Not only does President Barack Obama’s budget, released Monday, fail to make any real progress in spending cuts, but it reveals a frightening truth: the current fiscal year is on its way toward a federal deficit that will surpass the size of the total U.S. economy.

The U.S. economy's agony endures, as “economic stress” in December escalated, with foreclosure rates a major topic of concern. According to the monthly analysis of the Associated Press, foreclosure rates rose in 33 states, four of the worst being Utah, New Jersey, Nevada, and Arizona.

During his 1992 presidential campaign, Texan Ross Perot was maligned for his warning that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would cause many American jobs to be outsourced. But it turns out he was right about that “giant sucking sound.” NAFTA went into effect January 1, 1994, and the resultant suction of American jobs to points south — and ultimately west — has seemed almost audible.

In a clear case of having more dollars than sense, America Online (AOL) is undertaking its least palatable acquisition to date: Arianna Huffington’s amalgam of left-wing screeds, The Huffington Post. Ironically, what some might view as a website with a less than favorable view of capitalism went for a king’s ransom of $315 million.

Five years ago Donald Boudreaux, Economics Professor at George Mason University and author of the website Café Hayek, bought a used 1975 Sears catalog on Amazon, and started comparing prices to those current in 2006. His results, at the time, were quite remarkable, and generated much traffic and conversation on the matter.