The catastrophic news on the U.S. Government's debt keeps coming. Since Jan. 5, when The New American reported that the debt had surpassed $14 trillion, the government has added more than $150 billion in unpaid bills.

BernankeFederal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told members of the House Financial Services Committee March 2 that even mild cuts in spending could cost the economy 200,000 jobs, and offered a bizarrely vaporous definition of the dollar to Rep. Ron Paul.

With the national average price of gasoline hitting the highest level in history for this time of the year, the impact of that increase reaches far beyond the pocketbook of the average worker driving off to work in the morning. For every 25-cent increase in the price of gas (which has increased almost 70 cents per gallon in the last year, and by nearly 30 cents in just the last month), consumers are forced to spend an extra $3 billion that they weren’t expecting.

In its extensive study of how the Boomer generation is faring, the Wall Street Journal focused mostly on their difficulties, challenges, disappointments and missed opportunities. It had little to say about the outside event no one saw coming, the Great Recession, and nothing at all about the resilience of the individuals moving into what used to be called the “golden” years. 

ObamaItem: In his State of the Union Address, reported the Washington Post for January 26, President Obama “for the first time” did not “hail a newly passed ‘recovery act’ or call for a ‘new jobs bill.’ Instead, he called for a five-year freeze in domestic spending, except for ‘investments’ in education, infrastructure and research.”

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