The Deficit Dilemma

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Raising the Social Security retirement age to 69, a revamp of the tax code and increasing the gas tax by 2013 are just a few of the ideas already on the table to reduce the deficit. Illinois Congresswoman and presidential commission deficit task force member Jan Schakowsky offers her view as a progressive Democrat on how to get us out of the red. Plus: The Village Voice’s Wayne Barrett on the inner-circle of Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo; Liza Bakewell, linguist and author of the book Madre: Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun; and New York Times columnist David Leonhardt on the NYT’s "budget puzzle.”

Progressive Budget Cuts

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL 9), member of the president's deficit reduction committee, offers her plan for cutting the deficit.

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Cuomo's Cabinet

Wayne Barrett, senior editor at the Village Voice, talks about who Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo is surrounding himself with as he prepares to take office, and other local news.

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Mother of All Meanings

Liza Bakewell, linguistic anthropologist at Brown University and the author of Madre: Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun, explores the influence of language on Mexican culture through the lens of the Spanish word for "mother."

Got a favorite "madre" phrase or any other mom-language story? Let us know! (And...keep it clean)

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You Can Solve the Budget Puzzle

David Leonhardt, who writes the "Economic Scene" column for The New York Times, talks about the paper's "budget puzzle" and how different cuts to programs and aid could make a dent in the US budget shortfall.

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What Does Your E-mail Address Say About You?

What's in an @name? Alexandra Petri, a Washington Post columnist and a blogger with ComPost, thinks that your email address says a lot about you.  She is joined by a panel of distinguished Brian Lehrer Show guests with retro email addresses who defend their digital identities: Doug Muzzio, professor of political science at Baruch College and host of "City Talk" on CUNY/TV; Siva Vaidhyanathan, associate professor of media studies and law at the University of Virginia; and Jami Floyd, broadcast journalist, legal analyst for cable and network news, and blogger at It's A Free Country.

Are you an email holdout? Defend your @compuserve, @aol, @mindspring... And does someone's email address say anything about them? Do you judge according to their @?

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