Personal Finance

Local Governments Raise Minimum Wage–Republicans Fight To Lower It (VIDEO)

Local Governments Raise Minimum Wage–Republicans Fight To Lower It (VIDEO)

Republicans love to tout “local control,” “states’ rights,” and “smaller government.” You’ve heard the talking points: “Let the states decide their own gun control laws.” “The federal government is not in the education business.” “It’s not the government’s job to provide for the poor. Let the churches do it.” The list goes on. But when […]

States Sue Betsy DeVos’ Education Department Over Delaying Student Loan Protections (VIDEO)

States Sue Betsy DeVos’ Education Department Over Delaying Student Loan Protections (VIDEO)

After a few months of relative quiet, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos finds herself once again in the headlines for her conflicts of interest with for-profit colleges. The Obama Administration set in place policies requiring the U.S. Education Department to investigate loan servicing companies’ past conduct before the government awarded lucrative contracts. Those contracts were required to include certain consumer […]

While Our Attention Was On James Comey, House Republicans Were Setting Us Up For Another Financial Crash (VIDEO)

While Our Attention Was On James Comey, House Republicans Were Setting Us Up For Another Financial Crash (VIDEO)

Thursday, while we were watching the shiny Comey testimony, the Republican-led House of Representatives was capitalizing on our distraction fomenting another 2008-style financial crash. House Republicans voted Thursday to pass the “Financial CHOICE Act” that begins the repeal process for Dodd-Frank, a consequential set of Wall Street regulations President Barack Obama signed into law to help […]

Dear Dr. Carson: Ignorance Is A State Of Mind, Too (VIDEO)

Dear Dr. Carson: Ignorance Is A State Of Mind, Too (VIDEO)

Ben Carson, the former presidential candidate, is a soft spoken intellectual. He is by all accounts a brilliant surgeon with gentle hands and a serene demeanor. Even so, sometimes he sounds like a complete idiot. The man who now serves as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a habit of making ignorant statements. […]

House GOP Bill GUTS Consumer Financial Protections (VIDEO)

House GOP Bill GUTS Consumer Financial Protections (VIDEO)

It should come as no surprise that when Republicans tell us they are protecting “freedoms,” they don’t mean ours.” When they claim to be holding Wall Street “accountable,” they’re concerned only with the “account” part. The new “Financial CHOICE Act” Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) introduced last month shouldn’t fool us either. Being sold as financial reform […]

Betsy DeVos’ Conflicts Of Interest – She May Profit From The Student Loan Crisis (VIDEO)

Betsy DeVos’ Conflicts Of Interest – She May Profit From The Student Loan Crisis (VIDEO)

Due to her vested interests in financial institutions profiting from student loan debt, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may be complicit when the next financial meltdown occurs. The Obama administration put in place policies requiring the US Education Department to investigate loan servicing companies’ past conduct before the government awarded lucrative contracts. Those contracts were required to include certain consumer protections, such […]

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Is Creating A Financial Crisis For Students (VIDEO)

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Is Creating A Financial Crisis For Students (VIDEO)

Student debt is economically crippling a generation of Americans seeking higher education. So what is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos doing about it? About what we would expect any other member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet to do: run right into the arms of exploitative loan providers and eschew policies the prior administration enacted to prevent predatory […]

The ‘Mythical’ Universal Basic Income – Could It Work In The United States? (VIDEO)

The ‘Mythical’ Universal Basic Income – Could It Work In The United States? (VIDEO)

Some countries in Europe and a few states here in the U.S. have experimented with universal basic incomes for its citizens. However, could this work across the entire country here? What Is Universal Basic Income? First off, a universal basic income is similar to Social Security in that everyone gets a fixed amount of money […]

Thought Your Student Loan Would Be Forgiven? Maybe Not, And Now You Owe Lots More In Penalties And Late Fees

Thought Your Student Loan Would Be Forgiven? Maybe Not, And Now You Owe Lots More In Penalties And Late Fees

In 2007, The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program was enacted. This program promises to forgive the student loans of those who work in a variety of public service jobs. “The program generally covers people with federal student loans who work for 10 years at a government or non-profit organization, a diverse group that includes public school […]

Wait, What? Is Bernie Sanders Running The Federal Reserve Now? (VIDEO)

Wait, What? Is Bernie Sanders Running The Federal Reserve Now? (VIDEO)

It sounded like it could be coming from the mouth of Vermont’s famously progressive, Democratic Socialist Senator. The sentiment expressed by the President of the Federal Reserve sounded more like it was coming from one Bernie’s primary rallies than from the man in charge of the nation’s central bank. Nevertheless, in a press briefing in New York […]

Does President Trump Have A Mysterious Creditor Influencing His Decisions? (VIDEO)

Does President Trump Have A Mysterious Creditor Influencing His Decisions? (VIDEO)

President Donald Trump promised several times during the campaign to release his tax returns, but as everyone knows, he never did. But he did release a financial disclosure form as required by law for all candidates for federal office. That form revealed that Trump owes approximately $713 million to 16 different debtors. These debts, by themselves, obviously […]

The Sneaky Conniving Way Ivanka Got Tiffany Trump More $$$ For ‘Privileges’ (VIDEO)

The Sneaky Conniving Way Ivanka Got Tiffany Trump More $$$ For ‘Privileges’ (VIDEO)

At first glance, when reading the story about Tiffany Trump and her plight to ask daddy for financial assistance, you almost feel sorry for her, but then you realize the poor daughter of millionaire Marla Maples can’t possibly be hurting that bad. Big sister Ivanka Trump, in an excerpt from her first book, The Trump […]

Somebody MIGHT Be Looking Into Trump’s Ties To Russia

Somebody MIGHT Be Looking Into Trump’s Ties To Russia

For now, it doesn’t look like that Republicans in either the House or Senate are serious about delving into Donald Trump’s myriad links to Russia. While the Republicans are content with letting the regular standing committees handle any review, the Democrats have demanded the appointment of a bipartisan select committee that would be solely devoted […]

Bill Offers Disabled Vets Disability AND Retirement Pay – What’s The Catch? (VIDEO)

Bill Offers Disabled Vets Disability AND Retirement Pay – What’s The Catch? (VIDEO)

Valentine’s day came with a lot of love for our Veterans, as a bill to allow disabled vets to receive all of their pay entitlements gained support from nine additional Congress members. This brings the total amount of co-sponsors of the bill to 35! We should keep a watch on this. This could be great […]

Living Liberal In Coal Country- Trump’s Appeal To West Virginia Voters (VIDEO)

Living Liberal In Coal Country- Trump’s Appeal To West Virginia Voters (VIDEO)

Being a liberal, I am a loyal fan of Real Time with Bill Maher. The last two episodes contain references about West Virginia. In light of Congress’ latest move to lift protections of streams from coal mining, I began to research. Like most liberals, I assumed the “silent majority” was simply code for dormant racists who […]

Ethics Paperwork Still Missing For Trump’s Billionaire Buddies (VIDEO)

Ethics Paperwork Still Missing For Trump’s Billionaire Buddies (VIDEO)

As inauguration day draws closer and closer, there is still a lot to be done for Team Trump. Many of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks are headed to Capitol Hill this week for confirmation hearings, but most of them have yet to submit financial and ethical reports to Congress that are vital to the vetting […]

Trump’s Filthy Rich Cabinet: He Never Cared About Middle Class (VIDEO)

Trump’s Filthy Rich Cabinet: He Never Cared About Middle Class (VIDEO)

Donald Trump ran for President as a populist. He won the primaries because he appealed to the little guys. He appealed to their fears about their income stagnation. He walked away with the Presidency because he convinced enough gullible Americans that Hillary Clinton was just another Wall Street insider with too many ties to those […]

Dem Senators: Education Nominee Betsy DeVos Should Pay Election Law Fines (TWEET)

Dem Senators: Education Nominee Betsy DeVos Should Pay Election Law Fines (TWEET)

If you thought that the Republicans were the party of law and order, think again. Common Dreams and the Washington Post report that Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, ran a Political Action Committee (PAC) that deliberately violated Ohio election law and never paid the fine the state imposed. Five Democratic senators wrote a letter […]

Trump Stock Sale Just The Tip Of The Conflict Of Interest Iceberg (TWEET/VIDEO)

Trump Stock Sale Just The Tip Of The Conflict Of Interest Iceberg (TWEET/VIDEO)

On December 6, 2016, Jason Miller, a spokesperson for President-elect Donald Trump, told the press that Trump had sold “all his stocks” last June. The Washington Post reports that campaign finance disclosure forms filed in May of this year showed that Trump’s holdings in publicly traded companies were worth about $40 million as of December 2015. What’s The […]

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