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Where Up is Down and We All Take a Ride on the Merry-go-round

2015 was a depressing yet hopeful year politically. Depressing, because it further emphasized the economic disparity throughout America that is ripping our country apart at the seams through the polarization of extremes on both sides of the spectrum, which in the process has squeezed out rationality. Hopeful, because on several fronts of the local, national, and statewide landscape, people were looking outside the mainstream for ways to fix the system.

17th December, 2015 | 0 Comments

​Many pundits and investors alike seemed stunned that Janet Yellen, chair of the Board of Governors’ of Federal Reserve didn’t announce interest rate hikes in September. It doesn’t take much searching to find many of these same pundits and investors were completely shocked by the 2008 crash, as we heard repeated over and over: “Nobody could have seen this coming!”

05th November, 2015 | 0 Comments

No one will dispute that Barack Obama’s historic win in 2008 was due in large part to the collapse of Wall Street and the devastating effect it had on the American economy. Republicans ran the country for almost a decade and told us that less regulation on the banks was good for everyone. And then we had to give them trillions of taxpayer dollars so they could pay their CEOs enormous bonuses while we got the shaft.

03rd September, 2015 | 0 Comments

Three meetings of Bernie Sanders for President supporters were held in the Tri-cities on July 29. 35 people attended in Bay City, 44 in Saginaw and 20 in Midland. The Vermont Senator gave a 20-minute video address and over 100,000 people attended the 3,500 campaign kick-off events across the USA.

13th August, 2015 | 0 Comments

2014 was a depressing year politically because it clearly proved how the expansive growth of corporate influence in the wake of the Citizens United decision made several years ago, in which the United States Supreme Court decided that corporate entities are entitled to the same constitutional 1st amendment protections as individual citizens, opened government at all levels to an unfettered assault of influence peddling – those with the biggest bank rolls to influence the direction of our democracy are the winners; and today the simple reality is that principal trumps-out principles.

26th December, 2014 | 0 Comments

(or yearning for the days before Al Gore Invented the Internet)

Congratulations to all for surviving the most difficult of all seasons.  No, I am not talking about a Michigan winter or a buck-less hunting season, but Campaign Season.  It’s not like we don’t value our right to vote.

06th November, 2014 | 0 Comments

 It’s not something I am particularly proud of, but I am a veteran of a few rocky relationships. The story is usually somewhat similar.  The atmosphere, on the best days, shifts to one of barely tolerating each other.

24th July, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tracing the Arc of a Classic Rags to Riches to Rags Story

If there is one thing we love more than a “rags to riches” story, it’s a “rags to riches to rags” story.  These don’t necessarily have to be tales of economic feast and famine.

30th January, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Politics is the Entertainment Branch of Industry” – Frank Zappa It’s a Barnum & Bailey world again this year; and Review Magazine offers its annual perspective on the paper moon of politics in 2013.

19th December, 2013 | 0 Comments

Regional Professionals Discuss Impressions on the Impact of Obamacare

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act - a new law that started out at 2,000 pages and ended up as an unbelievable 20,000-page document slated to put into place comprehensive health insurance reforms for all Americans.

26th September, 2013 | 0 Comments

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