Obama Won’t Wait for Congress on Economic Fixes

Welcome to President Obama’s “year of action.” This is the meme President Obama and “his team have been using since December to describe new policies – many to be enacted as executive actions – to maintain the economic recovery.” In a speech on jobs at North Carolina State University, Obama spoke “more about what he could do without Congress instead of what he’d like done legislatively this year. “Long term, the challenge of making sure that everyone who works hard can get ahead in today’s economy is so important we can’t wait for Congress to solve it,” he said. “Where I can act on my own without Congress, I’m going to do so.” The announcement today of “the first of three “manufacturing innovation institutes” not only follows through … Continue reading

Time to Re-Think Pork?

Doesn’t that pork chop look yummy? Personally, I’m a big fan of pork tenderloin, because there’s so much you can do with it. One of my favorite ways to cook it is roasted in the oven with apples, potatoes, carrots and onions. Recently I made an awesome pork roast with a lovely Mexican flare using a can of petite cut tomatoes with green chilis, sliced onions, garlic, cumin and chili powders. I’d love to share my pork recipies here with readers, but after reading a piece in Business Week, I’m not too sure about eating pork again. Ever… We all know we’ve got some serious issues with our food system and meat packaging, particularly pork has been a long time concern on many levels … Continue reading

We Gather Together to Ask . . .

 by Rosemary and Walter Brasch Segued into a 10-second afterthought, smothered by 60-second Christmas commercials, is the media acknowledgement of Thanksgiving, which nudges us into a realization of all we are thankful for. But the usual litany, even with the omnipresent pictures of the less fortunate being fed by the more fortunate, doesn’t list well this year. Our thanks seem to be at best half-hearted or at least insensitive and shallow. All of us might be thankful for peace if America still hadn’t been involved in two recent wars. The Iraq war lasted almost nine years; the other, in Afghanistan, has lasted more than 12 years and is the nation’s longest war. And now it appears that we will be … Continue reading

The Politics of Economics

The Republican Party has done an outstanding job at defining President Obama’s administration as spending more of our hard earned taxpayer dollars than any other president in American history. When in fact the evidence speaks to something entirely different; Citing Marketwatch, Rick Ungar a Contributor to Forbes Magazine, reports that President Obama has actually spent less money than any United States President since Dwight Eisenhower. David Gray, a writer for policymic.com, states that the Republican Party is not being 100% honest with the American people. The raw numbers show that yes, President Obama has spent more money than any other president in the United States, however once you calculate inflation, which is what Republicans are not telling you, President Obama … Continue reading

Gross Consumerism

The price tag on this 55-Inch OLED HDTV is obscene. $10,000 TV’s = Gross Consumerism. It’s a sad statement on what people spend money on. A very sad statement. People who will buy $10,000 TV’s can truly afford to pay more in taxes… Just sayin.

Parents React to Newtown: Sales of Bulletproof Backpacks Soar

This is such a sad statement on our society that parents now feel they must protect their children by sending them off to school with bulletproof backpacks: Shame, shame, shame on the NRA for pushing gun advocacy so far that non gun owners fear for their safety and the safety of their children. Gun sales continue to rise in the wake of Newtown and parents send their children off to school with bulletproof backpacks. Absurd, sad, sick… Life is so precious. Our society is f*cked up right now there are no words! If folks need another reason not to shop Wal-Mart here it is: Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, said yesterday that it would continue to sell guns, including rifles … Continue reading

Top Ten Tips to Tackle Crowdfunding

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Cross-posted on Huffington Post and Daily Kos   My company, Spend Consciously, has just launched its second crowdfunding campaign. At the start of our first, my boss Matthew Colbert and I were fairly new to the process. But thanks to what we learned from the first campaign, the second is off to a very encouraging start. In fact we’re currently the “Hottest” campaign on StartSomeGood.com. It’s incredible how a bit of experience can manifest so significantly. We developed an idea for what communication methods were most effective. We learned about – and made – some common mistakes. But as a result, we are more battle-hardened, more effective entrepreneurs. It’s one thing to read up on crowdfunding. It’s another to go … Continue reading

F.T.C. Fines Debt Collector $2.5 Million

In the midst of this economic recession (or depression) the F.T.C. has been cracking down on debt collectors who “harass consumers for money they may not even be legally obligated to pay.” This is good news for consumers who have found themselves for whatever reason unable to pay their debts in this economy. In the second-largest penalty ever levied on a debt collector, the F.T.C. said that Asset Acceptance, one of the nation’s largest debt collection companies, had agreed to pay a $2.5 million civil penalty to settle charges that the company deceived consumers when trying to collect old debts. The F.T.C. has “pursued eight cases related to debt collection companies over the last two years.” The recent settlement with Asset Acceptance “is … Continue reading