Articles Posted in the " Economics " Category

  • Outcome Focused Performance, or Performance Driven Outcomes? (Updated)

    Outcome Focused Performance, or Performance Driven Outcomes? (Updated)

    I was involved in a research effort where we explored industry “best practices” in achieving “Outcome Focused Performance.” In a nutshell, we were trying to discover how the best organizations subjugate what they do to the Outcome (with a capital...


  • Remember Carter? Apparently not.

    Remember Carter?  Apparently not.

    I continue to find it amazing that the media, and President Elect Obama insist that this is the worst economy since the Great Depression.  As I wrote previously, we are no where near the economy that Carter handed over to...


  • Higher Gasoline Taxes?

    Higher Gasoline Taxes?

    I was listening to our local public radio station this morning, and they were discussing the reduction in revenues to fix PA highways and bridges because (as they said)  the price of gasoline is so low.  Of course, they correctly...


  • Steve Swartz

    Steve Swartz

    I accidently deleted the comments of my friend, Steve.  I was able to find the log in email, so I want to share with you all here: Steve: You forgot one important point: “Your employer, who is about to close...


  • An Open Letter to UE Local 1110

    An Open Letter to UE Local 1110

    I was using stumble! and it took me to a website that asked us to support the Union in their fight.  Even provided the words.  I chose to go a different route.  Here is my email to them (sent using...


  • Pesky Tax Cuts expiring? What are they?

    Pesky Tax Cuts expiring? What are they?

    Just yesterday an impromptu discussion in taxation and representation occured over at Community College Dean’s blog.  Apparently “anonymous‘s” comment was “uncalled for” when anonymous (in response to the question about including tax-payers in selecting a college’s Board of Trustees) suggested...


  • “Fooled by Randomness”

    “Fooled by Randomness”

    My eldest daughter gave me the book “Fooled by Randomness” Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb and I have enjoyed reading it “so far.” The premise of the...


  • Tiny Houses–how cool!

    Tiny Houses–how cool!

    “Tumbleweed Tiny House Company” sure has a great idea.  The founder started living in “tiny houses” for many reasons, including reducing any negative impact on the environment.  This may not be for everyone, but for those of you that don’t...


  • Olympics Commercials and Old-style (Obama) Political Ads!

    Olympics Commercials and Old-style (Obama) Political Ads!

    I have really enjoyed most of the commercials during this year’s Olympics in Beijing.  Creative, touching, and informative. Take the GE commercials, for instance.  They have laid out clearly, in several commercials, how they are actively engaged in alternative energy...


  • Who reaps a Windfall? Exxon? Apple? or Obama?

    Who reaps a Windfall?  Exxon? Apple? or Obama?

    I have written previously about the energy policies of the candidates, and I specifically wrote about the proposals from Obama and Clinton to create a “windfall profits” tax.  At the time I pointed out that, when attempted previously, windfall profit...