As European leaders meet to decide on a plan to help struggling member nations, they might be helped by some two-century-old advice from America's first Treasury secretary. Alexander Hamilton insisted that paying off Revolutionary War debts would lead to economic greatness.
European efforts to resolve its debt crisis stand in disarray. France and Germany are divided over how to finance bailout programs for Greece and other highly indebted countries. The question is who will back down first.
As the nation's student-loan debt climbs toward $1 trillion, many students face 20-year repayment plans. The average debt is $24,000, but some owe far more and say this burden influences life decisions, from buying a house to whether to have children.
The unemployment rate remains high across the nation and above 10 percent in much of the South. New census data shows young people, those between 18 and 24 years old, are facing some of the highest rates of poverty. Some students at the University of Georgia are reaching out to this group by opening a food pantry on campus. It may sound unusual, but pantries have been popping up on campuses across the country since the recession began.
ACTS food pantry in Virginia had to temporarily close and stop giving out food to families in need because of an increase in demand for food. Melissa Block speaks with Rebecca McGee, ACTS Food Pantry director, about what ACTS is doing to still help families — and to get its shelves stocked to handle increased demand so that it can reopen.
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