There has been a war of words written about Washington's recent increase in spending. However, this war hasn't focused on the numbers. Let's take a look at the numbers and see what they tell us.
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Do we really want, as a matter of national policy, Americans to spend, to take on more debt?
I've posted this quiz before, but I can't resist putting it up again. This distinction encapsulates one of my very favorite (if not most weighty) pers...
Conservatives are protesting because they are out of power. They aren't protesting spending; if they were, they would have taken to the streets years ago.
Battered by the recession and the deepest and most widespread budget deficits in several decades, a large majority of states are slicing into their so...
The Democratic budget passed late on Thursday night may "tax too much, borrow too much and spend to much" -- in the oft-repeated words of its opponent...
The ballooning amount of debt at all levels, plus the public's determination to honker down and borrow less, is a lingering economic killer.
While watching President Obama's press conference Tuesday evening, I was struck by a few things that are often forgotten in the criticism of his proposed budget.
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Debate about the House tax bill and about earmarks is a striking reminder to us that governance in this country is at risk of going off track.
WASHINGTON — Confronting misgivings, even in his own party, President Barack Obama mounted a stout defense of his blueprint to overhaul the econ...
Exports were the one solid performer -- until last quarter when they dropped over 20%. Imports dropped as well due to the lack of consumer demand. There is no area of the economy looking good right now.
The president who so often promises change from the failed economic policies of his predecessor is out-Bushing Bush -- the Obama deficit will eclipse the last five Bush deficits together.
So there's some pork in the budget, and Republicans want it out, and if some of it comes out then they can claim they made Obama blink, and maybe they'll vote for it? Wow!
Dieting is no fun, whether it's for your waistline or your wallet. Now that you've accepted that all-purpose truth, get over your fear and loathing and find $100 you don't need to spend each week.
After almost four decades of relative calm and complacency, there are signs that the social mood is beginning to sour.
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A colleague and I took to the streets of New York City and asked folks to help us explain some of the worthwhile public spending programs in the stimulus package.
Aside from the obvious health benefits, lead removal from homes would accomplish the what the stimulus seeks -- creating jobs and reversing the economic impacts for low-income families.
In the public debate over the stimulus package, Democrats have found themselves largely on the defensive -- forced, at first, to explain the inclusion...
While I respect the opinions of those who oppose abortion, I do not understand why those same leaders would then oppose policies proven to reduce abortions.
Barack Obama is our new president calling for change, but nothing has changed other than Washington politicians leaving nothing but change in the pockets of our children.
What? Yeah, that was my reaction too. And guess where I heard this? At a homeless shelter. Indeed.
Recently, I gave a talk at a homeless shelter in ...
The nation's economic system has also gotten addicted to shopping.To turn the economy around, Americans need to find a spender's version of rehab.
From a progressive perspective, does the use of tax credit represent a political compromise that will limit the potential for the stimulus to seed more substantial policy change?
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