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Political Silly Season In what one Fortune Magazine writer calls “political silly season” we are all subject to the outlandish claims of politicians. It has become commonplace to hear ill-advised plans of action or, even, professionally-advised complete avoidance of taking a stance. In an article last week, journalist Chris Matthews has called out two GOP candidates for their fantastical ideas of how economic growth should take place in the coming years with his article, Mike Huckabee’s 6% economic growth promise suffers from magical thinking.  Within Matthews’ commentary he satirically commentates: “Such growth will presumably be delivered to the American people by a unicorn riding...
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It’s all Red from Here on Out Today, August 13, 2015, the world reaches an ecological deficit, meaning that the 7+ billion of us have officially used more of our natural resources this year than the earth can replenish this year. All of the natural resources we use in the remaining months of 2015 put us in the hole. Think of it like this: You get paid once a year and on August 13, you realize you have spent every penny. It’s all red from here on out. On a day like this it would be easy to highlight the negative – find a media story that misguidedly...
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Debt as a Patriotic Duty It would be a miracle to see anything different when an article is authored by Dow Jones Newswires and published on the Fox News Business pages: U.S. Consumer Credit Picks Up in June has all of the classic growth-bias centered around consumer spending, consumer debt and a reminder that these factors are major influencers when it comes to our economy. It even reminds us that, "Consumer spending accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic output, serving as an important driver of economic growth." According to the article, “Outstanding consumer credit, a reflection of non-mortgage debt, rose $20.74 billion or at...
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Civic Pursuit of Endless Growth a Classic Ponzi Scheme A column in the Dallas Observer serves as the perfect follow-up to Darcie’s critique yesterday of the media’s tendency to anoint our fastest-growing cities as “leading the pack” or even “best places to live.” In Dallas' Pursuit of Endless Growth is a Pyramid Scheme Bound to Collapse, Jim Schutze dares to tell the truth about this Holy Grail of civic growth. Schutze shares with us a very wise observation from Charles Marohn, who describes himself as a “recovering engineer.” Marohn has worked for both cities and real estate developers, so he has a pretty good understanding of the score. He explains what most civic...
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Go Where There is Growth! Go where there is growth! Go where there is growth! That is the common mantra for identifying the “top” places to live and work year after year. Magazines like Forbes and journalists like Kurt Badenhausen perpetuate the chant as they explain their rankings in terms of economic growth, business growth, and income growth. The top spots are reserved for the cities that are growing the fastest and credits are given to the big businesses that are moving there with their employees and plans for expansion. This year’s Forbes Best Places to Live listing gave Denver, Colorado, the top spot. The article states that...
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