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  • The Winning Traits of Female Entrepreneurs

    The great divide among the sexes is one of the biggest enigmas in business. No, I am not referring to the disproportionately high number of males in the executive ranks. I am speaking of the higher nu Read More

  • Uncle Sam’s Ponzi finance

    There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation … One is by sword … The other is by debt. — John Adams Blame it on Otto von Bismarck, the first German Chancellor. In 1889, he introduced the con Read More

  • A New Way to Measure Prosperity: Counting Jobs Destroyed

    Everyone is focused on how many jobs America creates. Every month, we wait breathlessly for the U.S. and state labor bureaus to release the latest data on the economy’s employment status. An army of Read More

  • Motherhood, apple pie, and school staffing

    Growing up, I was taught that two things were sacrosanct — motherhood and apple pie. Education has added a third item: ever expanding, K-12 public-school staffing. In 1950, I was in the seventh grade Read More

  • Low interest rates: Who are the losers?

    Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve Chairman, reminds us frequently why he has chosen to continue low interest rates and easy money — to boost the economy and encourage investing. He notes the advantag Read More

  • The Middle Class as Claimants

    A democracy … can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that point on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the m Read More

  • State Mandates Revealed as Tax Cap Works

    In the last state legislative session, we passed a property-tax cap. Largely, municipalities and school districts have stuck to the tax cap. According to a report from the governor’s office that was i Read More

  • We the People

    This election campaign brings to mind a haberdasher. A guy going broke selling men’s clothing. It brings to mind aristocrats. And, army generals, an engineer, and farmers. And, don’t forget professors Read More

  • Say Yes to Education: Reap the ROI

    Anytime area companies announce plans for a $20 million investment, it’s big news.In January 2011, SRC, Inc. announced a $5 million commitment to the “Say Yes to Education” program designed for the Sy Read More