Economy

September 12, 2011
By:
Mark Trahant

President Barack Obama must sell a complex idea to a Congress that prides itself on simplicity.

August 23, 2011
By:
Mark Trahant

So far, most of the government’s austerity movement has been theoretical. We know the federal budget is shrinking, but the evidence of that has been slow to surface.

August 16, 2011
By:
Mark Trahant

It’s a hell of a way to run a country.

August 02, 2011
By:
Mark Trahant

There’s nothing like deadline to produce a deal: The president and congressional leaders reached an agreement over the weekend to increase the nation’s debt limit, cut federal spending, and create a powerful committee charged with finding even more budget cuts.

July 12, 2011
By:
Mark Trahant

Last week President Barack Obama held his first town hall on Twitter. A really great idea and I plunged in with this question:

June 20, 2011
By:
Crystal Willcuts

Do you know what it means to be un-American? I’ll tell you. To be un-American means to be respectful, humble, spiritual, truthful, caring, and selfless. To be American means to be immature, greedy, deceitful, disrespectful, arrogant and egocentric.

June 17, 2011
By:
Brad Fluetsch

As Alaska records unprecedented revenue, are we hurting future Alaskans by saving as much as we do? Why do you or anyone save money? A simple answer is to preserve purchasing power or wealth for the future.

June 13, 2011
By:
Mark Trahant

How bad is this economy? Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers wrote in the Financial Times this week that the United States is now halfway to a lost economic decade (similar to Japan’s) and that the number of working Americans has dropped from 63.1 percent to 58.4 percent.

June 06, 2011
By:
Mark Trahant

Last week the Bureau of Labor Statistics started a frenzy when it released its latest job report, showing that only 54,000 jobs were added to the economy in May.

May 10, 2011
By:
Mark Trahant

Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz is trying to change the national debate about the deficit, the role of government and the impact of those policies on the day-to-day economy.

May 02, 2011
By:
Mark Trahant

Sometimes it’s easy for Indian country to ignore the huge challenges facing the United States. After all, there are so many immediate and intense issues on reservations and in tribal communities that the idea of adding another layer of concerns just seems too much.

April 25, 2011
By:
Mark Trahant

A few weeks ago Bloomberg News reported that Saudi Arabia is investing $100 billion in renewable energy sources (

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