Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Secretary of State Hillary Clinton receives football helmet on her first day back in the office. (State Department photo by Nick Merrill)Now let’s see if she’ll spike the ball on her way out.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly received a rousing ovation Monday when she returned to work after a series of ailments that ultimately landed the former First Lady in the hospital.But the most poignant moment seemed to come when Clinton’s staff presented her with a white football helmet during a light-hearted moment following significant health issues that kept her from working.The moment was captured by a photographer and posted on the state department’s Flickr account. Another photo shows Clinton smiling as she displays a blue football jersey that was also presented as a gift. The No. 112 on the jersey represented the number of countries Clinton visited during her tenure, The Associated Press reported.Clinton, the country’s most traveled secretary of state in history, collapsed and suffered a concussion while battling a virus. She was reportedly suffering from dehydration.When she went back for a follow up, doctors discovered a dangerous blood clot located between her brain and her skull. Clinton was released last week after three days in New York Presbyterian Hospital Columbia.Her ailment prevented Clinton from testifying during a congressional hearing about lax security measures during the Benghazi attacks that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on Sept. 11, 2012.On Monday, the state department announced that Clinton plans to testify about the security failures at a later date.Clinton’s tenure as the country’s top diplomat will soon come to an end. Clinton has said she’s looking to relinquish her post this year. President Barack Obama has nominated Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as her successor. A confirmation hearing date has yet to be announced.
Even if you feel you’re doing pretty well with your finances, you could probably stand to make a few changes to your financial habits. If you’d like to stay a little more on track with your money this year, here are a few things to consider…Be cautious with credit: A credit card can be a valuable tool, but if it’s abused, it can quickly create a mountain of debt. Only use your credit card for purchases you will pay off each month. Cards can be a great way to improve a credit score, but always make sure you’re being careful when paying with plastic.Be on the lookout for savings: It doesn’t matter what you’re buying, you can probably find it cheaper somewhere else. Have you looked online? You’ll probably find exactly what you’re looking for on the internet, and usually for a lot less. If you don’t feel like waiting for something to be shipped, see if the store will price match your online price.Stop forgetting to pay bills: Have you mapped out your monthly bills and their due dates? If you’re not a very organized person, it may be time to design an auto pay schedule that will keep you from missing any payments. Paying your bills on-time is must if you want to keep your credit score up.Embrace frugality: No matter how much money you make, you should always try to spend less than you want to. You’ll be glad you filled up that savings account when an emergency arises. 112SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details
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Share81TweetShare11Email92 SharesOctober 19, 2016; New York TimesThe United States leads the world in many ways in which we can take pride, but leading most of the industrialized world in child poverty brings shame.This statistic translates into more than 14.5 million young people starting their lives at the bottom of a very steep hill. While this number has shown some improvement as the overall economy has recovered from the depths of the 2007 recession, it remains at a disturbingly high level.Efforts to directly alleviate the pain of growing up poor have missed their target. Eduard Barros, writing in the New York Times, recently wrote,The child tax deduction—which allows families to exclude $4,000 a child from their taxable income—avoids the poor almost entirely. Just over 1 percent of the $40 billion it costs the federal budget every year flows to the poorest fifth of the population….The $58 billion child tax credit that reduces a tax bill by $1,000 a child is more progressive. But families in the bottom fifth get only a tenth of the money.This is a safety net that will let the poorest easily slip through.Perhaps it’s time to consider a different approach, one backed by nine experts on poverty and child well being and that received support from pundits as diverse as Daniel P. Moynihan and Milton Friedman. Rather than the current system of tax credits and deductions, they propose providing every child with a monthly stipend of $250.The benefit would be universal, like Social Security, rather than aimed at low-income families alone. And it would decouple government assistance from work, a sharp departure from the track followed since the welfare reform of the 1990s, when cash assistance was replaced with tax credits.At the level being proposed, $3000/year, child poverty would not be eliminated but millions of children’s lives will be improved. It ensures that the poorest of children are not left out. This new approach is estimated to cost about $190 billion annually, less than twice the cost of the current program of credits and deductions. When compared to other countries using similar approaches, it does not seem extravagant.Austria, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden all already have some sort of child allowance. In Germany, the benefit for a family with two children adds up to $5600 a year. In Canada, it is worth $4935 per child under 6, and $4164 for children ages 6 to 17.As a universal benefit, it eliminates the stigma associated with need-tested programs. Because it does not require demonstrating one’s poverty, it would reduce the need for a large government bureaucracy to manage the program. And it would take the welfare of our children away from the ongoing political arguments over work that have marked decades of “welfare reform” efforts.Creating a new universal benefit would not be easy in our current political environment. It asks that easing the pain of children be placed above political ideology. It asks us to be willing to critically think about what has worked and what has not in earlier efforts. These are clearly not easy challenges. However, 14.5 million impoverished children should be enough cause for politicians right, left, and center to seriously grapple with this moral imperative and end our global shame.—Martin LevineShare81TweetShare11Email92 Shares