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War did not end the Great DepressionRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Morton Marcus
It was not World War II that moved America out of the Great Depression.
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Economic illnesses are like virusesRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Morton Marcus
What kind of remedy should be applied to the economy? Surely we want something that will work quickly. But we also want something that will help provide income in the future. That's called investment.
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Elkhart's industries could be transformed to focus on energy conservation and environmental improvementsRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Morton Marcus
Elkhart's industries should shift to producing mass transit vehicles and manufactured housing for low-income, high-density neighborhoods.
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Study American financial historyRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Morton Marcus
Society must learn about the history of global markets in order to prevent further financial calamities.
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State needs more unemployment analysis, statsRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Morton Marcus
How are the economic development professionals in each Indiana county supposed to do their jobs when they don't get quality statistics like those provided to professional sports managers and coaches?
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Good intentions just aren't enoughRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Morton Marcus
Two weeks ago in this space, I offered an over-the-top column about online networks. Many readers failed to recognize the tongue-in-cheek approach to linking up with others. Instead, they interpreted that hyperbolic diatribe as an attack on computers, the modern age, progress and humanity.
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Social networks are intrusive nuisancesRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Morton Marcus
Count me out. I will not be part of your social network. I don't want to be your business buddy. I have no desire to be listed as your friend.
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Recession leads to a new visionRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Morton Marcus
The Rev. Terminus Tufflov was preaching, although he and I were the only people in the sanctuary. "These are hard times, my friend," he said. "The forces of darkness have gathered and are threatening my flock. These economic woes are tests sent from on high to challenge our faith. We must prevail and we will prevail."
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Give to children's charities at the holidaysRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Morton Marcus
As this year closes, you have an opportunity to help causes that help children.
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How can we lure high-paying jobs?Restricted Content

December 15, 2008
Morton Marcus
Industries want to be where they get high output per dollar spent on compensation for workers — wages, salaries and benefits.
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We need an adequately funded census to manage growthRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Morton Marcus
Without good data, public and private decisions will be hampered in the next decade.
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Indiana's current recession may be less severe than 1982'sRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Morton Marcus
With a growing labor market in Indiana, it would seem this recession, thus far, is an economic shock that may be of shorter duration and severity than the 1982 decline.
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Auto industry requires unparalleled effortRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Morton Marcus
While America's auto industry is being transformed to become efficient and environmentally conscious, put laid off auto employees to work educating students.
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Budget cuts threaten local economic data analysisRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Morton Marcus
Budget cuts could eliminate programs that gather and analyze local and state economic data. This would hurt businesses and economic development officials, since they would not have the data that helps them see how their market differs from the state and the nation.
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Hoosiers need greater access to quality health careRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Morton Marcus
Indiana's economic woes are long standing and may be having an adverse effect on the health of our people, because Hoosiers can't consistently gain access to excellent health care.
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Pay off debts, invest in education, enrich livesRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Morton Marcus
In 2008, a Hoosier economist suggests consumers first pay off their debts, then invest in a liberal education and other causes that enrich lives.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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