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Turns Out You're Not Worried About the Fiscal Cliff

At least that's what the numbers say.

After Citizens for Tax Justice posted here on GOOD.is about the fiscal cliff not actually being an urgent issue, I saw Warren Buffett on television at the beginning and end of my day saying much the same thing—the second time on The Daily Show, with jokes: Why does Mr. Buffett so desperately want a tax law named after him? "All the diseases are taken!"

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How Obama Plans to Solve Unfair Taxes—and Electoral Distress

Why does Obama want you thinking about taxes in an election year? Hint: A tough economy and Mitt Romney's enormous personal wealth.


Washington has never enjoyed a reputation for its taste in décor, but the room the White House chose this week for a briefing on economic policy displayed a strong, if unrefined, palate for political messaging.

Poster-size photos of President Obama studiously examining a car on the factory floor and glad-handing with hard hat-wearing workers festooned the walls. The message of the day was clear before anyone opened their mouths: This guy sure does love those regular folks and their American dreams. Not even the crown molding or fussy drapes could distract from the Springsteen-ness of it all.

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Jay-Z and Warren Buffett Team Up to Teach Kids Financial Literacy

One's a billionaire and the other has major street cred. Together they hope to bring the cool to financial literacy.


One is worth $39 billion, while the other has a comparatively meager $450 million but significantly more street cred with young people. So Warren Buffett and Jay-Z are teaming up to teach kids about financial literacy. Buffett's animated series Secret Millionaires Club is set to move from the web to television this month, and an animated Jay-Z is the guest star for the first episode on October 23.

During the episode, Jay-Z invites four students to his office and applauds their hard work in school, then gives them some tips on how they can become successful later in life. The idea is to get kids hooked by Jay-Z's endorsement, then keep the lessons going long after the television is turned off. Secret Millionaires Club is simultaneously launching "Learn and Earn," an initiative to teach students a well-organized series of lessons on financial literacy. To that end, the program is providing more than 100,000 educational kits to teachers, and putting a pretty fantastic collection of free, downloadable materials online.

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Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are heading to China later in the month. But they're having trouble getting dinner dates with China's upper crust, apparently because they're afraid the Americans will ask them to join the Billionaire Challenge and donate half their fortunes to charity. Bloomberg News.

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