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The Terror-Fighting Boondoggle

Radley Balko | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

A new report from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) finds that--no surprise--there's lots of waste and excess in homeland security spending. An armored pers...

A Record of 0-58: We Can Do Better

Brian Hamilton | Posted 02.05.2013 | Business
Brian Hamilton

People talk about government spending as a percentage of GDP or use spurious metrics that confuse the main theme of the data. Look at it as a businessperson would: If a company is taking in $100 and spending $150, it doesn't matter what expenses are relative to anything else.

Smaller Retailers Could Use a Boost From Small Biz Saturday

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 01.21.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Small Business Saturday has gathered momentum since American Express began the promotion in 2010 to provide smaller companies more exposure during one of the most important shopping weekends of the year.

Zach Carter

One Big Partisan Knife: The Real Story Of Mitt Romney's 'Bipartisan' Massachusetts Budget

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 11.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Over the past month, Mitt Romney touted similarities between the fiscal mess he inherited as Massachusetts governor and the current U.S....

BAD SIGN

Reuters | Posted 12.29.2012 | Money

* Consumer spending rises 0.8 pct in September * Inflation-adjusted spending up 0.4 percent * Income gains 0.4 percent, ...

The Average Woman: How Does Your Spending Compare?

LearnVest | Posted 12.24.2012 | Women
LearnVest

Do you ever feel a pang of guilt when you hand over $4 for a fancy coffee? Do you have an internal rule for how much is too much to spend on shoes?

Household Debt Hits New Low

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 10.15.2012 | Money

American households have gotten their financial footing back when it comes to debt and that could help the economy recover faster, economists say. ...

Taking Stock: Public Finances Now Stronger in Many Countries

Carlo Cottarelli | Posted 12.10.2012 | Business
Carlo Cottarelli

The slow global recovery is making fiscal adjustment more difficult around the world, but this doesn't mean that little has been accomplished. In fact, significant progress in many countries has been made during the past two years in strengthening their fiscal accounts after the 2008-09 deterioration.

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.

Just Won't Quit

Reuters | Posted 11.28.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending rose in August by the most in six months as households stretched to pay for higher gasoline p...

5 Ways to Build Your Professional Wardrobe

Women & Co | Posted 11.20.2012 | Women
Women & Co

You can't judge a book by its cover, the saying goes, but that doesn't mean people won't try.

A Grand Bargain for Roads

Ron Davis | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
Ron Davis

Traffic policy is, admittedly, unsexy. But the potential for saving many billions of dollars and thousands of lives demands serious attention and action.

Decades of Increased State Spending on Public Education Yield Scant Results

Bob Williams | Posted 11.17.2012 | Education
Bob Williams

Despite pumping billions of dollars into public schools for more than 40 years, the most recent data show a public education system that cannot turn money alone into positive results.

Congress Set For Fall Return

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 11.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Fresh off a five-week vacation, lawmakers return to Washington on Monday for a truncated pre-election session in which Congress wil...

Consumers Are Feeling Insecure

Reuters | Posted 10.28.2012 | Money

NEW YORK, Aug 28 (Reuters) - U.S. consumer confidence unexpectedly weakened in August to its lowest in nine months as Americans turned more pessimis...

Boosting the Small Business Administration Budget Will Cut Deficit

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.24.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

If president Obama, Congress and the bureaucrats in Washington want to cut the deficit, the best way is to pump up federal programs for small businesses, which will create millions of jobs for the middle class and boost the taxes flowing into the nation's treasury.

Kids Get $65 A Month In Allowance

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 08.24.2012 | Money

Gone are the days of piggy banks. Kids these days just aren't saving much. According to a recent survey by the American Institute of CPAs, kids th...

Taxing and Spending: A Conservative Challenge and a Liberal Response

Alan Krinsky | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Alan Krinsky

After all, governments are made up of individuals, and how could these individuals have a better incentive than I do to spend my (hard-earned) money? Indeed, they have much less at stake, much less incentive not to squander this money.

Tea Party Favorite Willing To 'Work With Martians'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 08.05.2012 | Politics

Texas senate candidate Ted Cruz (R) turned to outer space on Sunday to make a political point. In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," the Tea Party ...

What I Learned From My Mother's Overspending

The Billfold | Posted 10.03.2012 | Money

I've never bought my own handbag. For years, I was afraid to buy my own clothes. For years, I didn't need to buy my own clothes. Because my mother bou...

Republican Budget Is an Immoral Document

Jim Wallis | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics
Jim Wallis

I certainly don't believe that all our Republican lawmakers came to Washington to hurt poor people, but it's time for some of them to challenge the dominant forces in their party and face the consequences of such indefensible choices.

Durbin: Fiscal Cliff Solution Unlikely Before November

Posted 07.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress is unlikely to resolve looming tax and spending issues before the Nov. 6 elections, a top Senate...

Do You Know What Your Life Costs?

Laura Rowley | Posted 09.25.2012 | Fifty
Laura Rowley

A third of people age 55 to 65 are unsure of how much money they need to cover basic living expenses in retirement, according to a new survey. If you don't know what your life costs, how on earth can you figure out an income strategy?

How to Keep Your Freshman's Finances in Check

Women & Co | Posted 09.24.2012 | Parents
Women & Co

Before your child heads off to college this fall, it's important to sit down as a family to make sure you're all on the same page about living expenses and spending money while he or she is away.

Romney, Obama, and Personal History

Jesse Larner | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Jesse Larner

The Republicans seem to think that Mitt Romney's personal history better prepares him for the office. Because he made hundreds of millions of dollars in business. But what did Romney do, really?