Business Ethos – The Right Thing To Do

EMU Ethos LogoBusiness Ethos with Retired EMU College of Business Dean David Mielke
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Each Monday at 8:40 AM ET Lucy Ann and Dr. Mielke discuss business ethos as it pertains to current events. Dr. Mielke says, “Making ethics the backbone of teaching makes sense not only because it’s the right thing to do but also because ethics is good for business.”
Ethics education has long been an important component of Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business curriculum. Ethos however, pertains to a culture and environment that not only fosters ethics but is also is based on a strong set of professional and personal values. The students, faculty and staff of the College of Business want to encourage and foster a professional business environment to serve as the foundation for business education.
A gift by the Merlanti family in 2001 provided the impetus to raise awareness of ethics in all we do. The gift was first used to establish the Merlanti Ethics seminar for students . In March 2006, the faculty of the College of Business decided that they wanted to develop a strong statement of the ethics and values that represents the foundation of the college. The resulting Ethos Statement is the first adopted by any business school in the country. It lists six values as the core for the college and is attached to every syllabus for every course offered by the College of Business.
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Business Ethos Interviews:

December 15, 2014: That Was A Close One! – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University – Just hours before a deadline to shutdown government funding, the U.S. House passed a budget bill. It was the work of an unusual collection of lawmakers that got the job done. Was it ‘The Right Thing to Do?’

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December 8, 2014: Down to the Wire..Again – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University – It’s the last week of the lame duck Congress and there are many bills yet to pass. Or will Republicans force a government shutdown? What is the ‘Right Thing to do?’

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December 1, 2014: The Climate Onslaught – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University – President Obama is committed to increasing environmental regulations and is rolling out his tough mandate in the upcoming year with the help of the EPA. But shouldn’t Congress have a say?

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November 24, 2014: Another Misplaced Priority – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University – President Obama wants the FCC to implement Net Neutrality and set-up the internet as a utility. Is this the ‘Right Thing to Do’ or just another aggressive regulatory agenda?

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November 17, 2014: The Unemployment Rate: The Good News & Not So Good News – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University – The unemployment rate fell to 5.8% last month, down from the recession peak of 10%. But to move the economy forward, Dr. Mielke says you have to take a hard look at the information behind the numbers.

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November 10, 2014: Is it the economy, a call to get things done, or both? – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University – The November 5th election will have a dramatic impact on the political path moving forward. President Obama said the election was all about “getting things done”. Many analysts say it was all about the economy and the lackluster recovery. Which is it?

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October 27, 2014: Should We Provide Support for the Housing Market – Again? – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – A soft housing market is causing the government to look at once again easing mortgage standards. Is this the Right Thing to Do?

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October 20, 2014: Citizenship for Sale – David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Immigrants, including illegal immigrants, comprised 13% of all US residents last year, the highest percentage in 93 years. With President Obama poised to take action on immigration after the mid-term election, Dr. Mielke explains what’s at stake. Click & Listen:

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October 13, 2014: U.S. Manufacturing is Coming Back..Maybe – David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – They say U.S. manufacturing is coming back, but why are we losing ground to global rivals? Click & Listen:

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October 6, 2014: To Spend More or Not Spend More (on Education)..That is the Question – David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Are you confused over the back and forth accusations between Michigan’s gubernatorial candidates concerning education funding? The Democrats allege that Governor Snyder has cut $1 billion in money for the schools, while the Republicans say he has increased education funding every year he has been in office. Click & Listen:

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September 29, 2014: Climate Change Revisited..Again – David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Is there an urgent and growing threat of climate change? Is the problem so dire that we must impose huge new costs on carbon and energy production? Is this the number one priority for the United Nations? Should the US agree to new reductions in carbon emissions? What is the “Right Thing to do?” Click & Listen:

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September 22, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Many Downtown Development Authorities, like the City’s of Ann Arbor’s, use Tax Incremental Financing Authorities to capture property taxes to promote economic development. So, how effective are DDAs? Click & Listen:

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September 15, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Government officials and others say the cost of a new drug to treat liver disease is too expensive. But the alternatives for long term care for these patients can be even more costly. Should the government be able to make demands on pharmaceutical companies to lower their prices? And what will rationing and price control do to that next big medical innovation? Click & Listen:

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August 25, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – The ‘Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act’ is compelling school districts to end bake sales and other food-related fundraisers. Is this the ‘Right Thing to do?’ Click & Listen:

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August 18, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Corinthian Colleges was one of the country’s largest for-profit educational companies and is now closed. We take a look at the role the government played, as it tightens oversight of these institutions. Click & Listen:

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August 11, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that it will treat McDonald’s as a “joint employer” of its franchises’ employees. That means the corporation could be judged jointly accountable with the franchisees for workplace conditions. Is this the “Right Thing to do”? Click & Listen:

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August 4, 2014: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU - Michigan’s Proposal One would cut taxes for businesses by replacing the personal property taxes for manufacturers with a fee. Is it the “Right Thing to Do?” Click & Listen:

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July 28, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Some U.S. companies are acquiring foreign companies in order to shift their own headquarters overseas and save money in U.S. taxes. Click & Listen:

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July 21, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Cuts to pension plans have been a key factor in resolving Detroit’s bankruptcy, and many municipalities have taken action to shore up their pensions with more contributions from employees. What about the private sector? We take a look at what happens in the private company employee pension plans go belly up and whether taxpayers could also be liable. Click & Listen:

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July 14, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Canada could be the most important country to the U.S., but we no longer seem to value what it offers to our country. Here’s what the Obama Administration needs to do to bolster the Canadian/U.S. relationship. Click & Listen:

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July 7, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Is the President abusing executive power or is he accomplishing what Congress is unable or unwilling to do? Click & Listen:

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June 30, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Road funding at the state and federal level. Click & Listen:

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June 23, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – President Obama is expanding his “Pay As You Earn” program, an expansion of the student loan debt forgiveness program. Is this the ‘Right Thing to do”?

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June 16, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – The generation of Americans now entering their 30s took a hard hit following the recession. Is there a solution for financial solvency?

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June 9, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU Monday June 2nd held the biggest announcement yet on new regulations from the EPA. It is the first attempt ever to cut carbon dioxide emissions in history, the biggest impact to be on coal-fired power plants. Dr. Mielke highlights some issues with these regulations.

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June 2, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – President Obama has said this is a year of action – with or without Congress. But do the President’s priorities match what Americans want?

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May 19, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Road funding at the state and federal level. Click & Listen:

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May 12, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – The Internet Tax Freedom Act, which prevents the government from taxing access to the internet, is set to expire on November 1st. If it isn’t renewed, you could soon pay up to $75 more a year for internet connections. Click & Listen:

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May 5, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – The number of people defaulting on student loans is on the upswing. With the government taking over the student loan market two years ago, the President promoted a debt forgiveness program. Was this the ‘Right Thing to do’? Click & Listen:

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April 28, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – After a trip to Washington, D.C. and Gettysburg this past week, Dr. Mielke has the government on his mind. Click & Listen:

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April 21, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Should the US give up control of the internet? Click & Listen:

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April 14, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – A court ruling involving college athletes is changing the game of football. Click & Listen:

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April 7, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – President Obama came to Ann Arbor to tout his plan to increase the federal minimum wage. Dr. Mielke argues there are more urgent priorities to move the economy forward. Click & Listen:

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March 31, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – March 31st has arrived and with it the deadline to sign-up for health care. Except for the fact that that deadline has actually been extended indefinitely, marking dozens of changes to the law since it went into effect back in October 2013. Click & Listen:

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March 24, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Taking a look at how to rebuild Michigan’s economy. Click & Listen:

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March 17, 2014: David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – GM is facing a number of recalls and lawsuits due to defects tied to 13 deaths. What is the Right Thing to do? Click & Listen:

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March 10, 2014: Business Ethos: Tax and Spend Again – David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – President Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2015 calls for an increase in spending and taxes for upper income Americans. Is this budget the ‘Right Thing to do’?

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March 3, 2014: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – The price of health care can be mystifying, with prices for the same procedures varying greatly. Should you know in advance how much health care will cost you so that you can shop around for the best price? Click & Listen:

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February 24, 2014: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Learn the history behind the minimum wage and what would happen to the economy if it were raised. Click & Listen:

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February 17, 2014: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – The President is charging Vice President Joe Biden with leading an across the board reform of federal job training. Is the ‘Right Thing to do’? Click & Listen:

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February 10, 2014: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – After waiting almost three years for a Farm Bill, President Obama finally signed it during his visit to Michigan last week. Is the bill the ‘Right Thing to do’? Click & Listen:

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February 3, 2014: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – It’s called POTS – Plain Old Telephone Service – and if some Michigan lawmakers have their way, landline phone service could be ending. Is this the ‘Right Thing To Do’? Click & Listen:

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January 27, 2014: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – The state is contributing $350 million to help save the DIA and pay worker pensions. Is the pledge of state dollars “The Right Thing to do”? Click & Listen:

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January 20, 2014: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – A budget deal passed recently in Washington, D.C., but didn’t one pass in December as well? Dr. Mielke offers suggestions to the media to do a better job of reporting what’s coming out of Congress. Click & Listen:

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January 13, 2014: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Congress carved out a deal to cut the budget. Now it is considering restoring some of those cuts. Click & Listen:

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January 6, 2014: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Is the recent bi-partisan deal to pass a budget in Washington, D.C. a telling sign for the upcoming year? Dr. Mielke predicts that despite the last minute cooperation between lawmakers not much will be accomplished and he explains why. Click & Listen:

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December 30, 2013: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – The Affordable Care Act doesn’t look anything like it did when it was first rolled out. Dr. Mielke looks at the myriad of changes and what they could mean for the future of Obamacare. Click & Listen:

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December 16, 2013: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – It’s called POTS – Plain Old Telephone Service – and if some Michigan lawmakers have their way, landline phone service could be ending. Is this the ‘Right Thing To Do’? Click & Listen:

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December 9, 2013: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Despite congressional hearings underway examining questionable political maneuvering by the IRS, the agency has introduced new regulations to further restrict the ability of nonprofit groups to participate in elections. Click & Listen:

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November 25, 2013: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Lawmakers have changed a 200 year-old Senate rule to eliminate the filibuster for certain Presidential nominations. Dr. Mielke takes a look at what’s behind the move. Click & Listen:

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November 11, 2013: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – As the uproar over the health insurance cancellations intensifies, there is now a move to have insurance companies change the effective date for the cancellations from December 31st to March 31st. Is this the “Right Thing to do?” Click & Listen:

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November 4, 2013: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Dr. Mielke examines the controversy over the IRS targeting conservative groups filing for non-profit status. Click & Listen:

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October 28, 2013: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Dr. Mielke takes a look at a promising plan for tax reform that could potentially increase worker wages and generate economic growth. Click & Listen:

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October 21, 2013: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Children in the U.S. score lower on standardized tests than students in many developing countries. Dr. Mielke presents several ideas for improving our education system. Click & Listen:

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September 16, 2013:  Business Ethos:  Regulatory Overkill –  Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – An activist environment within the Obama Administration is providing the framework for extraordinary regulatory power.

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September 9, 2013:  Business Ethos: A New Normal for Jobs –  Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU 11.5 million Americans remain unemployed long after the recession officially ended.  Dr. Mielke shows us what’s behind the numbers and argues that no amount of stimulus will help the situation.

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August 26, 2013:  Business Ethos: Perverse Effects –  Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU Is Green Energy and the subsidies that go along with it wasteful spending?

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August 26, 2013:  Business Ethos: A Living Wage for Everyone –  Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU We all want everyone to earn enough to make a decent living and provide for their families.  But when we talk about a living wage, we need to understand the dynamics of economics.  Dr. Mielke says wages rise with productivity and worker productivity rises with business investing in capital.

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August 19, 2013:  Business Ethos: Isn’t the Law, the Law? –  Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – The Affordable Care Act is law.  Or is it?  The President has been dismantling key provisions of the law without approval by Congress.  Is this the ‘Right Thing’ to do?  Read Dr. Mielke’s blog here.

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August 12, 2013:  Business Ethos: The Most Transparent Administration in History?  –  Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU We’re watching for costly new regulations to be implemented from the Environmental Protection Agency soon.  The big problem is that the agency is refusing to disclose the research behind the move, which is directly opposed to fossil fuels and affordable energy.

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August 5, 2013:  Business Ethos: Is the Detroit Bankruptcy the Panacea? –  Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU An inside contractor is giving some insights into why the city is failing.  Will these issues be addressed?

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July 29, 2013:  Business Ethos: Is Market Research Illegal or Unethical? –  Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU Information is king in today’s world.  But what if that information is being used in investment advisory services?

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July 22, 2013:  Business Ethos: Detroit Bankruptcy –  Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU The City of Detroit has filed for bankruptcy, and now creditors and pensioners wonder whether they’ll ever be paid.  Was bankruptcy ‘The Right Thing to do?”

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July 15, 2013:  Business Ethos: Regulation Keeps On Truckin’ –  Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU Truck drivers and federal regulators have been battling over new driving restrictions that went into effect earlier this month.  The changes impact their driving time, work week, and money, but will they actually promote safety on our highways?

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July 8, 2013:  Business Ethos: Fix the Farm Bill –  Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU The fate of the 5 year, half-trillion dollar farm bill is up to Congress.  62 Republicans voted against it last month, despite House Speaker John Boehner urging support.  Conservatives are pressing for more cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program, which is part of the farm bill.  Dr. Mielke proposes a solution to the impasse.

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July 1, 2013:  Business Ethos: Strangled By Red Tape – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU The incredible increase in federal regulations spans political parties and costs trillions of dollars, even impacting your own household budget.   Dr. Mielke makes a case for deregulation of our government.

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June 24, 2013:  Business Ethos:  Packing the Court – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU Eighty-five federal judgeships are sitting vacant.  Judges are not being confirmed fast enough to keep up with attrition as older judges retire.  One court where this isn’t happening is the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, where some believe the President is attempting to “pack the court.”  Dr. Mielke explains why.

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June 17,  2013:  Business Ethos: Punishing Apple – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU Did Apple collude with publishers to raise e-book prices?  The U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust case against Apple is trying to prove that Apple served as the “ringmaster” of a conspiracy in violation of the Sherman antitrust act.   But do they have a case?  Read Dr Mielke’s blog here, and listen to our conversation at the link below.

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June 10, 2013:  Business Ethos: One Cost and Benefit of Immigration – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU Today Dr. Mielke tackles the complicated issue of immigration and says there is a good reason to pass comprehensive immigration reform, but it’s one that few are talking about.

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June 3, 2013:  Business Ethos:  Taxing Apple- Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – The largest U.S. corporate taxpayer is being accused of skating out of paying an additional millions in taxes.  The company is Apple – – is it the problem?  Or is it an antiquated tax system to blame? Click & Listen:

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May 20, 2013:  Business Ethos:  Health Care for Everyone – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – With October 1, 2013 fast approaching, there are still a lot of questions regarding the expansion of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges.   Dr. Mielke tells us about an innovative pilot project in Florida that allows low income people to choose health plans on a “Medicaid marketplace”, saving $1 billion a year.  He says this illustrates how an overhaul of Medicaid should be the first course of business before expanding the program. Click & Listen:

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May 13, 2013:  Business Ethos:  Feeding the World – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU The ongoing debate over the safety of GMOs, or Genetically Modified foods, has one major grocery chain voluntarily labeling such food items.  The U.S. FDA and major scientific academies in Europe all say GMOs present no new health risks.  Dr. Mielke takes a look at the controversy and says GMOs may be the answer to feeding the world’s hungry. Click & Listen:

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May 6, 2013:  Business Ethos: Once Again Flying the “Friendly Skies” – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – The FAA has now moved funds in its budget to get flights flying again, following the furloughs due to the sequester. Dr. Mielke explores whether the furloughs were the “Right Thing to do” and argues that Congress should consider privatizing U.S. air travel. Click & Listen:

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April 29, 2013:  Business Ethos: The Rush to Tax Online Sales  – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU Brick and mortar stores say they just want a level playing field by requiring internet retailers to collect sales tax.  However, there are serious considerations regarding allowing states to require a tax on another state, and whether changing the law would set precedent and unintended consequences for businesses.  Read Dr. Mielke’s blog on this topic here, and click the link below to listen to our conversation. Click & Listen:

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April 15, 2013:  Business Ethos: Prepare for the Budget Battles – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU Dr. Mielke takes a look at President Obama’s just-released budget for 2014.  It includes an increase in spending, a slow-down in social security payment increases, and major tax increases. Click & Listen:

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April 8, 2013:  Business EthosGrowing Agricultural Subsidies - Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU We take a look at some interesting details concerning the recent Farm Bill and what it funds, and how some African Americans, Hispanics, and women are alleging discrimination when it comes to who gets farm subsidies. Click & Listen:

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April 1, 2013:  Business EthosThe Sequester:  Crime and Punishment –  Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU The sequester – $85 billion in federal budget cuts – is underway.  Dr. Mielke takes a look at the impact so far. Click & Listen:

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March 25, 2013:  Business Ethos:  The Budget Battles Continue –  Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU Will the U.S. Senate and House ever reconcile their different budget proposals?  The House wants to repeal Obamacare, but the Senate says that’s not going to happen.  Dr. Mielke says the promise of affordable health care for everyone is unlikely.  He looks at what’s at stake and says the biggest problem is that no one is offering an alternative. Click & Listen:

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March 18, 2013:  Business Ethos:  Detroit:  Is Bankruptcy Better?  – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – There has been criticism of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder for appointing an emergency financial manager for the city of Detroit, with some saying it’s undemocratic.  Dr. Mielke takes us through the process of what the new EFM Kevyn Orr is charged with doing over the next 18 months, whether the state is going to have to pony up money to save Detroit, and why Detroit can’t save itself.  Read Dr. Mielke’s blog on this, by clicking here. Click & Listen:

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March 11, 2013:  Business Ethos:  Disappearing Head Start  – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU Since 1962, Ypsilanti has been part of a federal study to determine the success of early childhood programs.  Now President Obama is citing it as proof that government subsidized pre-school should be expanded.  But is this really the Right Thing to Do? Click & Listen:

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March 4, 2013:  Business Ethos: Are You a 29er?  Is Your Company a 49er?  – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU Part-time job sharing where employees work a maximum of 29 hours and companies limiting employees to a total of 49 are the result of a mandate from Washington.  Dr. Mielke explains what’s behind this new phenomenon. Click & Listen:

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February 25, 2013:  Business Ethos: Should you be forced to hire criminals?   – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU Did you know that the government is pushing for businesses to hire criminals and even encouraging an end to criminal background checks?  Dr. Mielke takes a look at what’s behind the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s support of convicted felons. Click & Listen:

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February 18, 2013:  Business Ethos:  Going Over the Sequester Cliff – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU Another cliff is coming. This one is called ‘The Sequester.”  The reference is to more cuts in the budget that will hit in March, unless lawmakers are able to craft a deal.  But Dr. Mielke says the sequester will actually help the economy and he explains why. Click & Listen:

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February 11, 2013:  Business Ethos: Abuse of Power  – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU We take a look at President Obama’s recent appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and a subsequent court ruling finding that these appointments were illegal and an abuse of the President’s power. Click & Listen:

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February 4, 2013:  Business Ethos:  A Balancing Act – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Heading to work with a cold or the flu?  Stop and ask yourself, “Is this the Right Thing to do?”  Also, should all employers be required to offer their employees sick time? Click & Listen:

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January 28, 2013:  Business Ethos – The Right Thing To Do: Roads for the Future – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has made it a priority to get Michigan’s roads and bridges fixed.  His plan is to increase revenues through “user fees”, saying the users should pay to keep our roads maintained.  Dr. Mielke explains what this is the right thing to do.

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January 21, 2013:  Business Ethos:  Did You Get the Best Deal Online? – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU A Wall Street Journal study shows that online prices vary for the same product.  Dr. Mielke shows us how this differential pricing system works and why it’s the right thing to do, despite the fact that there is no way to tell if you are getting the best price. Click & Listen:

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January 14, 2013:  Business Ethos – The Right Thing To Do:  Is ‘Free’ Money A Good Thing? – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMUAnn Arbor City Council last week voted to accept federal grant money for a wind turbine project that involves a partnership between a New York company and the Ann Arbor Public Schools.  Dr. Mielke says there are too many questions revolving around the deal with an industry that still needs government support after two decades.  Read Dr. Mielke’s blog here, and listen to his interview at the link below. Click & Listen:

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December 31, 2012:  Business Ethos – The Right Thing To Do:  Closing Loopholes to Avoid the Fiscal CliffDr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – With the fiscal cliff still a cliffhanger in Washington, D.C., Dr. Mielke puts the controversy into terms we can all understand. Click & Listen:

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December 17, 2012:  Business Ethos –  Cashing Out: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU As we get ever closer to the impending fiscal cliff, it appears individual tax rates are poised to increase.  But there are other tax increases due on dividends, capital gains, and a new surcharge for Obamacare, which means many are starting to cash out to prevent further payouts.  Click here to read Dr. Mielke’s blog. Click & Listen:

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December 10, 2012:  Business EthosFree Markets versus Subsidies: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU Government subsidized energy companies have been fraught with failure.  Dr. Mielke argues the Right Thing to do is let the free market play out, as is evident by the success of the natural gas industry. Click & Listen:

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December 3, 2012:  Business Ethos – Lots of Debt, No Degree: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU For the last year the student loan market has been run by the U.S. government.  President Obama is encouraging “easy to get loans”, but half of these students will never achieve a degree.  Are we just saddling students with massive debt that will be impossible to pay back?  Read more about this on Dr. Mielke’s blog here, and listen to our conversation at the link below. Click & Listen:

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November 12, 2012:  Business Ethos – The Right Thing To Do:  The Myth of Income Inequality – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU: The argument of increasing taxes on the so-called wealthy (a couple earning more than $250,000 a year) has been based on the premise that there is a growing divide between the “haves” and the “have-nots.”  Dr. Mielke argues that we should be looking at consumption, rather than income, to determine what’s fair.  Read Dr. Mielke’s blog here. Click & Listen:

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November 5, 2012:  Business Ethos – The Right Thing To DoHire 100,000 More Math & Science Teachers?  –   Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU:  If President Obama is elected for a second term, one of his ideas is to hire tens of thousands of math and science teachers.  Dr. Mielke says it wouldn’t make a big impact and more teachers don’t necessarily mean better results. Click & Listen:

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October 29, 2012: Business Ethos – The Right Thing To Do:  Michigan’s Six Ballot Initiatives  - Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU:  Next week Michigan residents will decide on six statewide ballot proposals.  Dr. Mielke explains what’s at stake and gives his take on how to vote on each one. Click & Listen:

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October 22, 2012:  Business Ethos – Do The Right Thing: Unemployment Rate:  Precise & Bias Free???  –  Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU: Looking at the government calculated unemployment rate, you would think the economy is recovering and President Obama’s economic policies are working.  The administration says the method to determine the rate is “precise and bias free”, but Dr. Mielke shows us why we should be questioning those numbers. Click & Listen:

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October 15, 2012:  Business Ethos – Do The Right Thing: Shipping Water to China During a Drought – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU:  A new export market to China has cropped up and it illustrates what’s wrong with the water policy in the U.S.  Click here to read Dr. Mielke’s blog, and click the link below to listen to our interview. Click & Listen:

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October 8, 2012:   Business Ethos – Do The Right Thing:  Big Brother is Alive and Well – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU:  We should have seen this coming.  George Orwell’s 1984, presents an imaginary future where a totalitarian state controls every aspect of life, even people’s thoughts.Today, in 2012, collecting and tracking license plate numbers is becoming commonplace, and the practice is being expanded throughout the country.  Should we be concerned that our information is so readily available to others?  Dr. Mielke argues it may too late to turn back.  Read Dr. Mielke’s blog here.

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October 1, 2012:  Business Ethos – Do The Right Thing: The Fed is Playing the Stock Market – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU - A $50 billion bailout of GM gave the U.S. government stock in the company. GM is now healthy and wants to buy back its stock from the government, but Treasury officials won’t sell. Why is the government holding onto General Motors? Click & Listen:

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September 24, 2012: Business Ethos – Do The Right Thing: The Fed to the Rescue? Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMUIt’s called QE-3, or “Quantitative Easing”, and this is the third time the Fed has intervened in the bond markets to try to get the economy on track by buying $40 billion a month of mortgage backed securities. But Dr. Mielke says the rationale is flawed and he explains why it won’t help ease the unemployment lines. Click & Listen:

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September 17, 2012: Business Ethos – Do The Right Thing: When Is Enough, Enough? Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMUThe Chicago teachers’ strike is a good illustration of what’s wrong with unions today. With the average Chicago teacher making $71,000 a year, the union is fighting for a 29% increase over two years. Dr. Mielke shows us how the numbers say it all. Click & Listen:

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September 10, 2012: Business Ethos – Do The Right Thing: Too Taxing To Be Competitive – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMU – Why are so many U.S. companies moving their headquarters abroad? Dr. Mielke argues that the U.S. corporate tax structure is driving them away. Click & Listen:

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August 20, 2012: Business Ethos – Do The Right Thing: Corn: Food or Fuel? Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMUCorn production is at the lowest level since 2006, thanks to the heat and drought across the nation. World leaders are even asking the U.S. to do something to avert another wave of food shocks. But is anyone in our government listening? Dr. Mielke says the EPA and President Obama are doing nothing. Click & Listen:

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August 6, 2012: Business Ethos – Do The Right Thing: Need for Health Care Exchange – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMUMichigan’s Republican-controlled legislature is balking at setting-up a Health Care Exchange, which is a major part of Obama Care. Dr. Mielke argues despite the cost and confusion over the plan, creating the exchange is the “Right Thing to Do.” Read his blog here, and listen to our interview below. Click & Listen:

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July 30, 2012: Business Ethos – Do The Right Thing: Another Student Subsidy? Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMUThe Obama administration is proposing to change the private loan market for students, giving them greater ability to declare bankruptcy and take away the ability of financial institutions to provide such loans. Dr. Mielke says this is not the “Right Thing to Do.” Click the link below to listen to our interview, and click here to read his blog. Click & Listen:

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July 23, 2012: Business Ethos – The Right Thing To Do: Taxing Online Sales: Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMUIf you live in a state like Michigan, which doesn’t require online sales to be automatically taxed, you still have to declare those sales when you do your taxes at the end of the year. Dr. Mielke says it’s time to level the playing field and tax all online sales. Click & Listen:

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July 16, 2012:  Business Ethos – Do The Right Thing:  Health Reform Law Quiz – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMUTake the quiz with us and see how much you actually know about what the Affordable Health Care Act and how it will change your life. Click & Listen:

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 July 9, 2012:  Business Ethos – “The Right Thing to Do”:   Is College Worth the Debt? Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at EMUIs the value of a 4-year degree worth it? What happens if that degree is obtained through a for-profit college? Dr. Mielke takes a look at the cost of a college education and suggests that we examine whether a 3-year degree program might be the “Right Thing to do.” Click & Listen:

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June 25, 2012: The Right Thing To Do: Is Michigan More Like California & Illinois? – Dr. David Mielke, Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University: Huge pension payments and liabilities for public employees and teachers are creating a tenuous budget situation in California and Illinois. What about Michigan? Dean Mielke says while there have been improvements made in the state’s spending, the legislature missed a golden opportunity concerning the public schools. Click & Listen:

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June 19, 2012: Business Ethos: Dr. David Mielke, Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University – Spending Frenzy: With concern over government spending, Dr. Mielke reveals the one government agency that is tracking to be the worst offender of all. Click & Listen:

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June 11, 2012:  Business Ethos: Dr. David Mielke, Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University – What is a Free Market Economy and How Does It Work? Click & Listen:

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June 4, 2012: Business Ethos – Green Energy Fizzles: Dr. David Mielke, Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University – Renewable energy standards prompting higher electric bills, a dramatic slowdown for companies making advanced batteries for cars, and solar businesses going dark. It turns out the big push to go green has come at a high cost. Click & Listen:

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May 21, 2012: Business Ethos: Dr. David Mielke, Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan UniversityTaxing Medical Innovations: Another impact of Obamacare is a provision to tax a single industry to help pay for it – medical devices. Dr. Mielke says this will be a job – and innovation – killer. Click & Listen:

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May 14, 2012:  Business Ethos:   Dr. David Mielke, Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University – A Solution for Student Loan Interest Rates:  The interest rate on student loans is set to rise to 6.8% on July 1 and many are calling for a hold on the current rate of 3.4%.  There’s no question that the average debt load a student carries can be overwhelming, but is a lower interest rate really the answer?  Dr. Mielke gives the government another answer it should be working on instead. Click & Listen:

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May 7, 2012:  Business Ethos:   Dr. David Mielke, Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University – Fixing the Fed:  Are low interest rates the “Right Thing to Do”?  Federal Reserve Board head Ben Bernanke continues to engineer low interest rates.  Dr. Mielke takes a look at the impact the Federal Reserve Board is having on our economy, business, and public institutions. Click & Listen:

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April 30, 2012:  Dr. David Mielke, Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University – Surplus of Disabled Workers?:  We recently talked about the proposed new regulation requiring all companies that have government contracts to have at least 7% of their employees as disabled, making us wonder whether there was a sufficient pool of candidates.  Apparently  the answer is yes, but not necessarily due to government fraud.  Dr. Mielke takes a look at the alarming increase in disability benefits.

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April 23, 2012: Business Ethos: Another New Government Mandate – Dr. David Mielke, Dean of the College of Business, Eastern Michigan University - Most of the largest corporations, universities and many small businesses that do business with the federal government will be compelled to adopt a 7% hiring quota for disabled job applicants, under this new Obama Administration initiative. Dr. Mielke talks about the impact and whether it actually makes sense. Click & Listen:

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April 16, 2012:   Business Ethos: Dr. David Mielke, Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University – The Power of the Press: The beef industry calls it “boneless lean beef trimmings”, but you know it better as “pink slime.” Dr. Mielke tells us how one disgruntled worker and a series of news reports caused a loss of jobs, even more cattle to be slaughtered, and higher hamburger prices. But are we any safer? Click & Listen:

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April 9, 2012: Dr. David Mielke, Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University – Windmills & Birds: While the U.S. Justice Department is prosecuting oil companies for in advertently killing some protected birds, it looks the other way when such deaths are the result of wind turbines. Why the double standard? Click & Listen:

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April 2, 2012: Business Ethos: Dr. David Mielke, Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University – Pensions to Fund Highways? - The U.S. House and the Senate are working on bills to bailout the Highway Trust fund, and they are looking for ways to fund this bailout. Dr. Mielke shows us how pensions may end up funding highway subsidies. Click & Listen:

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March 26, 2012:  Business Ethos: Dr. David Mielke, Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University – What To Do About Highway Spending: As Michigan tries to deal with its dilapidated roads, it’s time to look at what has gone wrong with the national Highway Trust Fund. Dr. Mielke says this fund hasn’t covered the amount of money spent since 2008. He offers a solution to get us back on track. Click & Listen:

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March 12, 2012: Business Ethos: Dr. David Mielke, Dean, EMU College of Business: Ethos Week Tony Valukas, chairman of Jenner and Block law firm in Chicago and the lead attorney in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy case is the keynote speaker at EMU Ethos Week’s Capstone Luncheon on Friday March 16th. Dr. Mielke takes us inside what started the collapse of the financial house of Lehman Brothers and the ethical questions concerning Wall Street. Click & Listen:

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March 5, 2012:  The Marshmallow Test With 45% of Americans not paying any income taxes and a push for the top earners to pay more, maybe it’s time to stoke up the fire and have a good old-fashioned marshmallow roast.  Dr. Mielke explains how the Marshmallow Test demonstrates what’s wrong with U.S. public policies. Click & Listen:

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February 27, 2012: Dr. David Mielke, Dean, EMU College of Business: Blood versus Bone Marrow – It’s not unusual (or unethical) to get paid to donate blood. So, why not get paid for donating bone marrow as well? Dr. Mielke says bone marrow is continuously produced by the body and harvesting it is almost as simple as blood donation. Yet the U.S. Justice Department is fighting plans to allow payment for bone marrow donations. Click & Listen:

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February 20, 2012:  Dr. David Mielke, Dean, EMU College of Business:  Taxing Carbons – As of this year, any plane flying over the territory of the European Union must pay a tax credit based on its carbon emissions.  It’s not just based on the miles flown over Europe, but its entire trip.  Dr. Mielke says it’s one of the most far-reaching measures adopted by any government to regulate greenhouse gases.  He tells us why it’s not “The Right Thing to Do.” Click & Listen:

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February 13, 2012: Business Ethos: Dr. David Mielke, Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University – Who Is Next on the Bad List of Financial Institutions: First it was the banks and mortgage companies, now payday lenders are the target. President Obama added these companies that primarily service low income people to his list of financial villains. Dr. Mielke explains why this is the wrong thing to do.

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February 6, 2012:  Business Ethos:  Dr. David Mielke, Dean, EMU College of Business:  Primary Primer – Debates, negative ads,  PACs, and the press have all contributed to the tone of this year’s Republican Presidential Primaries.  Dr. Mielke calls for some changes to the process. Click & Listen:

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January 30, 2012: Business Ethos: Dr. David Mielke, Dean, EMU College of Business: SOPA Soup - Legislation to expand U.S. power to counter international online content pirates has come under scrutiny with opponents charging it would harm free speech. But is this over reaction? Dr. Mielke says without rights that protect creativity and innovation there will be far fewer ideas and products to steal. Click & Listen: 

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January 23, 2012: Business Ethos: Dr. David Mielke, Dean, EMU College of Business: How do we (assuming we are) continue to be globally competitive?: With containerized shipping one of the biggest drivers of the global economy, Dr. Mielke calls on the U.S. government to expedite the expansion of U.S. ports.

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January 16, 2011: Business Ethos: Dr. David Mielke, Dean, EMU College of Business: Picking A Fight– The ethical issues surrounding recess appointments seem to come up every year. When the Senate is in recess, the President has the right to make appointments. But recently President Obama exercised this authority when Congress was not in recess. Dr. Mielke explores the legal and ethical implications of such moves. Click & Listen:

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January 9, 2012:  Dean David Mielke, EMU College of Business:  Legal Insider Trading – Insider trading is illegal, right?  Not for hedge funds or other firms whose lobbyists meet with government officials to get information before it’s released. Click & Listen:

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January 5, 2012:  Dean David Mielke, EMU College of Business:  Coal Power Play- Will forcing power plants to install technology to reduce pollutants really save billions of dollars in health benefits? Click & Listen:

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December 22, 2011:  Dean David Mielke, EMU College of Business:  Cellulosic Fuel - The combined Bush-Obama Administrations have pumped at least $1.5 billion of grants and loan subsidies to start-up energy producers, yet the return on our investment has been questionable at best and non-existent at worst.  At the same time, oil companies are being penalized for not using a product that doesn’t even exist. Click & Listen:

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December 15, 2011:  Dean David Mielke, EMU College of Business:  Taxes and the Top 1% - The Occupy groups have targeted America’s richest people calling for increased taxes on them, but Dr. Mielke says these protestors may be misinformed. Click & Listen:

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December 8, 2011: Drug Denial - The FDA has rescinded approval for Avastin to treat advanced breast cancer, saying it did not increase overall survival.  But was this decision politically-motivated? Click & Listen:

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December 1, 2011:  Has the EPA Gone Too Far? – Out-of-control regulations imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency are impacting the economy negatively.  Dr. David Mielke says it’s time for Congress to step in and take back control. Click & Listen:

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November 17, 2011:  Phone TrackingLegal challenges are underway to counter state and federal authorities from monitoring your cell phone activity with little judicial oversight.  Dr. Mielke takes a look at what’s at stake and what’s the right thing to do. Click & Listen:

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November 10, 2011:  Prescription Drug Shortages:  By the end of the year it’s estimated that more than 300 prescription drugs will be in short supply, perhaps some that you are taking.  Dr. Mielke examines the causes to our nation’s drug shortage crisis.

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November 3, 2011:  Government Austerity:  A Myth – Dr. Mielke gives us a primer on the U.S. budget and its impact on our economy.  He says we still have a spending problem and points out that the Obama years have brought the largest three deficits in history. Click & Listen:

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October 27, 2011:  Budget Gimmicks – From “emergency spending” to “fake Federal pay freezes”, Congress uses plenty of false treats to trick the American public by concealing billions in Federal deficit spending. Click & Listen:

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October 20, 2011:  Health Care Meltdown – As controversy continues over Obama Care, one part of the Affordable Care Act has now been cancelled.  Dr. Mielke explains why and tells us why scrapping  long-term care is the “Right Thing” to do.  Click & Listen:

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October 13, 2011:  Dead Wrong Seven oil and gas companies are accused of killing migratory birds and violating the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  Dr. Mielke says it’s absurd to hold the companies liable and questions whether this is selective prosecution by the US Attorney. Click & Listen:

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October 6, 2011:  The 2013 Tax Bomb – If you think taxes are high now, wait until you see what’s coming in a few years.  Dr. Mielke says huge rate increases are coming, and explains why. Click & Listen:

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September 29, 2011:  Filling Out the Forms – It’s estimated that the cost of government paperwork totals more than $176 billion a year.Dr. Mielke blames increasing government regulation on the economy. Click & Listen:

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September 22, 2011:  The Solyndra Scandal – Is it right for the government to pick winners and losers when it comes to supporting private businesses with public monies?  A more than $500 million government loan to a California solar panel company wasn’t enough to keep that company from going bankrupt and putting more than a thousand people out of work.  Dr. Mielke warns that Michigan’s battery innovators may be next. Click & Listen:

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September 15, 2011:  Food for Thought – With 47% of Americans now receiving some form of government support, Dr. Mielke says it’s time to examine the Food Stamp Program to rid it of waste and fraud. Click & Listen:

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September 8, 2011:  Politicizing a Hurricane - What does federal funding for major U.S. disasters, such as Hurricane Irene, have to do with making luxury electric cars?  Last week, the Democrats attacked House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for obstructing more funding for disaster relief.  Dr. Mielke gives us the real story behind these charges.

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September 1, 2011:  Tax the Rich! – Dr. Mielke argues that increasing taxes on the ultra rich as a way to raise money for the federal government will actually reduce the total amount of money collected.  He shows us why and argues that we should be creating policies to create more millionaires and billionaires. Click & Listen:

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August 25, 2011:  How to Kill the Economy Economic uncertainty (volatile stock markets, foreign debt crises, debt reduction, etc.) is being compounded by new regulations, investigations, obstacles to investment, more spending and higher taxes.  What on earth is President Obama thinking? Click & Listen:

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August 18, 2011:  Leading from the Front – What should the U.S. do about the increasing concern for the economy?  Dr. Mielke has some suggestions for President Obama to jump start the nation that will not result in new spending and will help reduce the deficit.  He says these are the “Right Things to Do.” Click & Listen:

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August 11, 2011:  Repatriation of Corporate Earnings  It’s estimated that corporations have almost $1 trillion abroad.  A tax holiday is being proposed that would allow U.S. companies to bring profits and cash from profits back to the U.S. and pay a much reduced  tax rate.   Dr. Mielke explains why this could help spur our economy, but he offers caution as well. Click & Listen:

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August 4, 2011:  FAA Shutdown Did you know that the Federal Aviation Administration has been partially shut down since mid-July?  Short-term funding measures have been keeping it afloat since 2007, but a battle over the funding, subsidies, and unions has Dr. Mielke questioning what’s going on in Washington.

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