Fiscal cliff en Tim Geithner's 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="" 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 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="" target="_blank">makes his pitch on Twitter</a>.</p> <p><a href="" 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=";v=c91usT4P1u0" target="_blank">making the rounds on YouTube</a>, evil billionaire Montgomery Burns &mdash; who, naturally, <a href="">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="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>As Slate&#39;s <a href="" 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fiscal cliff Business Political Risk Macro Tue, 04 Dec 2012 21:27:00 +0000 Thomas Mucha 5727993 at Starbucks expands 'fiscal cliff' cup campaign to stores nationwide Last week, Starbucks began urging workers in their DC shops to write 'come together' on customers' cups .<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fiscal cliff Politics United States Sat, 29 Dec 2012 19:36:00 +0000 Jennifer Mattson 5730605 at 'Fiscal cliff' talks continue over weekend, no breakthrough Negotiations continued over the weekend focusing on spending cuts, taxes and the farm bill.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fiscal cliff Politics United States Sat, 29 Dec 2012 22:19:52 +0000 Jennifer Mattson 5730627 at