Posts Tagged ‘deficit’

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    Will the US Postal Service Think Outside the Box?

    Jul 9, 10 • 224 Views • No Comments

    Do you care about Saturday mail delivery? Amazon does. Hallmark does. Catalog companies and and mail service pharmacies do. By contrast, Netflix has said it could accept the elimination of Saturday mail. Trying to decide what to do about the huge financial...  [read more]

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    Paying Fannie Mae’s Bills

    Jun 22, 10 • 281 Views • No Comments

    Each of us is helping to pay a $10 million monthly grass mowing bill. Why? Because of homes that are owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. As GSE’s (government sponsored enterprises), Fannie and Freddie had purchased mortgages from financial...  [read more]

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    A Plastic Penny?

    May 12, 10 • 369 Views • No Comments

    How do you feel about the penny and the nickel? If you care about the federal budget, you might want to mint them more inexpensively. But, if you own a laundromat, you disagree.    Pennies are actually copper coated pieces of zinc while nickels are...  [read more]

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    A VAT For Pretzels?

    Apr 18, 10 • 401 Views • No Comments

    The Senate just said “No” to a VAT. Disagreeing, Paul Volcker sort of said “Yes” when he observed that a VAT is “not as toxic an idea” as we once believed. Suddenly everyone seems to be talking about a VAT. Here...  [read more]

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    Taxing Decisions

    Apr 10, 10 • 329 Views • No Comments

    Some people believe that government spends more when it has an affluent population to pay for it.  In a recent NY Times column, David Leonhardt presents a slightly different perspective. Instead, he says that because we are a more affluent society,...  [read more]