One month remains until all of the Bush-era tax cuts are scheduled to expire, along with Obama stimulus measures like the payroll-tax holiday — just as the government prepares to make deep cuts in federal spending (known as sequestration) that were negotiated as part of a 2011 deal to raise the federal debt ceiling. The Congressional Budget Office has predicted that taking more than $500 billion out of a still lukewarm economy through tax increases and spending cuts would probably put the economy back into recession.
Move over, large lap pools. Smaller swimming holes are making a big splash. Sure, the economy is playing a role in making this luxury littler: Smaller pool equals smaller budget. But it's more than that, says Brett Berry, owner of Landscape Renderings, a Missouri business that designs and builds outdoor living environments. “You can create a fantastic sense of intimacy and atmosphere with a small… ... more