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Is Congress capable of broad bipartisanship that would benefit the economy and the nation? Amazing as it might seem these days, the House of Representatives recently showed that constructive bipartisanship is possible. Consider the Private Property Rights Protection Act (H.R. 1433). Jim Sensenbrenner is a conservative Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from… Continue Reading Congressional bipartisanship that makes sense, Part 1 of 2

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After big victories in Colorado and Minnesota on Feb. 7, Rick Santorum took a big jump in the race to become the Republican presidential nominee. Suddenly, the presumed GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney had another top competitor in this volatile contest. In fact, over the subsequent two weeks after Santorum’s Feb. 7 wins, every national poll… Continue Reading Energy prices and policies: Obama vs. Santorum

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Ever have a favorite television show cancelled despite there being plenty of good stories left to tell? Or how about a series with real potential but never getting the chance to flourish? These things infuriate TV viewers. But broadband, high-speed Internet should provide the answer, right? Mention the Internet, and the entrepreneurs among us see… Continue Reading New TV business models via the Internet and entrepreneurs

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Would you hire any of the candidates?

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Memo to: U.S. Business Community From: Human Resources Department Re: Hiring a U.S. President In response to your request to assess the candidates for the position opening in January 2013, we have put together a job description, and offer key points on the five major candidates seeking the position. Job description: While this position requires… Continue Reading Would you hire any of the candidates?

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Lessons from the business of baseball

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Ignore the snow and the cold. Even though it’s only February, the hope of spring is upon us. That is, the hope that comes with Major League Baseball’s Spring Training. It’s been a long three-plus months since the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers in the World Series. But pitchers and catchers are reporting… Continue Reading Lessons from the business of baseball

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When will the housing depression end?

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Depression — no other word fits for what has happened to the housing industry in this country for the past six years. The big question: Is this housing depression finally coming to an end? The U.S. Census Bureau released the latest data on housing starts and building permits in the middle of January. Compared to… Continue Reading When will the housing depression end?

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A daunting task on the federal budget

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President Obama will release his proposed 2012-13 budget in early February. Over subsequent months, members of Congress will debate and attempt to score political points on the budget, especially in an election year, while special interests with their snouts stuck deep in the federal trough will seek to suck up even more taxpayer dollars. Make… Continue Reading A daunting task on the federal budget

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Politicians love to talk about expanding exports as an economic plus. But growth in at least one kind of export is a clear negative: people. Individuals, including entrepreneurs and investors, follow economic opportunity. If that opportunity is being restrained or squashed by costly public policies, then chances are pretty good that a state will be… Continue Reading Bad economic lessons from New York and California

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On the business and policy fronts, 2012 started with a revelation that Federal Reserve officials would try to enhance clarity and transparency in monetary policy. One might wonder if this is necessarily a good thing given the Fed’s actual decisions on monetary policy, especially over the past three-plus years. Do we really want to know… Continue Reading The Fed has added a little more clarity to its monetary policy

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Bad news recently hit about the Sears Holding Company. Or, perhaps it’s more accurate to say that more bad news was reported. After all, this is nothing new for the long-troubled retailer. It’s easy to forget that Sears once ranked as the nation’s largest retailer. Today, though, Sears serves as another example of how vulnerable… Continue Reading Lessons from a Sears’ century of success and troubles

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