Is Free Trade Really Free?

President Obama has been promoting fast track authorization to conclude a pending trade agreement among 12 Pacific nations. In general, Republicans have favored free trade and Democrats have opposed it. The bill was to move forward as a so-called “clean bill” without amendments or other provisions. Now however, both the Republicans and Democrats have been […]

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A College Education and Bankruptcy

You might ask how those two seemingly different issues could be combined. We all have heard about the massive college student loans that have been amassed and the implications for students. Now there is a new move in the courts to claw back tuition from universities for those parents who have filed for Chapter 7 […]

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Something for Everyone…Continued

The vote on Proposal 1 is Tuesday, May 5 and voters will be faced with the choice as to whether or not to raise the sales tax from 6% to 7%. The revenue from the increase is said to be for the roads. Last week we examined the details of the road funding measure. But […]

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Proposal 1: Something for Everyone

Michigan roads are bad and getting worse, but voters will decide whether Proposal 1 and its $1.9 billion price tag is the right fix as they go to the polls on May 5th. But is the proposed increase of the sales tax from 6% to 7% really just for the roads?

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Turn the Lights Off If Nobody’s Home

Changes in how people are getting their electricity and the approaching closure of several coal-fired plants are leading Michigan’s energy providers to question the stability of our electrical capacity. You may have seen the television ads advancing the possibility of power shortages. Will rolling blackouts become common? Are we headed for an energy crisis? Is […]

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What’s In Your Wallet?

Check your purse or pocket. How many dollar coins do you find? When is the last time, or even the first time, that you have seen a Susan B. Anthony, Sacagawea or Presidential dollar coin? Why were they ever minted? Of what value are these dollar coins, other than a dollar of course, in today’s […]

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The Incredible, Edible Egg

You may remember this advertising jingle to promote one of the least expensive sources of protein. I imagine that many people followed an Easter tradition of coloring eggs and placing them in Easter baskets, or having an Easter egg hunt. A couple of weeks ago we talked about the move by many fast food and […]

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Keeping the Supreme Court Busy

The US Supreme Court heard a case last Wednesday over whether the Environmental Protection Agency erred when it adopted the first ever regulations requiring power plants to cut emissions of mercury and other toxic air pollutants. This is one more in the string of cases the Supreme Court has heard challenging the legality of the […]

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Will We Ever Get A Budget?

President Obama released his budget for next year about a month ago. There was increased spending and taxes, no mention of cutting the deficit and a move to end the sequester legislation passed in 2011. Congress passed and the President signed the Budget Control Bill in 2011, designed to shave about $2 trillion from the […]

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The Real Impact of Obamacare

The Supreme Court last week heard another important case concerning Obamacare. Four plaintiffs have sued regarding the legitimacy of subsidies being provided to individuals in states that have not established their own health care exchanges. The case revolves around 4 words “established by the states”. While the judges debate the intentions of Congress the literal […]

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