I’m as interested as the next person in all the excitement about how Washington will work with Barack Obama in the White House, but there’s an important question that’s been missing.
It has to do not so much with the new president as with the new Congress, and it should be high on every attentive citizen’s list of concerns: Will Congress live up to its responsibility to exercise robust oversight over the new administration? Continue Reading Whoever is president, an administration needs oversight
Thanksgiving usually is a celebration of gratitude and feasting in the tradition of the Pilgrims. But that satisfactory sense of plenty may not resonate with Americans this year, considering the current economic problems.
And, in truth, that satisfaction certainly was not shared by the Pilgrims at that “First Thanksgiving.” Like many Americans today, they were feeling some discontent and desperation. Continue Reading Enterprising Pilgrims left entrepreneurial legacy for today’s economy
Everywhere today politicians are blaring that they must save America’s financial institutions, alleging catastrophic risk to the economy were any to fail.
Henry Paulson and the entire Bush administration, in a discernible panic, are now pouring $700 billion into the big banks, having already bailed out AIG, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Bear Stearns to the tune of $300 billion.
Capitalism doesn’t work, they declare, but fortunately the government is here to rescue us. Continue Reading Get government out of capitalism and let failure happen
We have come to a critical juncture in our city and county. After years of tax cuts and budget shortfalls our city and county governments cannot provide the necessary services at a level that residents of the Pikes Peak region deserve.<br>
The proponents of lower taxes and less government have had an easy time getting taxes lowered and placing constraints on elected officials. Continue Reading We can do a better job of taking care of community
Whenever it rains I look out my front door and watch buckets of water pour off my large sloped roof, join more buckets on the driveway and merge into the small rivers forming in the street.
The same thing happens at every other house in my neighborhood.
Living on the south side of Colorado Springs, fairly close to Fountain Creek, I realize that by the time my water joins the creek, it will already be flowing heavily because the same thing is happening all over town. Continue Reading Why support the stormwater fee? Because we’re urban
You started your small business, rented space, hired a manufacturing or sales staff, stocked your inventory and are ready to open the doors. Aren’t you forgetting something? Who’s going to do the bookkeeping?
As the business owner, you plan on doing the bookkeeping yourself, so you head to the local office supply store and purchase QuickBooks, Microsoft Small Business Accounting or some other accounting package. Continue Reading Outsourced bookkeeping: Is it better than doing it yourself?
There is no doubt about it; the last few weeks have had everyone in the business world holding their breath.
Most of us in the baby boomer generation have watched our retirement funds melt before our eyes, while we have resigned ourselves to working far into the future. On the bright side, the opportunity to contract with the government for the delivery of goods and services is ever present. Continue Reading SBA rule changes for women-owned small businesses
Consider these scenarios:
You just received a notice from the government agency that regulates your business saying that the audit of your company didn’t meet required standards. The notice uses threatening language to spell out the negative consequences of not complying. What went wrong? Continue Reading Just having the numbers crunched isn’t enough
The main topic of today’s issue of the Colorado Springs Business Journal is “Go Green for Green.” One growing area of interest is the concept of green building, which people also call sustainable construction.
Green building is the design, construction and operation of buildings in order to minimize environmental impacts. Green building not only can help save the environment, but can save money for those owning or operating a building. Continue Reading Green not a passing fancy
Congress will never regain the faith of ordinary Americans until members of Congress win their trust. This appears to be a long way off.
I see no other way to read the results of a poll by the Center on Congress at Indiana University. When it asked 1,000 people whether members of Congress are “honest people of good character,” a rather stunning 42 percent said that most are not. Continue Reading Why ethics should matter to members of Congress