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Fiscal Responsibility

Show Me Yours, I'll Show You Mine

Kristen Noel | Posted 04.10.2014 | Money
Kristen Noel

Some of us cry poverty, some of us boast wealth, but maybe neither of these are accurate -- we may simply be stuck in a bad theory repeating old ingrained behaviors.

Finances Like a Real Adult: Fiscal Responsibility for Millennials

Lauren Taylor Shute | Posted 02.24.2014 | Money
Lauren Taylor Shute

I can try to adult-ify my apartment all I want, but one thing remains true--my finances need to be handled, and I'm the only one who can take control of them.

Mommy, Does Money Grow On Trees?

Natalie Pace | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Natalie Pace

Yesterday, at the farmers market in Santa Monica, Calif., I saw a young, beautiful mother shopping with her adorable 5-year-old daughter. The daughter reached into her purse, pulled out a $5 bill and paid the vendor for a basket of organic strawberries. There are so many great lessons here, almost too many to count.

Hatred: The Republicans' Core Problem

Carla Seaquist | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

The Tea Party, while more radical than mainstream Republicans, shares with them the party's signature motive force: hatred.

Shining a Bright Light on Government Spending

John C. Liu | Posted 09.09.2013 | New York
John C. Liu

Some say the West Coast has the best beaches, the Midwest has the friendliest people, and that you can't beat the cheesesteaks in Philly. But financial transparency? Fugghedaboudit. New York City's got everyone beaten by a mile.

America Needs a New Political Party

Jeffrey E. Schwarz | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey E. Schwarz

The two-party system has a long history in America, but is no longer serving the interests of our country.

Sequestration Puts Children at Risk

Michael Piraino | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Michael Piraino

Sequestration is a scary word. Outside of Washington, D.C., it has the sense of seizing property or isolating juries. But the D.C. definition -- a general cut in funding -- carries a real likelihood of danger. Danger to children.

The GOP Congressional Circus

Chris Williams | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Chris Williams

Averting this "fiscal cliff" is the least of our issues. The incessant juvenile tactics being performed on a daily basis by the GOP need to end once and for all.

A Lesson in Accountability as U.S. Goes Over Fiscal Cliff

John Friedman | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics
John Friedman

We're so busy expressing outrage and pointing fingers that we are not accepting responsibility for our own part in reelecting the same fiscal-cliff-creating, legislation-stalling, economy-risking people that we gave the lowest approval rate in history.

Adopting a Policy of "Peace through (Economic) Strength"

Edward Headington | Posted 02.27.2013 | Los Angeles
Edward Headington

We cannot tax cut our way to prosperity any more than we can tax and spend our way into fiscal nirvana. It requires a balanced approach of sensible spending cuts, substantive entitlement reforms and negotiated tax increases.

Fiscal Cliff: Let's Call Their Bluff!

Ellen Brown | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Ellen Brown

Slashing services, selling off public assets, and raising taxes won't cure these ills. To maintain a sustainable and productive economy requires a visionary leap into the new. A new economy needs new methods of public financing.

Our Fiscal Soul and the Arithmetic of Protecting the Poor

Jim Wallis | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The discussion we are having about "the fiscal cliff" is really a debate about our fiscal soul. What kind of nation do we want to be? We do need a path to fiscal sustainability, but will it include all of us -- especially the most vulnerable?

Fiscal Cliff: Two American Values Are Tested

Hal Donahue | Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics
Hal Donahue

All is far from lost but we approach a junction. The fiscal cliff offers a transition point. Will America confront the challenges facing her and the need for change?

Will the Public Buy Into a Budget Deal -- and What Questions Will They Have?

Scott Bittle | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Scott Bittle

America's leaders have some tough days ahead, and honestly, we wish them well. But even with all they have to do, we hope they will invest some time thinking about how to help typical citizens understand the choices our country faces.

The Prerequisite of the Common Good

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The results of the presidential election showed how dramatically a very diverse America is changing; people are longing for a vision of the common good that includes everyone.

Debts and Indebtedness in Anthropological Fieldwork

American Anthropological Association | Posted 12.17.2012 | Money
American Anthropological Association

I'm writing about indebtedness today because I'm in serious debt to the people of Nepal. They had to feed me, teach me how to behave, and rescue me from baby cows for over a year.

Critical Musings on the RNC From a Tampa Resident

Gary Stein | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Gary Stein

The buses have finally left, the barricades are being sent to wherever they came from, and Tampa is getting back to normal, whatever that is. I took ...

The New York Times and the Causes of the Income Slump

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.22.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

As much as I like to point out that GW Bush's fiscal policy is a key factor in our past, current, and future budget deficits, the fact is that after-tax median household income has grown considerably faster than pretax over the recent slumpy period.

To Beat Romney-Ryan, Obama Must Embrace Bowles-Simpson

Ben Ritz | Posted 10.13.2012 | College
Ben Ritz

Paul Ryan's whole argument has been that "at least he has a plan." If Obama offers a plan to save Medicare and Social Security from themselves, create a better tax code, and balance the budget, Ryan's entire appeal would fall apart.

Mitt Romney's Desperate VP Choice

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 10.11.2012 | Politics
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

You have to wonder about the level of Mitt Romney's desperation to select Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate.

On 'Mad Men,' Past is Prologue

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 10.02.2012 | Entertainment
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

While the show is set in the 1960s, we could imagine what its storyline would look like if written for today's era.

12 Reasons Why Mitt Romney Would Not Make a Good President

John F. Ince | Posted 09.24.2012 | Politics
John F. Ince

The country needs someone to lead forcefully and inspire citizens to tackle problems that threaten the diminishment of American stature on the world stage

State Budget Crisis Must Be Addressed, Before It's Too Late

Richard Ravitch | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
Richard Ravitch

The existing trajectory of state spending, taxation and administrative practices cannot be sustained. The basic problem is not cyclical, it is structural. The time to act is now.

Jennifer Bendery

Jay Carney: Don't 'Buy Into The B.S.' From GOP About Obama's Spending Record

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney had some advice for reporters on Wednesday when it comes to covering President Barack Obama's rec...

Looking Over the Cliff

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Let's talk about the fiscal cliff -- you know, the one everyone's all wound up about? Well, the Congressional Budget Office just released their analysis of its potential impact on the economy and it ain't pretty. Add up all the stuff that's scheduled to turn into fiscal pumpkins at midnight on December 31, and you could get a serious impact on the economy. Unemployment would reverse course and start rising if that fiscal scenario remained in place -- but that's a big, important "if." All of the estimates assume we go off the cliff and don't climb back. But if, as Gail Collins imagines it, there's a bungee jump instead of a cliff dive, we can avoid the worst of this. One hopes that Congress can hammer the kind of compromise that has eluded them thus far -- the one that adds tax revenues to any agreement -- before the end of the year, or early next.