Posts Tagged ‘federal budget’

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    Your Budget Proposal

    Apr 12, 11 • 212 Views • No Comments

    Several months ago, the NY Times published an interactive budget exercise. The goal was for each of us to decide how we would deal with a skyrocketing deficit. Now, with President Obama scheduled to present a major speech on his budget proposals, you might...  [read more]

  • The Congress and the Deficit

    Budget Issues

    Apr 7, 11 • 265 Views • No Comments

    There are so many budget issues. How to remember them? You might think of 3 and 8. 3 decisions: 1) The shutdown: There might be a partial government shutdown on Friday, April 8, because Congress cannot agree on the 2011 budget. So far, where necessary,...  [read more]

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    A Budget Question

    Mar 14, 11 • 262 Views • No Comments

    Thought to have saved many lives, a Japanese early warning system sent a media alert seconds before the earthquake struck.  The system took 12 years to implement and cost close to $500 million. A similar warning system for the U.S. west coast is being...  [read more]

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    Part 1: The Basics of a Shutdown

    Feb 28, 11 • 272 Views • No Comments

    Our story begins on October 1, 2010. With a fiscal year that starts on October 1 and ends on September 30, the first day in October is crucial. Because the President and the Congress had not yet agreed on the 2011 budget, in some way, they had to approve...  [read more]

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    Looking For A Reality Check

    Feb 15, 11 • 272 Views • No Comments

    Saying how the U.S. government spends our money, Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein said, “It’s an insurance conglomerate…” His explanation? Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security expenses add up to 2/5 of federal spending. With...  [read more]