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March 1, 2010

BANKRUPT NATION

Where will we find the courage to solve our ruinous debt problem?

It is all but impossible to talk about our booming national debt without falling into cliché. In hock up to the eyeballs is one that comes to mind. In modern times, at least since World […] Read More

March 1, 2010

CONSTRUCTION OUTLOOK

Construction in 2010 faces a bleak outlook.

The outlook remains bleak for put-in-place construction for 2010. Credit remains tight, unemployment remains at a high level and the risk of commercial mortgage-backed securities looms. Total construction in 2010 will be down 4% after […] Read More

January 1, 2010

BE FRUITFUL: MULTIPLY

The economic multiplier from manufacturing is a net positive, but gaining that benefit isn't easy.

When specialty vehicle maker Supreme Industries, Inc., of Goshen, Indiana, converted a truck body plant in Woodburn, Oregon, into a maker of shuttle buses in 2009, the goal was surviving the recession. The impact of […] Read More

September 1, 2009

CONFOUNDING COMPARISONS

Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, pride, wrath—six of the seven deadly sins. The one you should worry about most is No. 7 ... envy.

Jackson Nickerson, a business professor at Washington University in St. Louis, tells the story of a metals service center that promoted a new supervisor from the ranks of shop-floor workers. You wouldn’t think this would […] Read More