Why Are More Americans in Need of a Budget?

Financial woes are burdening the majority of Americans, which is why it’s more important than ever for people to get their budgets on track.

If you’re a victim of today’s sluggish economy, then it’s time to turn things around by making your personal budget your top priority.

With money management in mind, here are just a few tips that will help you steady your budget and make your money last longer:

Personal Budgets and the Economy

If you’re still feeling the fallout from the financial crisis of late 2007 and 2008, you’re not alone.… [Read more]

“Go Ahead, Make My Day”…Threats of Another ‘Fiscal Cliff’

The famous title line from “tough guy” actor, director, and GOP Convention empty chair talker Clint Eastwood is now for President Obama and Congressional Democrats to use against Right-wing foes bent upon driving the nation off yet another fiscal cliff.

Congressional Republicans want to allow dramatic across the board cuts under the sequester. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker John Boehner  (R-Oh.), unable or unwilling to provide adult leadership to the more radical ideologues in the ‘Party of No’, now see fit to let the crazed upstarts drive the bus off the cliff.… [Read more]

Peering over the “fiscal cliff” without vertigo

So now, in Federal Follies, we have the looming breakers denoting the “fiscal cliff”, which The Party of No tried to steer a campaign with to naught. This isn’t exactly Preikestolen, a picturesque, actual cliff, 604 meters (1,800 ft.) over a fjord. In Norway.

In a recent San Francisco Bay exercise of American Exceptionalism, billionaire Oracle software honcho Larry Ellison was several million bucks lighter after his latest multi-hull America’s Cup racing yacht flipped and tried turning into a submarine.… [Read more]

CAN I GET A WITNESS? Conversation with an Empty Suit

Our troops aren’t “important” enough to warrant a mention from Mitt Romney at the RNC, he says. Foreign policy is a “shiny object” by which Romney refuses to be distracted.

Fine, Mitt. Let’s talk about what you want to talk about: the economy. More specifically, let’s talk about how qualified you are, or aren’t, to make crucial economic decisions and formulate economic policies on a national scale.… [Read more]

The Parasitic Economy

Even if we don’t understand all of the details, we’re familiar with how the economy works. People earn money by working, they spend that money on goods and services or invest it in businesses. In either case the majority of that money received by businesses goes towards paying wages, purchasing capital, and paying various forms of rent and leases.… [Read more]

Mommies, March, and May Day Madness

During my daily hour-long commute to work on Tuesday, I had the chance to get stuck in traffic on a city bus while the May Day march was passing through Union Square.  I, along with a pair of mommies and their toddlers, marveled at the movement. I was happy to see democracy hard at work, but wondered where all those people had been since I hadn’t seen them hanging out in the square for the past few weeks.… [Read more]