Boeing is leaving Wichita

Boeing Departure Shakes Wichita‚Äôs Identity as Airplane Capital The New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, January 18, 2012 This is unfortunate. However, Boeing should never have won the tanker contract. EADS proposed a better airplane. The jobs aren’t lost to the American economy, as manufacture is simply moving to Seattle.

Job Lock

Health system discourages innovation Andy Sullivan, Reuters, May 28, 2009 I’ve been talking about “job lock” since long before I knew there was a term for it. It is perhaps one of the most devastating consequences of our troubled health care system industry–and one that barely receives mention. Innovation and entrepreneurship are what made this […]

A Silver Lining

Luxury or Necessity? The Public Makes a U-Turn Rich Morin and Paul Taylor, Pew Research Center, April 23, 2009 Could our current economic recession be beneficial? In several ways, yes. One benefit may be that our gluttonous consumerism will wane. Hopefully the new behaviors will be required long enough to become habits. It finds that […]

Going up?

Porsche Chooses China for Its Entry Into Sedans Keith Bradsher, NY Times, April 19, 2009 A dark gray Panamera rolled onto a stage Sunday night on the 94th floor of the 1,614-foot Shanghai World Financial Center, the tallest building in mainland China, having been wedged nearly vertical into an elevator barely wide enough for the […]

Doomed By Cheap Money

Infinite Debt: How unlimited interest rates destroyed the economy Thomas Geoghegan, Harper’s Magazine, April 2009, p31 In this scathing essay, Mr. Goeghegan enumerates the problems of allowing interest rates to escalate to grotesque and immoral levels. His analysis and insights are fascinating and worth consideration. He says what many are thinking and few are saying: […]

Cluck cluck

Maine’s largest city OKs backyard chickens, February 19, 2009 Maine’s largest city has become the latest municipality in the state to allow residents to keep chickens in their backyards. Portland officials said the council received 150 e-mails, the most it’s ever received on any issue, which came up as the recession has more people […]