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We Didn't Vote for This

Frank Knapp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Knapp

Whether Americans voted for Republicans or Democrats in the mid-term election, one thing is clear: Voters were demanding that Congress focus intensive...

Financial Fitness and Physical Fitness

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Most of us want to be physically fit, but very few of us are. The same holds true with financial security. As my father (and many others) used to say, "A lot of people want to go to heaven but no one wants to die to get there."

America's Anger at the Great Financial Bailout and the Press' Continuing Inability To Understand Why

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

What galls most Americans is the manner in which Wall Street rewarded itself after it was the public that took the risk of bailing them out.

Third World America: Is Living a Normal Life a Political Statement?

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Don McNay

America is going through economic chaos. But a lot of other things are going on, too. There aren't enough of us living normal, stable lives.

The President's Misdirected Class Warfare

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

It is not whether families earning $250,000 are paying more or less taxes that is of visceral concern. The public still feels they have been held up and the Wall Street perpetrators are laughing all the way to bank.

Seven Steps to Civility This Election Season

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

This week, a group of more than 130 former legislators, both Republicans and Democrats, released a letter urging for civility and encouraging candidates, once elected, to focus on cooperation to face our country's greatest challenges.

Eat, Pray, Love and the Economic Crisis

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Don McNay

Liz Gilbert said of Italy, "In a world of disorder and disaster and fraud, only artistic excellence is incorruptible." I have pondered her insight for weeks. I keep asking myself the essential question. Is the US headed the way of Italy?

Lessons Learned From the Appointment of Elizabeth Warren

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Some are dissatisfied with the president for not going through a confirmation process in the Senate with Elizabeth Warren. His concerns were real about getting the 60 votes to override the filibuster that was certain to come from the Republicans.

Krugman Takes On the Angry Rich But Misses Their Pompous Pieties

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

One set of rules for Wall Street, one set of rules for Main Street. What's wrong with this scenario? Something very basic to what once was our understanding of America.

William Alden

Obama: Reforms, Economy Are 'Moving In The Right Direction'

HuffingtonPost.com | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In a town hall discussion broadcast live on CNBC Monday, President Barack Obama said the country's economy is "moving in the right direction" -- even ...

OPEC At 50 Showing The Way To Rebuild America's Economy "As High As An Elephant's Eye"

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Why don't we learn from OPEC's success? We have a commodity easily as critical to the world's economy as oil. We have corn, we have wheat, we have soybeans -- all grain crops critical to the world's food supply.

How Democrats Can Harness the Public Anger (and Madness) for November

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

It's always a mistake to let a ranter rant. Without pushback, the anger takes flight. The question now is: With the public now inflamed in anger, th...

Bailouts Don't Work: The Lotto Winners Study

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

You can see why bailouts fail. Wall Street and lottery winners have a common bond. They have access to easy money without restraints.

Job Report Wows Wall Street, but Strikes out on Main Street

Dan Dorfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Dorfman

Wall Street had an enthusiastic reaction to Friday's disclosure of a better-than-expected August employment report. But is the report nothing more than a paper tiger?

The Hangover From America's Bailout Party (VIDEO)

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

For a decade, Wall Street was playing funny money games, and many Americans also felt like they were invited to the celebration. We were living in fantasy land, but the fantasy is over and we woke up to a nightmare.

Obama, the Middle Class and Pundit Myopia

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mayhill Fowler

One untruth about the President that has had some currency among liberals this summer is that "Obama is out of touch with the middle class." It is not the middle class, but progressives, who Obama is out of step with.

America's Hangover From the Bailout Party

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Don McNay

I've been reading Maria Bartiromo's new book, The Weekend That Changed Wall Street. A better title might have been "The Weekend that Changed the World." It was America's chance to bottom out. We didn't.

Jobless Organize to Remove Republican Royalists From Their Jobs

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Beck leads a pack of royalist Republicans who have spent the summer mocking, vilifying and denigrating the nation's 14.5 million unemployed workers. The unemployed are fighting back, however.

"Its Not About the Money" -- If Only the Texas Wyly Brothers Ran the SEC

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The SEC, fresh from their cream-puff settlement with Goldman Sachs, turned around last month and laid a 78-page complaint on the Wyly Brothers, alleging that the billionaire businessmen committed all manner of misconduct.

Is Main Street Ready for the Second Wave of the Recession?

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

The phrase "double-dip recession" means little to most of us. To people on Main Street, it hasn't been been a "dip". We took a drop to the bottom two years ago and stayed there.

Wall Street and Legalized Loan Sharks

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

If there was ever a shining example of why you should Move Your Money from Wall Street, legalized loan sharking is a good one.

Politics Trumps Progress: Main Street Likely to Be Left Out in the Cold Yet Again

Kristie Arslan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kristie Arslan

To date, Wall Street has received close to $5 trillion dollars in aid. Yet, nothing has been done to provide assistance or relief to the largest sector of our economy -- small business.

Money and the Magic Pill

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Right now, the top six "too big to fail" banks control about 70% of the wealth in America. Here's how we can all change that.

Bold New World: Reflections on Netroots Nation 2010

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Beware the myth of the monolith -- we netroots activists come from all walks of American life to do the hard work of creating harmony from cacophony in a tradition as patriotic as our country's motto, E Pluribus Unum.

Was "Financial Reform" Really Robin Hood In Reverse?

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

"Financial Reform" will be a boom for people in the payday loan business. There will be many new customers who need bank-like services. It's almost like Congress implemented a plan of "Reverse Robin Hood."