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STEVE TRUMBLE: How to escape the medical care debt trap

By STEVE TRUMBLE Los Angeles Times (MCT) — The single biggest cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States isn’t job loss or irresponsible use of credit. It’s medical expenses. An analysis this year by NerdWallet Health found that about 60 percent of all bankruptcies are health-related. And a comprehensive study by Harvard researchers who examined […]

CARL LEVIN: Wall Street firms avoided taxes, took on big risks

CARL LEVIN: Wall Street firms avoided taxes, took on big risks

By CARL LEVIN Guest Columnist In recent years, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which I chair, has exposed tax avoidance by profitable corporations and wealthy individuals. We also have examined reckless behavior that has put the stability of the financial system – and by extension, the U.S. economy – at risk. In late July, […]

JIM HIGHTOWER: Citigroup’s $7 billion wrist slap

When Citigroup accepted what the media hailed as a whopping $7 billion penalty for defrauding its own investors and wrecking our economy, the bank just shrugged. “We believe that this settlement is in the best interest of our shareholders and allows us to move forward and to focus on the future,” Citi CEO Michael Corbat […]

Get to know the faces and facts of disability

By VONDA VANTIL  Social Security public affairs specialist Perhaps the most misunderstood Social Security program is disability insurance, often referred to as SSDI. Some people mistakenly think that beneficiaries are “on the dole” and getting easy money for minor impairments. That’s not the case. There are two ways to understand the truth about disability. One […]

RONNIE MCBRAYER: Let go … or be dragged

By RONNIE McBRAYER Syndicated columnist A friend who has some experience with rodeo horses sent me a most picturesque proverb: “Let go or be dragged.” Whether this phrase was first spoken by a Zen master who had achieved enlightenment on the mountainside, or by a battered cowboy nursing his shattered bones and pulling cacti from […]

JACK SPENCER: Count on the media to mishandle this story

Ohio has recently jumped ahead of Michigan in the evaluation of wind energy. It has repealed a requirement that wind-generated electricity be produced in-state, created new regulations to prevent wind turbines from being built too close to homes and put its overall wind energy mandate on hold until further study of it takes place. Not […]