Debate about the House tax bill and about earmarks is a striking reminder to us that governance in this country is at risk of going off track.
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WASHINGTON — Confronting misgivings, even in his own party, President Barack Obama mounted a stout defense of his blueprint to overhaul the econ...
Exports were the one solid performer -- until last quarter when they dropped over 20%. Imports dropped as well due to the lack of consumer demand. There is no area of the economy looking good right now.
So there's some pork in the budget, and Republicans want it out, and if some of it comes out then they can claim they made Obama blink, and maybe they'll vote for it? Wow!
The president who so often promises change from the failed economic policies of his predecessor is out-Bushing Bush -- the Obama deficit will eclipse the last five Bush deficits together.
After almost four decades of relative calm and complacency, there are signs that the social mood is beginning to sour.
Dieting is no fun, whether it's for your waistline or your wallet. Now that you've accepted that all-purpose truth, get over your fear and loathing and find $100 you don't need to spend each week.
WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House pushed through a $410 billion measure Wednesday that boosted domestic programs, bristled with earma...
A colleague and I took to the streets of New York City and asked folks to help us explain some of the worthwhile public spending programs in the stimulus package.
Aside from the obvious health benefits, lead removal from homes would accomplish the what the stimulus seeks -- creating jobs and reversing the economic impacts for low-income families.
In the public debate over the stimulus package, Democrats have found themselves largely on the defensive -- forced, at first, to explain the inclusion...
While I respect the opinions of those who oppose abortion, I do not understand why those same leaders would then oppose policies proven to reduce abortions.
Barack Obama is our new president calling for change, but nothing has changed other than Washington politicians leaving nothing but change in the pockets of our children.
What? Yeah, that was my reaction too. And guess where I heard this? At a homeless shelter. Indeed.
Recently, I gave a talk at a homeless shelter in ...
The nation's economic system has also gotten addicted to shopping.To turn the economy around, Americans need to find a spender's version of rehab.
From a progressive perspective, does the use of tax credit represent a political compromise that will limit the potential for the stimulus to seed more substantial policy change?
Do you even remember what you resolved to do in 2008? Even if you don't, there's nothing to be gained by beating yourself over the head with the old year.
Price-slashing failed to rescue a bleak holiday season for beleaguered retailers, as sales plunged across most categories on shrinking consumer spendi...
WASHINGTON — Consumer spending fell for a fifth straight month in November, the longest weak stretch in a half-century, while incomes declined u...
Many have been quick to push the debate as a choice between stimulus and deficit reduction, but solutions committed to both objectives are critical to our short- and long-term survival.
The next generation of communications will focus on passion - defined by word-of-mouth, blogs, evangelism, conversational marketing, and other forms of advocacy.
To Gift Card or Not
A gift card is a beautiful thing. One size fits all, unlike a swimsuit that is guaranteed not to fit anywhere you want it to...
The frugalista, William Safire declared, "could become the nom de guerre of the 'recession warrior.'" Well, she is being joined by a cast of new characters.
The president-elect seems to be focused on more than increases and decreases in spending, a framing conservatives and Blue Dogs use to describe just about all government programs.
WASHINGTON — Wall Street finally has something to be thankful for. A set of economic reports out Wednesday were predictably gloomy, but the stoc...
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