Eye on the Pie

MARCUS: Happy news is the remedy for realityRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Morton Marcus
The elderly woman sat before me nervously straightening the seams of her dark gray stockings.
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MARCUS: Changing roles cause conflictRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Morton Marcus
Americans are uncomfortable when responsibilities between the public and private sectors shift.

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MARCUS: A feast of perceptions about health care

August 10, 2009
Morton Marcus
Lots of people are without health insurance, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they go without health care. Others have insurance that doesn’t cover their needs. Either they don’t get the care or they go broke in the process.
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MARCUS: Economic slump inspires platitudes galore

August 3, 2009
Morton Marcus
If the problem is that consumers and businesses are not spending because banks aren’t lending, then government making it easier for banks to lend and consumers to spend is a good thing. The stimulus plan is right on target.
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MARCUS: Will children make good leaders?Restricted Content

July 27, 2009
Morton Marcus
As a quiet person, I am not likely to intrude when I run across egregious wrongs. Most often I let dastardly deeds go without comment. Someday, I hope, I will overcome this character defect and stand up in opposition to wrongdoers.
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MARCUS: Men, women use time differentlyRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Morton Marcus
On an average day, nearly 83 percent of women, but only 64 percent of men, spend time engaged in household activities, according to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Plus, when women engage in household activities, they average two hours and 35 minutes per day while men average two hours and one minute.
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MARCUS: If not taxes, how about user fees?Restricted Content

July 13, 2009
Morton Marcus
“Most people hate to pay taxes,” Gregory Goad said. “They don’t appreciate the services taxes support, they don’t understand why taxes are necessary, or they don’t like to help people in need.”
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MARCUS: Budget made by rudderless LegislatureRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Morton Marcus
If we are lucky, by the time you read these words the Indiana General Assembly will have passed a new budget. Democrats use tarot cards and Republicans chicken innards to determine how much to spend. There are alternatives.
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MARCUS: Grouch finds good in the economyRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Morton Marcus
To use a gardening metaphor, have the courage to prune back in a tough economy, and plant new seeds before the weather improves.
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EYE ON THE PIE: Watch your pocket; someone may pick itRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Morton Marcus
The unexpected move of NCR Corp. from Ohio to Georgia illustrates how even the best corporate citizens can show a fickle streak.
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MARCUS: We all helped kill the auto industryRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Morton Marcus
There are nearly no innocent parties to the conspiracy that brought the Big Three low, from greedy executives to combative labor unions to elderly uninformed stockholders.
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MARCUS: Let's reassess reassessmentRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Morton Marcus
The process of assessment could be simplified and performed uniformly and inexpensively.
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Consider progressive taxesRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Morton Marcus
Put some progressivity into Indiana tax rates when passing the Indiana state budget.
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General Assembly heeds public mayhem, not public policyRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Morton Marcus
Which group should make the spending decisions? Consumers or elected officials?
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Author's work may go unfinishedRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Morton Marcus
There are four main points I want to cover directly and simply: oil prices, the obsession with homeownership, the usual desire for more, and the need to understand economic history.
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Indiana wages now well below averageRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Morton Marcus
Last week the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released its estimates of county personal income and all the detail comprising those data.
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Is poor management Indiana's problem?Restricted Content

April 27, 2009
Morton Marcus
Hoosiers identify many factors contributing to our state's long-term economic difficulties. It is fashionable to blame our workers. It is easy to decry a lack of natural amenities: no mountains, no coral reefs. Our public schools are inferior and perhaps our higher education is overrated. Our taxes are too high but we have substandard government services. We ain't got no culture. Rarely do we hear anyone say that our problem is management.
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General Assembly is shame of IndianaRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Morton Marcus
When we read that all the Democrats in the House voted against all the Republicans in the House on a given issue, we know independence has been cruelly killed by the leadership of each party. The same applies to the Senate.
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EYE ON THE PIE: General Assembly is shame of Indiana

April 18, 2009
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Taxes, fees should be determined case-by-caseRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Morton Marcus
If an honest case for the general good cannot be made (as in the case of most education services, and, sports, entertainment and tourist facilities), government revenue streams should not be used to support private enterprises.
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Commuting shifts $87 billion in IndianaRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Morton Marcus
Fully 40 of Indiana's 92 counties derived more than half of their earnings from commuters bringing back their compensation from somewhere else.
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To boost Indiana's economic vitality, reform high schools and retrain biz leadersRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Morton Marcus
Beyond a sincere effort to improve high school education, we require massive retraining of our business leaders and managers.
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Things aren't as bad as we thinkRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Morton Marcus
Difficult economic conditions have been faced before and we have both the tools and will to overcome our problems.
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Indiana's wage gap is growingRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Morton Marcus
Indiana leaders need to focus on the increasing gap between the average wage in Indiana and in the nation.
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Feelings may contradict economic factsRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Morton Marcus
How we feel individually about the economy is often at odds with how the economy is performing.
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  1. These liberals are out of control. They want to drive our economy into the ground and double and triple our electric bills. Sierra Club, stay out of Indy!

  2. These activist liberal judges have gotten out of control. Thankfully we have a sensible supreme court that overturns their absurd rulings!

  3. Maybe they shouldn't be throwing money at the IRL or whatever they call it now. Probably should save that money for actual operations.

  4. For you central Indiana folks that don't know what a good pizza is, Aurelio's will take care of that. There are some good pizza places in central Indiana but nothing like this!!!

  5. I am troubled with this whole string of comments as I am not sure anyone pointed out that many of the "high paying" positions have been eliminated identified by asterisks as of fiscal year 2012. That indicates to me that the hospitals are making responsible yet difficult decisions and eliminating heavy paying positions. To make this more problematic, we have created a society of "entitlement" where individuals believe they should receive free services at no cost to them. I have yet to get a house repair done at no cost nor have I taken my car that is out of warranty for repair for free repair expecting the government to pay for it even though it is the second largest investment one makes in their life besides purchasing a home. Yet, we continue to hear verbal and aggressive abuse from the consumer who expects free services and have to reward them as a result of HCAHPS surveys which we have no influence over as it is 3rd party required by CMS. Peel the onion and get to the root of the problem...you will find that society has created the problem and our current political landscape and not the people who were fortunate to lead healthcare in the right direction before becoming distorted. As a side note, I had a friend sit in an ED in Canada for nearly two days prior to being evaluated and then finally...3 months later got a CT of the head. You pay for what you get...

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