Before Pompeii was wiped out by a volcanic eruption in 79 A.D., there were warning signs galore. But they were ignored. There is currently plenty of alarming smoke pouring out of our economic Vesuvius. It too is being ignored. READ MORE States Forced to Cut Services to the Bone: The Opportunity Cost of the Bank Bailout Reading about the huge budget cuts almost every state in the country is being forced to make leaves us pondering the opportunity cost of the bank bailout -- what else we could have done with the trillions we spent. The devastation is in the details... READ MORE TiVo Alert: I will be part of Sunday's roundtable panel on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, along with Paul Krugman, George Will, Donna Brazile, and David Brooks. The show airs at different times around the country, so check your local listings.