Tag Archive: Debt

May 04 2013

Making poverty a crime

Ebenezer Scrooge, the Dickens character, perfectly personified the nasty rich. For example, when asked to make a charitable donation for people trapped in poverty, Scrooge curled his lip in contempt and snarled: “Are there no prisons?” Blessedly, our American society has progressed well past such heartless disdain. Unless, of course, you happen to be poor …

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Jul 16 2012

What happens when you can’t pay your medical bills?

By Jason Alderman It’s no secret that health care costs have been spiraling out of control for years. To fight back, your best bet is to be a well-informed consumer: Know the true costs of medical procedures, supplies and medications so you can bargain effectively; carefully anticipate and track medical expenses; and stay on top …

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Jul 02 2012

Save austerity measures for the next boom

Obama should reject the conservative mantra that equates government and family spending. By Donald Kaul There are two competing theories on how to pull us out of the economic slump we’re in, but you’d hardly know it from the debate going on in Washington. Conservatives, who want us to cut our way to prosperity, keep drowning …

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Jun 11 2012

Is credit counseling for you?

By Mary Hunt If there’s one thing that makes many people go hmmmm, it’s the topic of credit counseling. Many people still confuse credit counseling — paying back all of what a borrower owes — with debt settlement and negotiating payoffs of 50 percent or less of what the borrower owes. Others assume incorrectly that …

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May 21 2012

Crushing college dreams

On the very day that student loan debt reached the $1-trillion mark, Senate Republicans blocked a vote to extend the 3.4-percent interest rate on student loans for another year. By Marc Morial As graduation season swings into high gear, a new economic crisis confronts thousands of this year’s high school and college grads — crushing …

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May 01 2012

The Class of 2012′s choice

The Class of 2012′s Choice Today’s graduates must change the world if they don’t want to wind up flipping burgers. By David Elliot Millions of college graduates will soon walk across the stage to accept their diplomas. Given the harsh reality of today’s economy, here’s the commencement speech I’d like to deliver to the class …

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Apr 10 2012

Rich freeloaders

It’s time for wealthy people like me to become more responsible and pay our fair share of taxes. By Betsy Malcolm Like too many Americans, I’m unemployed. But in my case, the reason isn’t that I can’t find work — it’s that I don’t need it. I’m among the lucky few who can live comfortably …

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