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Why Quality Matters, Even in Tough Times

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Grayson

If every time we pulled out our wallets, we stopped to think about whether or not we really needed something we might have more money left over for things that are truly valuable.

Take Action: Demand an Exit Strategy in Afghanistan

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
ZP Heller

As Congress prepares to authorize $550 billion in military spending -- more than Bush ever requested -- Rep. Jim McGovern is proposing a bill that requires an exit strategy.

How Facebook Could Save The Environment

GOOD | By Stephen Linaweaver, Brad Bate, and Michael Keating | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Why Facebook is more important to the environment than solar panels. The growth of social networks indicates a fundamental shift in patterns of hum...

Can We Afford All This Spending?

Hale "Bonddad" Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

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.

The Economic Conversation Enters a New Phase: Putting Consumers Front and Center Now

Simon Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Rosenberg

Do we really want, as a matter of national policy, Americans to spend, to take on more debt?

Quiz: Are You an Over-Buyer or an Under-Buyer?

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

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...

Where Were the Teabag Protests 8 Years Ago?

Hale "Bonddad" Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

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.

States Slashing Social Safety Nets

New York Times | ERIK ECKHOLM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

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...

Ryan Grim

Lieberman, GOP Push For Military Spending Hike | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

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 Nastiest Four-Letter Word

Dan Dorfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Dorfman

The ballooning amount of debt at all levels, plus the public's determination to honker down and borrow less, is a lingering economic killer.

Counting the Cost of Good and Bad Debt

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

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.

Doesn't Anybody Have Any Doubts About How We're Doing This?

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Wolff

Who is going to play Mervyn King in America -- who'll play the prudent voice of reason? Not the obstructionist Republicans who long ago got disqualified from reasonableness.

Corporate Government Reform

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harry Moroz

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.

Geithner Defends Spending Plan, Says Increases Are Short Term

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Confronting misgivings, even in his own party, President Barack Obama mounted a stout defense of his blueprint to overhaul the econ...

Fourth Quarter GDP Looks Terrible

Hale "Bonddad" Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

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.

Broken Window Economics

Alex Castellanos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alex Castellanos

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.

"Earmarks" in Omnibus Budget Bill: Not Pork, Just Obama Proving He Can Be Taught

M.S. Bellows, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
M.S. Bellows, Jr.

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!

Budget Diet

Roseanne Colletti | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Roseanne Colletti

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.

Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You

Michael J. Panzner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Panzner

After almost four decades of relative calm and complacency, there are signs that the social mood is beginning to sour.

House Approves $410B Bill To Boost Domestic Spending

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House pushed through a $410 billion measure Wednesday that boosted domestic programs, bristled with earma...

What's in the Stimulus Package, Anyway?

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

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.

The Stimulus Package and SAT Scores

Anita Weinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anita Weinberg

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.

Sam Stein

Barney Frank: You Wanna Talk About Spending, How About Iraq? | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the public debate over the stimulus package, Democrats have found themselves largely on the defensive -- forced, at first, to explain the inclusion...

Why Contraception Saves Money and Prevents Abortion

Dr. Peter Klatsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Peter Klatsky

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.

More Reckless Spending on the Way

Christopher Ingram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Ingram

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.