Fiscal cliff http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/22881/all en Tim Geithner's brilliant debt fixing proposal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/121130/tim-geithners-brilliant-debt-fixing-proposal <p>We said earlier this month that the #1 thing that lawmakers could do to improve US fiscal prospects is eliminate the debt ceiling. There are a few simple reasons why.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/121130/tim-geithners-brilliant-debt-fixing-proposal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fiscal cliff Global Economy United States Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:18:41 +0000 Joe Weisenthal, Business Insider 5727677 at http://www.globalpost.com Montgomery Burns explains the fiscal cliff http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/macro/montgomery-burns-explains-the-fiscal-cliff <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You know it's a big story when The Simpsons piles on. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomas Mucha </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Fiscal cliff this.</p> <p>Fiscal cliff that.</p> <p>President Obama <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/121203/my2k-obama-answers-fiscal-cliff-questions-twitte" target="_blank">makes his pitch on Twitter</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/121203/house-gop-counter-proposal-fiscal-cliff" target="_blank">John Boehner counters</a>.</p> <p>Blah, blah, blah.</p> <p>There&#39;s been plenty of chatter on this week&#39;s biggest political and economic story, and rightfully so.</p> <p>It&#39;s an important moment for the world&#39;s largest economy.</p> <p>But, by far, the most entertaining fiscal cliff offering comes from our friends at Fox.</p> <p>Not Fox News, mind you, but the part of Fox that&#39;s responsible for The Simpsons.</p> <p>In a clip <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=c91usT4P1u0" target="_blank">making the rounds on YouTube</a>, evil billionaire Montgomery Burns &mdash; who, naturally, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltCIEbLMaQg">endorsed Republican Mitt Romney</a> in November&#39;s presidential election &mdash; does his diabolical best to explain the fiscal cliff.</p> <p>Funny?</p> <p>Check.</p> <p>Smart?</p> <p>Ditto.</p> <p>Political?</p> <p>You betcha.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/c91usT4P1u0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>As Slate&#39;s <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/09/21/homer_simpson_votes_for_mitt_romney_in_2012_simpsons_promo_video_.html" target="_blank">Katie Kilkenny noted in September</a>, this latest Simpson&#39;s offering confirms a decidedly more political direction for the Fox-produced show.</p> <p>Here&#39;s how she analyzed an earlier clip that featured Homer Simpson trying to vote:</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/macro/montgomery-burns-explains-the-fiscal-cliff" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fiscal cliff Business Political Risk Macro Tue, 04 Dec 2012 21:27:00 +0000 Thomas Mucha 5727993 at http://www.globalpost.com Starbucks expands 'fiscal cliff' cup campaign to stores nationwide http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/121229/starbucks-expands-fiscal-cliff-cup-campaign-stor Last week, Starbucks began urging workers in their DC shops to write 'come together' on customers' cups .<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/121229/starbucks-expands-fiscal-cliff-cup-campaign-stor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fiscal cliff Politics United States Sat, 29 Dec 2012 19:36:00 +0000 Jennifer Mattson 5730605 at http://www.globalpost.com 'Fiscal cliff' talks continue over weekend, no breakthrough http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/121229/fiscal-cliff-talks-continue-over-weekend-no-brea Negotiations continued over the weekend focusing on spending cuts, taxes and the farm bill.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/121229/fiscal-cliff-talks-continue-over-weekend-no-brea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fiscal cliff Politics United States Sat, 29 Dec 2012 22:19:52 +0000 Jennifer Mattson 5730627 at http://www.globalpost.com