Gold doesn't pay interest or offer dividends, but investors have flocked to bullion in the last decade as stocks have tumbled. Is it the right time for you to buy gold?
Readers write in about taxes, and progress Obama has made.
Defense expenditures amount to nearly 5 percent of US GDP -- well above the less than 2 percent of GDP spent by such allies as Canada, Germany and Britain. Analysts predict the US will have to cut military spending significantly in the next few years.
Without alternative supplies of energy to offset it, a decline in oil production would send shock waves through the world, rattling economies and politics alike.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel Merkel pushed to get the German parliament to approve last month's nearly $1 trillion bailout for Greece. Some economists argue that it would have been cheaper to let Greece default and then bailout European bank bondholders.
On average, state workers make $39.66 an hour, have traditional pensions untouched by stock market moves, and are laid off at one-third the rate of private-sector workers. Considering concerns about the federal budget, are government jobs too cushy?