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National Debt

Rod Kurtz

What Would You Do About The Debt? | Rod Kurtz | Posted 11.22.2011 | Small Business

What should be done about America's debt? It's the $14 trillion question that continues to fuel debate in the halls of Congress and across dinner tabl...

A Five-Point Checklist To Prepare for Another Global Crisis

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

Imagine you are minister of finance in an average developing country. Suddenly you learn that a new global crisis may be looming in the horizon.

Republican Class Genocide

Karl Frisch | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics
Karl Frisch

Apparently the president started another war on Monday and it has Republicans playing the role of hippy peacenik -- not to offend hippy peaceniks. Th...

The Forecast: Winter of Discontent, Chance of an American Spring

William S. Becker | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
William S. Becker

Several factors that triggered the Arab Spring are present in the United States today, including crony capitalism, political corruption, poverty and the unmet aspirations of the young.

Tyler Kingkade

CHART: How Wide Is The Wealth Gap? | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Listening to Republicans on the campaign trail or the House floor, one might think the quickest way to eliminate the deficit is to make ...

A Decade of 9/11: Past, Present and Future

Paul Heroux | Posted 11.08.2011 | World
Paul Heroux

A decade after 9/11, where have we been, where are we now, and where are we going?

Jon Ward

Rick Perry & Mitt Romney Locked In Cage Match On Social Security Following California Debate | Jon Ward | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- There was one thing and one thing only on the minds and lips of Mitt Romney's aides and advisers after Wednesday night's Republ...

Alternate Explanations for the Current National Debt Levels

Jilly Gagnon | Posted 10.26.2011 | Comedy
Jilly Gagnon

"I'm bored," she whined, reaching for the only bottle of whiskey on the table that still had anything left in it. "Let's do something interesting." "Like what?" Boehner said. "Legislating?"

WATCH: Will The Dutch Help Pay Off U.S. Debt?

Posted 10.24.2011 | Comedy

The question on many of our minds these days is how are we going to pay off the astronomical debt the US owes? Most of us struggle to pay off our $500...

5 Ways to Visualize Our $14.5 Trillion National Debt

InvestingAnswers | Posted 10.24.2011 | Business

It seems like everyone, from blue-chip execs to members of congress, is throwing around words like million, billion and trillion without any comprehension of what they really represent. Why is it so hard to wrap your head around these big numbers?

Self-Inflicting Our Economic Wounds

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.24.2011 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Just because we've got the debt ceiling debate behind us doesn't mean we're finished with economic masochism. The president was last seen trying to pivot to a jobs agenda, but the "fiscal consolidation" crowd is never far behind. This bodes ill. What we need right now is an ambitious jobs plan -- and not just on paper but at work in the economy. Meanwhile, we should hold off on the fiscal consolidation and austerity measures for a few years. This won't make any difference to the long-term deficit, but it will certainly make a lot of difference to working families.

From "Too Big to Fail" Banks to "Too Big to Default" Nations to What's Next?

Lydia Fisher | Posted 10.19.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

We've had financial bubbles before. This one's got a twist though. It's fraught with complexity, scope, depth, widespread fraud and bad underwriting practices making coming out of it, all the more difficult.

As the Face of America Is Changing, New Solutions Must Prevail

Peter Wilkins | Posted 10.18.2011 | Latino Voices
Peter Wilkins

The solution to what ails our great country lies in the coming together of key stakeholders within communities to create change through social innovation. What does it look like? What is the blueprint?

Chasing the Debt Dragon

Eric Margolis | Posted 10.15.2011 | Business
Eric Margolis

As America goes, so goes much of the world. America needs a new revolution to restore its economic vitality and social peace.

WATCH: Obama's Kickstarter Project

Posted 10.15.2011 | Comedy

With the national debt at the forefront of everyone's minds, Funny Or Die has figured out a pretty novel solution for Americans to consider. Sure, ...

Standard-ly Poor (S&P)

Rep. Gary Ackerman | Posted 10.15.2011 | Politics
Rep. Gary Ackerman

What makes S&P's proclamation so curious is that its recent securities-rating track record has been, shall we say, off the mark? In all my years of teaching math, I never had even the poorest student make a two trillion dollar error.

Yes to Long-Term Growth. No to Short-Term Cuts.

Rep. Hansen Clarke | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Rep. Hansen Clarke

It's time for Congress to stop playing politics and start getting serious about job creation and economic growth.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich's Briefing to Solve the Debt Crisis

Stephen Zarlenga | Posted 10.11.2011 | Business
Stephen Zarlenga

On Tuesday, July 26th, a day Washington DC was consumed by turmoil and posturing over "solving" a phony budget and debt crisis; in one place in the Capitol there was common sense -- the best America can offer.

The Case for Republican Economic Sabotage

Bob Cesca | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The Republicans, inclusive of the tea party, have been orchestrating another economic decline knowing that it will damage the president's re-election chances as well as the perceived efficacy of Democratic economic policies.

Whose Prosecution Is it Anyway?

Andrea Lyon | Posted 10.10.2011 | Crime
Andrea Lyon

There is a battle for state's rights in an unusual locale -- Rhode Island. It has to do with a man, Jason Pleau, who is charged with murder for gunning down a gas station manager outside a Woonsocket bank in that state.

The Market Has Spoken: Austerity Is Bad for Business

Ellen Brown | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business
Ellen Brown

We have been sold the idea that there is a "debt crisis" when there is really a liquidity crisis. Paying down the federal debt when money is already scarce just makes matters worse.

The Pot and the Kettle

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business
Dr. Philip Neches

If the only factor in rating the U.S. national debt was the performance of Congress, we would deserve lower than junk bond status. The political polls agree.

Who Should We Trust? Dems, GOP... Standard and Poor's?

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Downgrading us could prove to be a credit rating agency disaster as it has with other countries that have been downgraded.

We Don't Really Know How to Stimulate Sustainable Economic Growth

Steven Cohen | Posted 10.08.2011 | Green
Steven Cohen

How much do we really understand? To what extent are we in new, uncharted territory, where we really do not know the answers? Let's start by reviewing a few new realities that are the reason the old answers may not be sufficient.

Fiscal Follies: The Leaders, the Led and the Gridlock on the Budget

Scott Bittle | Posted 10.07.2011 | Business
Scott Bittle

Arguing over who deserves more blame is the equivalent of fighting over who gets to wear the captain's hat on the Titanic. Leaders haven't done much leading, and the public needs a better grasp of what it takes to put the government's budget on a sound footing.