Deficit-cutting 'super committee' and Obama jobs plan don't have to work at cross purposes.
Tuition costs and other associated expenses for college average around $102,000. But the return on tuition costs in terms of increased earnings is about $570,000.
Obama put Social Security on the table as part of his bid to resolve the national debt crisis. He hasn't specified what the changes might entail, and Democrats in Congress oppose any cut in benefits. But the talks signify that politicians know reforms must come, eventually, to keep Social Security solvent.
One of the few potential points of bipartisan compromise in the budget stalemate is reining in tax breaks. A Senate vote Tuesday could reveal whether GOP senators are on board.
Compromise on the budget deficit shouldn't be a dirty word. Here are four examples where cutting the deficit would forward Democratic and Republican goals.
The US economy posted an annual growth rate of only 1.8 percent in the first quarter of 2011, and declines in government spending were a significant contributor.
Among the qualities: 'attunement' and equipoise. America's budget crisis won't be solved through 'book smarts' alone.