Out of Sight, Out of Mind

We have now had a series of Republican and Democrat debates. One topic that seems to have been overlooked is the federal deficit and resulting debt. Rather, we have seen a variety of new program proposals from the candidates that will have a dramatic effect on both. Why has the topic been ignored?

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Brain Drain

Young talent continues to flee Michigan. The state’s Business Roundtable called the ongoing loss of professional talent a serious demographic crisis that threatens economic growth as Michigan’s workforce ages and population growth is stagnant.

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Unemployment: The Other Side of the Coin

About two weeks ago, Paul Krugman, Nobel laureate economist, wrote an article in the NY Times touting the positive economic gains under President Obama and the boom in the number of jobs. President Obama in his State of the Union address also showcased the economy and job market. But is that the whole story?

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Compromise Can Work, Can Our Politicians?

At the end of 2015 we had solid examples that Congress and the President can compromise and pass bills to move forward. They passed a highway and infrastructure bill, budget bill and a bill dealing with a number of tax issues. Another example of compromise reached by a working group convened by the conservative American […]

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If You Can’t Legislate, Regulate – A Summary

In the closing weeks of 2015, we saw a number of important bi-partisan bills, from road funding to the federal budget and tax bill, pass in Congress. The legislation demonstrated that Congress can work. However, we also saw a number of new regulations promulgated by the Obama administration that did not go through the legislative […]

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Compromise: You Win Some and You Lose Some

Congress accomplished something that hasn’t been done for a number of years. They actually completed budget bills, for spending and for taxes, avoiding what had been business as usual, that is passing a continuing resolution to keep the budget the same as the year before and at the last minute merely renewing the expiring tax […]

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We Have Saved the Planet?

On December 12, 2015, after 2 weeks of negotiations in Paris, more than 190 nations agreed on a plan to limit climate change, ending a decades long search for an accord requiring the world’s economies to regulate the emission of gases that scientists say are causing the earth to warm. Whether or not you agree […]

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No Child Left Behind Is Left Behind

The 13 year old No Child Left Behind school reform bill has been replaced. It has been replaced by a new law, signed by President Obama last Thursday. Certainly, one of the most contentious issues of the old bill was the Common Core. Is the new bill an improvement?

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Gun Control Or Mental Health?

The mass shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, or those in Oregon, Arizona, an earlier shooting in Colorado, Connecticut and unfortunately other locations were not seen as acts of terrorism but involved people alleged to have serious mental illness. Amid the public mourning came the fight over gun control. However, is it the […]

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Free Speech at Institutions of Higher or is it Lower Education?

By now you’ve heard that the insurrections at Yale University and the University of Missouri have spread to campuses from California to New Hampshire. Students demand trigger warnings to protect them from uncomfortable topics in the classroom and on the campus, protection from micro-aggressions, safe spaces where no one will challenge their prejudices, programs to […]

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