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How does President Obama plan to fix the federal deficit?

On April 13, 2011, President Barack Obama proposed a plan for reducing the United State's debt and strengthen its fiscal reputation. But what does it really take to save sums of money so large they hardly seem real?


How Dark Money Works

 How Dark Money Works

Let's shed some light on how and why political donations can be so tricky. Learn all about dark money at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How the Fiscal Cliff Works

 How the Fiscal Cliff Works

Do you know How the Fiscal Cliff Works? Keep reading to learn about the fiscal cliff and the U.S.'s financial crisis. See more »

Can the president control gas prices?

 Can the president control gas prices?

Can the president control gas prices? Read about the influence the president has on the prices of gas. See more »

How the Bush-Era Tax Cuts Work

 How the Bush-Era Tax Cuts Work

What exactly were the tax cuts signed into law by George W. Bush, and what were the results? Read about the effects of the Bush-era tax cuts at HowStuffWorks. See more »

What was the economic impact of September 11?

 What was the economic impact of September 11?

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were horrifying and tragic. For thousands of family and friends of the attack's victims, the loss created a void that can never really be filled. The human tragedy of it is immeasurable. Yet there is another c ... See more »

How Conflict Minerals Work

 How Conflict Minerals Work

Conflict minerals may be used in your electronics. Learn more about the violence behind conflict minerals and how to avoid purchasing them. See more »

How does President Obama plan to fix the federal deficit?

 How does President Obama plan to fix the federal deficit?

How does President Obama plan to fix the federal deficit? Learn about Obama's plan to fix the federal deficit over the next decade. See more »

How Collective Bargaining Agreements Work

 How Collective Bargaining Agreements Work

Collective bargaining agreements allow organized groups of workers and management to negotiate wages. Learn about collective bargaining agreements. See more »

Are blood diamonds making a comeback?

 Are blood diamonds making a comeback?

Blood diamonds are explained in this article. Learn about blood diamonds. See more »

10 Most Expensive Presidential Perks

 10 Most Expensive Presidential Perks

The President's benefits are nothing to sneeze at. Read about the perks and benefits you get when you become U.S. President. See more »