2010: The good, the bad and the ugly

by Jane Chastain -- In 2010, the U.S. suffered through another 12 months of weak economic activity, record home foreclosures, high unemployment and financial uncertainty. Nevertheless, there were many seminal events that more…

The reasonable celebrate the season

by Jane Chastain -- Nativity scenes featuring Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus lying in a manger, surrounded by shepherds and wise men, are a familiar sight this time of year. They more…

Angry Santas

by Jane Chastain -- It's that time of year. Every child knows that Santa is watching his or her every move. He's making a list and checking it twice. He's going to more…

The stinking, dirty, rotten, stingy, evil rich

by Jane Chastain -- President Obama reached a compromise with the Republican leaders of Congress over extending the Bush tax cuts. Grudgingly, he agreed to include the "evil rich." Although Obama failed more…

Cutting the federal government down to size

by Jane Chastain -- Everyone has a plan to cut the government down to size, eliminate the deficit and – harder, much harder – pay off the national debt. Here's mine. It's more…

Thanksgiving, the inoculation against fear

by Jane Chastain -- These are difficult times. The recession is technically over, but few Americans are optimistic about the future. It's little wonder when so many have lost their homes, their more…

What's that smell coming from D.C.?

by Jane Chastain -- If you are going to clean out a refrigerator, you start with the part that smells. In Washington, it's pork, not in the frig, but on Capitol Hill. more…

Republicans – can we trust them?

by Jane Chastain -- Republicans have gained control of the House of Representatives. They now have the ability to cut the federal budget down to size and put us on the road more…

Now let's keep 'em accountable

by Jane Chastain -- Every athlete knows the importance of the follow-through. Once you hit or release a ball, it will not reach its intended target unless the athlete stays engaged until more…