Tax-Cuts Put U.S. On Bankruptcy Brink?
Paul Krugman and David Stockman rarely agree but are united in their stance on the "fiscal irresponsibility of the tax-cut deal." Why and so what?
You can probably count on one finger the times that Paul Krugman, the Times columnist and Nobel-prize winning economist, and David Stockman, Reagan’s budget director, have agreed on anything. But they are in violent agreement about the fiscal irresponsibility of the tax-cut deal. In urging Obama to reject the deal because of his concern the tax cuts will likely become permanent, Krugman wrote on Monday that "giving in to Republican demands would mean risking a major fiscal crisis — a crisis that could be resolved only by making savage cuts in federal spending."
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You can say 'no' to things, and you should. Do it like this.
- Give yourself permission to say "no" to things. Saying yes to everything is a fast way to burn out.
- Learn to say no in a way that keeps the door of opportunity open: No should never be a one-word answer. Say "No, but I could do this instead," or, "No, but let me connect you to someone who can help."
- If you really want to say yes but can't manage another commitment, try qualifiers like "yes, if," or "yes, after."
Three scientists publish a paper proving that Mercury, not Venus, is the closest planet to Earth.
- Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?
- Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer.
- Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury!
Neuroscience research suggests it might be time to rethink our ideas about when exactly a child becomes an adult.
- Research suggests that most human brains take about 25 years to develop, though these rates can vary among men and women, and among individuals.
- Although the human brain matures in size during adolescence, important developments within the prefrontal cortex and other regions still take pace well into one's 20s.
- The findings raise complex ethical questions about the way our criminal justice systems punishes criminals in their late teens and early 20s.
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