Category Archives: Business

MEIJER MISSES THE MARK

When my family owned a small grocery store in South Whitley, Indiana, one of the cardinal rules was to not impose personal philosophies upon our customers.  In a small business, one does not have the luxury of thumbing one’s nose … Continue reading

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MADE IN THE USA – NOT MADE IN THE USA

Free trade agreements by both Democratic and Republican administrations have had a devastating effect on American workers and American jobs.  Let’s face it, if outsourcing was not profitable, it wouldn’t be done.   Corporations continue to make tremendous profits from … Continue reading

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OBAMA TO GO AFTER CORPORATE OFFSHORE TAX HAVENS

In what will be a test of his ability to stave off powerful lobbies, President Obama will go after offshore tax havens used by corporations.  Originally established to ease a double tax burden for companies that set up operations overseas, … Continue reading

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A NATION OF CHINESE JUNK

I ventured out last week to the new Gordman’s located in yet another new mall constructed along Illinois Road.  It is located in the same mall as the new Target store.  All these stores sell pretty much the same thing … Continue reading

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COMING HOME – CALL CENTERS RETURNING HOME TO U.S.

Companies can save 50 to 75 percent on their call centers by putting them overseas.   But does that savings translate into happy customers who will continue to buy a company’s product or use a company’s services?  Apparently not. In response … Continue reading

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A PANDORA’S BOX OF PARADIGMS

The United States is lurching and convulsing through a shift in a number of paradigms related to issues such as energy independence, the role of capitalism, and the place of unbridled consumerism in our society.  The following are two definitions … Continue reading

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WANTED: DEAD OR DEAD – CORPORATIONS CLEAN UP ON DEAD EMPLOYEES

A little known but widespread life insurance practice nicknamed “dead peasant insurance” is providing large corporations with a bounty of cash – conditioned, unfortunately, upon their employees’ deaths. The insurance – officially called corporate-owned life insurance (COLI) – has been … Continue reading

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RETAILERS ENJOY BENEFIT OF ARCHAIC INDIANA SALES TAX LAW

Long before the computerization of cash registers, collecting sales tax took a little effort. So, in order to assist then-existing businesses, many states provided businesses with the benefit of keeping a portion of their monetary collection to compensate for the … Continue reading

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IGA FOLDS – WHERE HAVE ALL THE GROCERY STORES GONE?

The worst of the capitalistic system coupled with an unbridled planning commission that approves every box store and expansion will be on display Sunday evening as the IGA grocery store on Lima Road – a business open for 64 years … Continue reading

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U.S. – COLUMBIA TRADE PROMOTION AGREEMENT – CONGRESS GETS SOME GUTS

Finally, Congress exhibited its long absent intestinal fortitude – guts – to stand up to the administration’s incessant scare tactics surrounding free trade agreements, notably the U.S. – Columbia Trade Promotion Agreement. Congress or should I say the Democrats – … Continue reading

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