Monthly Archives: July 2011

When the Sky Falls, What’s the Fix?

“The sky is falling,” exclaimed Chicken Little after something fell and hit her on the head. She ran to tell the king so he could fix it. Something needs to thump the heads of our wannabe kings (governor candidates) to … Continue reading

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Do Debt and Spending Matter in Mississippi Too?

Saying “no” to more government debt and spending dominates Washington politics, particularly among Republicans. This position certainly played a key role in Mississippi’s congressional elections last year when Republicans Steven Palazzo and Alan Nunnelee overthrew Democratic incumbents Gene Taylor and … Continue reading

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Triple Witching Looms for Mississippi

Mississippi faces a rare “triple witching.” In stock market parlance, a “triple witching” comes around once each quarter when speculative stock, futures, and index options expire at the same time. These can be chaotic days with unusual volatility, especially in … Continue reading

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Grenada Tries “Economic Gardening”

“Economic gardening.” Sounds like a frugal way to grow flowers and veggies, doesn’t it? Nope. Chris Gibbons developed “economic gardening” for Littleton, Colorado, as an alternative to “economic hunting,” i.e., chasing after ever more elusive and expensive factories. “Economic gardening” … Continue reading

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What Is a Newt, Anyway?

“I chiefly use my charm on creatures that do people harm, the mole, and toad, and newt, and viper; and people call me the Pied Piper,” wrote Robert Browning. Maybe candidates piping up to be our next leaders should consider … Continue reading

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