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War, Liberalism, Trust in Government: The Many Casualties of LBJ's Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

The Johnson administration was looking for a pretext to escalate the war. "We don't know what happened," National Security Adviser Walter W. Rostow told the president after Congress passed the resolution, "but it had the desired result."

The Importance of the Standard of Living

Fred Silberberg | Posted 07.15.2014 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

We often hear people jokingly refer to the fact that someone in a divorce is supposed to "enjoy the standard of living to which they have become accus...

Gross Domestic Problem: Don't Shoot the Measurement

Brian Czech | Posted 07.02.2014 | Business
Brian Czech

As our economy exceeds the capacity of the planet to sustain us and future generations, we need to monitor the size of our economy more closely than ever. And there is no better measurement of the size of our economy than GDP.

Why Are the Dutch So Tall?

Randy Olson | Posted 06.30.2014 | Science
Randy Olson

What is it about this small, traditionally seafaring nation that breeds such extraordinarily tall people? Contrary to popular belief, it's not to keep their heads above water.

Pope Francis, Liberal Populist

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Politically the moral leadership of the pope is bad news for those Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party advocates and libertarians who politically worship at the altar of the unbridled and unregulated excesses of capitalism that Francis deplores.

Help From the Boss: The Role of Business in the Degree Completion Agenda

Dr. John Ebersole | Posted 12.16.2012 | College
Dr. John Ebersole

As President of Excelsior College, it should come as no surprise that I am an unabashed advocate for degree completion -- and have written as much on the subject in this space.

Managing Money To Maximize Happiness

Laura Rowley | Posted 11.29.2011 | Fifty

A new survey by MetLife finds the economic crisis and continuing malaise has people age 47 to 65 rethinking their personal priorities. A whopping 90% ...

American Voters Are Killing the American Dream

Eliot Daley | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Eliot Daley

Maybe the only answer is that middle-class Americans actually have a death wish when it comes to The American Dream.

The Speech That President Obama Should Make

Warren Mosler | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics
Warren Mosler

This is the speech I would make if I were President Obama.

Young Americans Are Most Satisfied With Their Standard Of Living: Gallup

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 09.04.2011 | Business

It's hard to imagine young Americans being satisfied with their standard of living, especially with youth unemployment nearly double that of the natio...

Americans' Top Financial Worry Is The Least Immediate

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 08.15.2011 | Business

When it comes to money, Americans have a lot of concerns, and its only getting worse. A recent poll by Gallup finds that Americans have become eve...

When is Alimony Appropriate?

Henry Gornbein | Posted 06.08.2011 | Divorce
Henry Gornbein

Alimony is not for everyone...

Same Old LA Story

Bettina Korek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bettina Korek

Unfortunately, as Mike Boehm wrote, "SoCal billionaires [are] plentiful, but most are not known for giving big sums to the arts." Luckily Eli Broad had a good year.

PriceCheck: How We Became a Culture of Consumption

Manisha Thakor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Manisha Thakor

On Wednesday May 19th, Poetic People Power, a New York City spoken word group, will hold its 8th annual show Price Check: How We Became A Culture Of C...

Alimony Reform

Fred Silberberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Fred Silberberg

While the initial concept of alimony was intended to assist someone in taking steps to support himself or herself, our existing system has turned into a system of private welfare.

Students Borrowing Dramatically More To Pay For College

The Wall Street Journal | ANNE MARIE CHAKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Students are borrowing dramatically more to pay for college, accelerating a trend that has wide-ranging implications for a generation of young people....

Poverty, Income, and Health Insurance: What to Expect and Why It Really Matters

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The mantra among economists is that as grows productivity, so shall living standards. But in the 2000s, most of the American workforce worked harder and smarter, yet ended up earning less.