BMW Bank of North America, the lending arm of the popular luxury vehicle brand, took the top spot, with more than $7.1 billion in auto loans on its books as of second quarter. Ranking second was Atlanta-based regional bank Fidelity Bank, which dedicated nearly 42 percent of its total assets to auto lending.
The difference between understanding oneself as a "citizen" and understanding oneself as a "taxpayer" is not merely wide; it is antagonistic. A citizen thinks primarily about his or her community. A taxpayer thinks mostly about himself or herself. The Progressive Agenda seeks to return us to the adult responsibility of being citizens to each other.
If we don't strengthen our support of scientific research, the engine of innovation that gave our nation a competitive edge in the last century may lose steam. A "refuel" is in order to keep our job-stimulating innovation engine on pace. America's economic competitors are moving to increase their own investments, and it would be incredibly short-sighted to fall behind.
The brands we work with every day, the ones that spend millions and millions of dollars on TV spots, sweepstakes, radio spots, full-page magazine ads and email marketing, are absolutely lost. If these brands ditched that impersonal, mass advertising in favor of Taylor Swift's methods, not only would they make loyal customers for life, but the world might actually be a better place.