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Long Arm of the Law

David Crisanti | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
David Crisanti

Professors aside, who doesn't get a chuckle from "Why is academia so cut-throat? Because the stakes are so small"? This quip actually springs from Say...

America Isn't Free

Surya Yalamanchili | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Surya Yalamanchili

Freedom isn't free is more catchy, but misses my broader point. America isn't free. But we like to pretend that it is. We hate to even approach the p...

Private Companies Are Too Smart to Hire

Brian Hamilton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Brian Hamilton

People with illnesses take drastic measures to save their lives, and their families encourage and support them through the fight. In the same way, businesses and individuals of all political parties need to call on our elected representatives to lay out a treatment plan that touches every part of our economy.

Move Over, Romney and Obama: The Barbi Twins' 'Green Tea Diploradical Party' Speaks for the Real 99 Percent

Joan K. Smith | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Joan K. Smith

Shane and Sia Barbi, the animal activists and legendary Playboy celebrities, would like us to understand that humans as a species represent "the 1 percent," with animals and the environment making up the 99 percent.

Peter G. Peterson's Money Goes to Convincing You to Take a Social Security Hit

Jeff Palmer | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics
Jeff Palmer

You may or may not have heard of Peter G. Peterson, but he has been trying very hard lately to make you believe your Social Security is in jeopardy.

Small Business Job Creation -- Rhetoric vs. Reality

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 12.28.2012 | Small Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

How many more of these "bipartisan" deals to block new job creation now while raising government spending in the future has Congress made to get rid of Obama?

Why Music Is Important: Education

Tony Woodcock | Posted 12.23.2012 | Education
Tony Woodcock

Imagine if instead of spending billions of dollars on invasions and bombings, we had used the same resources to fund educational systems, build infrastructure, and provide medical care in the Middle East and beyond.

6 INSANE Instances Of Government Waste In Florida

The Huffington Post | Joey Francilus | Posted 10.18.2012 | Miami

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has released his annual "Wastebook" report, highlighting extravagant government spending in 2012 -- and of course, Florida s...

If Deficits Are So Bad, Shouldn't We Be Celebrating the Coming 'Fiscal Cliff'?

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

The fact that virtually no one actually thinks reaching the fiscal cliff is a good thing when push comes to shove tells you everything you need to know about how absurd and besides the point our debates about deficit issues have been.

'Robosquirrel' Cutest Example Of Rampant Government Waste

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.17.2012 | Business

We all know that the idea of a “robosquirrel” built to hang out with rattlesnakes sounds really cool. But does it have to be funded with taxpayer ...

Would Romney Really Kill Big Bird?

Scott Lilly | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Scott Lilly

What does Gov. Romney's proposal to eliminate the federal appropriation for public broadcasting actually mean for Big Bird's livelihood?

More Debate Suggestions for Obama Since He Clearly Didn't Listen to Me the First Time

Andy Ostroy | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Do not, I repeat, do not look down. Period. Not even to write notes. At this point in your political career if you can't wing it, you're in the wrong business.

Family Time At The Ryans Could Be #AWKWARD

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.12.2012 | Business

Paul Ryan is in favor of major cuts to federal spending, but his cousin's construction company has pulled in big bucks from government funded projects...

Of Ann Romney, Nobel Prizes and "Big Government" Medicine

Steven Conn | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Steven Conn

Perhaps Mitt Romney doesn't understand this history, or what is at stake for the future of American medical and scientific research. But when he talks blithely about across the board budget-cutting, I wonder whether he recognizes just how close to home those cuts might come.

Presidential Debates and Middle-Class Economics

Michael Farr | Posted 10.05.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

While a lack of middle-class income growth can create headwinds for any economy in the short term, the longer-term risks of political instability and civil unrest can become much greater.

Sowing Smaller Government, Reaping... Salmonella?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.04.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

"Smaller government" makes a swell sound bite, because it sounds like standing up against waste, inefficiency, and the quagmire of bureaucracy. But in the course of political harangues where sound bites prevail, it's often hard to tell exactly who is apt to get bitten.

We've Actually Already Cut a Bunch of Spending

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

2012-10-03-ScreenShot20121003at9.44.44AM.pngSimply cutting government spending for the sake of optics without regard to social need and economic context is not the way forward.

The Four-Letter Word For Older Voters

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 12.01.2012 | Fifty
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

I'd like to shed light on what concerns older Americans in this election cycle, but I solemnly swear that I will not mention polling numbers. Instead, my analysis is based on surveys we have conducted with over 1,200 older people on their core beliefs and values.

Standardized Testing for Elected Officials

Carl Gibson | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Rahm Emanuel wants to cheapen education to make it conform to a standardized testing model. So how about we come up with standardized testing models to see how our do-nothing politicians measure up?

Politics and Draghi Speaks

Michael Farr | Posted 09.07.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

The silly season of politics is fully underway. Though it is not our habit to predict political outcomes, we are going on record with our belief that...

What Bernanke Couldn't Quite Say

Robert Kuttner | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Today, there is so much public infrastructure in disarray, such a crying need to move the nation to a sustainable energy path, and so great a need for the jobs that could be created by large-scale public investments that more stimulus spending should be a no-brainer. But this alternative is not even being seriously debated. Rather Democratic paths to deficit reduction are jousting with Republican paths. So here is Ben Bernanke -- a Republican, first appointed by George W. Bush, a huge admirer of Milton Friedman -- saying what no other Republican and too few Democrats are willing to say: The problem is not the deficit, but the risk that Congress will overreact to the deficit.

Mitt Romney Wants To Cut Pretty Much All Arts Spending

Lucas Kavner | Posted 10.30.2012 | Arts
Lucas Kavner

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngIn a recent interview, Mitt Romney said cutting all federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, PBS, and NPR would be a "focus" of his administration.

No Job Growth Under 'Regime Uncertainty'

Mary L. G. Theroux | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Mary L. G. Theroux

Washington needs to reverse the past decade's pattern of runaway federal spending and mounting debt -- settling monetary, tax, and regulatory policies to predictable, reasonable levels that encourage investment. That truly would get America back to work.

Krugman: Put Your Mouth Where Your Money Is Chris Christie

www.nytimes.com | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics

There will be two big stars at the Republican National Convention, and neither of them will be Mitt Romney. One will, of course, be Paul Ryan, Mr. Rom...

Aye, There's The Rub

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 10.22.2012 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

We have to restrain spending on entitlement programs, especially Social Security, and raise taxes somewhat, on everyone. This encounter with fiscal reality does not appear imminent, but when the crisis truly starts to hit home, we will come together to do what must be done.