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Are You Ready to Jump Into the World of Self-Employment?

Don McNay | Posted 10.10.2011 | Small Business
Don McNay

If Americans like the idea of self-employment and know it presents the greatest opportunity for growth, what is stopping some of them from taking the plunge?

Small Business Optimism Continues To Decline Amidst Uncertainty

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business

Amidst anemic consumer spending and national uncertainty over the fate of the debt ceiling, small-business optimism declined for the fifth straight mo...

Rise of Political Consultants: When the Washington-Main Street Disconnect Began

Don McNay | Posted 10.07.2011 | Business
Don McNay

For many years, the two parties were the Democrats and the Republicans. Now I view it as people who depend on Wall Street versus people who don't depend on Wall Street.

Orlando Bloom, Colin Firth Try Their Best Southern Accents

Posted 09.24.2011 | Entertainment

Give the director credit for thinking outside the box, at least. Searching for leads in the upcoming small town Southern film, "Main Street," directo...

'Americans Elect' and Tom Friedman's Op-ed

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 09.24.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Yesterday in his op-ed, Thomas L. Friedman wrote "Make Way For the Radical Center," bringing into focus the nascence of an organization meant to deal with "this kind of idiocy by elected officials."

Debt Political Theater Diverts Attention While Americans' Wealth Is Stolen

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

The rancorous debate over the debt belies a fundamental truth of our economy -- that it is run for the few at the expense of the many.

The Faithful Shopper: The Heavenly Hamptons

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 08.30.2011 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

With the Independence Day weekend just ahead, I'm headed for the beach! The Hamptons beckon, with a slew of new seasonal stores in the main shopping districts.

Stimulating a Dead Economy

Jim Worth | Posted 08.17.2011 | Business
Jim Worth

The U.S. economy is surviving only because of over-stimulation. We're living on fumes in this country, and the pursuit of happiness has come to an end for millions of families.

The Economic Hangover: Part Two

Don McNay | Posted 08.08.2011 | Business
Don McNay

The bailout and stimulus money allowed us to limp along for a couple of years. Now we are back to where we started, but worse, since we borrowed trillions to pay for it.

Punishment or Pushback: Financial Regulation in the Midst of Recession

David Coates | Posted 07.26.2011 | Business
David Coates

While mainstream America continues to struggle with the recessionary consequences of a meltdown caused by financial excess, large financial institutions are back to profitability and back to their old ways.

Wisdom From a Wealth Wizard

Don McNay | Posted 06.09.2011 | Business
Don McNay

I've spent nearly 30 years around the financial business. I've known a lot of "paper gurus" who can talk a decent game but really don't practice what they preach.

The Person We Should Be Moving Our Money to

Don McNay | Posted 05.28.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Over 4 million people moved their money from Wall Street Banks in 2010, according to Sara Ackerman, project coordinator for Move Your Money. I bought...

Why Helping Only 'Main Street' Won't Fix The Economy

Greg Becker | Posted 05.26.2011 | Business
Greg Becker

All small businesses are not the same. Until this is registered and embraced by our legislators, this country will not succeed in its efforts to promote economic growth through innovation or unleash our full capacity to compete globally.

Obama: I'm Going To Latin America To Discuss Jobs

USA Today | President Barack Obama | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In recent weeks, we've seen how turmoil and tragedy around the globe can affect our own prosperity and security; how events abroad often have implicat...

The Knotty Problem of Partial Regulation

Robert Teitelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Teitelman

Today there's sensitivity to the dangers of regulatory arbitrage when regulatory regimes widely vary either nationally or internationally -- although, so far, there are few answers to resolve this beyond gestures toward coordination.

The Bottom Line On Bottom Up Growth: Look Beyond Washington

Dan Carol | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Carol

We can do more for less by better linking entrepreneurs to financing, and building nontraditional networks that connect innovators, suppliers, and customers across traditional geographies.

A New Year's Resolution: Fixing the Mortgage Mess, and More

Allan Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allan Abramson

Proposition: There is a way to stabilize the housing market, end foreclosures, provide several trillions in stimulus funding, and not add to the federal debt. Read on.

Inside Job or Internal Greed?

Michael Shermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Shermer

A review of Inside Job, produced, written, and directed by Charles Ferguson, produced by Audry Marrs, 108 minutes, narrated by Matt Damon. By Michael...

For Wall Street: A Loyalty Oath -- to Main Street

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Carla Seaquist

If Main Street takes another shellacking from Wall Street, expect a revolution mounted by Main Street, one that will make the Tea Party's anger seem, in comparison, tepid.

Have We Lost Our Common Sense?

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Don McNay

Corbin, Kentucky's Bob Terrell is a man rooted in small-town wisdom.

We Didn't Vote for This

Frank Knapp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Knapp

Whether Americans voted for Republicans or Democrats in the mid-term election, one thing is clear: Voters were demanding that Congress focus intensive...

Financial Fitness and Physical Fitness

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Most of us want to be physically fit, but very few of us are. The same holds true with financial security. As my father (and many others) used to say, "A lot of people want to go to heaven but no one wants to die to get there."

America's Anger at the Great Financial Bailout and the Press' Continuing Inability To Understand Why

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

What galls most Americans is the manner in which Wall Street rewarded itself after it was the public that took the risk of bailing them out.

Third World America: Is Living a Normal Life a Political Statement?

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Don McNay

America is going through economic chaos. But a lot of other things are going on, too. There aren't enough of us living normal, stable lives.

The President's Misdirected Class Warfare

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

It is not whether families earning $250,000 are paying more or less taxes that is of visceral concern. The public still feels they have been held up and the Wall Street perpetrators are laughing all the way to bank.