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  • The Obama budget and the appearance of reform

    The Obama budget and the appearance of reform
    — Well, at least we're starting to get the procedure right. Washington has rediscovered the beauty of the boring. It's called "regular order," using the normal, routine, constitutional process to arrive at, for example, a budget. Normal had...
  • The Golden Rule

    Gold just completed its worst quarter since the start of modern gold trading in the '70s. The yellow metal tumbled 23 percent on the quarter to $1,223 an ounce and closed out the first half of the year down 30 percent. I wouldn't normally write about...
  • Protect your portfolio from inflation

    The Federal Reserve recently announced that it would engage in its third round of "quantitative easing" by purchasing $40 billion per month of mortgage-backed securities to spur economic growth and help reduce unemployment. Whether or not the plan will...
  • What do proposed Social Security changes mean to me?

    There's nothing like proposed changes to Social Security limits to get readers of this column going. After President Obama released his fiscal 2014 budget, a number of you wrote in asking, "What will this mean to me?" Well, let's start with a quick...
  • Consumer prices nudge up in May, but inflation remains tame

    WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices rose in May for the first time in three months, but the increase was small and inflation over the past year remained tame, the Labor Department said Tuesday. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.1% last...
  • State 'going down the rabbit hole' due to gas tax [Letter]

    We just received a letter from our state senator (Jim Brochin) that has me befuddled. He says "The new law increases the gas tax from 23.5 cents per gallon to 43.5 cents per gallon by mid-2016. Additional gas taxes will then be linked to the Consumer...
  • Inflation check: Energy prices fall most since 2009 on gas plunge

    Inflation check: Energy prices fall most since 2009 on gas plunge
    Wholesale prices slipped 0.8% last month for the second straight month as gasoline prices plunged. In its deepest dip since May, the Labor Department’s producer price index fell 0.8% in November after sliding 0.2% in October. The index rose 1.1%...
  • The deficit control policy Democrats and Republicans can love

    When it comes to fixing America's ballooning debt problem, there is one policy option that both Democrats and Republicans should be rushing to embrace. It is the proposal to replace the current Consumer Price Index (CPI) with a more accurate measure of...
  • Gasoline prices manipulated by speculators, not supply and demand

    Gasoline prices manipulated by speculators, not supply and demand
    A recent article ("Pumping Up the Price" Feb. 26) on gasoline prices should make it clear to readers that the price of gasoline is no longer the result of inefficient fuel use or too much demand. Unfortunately the focus of the article was evidently on the...
  • Rising rents and food prices mean Americans are paying more

    Consumer prices continued to rise in October as rents and the cost of food climbed even as gas came down from its recent peak, the government said. Seasonally adjusted prices got a 0.1% boost in October from the previous month, according to the Labor...
  • After six quarters of decline, Eurozone economy expands

    After six quarters of decline, Eurozone economy expands
    The Eurozone, which has struggled with a debt crisis and a prolonged recession, saw its economy expand for the first time in 18 months, according to figures released Wednesday. Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical agency, said the...