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Great Recession

Financing Experts Posted Advice Online for Buying and Selling a Business or Franchise

Jerry Chautin | Posted 10.31.2012 | Small Business
Jerry Chautin

I attended a webinar a few weeks ago called "Best Practices in Buying and Selling a Business with a Focus on Financing." It explored the availability ...

Why Hasn't George Bush Campaigned for Romney?

Robert Creamer | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Natural disasters make people remember why it is so important that we have a society where we have each other's back. They make us remember that government is the name we give to the things we choose to do together.

Then And Now: 'Am I Doing Better? Yes. But I've Lost So Much'

AP | MITCH WEISS | Posted 12.28.2012 | Business

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Here was Chas Kaufmann's life before the Great Recession: $28,000 in restaurant tabs in a year, cruises, house parties with f...

Fiscal Conservative?

AP | MARTHA IRVINE | Posted 12.27.2012 | Business

CHICAGO (AP) — This generation of young Americans has been called many things, from civic-minded to "entitled." But fiscally conservative? ...

Why Voters Should Turn From the Pseudoconservative Party of the Great Recession   PART II

Louis M. Guenin | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Louis M. Guenin

To repair its economy, the U.S. urgently needs finely-tuned macroeconomic policies and institutional changes. For this challenge, a rational voter would not rely on the Republican pseudoconservative political stance that, after helping to bring about the Great Recession, has foundered in self-contradiction.

Why Voters Should Turn From the Pseudoconservative Party of the Great Recession   PART I

Louis M. Guenin | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
Louis M. Guenin

The polarized politics of our time, joined with an appetite for pigeonholing, exert pressure on everyone to categorize themselves. Sometimes people declare themselves for "isms" that they have not plumbed. An example in point is conservatism. The politicians who now travel under the banner of "conservatism" happen to espouse views and methods that are incompatible with the philosophy bearing that name. Meanwhile members of the opposing political party have imbibed a dose of the wisdom conveyed by conservatism. This includes a cautious disposition to welcome expert reasoning about economic policy, reasoning of the sort desperately needed for recovery. When the details of this are made clear, so are voters' alternatives in the forthcoming election.

Jobs That Make Workers Feel Really Guilty

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.20.2012 | Business

Everyone has to pay the bills somehow. Some people just don't feel great about the means to that end. Sure, feeling dissatisfied or unhappy at wor...

American Dream or Fantasy?

Nelson Davis | Posted 12.18.2012 | Small Business
Nelson Davis

If you expect the government to somehow guarantee that you'll have a better life than your parents, own a home or be promoted to vice president of a giant corporation, that is more fantasy than a dream.

Hunter-Gatherers of New Jersey: Cortlund and Halperin's "Now, Forager"

Daniel Maidman | Posted 12.11.2012 | Entertainment
Daniel Maidman

A foodie film oriented toward the making rather than the eating, Now, Forager's opening gambit is to occupy the high-stress, low-margin universe of the restaurant and its independent small-scale suppliers.

The Moment I Realized Our Struggles Weren't Going Away

Corbyn Hightower | Posted 12.08.2012 | Parents
Corbyn Hightower

Outside of places like Portland and maybe New York City, not having a car -- especially when you are a suburban mother of three -- is a sign and symbol of having Blown It Big Time. But we are without a car. It was an easy decision at the time: We couldn't pay the rent.

LOOK: Faces Of The Great Depression

Posted 10.06.2012 | Business

The unemployment rate fell below 8 percent for the first time in nearly 4 years, according to the jobs report released Friday. The prolonged elevated ...

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.

Land Grab by Big Banks and Big Investors Is Deal Made in Hell

Karen Hinton | Posted 12.05.2012 | Business
Karen Hinton

Take news about rising bank profits and combine it with reports about land grabs by private equity firms, and you've got a deal made in hell. You can bet working schmucks like you and me won't be invited to the closing party.

The High Engagement Work Culture: A New Perspective for Framing the Debate About Capitalism

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 12.04.2012 | Business
Peter Smirniotopoulos

To my knowledge, no one has taken a look at the symptomatology leading up to the 2008 crash from the perspective of Wall Street's prevailing corporate culture, with the insights only these two authors can provide.

The Debate We Never Had

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

When the dust settles after November 6th, we'll return to the status quo ante where big finance and huge corporations continue to define what's possible in Washington.

Obama's Biggest Mistake As President

The New York Times | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics

Working out of cramped, bare offices in a downtown building here in Washington, President-elect Obama's economic team spent the final weeks of 2008 tr...

Families Struggle: Child Poverty Remains Epidemically High

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Citizens must demand that every political leader state what they will do now to invest in and protect vulnerable children from hunger, homelessness and poor education. It's way past time to eliminate epidemic child poverty and the child suffering, stress, homelessness and miseducation it spawns.

From Wall Street to Main Street -- One Entrepreneur's Take on #WhatisWorking

Glen Surnamer | Posted 11.26.2012 | Small Business
Glen Surnamer

What our country is enduring is not a cyclical issue. This is a structural economic phenomenon that will require a re-training of America's workers, a recalibration of expectations, and a new approach to industries that have not kept pace with technological trends.

Government: The Essential Safety Net

Vivien Hoexter | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Vivien Hoexter

Who do we think is going to provide the skills training that is needed for these workers to make successful transitions to new careers? And who will help with financial assistance while the training takes place?

Suicides Now America's Leading Cause Of Death By Injury

Posted 09.24.2012 | Business

Around the time of recession rocked the United States, its population experienced a disturbing shift: Today, suicide takes more American lives than an...

A Year After Debit Reform, Consumers Benefit Even as Banks Cast False Blame

Douglas Kantor | Posted 11.23.2012 | Business
Douglas Kantor

While the average American is making less and the income gap widens, profits in the banking industry are higher than they were pre-recession.

Taking the President Seriously About Citizenship

Peter Levine | Posted 11.19.2012 | Impact
Peter Levine

Communities with more civic engagement in 2006 suffered less from unemployment during and after the Great Recession, even when other possible explanations were factored in. Nonprofit organizations played an important role.

Foreclosure Crisis Hits Descendants Of Coke's Founder

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 09.17.2012 | Business

Not even the founding family of one of America’s most famous brands has been able to escape the effects of the foreclosure crisis. Descendants of...

Massive Drop In Startup Jobs Is 'Like Nothing We Have Seen,' According To New Report

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 09.15.2012 | Small Business

The number of jobs created by startup companies in the U.S. is dropping at an alarming rate, according to a new study by the Hudson Institute. The ...

Crisis Cost: $12.8 Trillion And Counting

Mark Gongloff | Posted 11.12.2012 | Business
Mark Gongloff

The 2008 financial crisis cost the U.S. economy at least $12.8 trillion, a new study found -- and that's a "very conservative number," according to th...