Category Archives: Economics

POPULIST OR PROGRESSIVE – OR SOMETHING NEW?

The words “progressive” and “populist” are bandied about on a daily basis, but I wonder if those who use the terms understand what they mean.  Knowing the difference can – well – make a difference. Populism can be defined as … Continue reading

Posted in Congress, Corporations, Democracy, Economics, Politics, Populist, Progressive

DEVELOPING NATIONS WANT THEIR TURN TO TRASH THE ENVIRONMENT

The G-8, meeting this week in Italy, ran into a spot of trouble when the developing nations of the world – primarily China and India – and the already-industrialized nations failed to reach an agreement on specific cuts in heat-trapping … Continue reading

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REPUBLICANS – UNITED THEY STAND BUT STILL THEY FALL

After eight years of disastrous deficit policies – six of those years under complete Republican domination – Republicans have now decided that party unity trumps all else – hey, they’ve got their groove on again.    They have turned into a … Continue reading

Posted in Barack Obama, Congress, Economics, Republican Party, Republicans, U.S. Presidency | Tagged , , , , | 31 Comments

GAMING CASINO COMING TO FORT WAYNE? PLACE YOUR BETS!

What appeared to be an idea that had little impetus a couple of years ago continues to gain steam.  Derreck Gingery of the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly takes on the issue and provides pros and cons of bringing such … Continue reading

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ALLEN COUNTY GM TO IDLE WORKERS

In what could be a devastating move for the Midwest auto industry, GM has indicated it will close 20 plants temporarily early in 2009.   Six of those plants are in Michigan with the Allen County GM auto plant also set … Continue reading

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ARE AMERICANS INSANE?

Last week I spent Thanksgiving at my youngest son and daughter-in-law’s in Wilmington, Ohio. On my way out the door, I grabbed my morning newspaper and threw it into my overnight bag to read at some point. It was as … Continue reading

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ROSE-COLORED GLASSES BLIND DANIELS TO INCREASING ECONOMIC WOES FOR HOOSIERS

Watching Governor Daniels commercials, one would think that Indiana is “doing better” than other Midwestern states – how does the soothing voice say it? An island in the Midwest, or something to that effect. Yet, the just-released Bureau of Labor … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Indiana, Mitch Daniels, Politics, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 11 Comments

DANIELS GOVERNMENT WEBSITE MANIPULATES WARN NOTICES

Indiana, as well as other states, requires that employers notify communities and the state of closings, transfers, and layoffs. Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) notices are listed on the state’s Workforce Development website. Lately, however, the notices seem … Continue reading

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ORCHID OBITUARY – INDY COMPANY SUCCUMBS TO BIG-BOX COMPETITION

Hoosier Orchid Company, located on the far-northwest-side of Indianapolis is going out of business at the end of August. William Rhodehamel started Hoosier Orchid in 1989 after a gift of three of the flowers from a friend sparked an ongoing … 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

Posted in Business, Consumer Affairs, Economics, Free trade, Globalization | 8 Comments