Editor's picks — What we're reading on the Web this week
By Vanessa De La Rosa
The ProducersWEB editors sift through dozens of articles every day. Take a look at some of the most interesting and informative reads we found this week. As always, please feel free to share your thoughts, as well as other article recommendations, below.
Yes, the middle class really is falling behind (The Washington Post)
"Put a different way, we spend less of our incomes today on clothes and food. We spend more on doctors and fuel. It’s hard to see how the former are “basics” and the latter are not."
5 Tips for Attracting Followers to your Company Page (LinkedIn)
"Company Page followers engage with your updates and share content with their own networks, earning you recurring viral reach — in fact, we’ve found that 64 percent of followers would follow companies indefinitely."
Top white-collar crime prosecutor to lead SEC (MSN Money)
"If confirmed by the Senate, White would be the first prosecutor to head the 79-year-old SEC. Most SEC chairmen have come from Wall Street or the ranks of private securities lawyers. The choice of White is likely intended to bolster the agency's enforcement profile in the aftermath of the financial crisis."
5 Reasons to Schedule More Business Lunches (Inc.)
"Phone and Skype aren't personal enough to close this deal. It needs to be face to face. Don't go to their office. Don't even meet for coffee or a drink. You need to invite them for lunch. Here's why, and how."
Is Washington endorsing annuities? (WSJ MarketWatch)
"We all know that Social Security was never implemented to provide all of a person's retirement income, and the GAO is now suggesting that you consider creating a lifetime income stream with either some or all of your retirement lump sum. "
The Conventional Wisdom About Government Health Care Spending Is Wrong (The Atlantic)
"If government gets out of the insurance -- for example, if we push seniors and poor people into private insurance, cut Medicaid to the bone, and turn Medicare into a premium support program -- we won't have changed the price of health care. We'll just change who pays for it, how, and how much access they have to high-quality care."
The Dwindling Deficit (The New York Times)
"The deficit will come down as the economy recovers: Revenue will rise while some categories of spending, such as unemployment benefits, will fall."
Creating Realistic Long-Term Care Solutions As Part Of The Entitlement Reform Debate (Health Affairs)
"Signing the ATRA into law also achieved policy change on items far beyond the tax code."