom, Colin Firth Try Their Best Southern Accents

Posted 09.24.2011 | Entertainment

Give the director credit for thinking outside the box, at least. Searching for leads in the upcoming small town Southern film, "Main Street," directo...

'Americans Elect' and Tom Friedman's Op-ed

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 09.24.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Yesterday in his op-ed, Thomas L. Friedman wrote "Make Way For the Radical Center," bringing into focus the nascence of an organization meant to deal with "this kind of idiocy by elected officials."

Debt Political Theater Diverts Attention While Americans' Wealth Is Stolen

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

The rancorous debate over the debt belies a fundamental truth of our economy -- that it is run for the few at the expense of the many.

The Faithful Shopper: The Heavenly Hamptons

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 08.30.2011 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

With the Independence Day weekend just ahead, I'm headed for the beach! The Hamptons beckon, with a slew of new seasonal stores in the main shopping districts.

Stimulating a Dead Economy

Jim Worth | Posted 08.17.2011 | Business
Jim Worth

The U.S. economy is surviving only because of over-stimulation. We're living on fumes in this country, and the pursuit of happiness has come to an end for millions of families.