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SB202 Offers the Wrong Solutions to a Real ProblemMy reference to ideological imbalance refers to the creation of an artificial close-mindedness that stifles debate, isolates important perspectives and diminishes the richness of a college education.View archives
|jobs and employment
|state and local government
|budget and spending
|migration and population change
|workforce and human capital
|November 12, 2023
|Defend Democracies on This Veteran’s DayOur Constitution offers the highest form of a liberal democracy.
|February 19, 2023
|Balancing the Federal BudgetThere’s no silver bullet that will return our debt to comfortable levels.
|January 15, 2023
|Three Types of Public DebtAll types of public debt are effectively transfers of wealth from the future to our present selves.
|January 2, 2022
|2021 Was an Unnecessarily Horrible YearFrom political unrest to vaccination and economic woes, this year was heavy.
|February 16, 2020
|The Economy Is Neither as Good nor Bad as Politicians ClaimEach of us view the economy through our own lens.
|May 20, 2018
|School Referenda and Local GovernmentRecent examples reinforce the simple notions of local governance.
|November 13, 2016
|Three Quick Lessons About the ElectionElections matter, and future elections matter.
|October 9, 2016
|Slow Growth Our Biggest ProblemA 2-percent difference in economic growth means a 63-year lag in stardard of living.
|May 8, 2016
|The Great Hoosier Jobs Lie of 2016Productivity has lead to a growing manufacturing industry, but fewer, better-educated workers.
|November 22, 2015
|Campus ShenanigansCollege should focus on our ideas, passions and character
|November 2, 2014
|Some Big Ideas for the ElectionThough a large swing is predicted to favor the GOP, it is clearly out of frustration with the current administration.
|September 7, 2014
|Forecasting in the Silly SeasonElection season is rife with misunderstood economic projections.
|November 18, 2012
|Thelma and Louise Approach the Fiscal CliffThe spending cuts of the fiscal cliff will be far less broadly injurious than most suppose.
|November 4, 2012
|The Problems with Polling and Predicting Conducting voter polls has become more difficult in recent years, despite (or maybe because of) a spate of new technological developments that should have made it easier.
|October 28, 2012
|More Clarity on Gender and PayIt should not be surprising that the majority of wage differences between men and women can be explained by schooling, occupational choice, and experience.
|July 29, 2012
|Policies for the Coming RecessionAn increasing share of forecasters now join me in predicting a recession later this year or early in the next.
|March 12, 2012
|Manufacturing Is Alive and WellManufacturing came to the Midwest because we had an abundance of the right workers.
|March 5, 2012
|Gasoline Prices and the ElectionLast week our president gave what was billed as an important speech about gas prices.
|January 30, 2012
|The State of the UnionThe constitutional obligation of the U.S. president to report “from time to time” to Congress on the state of the union is a rightly awesome event.
|November 14, 2011
|Indiana Elections, 2011In taking an oath of office, one’s perspective changes—which is precisely why we demand these oaths of public officials.
|November 1, 2010
|These Elections and Opportunity Cost...the heaping of enormous uncertainty onto recession made matters far, far worse.
|November 3, 2008
|Know the Issues - then VoteIt is hard to imagine a time, if ever, when we have had a better set of choices.
|May 19, 2008
|Gas Prices Fueling Election NonsenseGetting votes has edged out energy independence or global warming as a top priority.
|May 5, 2008
|A Healthy Hoosier Economy Doesn’t Make an Interesting Campaign“Painting Indiana as an economic catastrophe makes for good sound bites, … but it is silly in today’s Indiana….”
|March 31, 2008
|Corporate Greed and Election Year Rhetoric“Politicians who pander with talk of corporate greed have clearly exhausted their relevant ideas.”
|November 6, 2006
|Evaluating the IEDC "...if in fact the organizational structure of the IEDC is a superior way to conduct the economic development business of state government, it should survive long enough to get the job done,"
|September 18, 2006
|Does the Economy Care Who Wins in November? "We’ve had inflation under Republican and Democratic administrations alike."
|August 13, 2004
|Rooting for the Economy "A changeover in the party in power brings the possibility for reverses or reforms, depending on your point of view, that can have direct impacts for long-term investments."
|February 27, 2004
|The Paradox of Politics "Successful politicians have long ago learned that some messages are best not delivered to the electorate."
|November 8, 2002
|Corporate Governance Not The Only One Needing Reform "In a year that focused on the supposed drama of which party would control the House, the larger story is that for the vast majority of voters, there was no drama whatsoever."