Bonnie Erbe


December 2007


The Perils of Plastic

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As I was paging through the newspaper during this holiday season, my pleasant reverie is interrupted by this disconcerting headline: "Americans' debt woes expanding."

The Associated Press reports:

Americans are falling behind on their credit card payments at an alarming rate, sending ...

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credit cards
debt
savings

Forget Iowa

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Hillary Clinton's ahead. No, it's Barack Obama. Mitt Romney's up. No, it's Mike Huckabee.

Media attention to the less-than-critical Iowa caucuses reminds me of the pithy saw: "The more that's said and done, the less that's said than done."

The Iowa caucuses are first. But they're not ...

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Iowa caucus
2008 presidential election

Make Congress Suffer

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Years ago, comedian Jackie Mason said that if we want to get Congress to balance the budget, we should "put 'em on commission." That idea went out of fashion in the Clinton years when there was a balanced budget. But now that we're back in the red, it's a concept we may want to revisit. And while ...

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Congress
taxes
federal budget

Brief Bipartisanship on the Hill

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A touching event took place in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall last night that returned the participants and the audience to a long-gone era of bipartisan respect and collegiality.

Former House Speaker Tom Foley, a Washington Democrat, accepted the 2007 Freedom Award from the board of trustees of ...

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Congress
Emanuel, Rahm

Revised Job Figures

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Over the weekend, it was reported that job growth is not what the Bush administration would have us believe it has been. In fact, we learned:

The American economy appears to have created far fewer jobs this spring than has been reported so far, a new government report indicated yesterday.

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employment

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