High unemployment, the paycheck-to-paycheck population of the area, and the increasing incidence of spousal abuse, teen pregnancy and drug use still dominate daily life.
There are two broad measurements of happiness: first, the ups and downs of daily emotions, and second, an individual's overall evaluation of life.
In 2010, economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff (know in the econ trade as "R & R") released a paper, "Growth in a Time of Debt."
Well, when it comes to Medicaid expansion they just might be. I ask because, who in their right mind rejects billions of dollars in federal funding?
By last count, approximately 12 million Americans were officially unemployed. Of those, 4.7 million have been jobless for 27 weeks or longer.
This year the post office will close half its processing centers. By the end of this summer Saturday delivery is scheduled to end. Over the next year over 3,000 local post offices will close.
Making smartphones abroad that could be made here is not so smart.
New York and surrounding areas are in crisis after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and it's time to hire the unemployed to help!
Small wonder that U.S. Native peoples are beset with a blistering, hideous panoply of social and health ills hardly seen elsewhere in this world. Unemployment kills!
What happens in the 2012 elections could make or break struggling cities like Detroit that have been devastated by the economic crisis.