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Back in the day when big box retail started to explode upon the American landscape like a raging economic scrofula, I attended many a town planning board meeting where the pro and con factions faced off over the permitting hurdle.
Megatrends, Game-Changers, Black Swans, Tectonic Shifts, and a World Not That Different From 2012
Cross-posted on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher site.
Commentary from Stephen Whitley You'd think someone who earns admission into college is ready to handle the work they are assigned.
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Economists, finance professors, options and derivatives experts and business school professors have dropped the ball completely when it comes to the financial crisis. Not only did less than a handful see it coming, the silence coming from the rest today is deafening as they avoid speaking out on the economy's ills, real bank reform, controlling derivative and systemic risk, the damage that corporate lobbying is doing to our country or the risks to the middle class in the U.S. and Europe of free and unfettered trade with very low wage countries such as China.
On the History of the U.S.
This word "fairness" keeps coming up around tax day, particularly in discussions around the Buffett rule.
And Why Taxpayers Shouldn’t Stand for It Any More Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com
The defining political issue of 2012 won't be the government's size. It will be who government is for.
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The Commerce Department's release of trade figures last week showed another large deficit with China for October, albeit slightly lower than the record hit the previous month. This figure will renew the calls for stronger action against China. Unfortunately the debate over China is often buried in confusion, leading to a situation that is not conducive to effective action.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- In June 2010 the Nashville Metropolitan City Council passed legislation raising the city's minimum fee for limo and sedan rentals, bumping it from $25 to $45. Drivers were prohibited by law from charging less.
The President's speech today in Osawatomie, Kansas -- where Teddy Roosevelt gave his "New Nationalism" speech in 1910 -- is the most important economic speech of his presidency in terms of connecting the dots, laying out the reasons behind our economic and political crises, and asserting a willingness to take on the powerful and the privileged that have gamed the system to their advantage.
The Supreme Court looms over our political landscape like a giant, immovable object. Americans have traditionally respected the court's purview, believing that it serves justice, dispassionately. Yet the most controversial decision of the last twenty five years -- Bush v. Gore -- has profoundly shaken that sentiment. And other decisions, like the Citizens United ruling that prevented restrictions on corporation and labor outside expenditures in elections, are inviting further skepticism. Just who does the Court serve?
Janus Capital Chairman Emeritus Landon Rowland is worried about the corrupting influence of money in politics. This is not so unusual, except for two factors. Rowland is a mild midwestern businessman, the type of sober fair minded moderate who doesn't express concern lightly.
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