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Wellness

How Where You Live Affects Your Wellness

It might not come as a surprise that where you live affects your wellness — but your zip code’s impact on your health and wellbeing may be even greater than you think. Following a recent study, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that, in neighborhoods just a few miles apart, life expectancy can […]

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March for Our Lives will Generate Spark of Transformation

Muncie, Indiana Blog – In a prophetic voice, I’m going to say that the March Against Gun Violence or March for Our Lives is a turning point or catalyst for the USA. More than a million Americans marched on Saturday, March 24. Thousands got up from their desks and walked out of classrooms on March 14. Another walkout is […]

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Government

Trump’s Davos Speech – Delusion of USA’s Elite

Muncie, Indiana BLOG – Trump was given an international stage of the world’s elite to talk about how the United States can move the world toward globalization to benefit the masses, but all he could talk about was the economic power which can buy the world’s most enormous military power. China and Germany will take the […]

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Business Government

Upward Redistribution: Economic Policy in a Post-Piketty World

By Dean Baker Thomas Piketty’s new book, Capital in the 21st Century, has done a remarkable job of focusing public attention on the growth of inequality in the last three decades and the risk that it will grow further in the decades ahead. Piketty’s basic point on this issue is almost too simple for economists […]

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Business Culture Government

Tax Day Facts: Debunking a Few Myths

Income Inequality, Politics, Economic Policy and Tax Day Facts Muncie, Indiana (NEWS) – Well, hopefully you’ve completed your taxes and sent them to the Indiana and Federal tax collectors. Many of our local accounting professionals had their first solid nights sleep last night and should only feel moderately hungover with eyes and heads still a […]

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Culture

Free Markets and Good Choices Won’t Solve Poverty Issues

Poverty and Income Inequality Deserve Our Immediate Attention MUNCIE, Indiana – Without a doubt, my favorite economist from Ball State is Michael Hicks with Ball State’s CBER department. We agree on many issues even though we are on the opposite ends of the political spectrum. For instance, we both agree that Governor Mike Pence should […]

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Culture

Income Inequality: How Important is It?

MUNCIE, Indiana – One of the most taboo phrases, income inequality, has come back into our discourse thanks to Pope Francis. President Barack Obama immediately jumped to the forefront with his own speech. PAUL KRUGMAN: Here’s Why Everyone And The Pope Is Talking About Inequality http://t.co/5CFTlEzoK4 — Business Insider (@businessinsider) December 11, 2013 The private […]

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Business

Income Inequality: A Free Market Economists Blind-Spot

MUNCIE, Indiana – The late economist Edgar Fiedler had a way of poking fun at economists and it’s always funnier when a professional is the one cracking jokes about his own profession. Two of my favorite quotes are: “He who lives by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass.”; and “Ask five economists […]

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Culture Government

Middletown: Where’s the Stimulus?

(photo courtesy of The Century Foundation) Gallup concludes in their recent industry poll that our economy is the main driving force behind perceptions of industry. I would contend that Americans consider many aspects beyond just our economy. The Fed’s stimulus package has pumped trillions into the financial industry since 2009. It’s fueled the stock market […]

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Culture

Fighting for the American Dream

The American Dream – A Lost Myth During the State of the Union address, President Obama made the following statement, “We are true to our creed when a little girl born in the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American. She is free […]