America’s Voice on Debt
Launching with the 2016 election campaign, Debt.com began a new focus on the politics of personal debt and is continuing it through the policies of the Trump administration with news, interactive maps, and opinion columns.
October 5, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
His first real Supreme Court term starts this week, and his opinions will start affecting our financial lives.
September 28, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
If Donald Trump wants an easy win, promote financial literacy. It really does make a difference, according to the CFPB.
September 21, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
After years of mushy Obamacare repeal, Bernie Sanders gives us something concrete to debate.
September 14, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
A major credit bureau handed out 143 million Social Security numbers out of laziness and incompetence. Is Trump going to do anything?
September 7, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
The CFPB tried to pick up the department’s slack. Now the Education Department is pushing back.
August 31, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
And we’re not getting any relief from Donald Trump.
August 24, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
He promised 2.5 million jobs a year. Here’s what we have after six months.
August 17, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
Ethics and concern for the poor are not among them.
August 10, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
The biggest risk to the economy is this $1.3 trillion consumer debt — which Trump is doing nothing about
August 3, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
The education secretary is being sued for siding with for-profit schools over students. But at least she’s learning from her mistakes.
July 20, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
A close look at state balance sheets shows that “fiscally conservative” doesn’t mean financially healthy — but neither does “lots of taxes.”
July 13, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
For years, credit card companies and banks have avoided class-action lawsuits by writing rules prohibiting them. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau just snapped those rules.
July 6, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
Looks like Richard Cordray and Betsy DeVos are going to fight over student loan forgiveness.
June 29, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
States that voted for Trump have fewer credit cards, lower balances, and a worse understanding of money.
June 29, 2017 | Michael Koretzky
If another recession is looming, this is your warning.
June 22, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
the law he used to cancel last-minute Obama regulations won’t prevent changes to prepaid cards and other improvements.
June 15, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
That sucks in the short-term, but it’s good for consumers in the long-term.
June 8, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
He wants the CFPB gutted, but also is “looking at” busting up big banks.
June 1, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
The “student loan crisis” is so massive, we can’t even comprehend it anymore.
May 25, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
He wants to ditch almost everything that helps students save money and manage debt in order to “prioritize students” and “empower parents.”
May 18, 2017 | Michael Koretzky
I didn’t vote for him, but I also don’t complain about him.
May 11, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
One month into his new job, here’s a quick look at how Trump’s Justice weighs in. It’s way too early for a verdict.
May 4, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
Hint: His name starts with T and ends with rump. But at least it’s not Paul Ryan’s plan, and maybe if he gets a big break he’ll leave us all alone.
May 1, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
No, I’m not joking.
April 27, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
No matter what you think about Donald Trump, there are hard limits to how much he can reshape politics and the economy. Look no further than the crisis in Venezuela.
April 21, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
The IRS will use private debt collectors who have failed before, including one the federal government is already suing for ripping consumers off.
April 20, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
Deregulating for its own sake is incredibly stupid — but potentially profitable for internet companies and identity thieves.
April 13, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
Everybody wants their debt forgiven, but the people actually promised it could be screwed.
April 6, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
Trump thinks so, but research shows they do far more good than harm.
March 23, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
He campaigned on not cutting entitlements, but conservatives think he has to.
March 16, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
Republicans may hate it, but the courts — and even Mike Pence’s economist — don’t.
March 9, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
Here’s a quick look at employment stats to put the first jobs numbers of the Trump administration into context — and what we can expect.
March 2, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
Donald Trump’s first speech to Congress Tuesday night was a nice change of pace. But actually doing stuff would be better.
February 23, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
If Congress needs help helping people, it should look to these state legislators.
February 16, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
These desperate White House petitions aren’t getting much attention. Some of them deserve it.
February 9, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
Secretary of Education responded (sort of) to more than 140 Congressional questions beyond her confirmation hearing. But nobody talked about it.
February 2, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
Neil M. Gorsuch is a lot like Justice Antonin Scalia — except for one big thing.
January 26, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
He’s hiring people that hate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and pledged to tear up post-recession banking regulations
January 19, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
Or he could be horrible. That’s why I just applied for a new repayment plan while I still can.
January 18, 2017 | Michael Koretzky
Here’s a theory with something for everyone — to hate.
January 12, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
The Donald’s business ties, Twitter tantrums and fickle personality will shake up a lot of markets — but I bet you didn’t expect these
April 6, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger
If you were fine before Obamacare, you’re probably fine now. Otherwise, here’s why Obamacare sucks for millions of Americans like me.