Reader: Santorum wants tax cuts for manufacturing, Pentagon weighs more cuts, Personhood Amendment tied in polling

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. In Iowa, Rick Santorum notes that unemployment for persons with college degrees is only 5%. Says we must revitalize manufacturing and processing. The Pentagon is weighing base closures and military benefits in the face of budget cuts. Says it all: Americans reduced debt... More

Reader: WSJ bemoans drop in consumer debt, Vile sex-ed planned in NYC, Jindal reelected, Santorum slams the pill

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Since the financial crisis, millions of families have stopped using credit cards, have accelerated mortgage payments and have delayed purchased until they have the cash. Total household debt has dropped by $1.1 trillion or 8.6% since mid-2008. To this glorious news, leave it to the Wall Street Journal to wa... More

Eye-Opening: The U.S. Budget Explained As a Family’s Household Budget

We have a hard time understanding big numbers, because we never encounter them in day-to-day life. “1 Trillion Dollars”? What does that even mean? Carrie Lukas at NRO’s The Corner blog points us to something very helpful — explaining the U.S. Budget in terms of a household budget: The Gainesville Tea Party seems to have the right idea: They take some of our key economic num... More


Does God Want More Welfare & Debt?

I’m in Indianapolis today preparing for the Frassati Society’s LIVE OUT LOUD Conference, where I’m a keynote speaker. But I wanted to offer a couple quick comments about the debt ceiling debate which is now entering it’s final critical days in Washington, DC. As you may have seen, the U.S. Bishops – under Bishops Blaire and Hubbard (remember him?) – have issued ... More

$0.02 More On the Debt Limit Debate

I’ve enjoyed reading the comments on my post yesterday where I contributed my two cents on the current national debate over raising the debt limit. Many of you contributed your own two cents and I think we’re starting to accumulate a healthy savings account of back-and-forth opinion. I want to expand the debate now, taking into consideration one of the best points was made since yeste... More

My $0.02 on the Debt Limit Debate

Update: See my follow-up post as well — “$0.02 More On the Debt Limit Debate” I’ve been reading snippets of headlines, articles and news reports about the ongoing debate in Washington DC over raising the debt limit this week, and I think it’s important to publish something about the question because I believe our national debt is a moral issue in which every American ... More

Five Ways to Save $2,500 in 20 Minutes

If you feel like you’re starting late on your savings plan, you’re not alone. According to a nationwide survey I commissioned while writing my book “Start Late, Finish Rich,” half of all Americans feel that they’re “starting late.” Half of those surveyed had less than $10,000 in total savings, while 3 out of 10 had less than $1,000 in savings. No wonder so... More


7 Steps To Getting Out Of Debt

Bankrate.com7 steps to be debt-free in ’07Tuesday December 26, 6:00 am ET Steve BucciIf one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get closer to becoming debt-free, this column is for you.Steering clear of unwanted debt is a great way to manage your finances and relieve daily stress, which seems to become increasingly more stressful each year.7 steps to becoming debt-free in ’07 1... More




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