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“Knowledge is the treasure of a wise man” — William Penn, founder of the colony of Pennsylvania, and the ultimate cause of many incorrect answers on grammar-school spelling exams. * More worries from local government leaders about their finances if Gov. Rick […]

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“The more extensive a man’s knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do” – Benjamin Disraeli, 19th century British prime minister, author and noted clothes horse. * The New York Times Magazine visits […]

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Measuring the mood in 2012

During one of the busy points of a debate over welfare benefits in Michigan, someone asked me, “What do I get out of my taxes going to this? What’s the ROI (return on investment) for welfare?” I replied, “You don’t have to […]

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Michigan needs productive ‘midlife crisis’

“Today, the country is middle-aged but self-indulgent. Bad habits have accumulated.  Interest groups have emerged to protect the status quo. The job is to restore old disciplines, strip away decaying structures and reform the welfare state. The country needs a productive midlife crisis” – David […]

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“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability” – Henry Ford. * Colleague Ron French directed my attention […]

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Snyder will dance with social conservatives in 2012

Gov. Rick Snyder’s quest to reinvent Michigan apparently won’t be extended to his own Republican Party. Given the chance to confirm the suspicions of cultural conservatives that he’s a different kind of Republican far more concerned with rebuilding the economy than deploying […]

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“Knowledge is the best eraser in the world for disharmony, distrust, despair, and the endless physical deficiencies of man” – Orlando A. Battista, 20th century Canadian chemist and writer. * Inequality is growing among a sector of Americans who don’t even work: […]

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“All science requires mathematics. The knowledge of mathematical things is almost innate in us. This is the easiest of sciences, a fact which is obvious in that no one’s brain rejects it; for laymen and people who are utterly illiterate know how […]

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“Knowledge is not eating, and we cannot expect to devour and possess what we mean. Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace” – George Santayana, philosopher. * A tick bite can make you allergic to meat: http://discovermagazine.com/2012/jul-aug/09-how-a-tick-bite-made-me-allergic-to-meat […]

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Michigan Democrats get fouls for some ‘hits’ on Hoekstra, Truth Squad rules

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: “Hoekstra’s Greatest Hits” Who: Michigan Democratic Party What: Internet ad Truth Squad call: Fouls Questionable statement: “Restricting Women’s Access to Health Care … (Pete) Hoekstra wants to ban birth control & allow insurance companies to deny coverage for […]

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“The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination” – Elizabeth Hardwick, American literary critic. * ProPublica […]

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* The New York Times, in a national review of business tax breaks, focused on Michigan’s star-crossed film incentive program: “As the ‘Oz’ shoot was under way, Pontiac moved on to its third emergency manager, Louis Schimmel, and he was not a fan […]

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Guest column: NY Times flubs Mich. tax breaks

By Tim Bartik/ W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research  Louise Story, an investigative reporter for The New York Times, recently wrote a three-part series on state business incentives. The series was accompanied by a new database, which reports annual dollar figures for […]

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* Indiana is looking at a $500 million budget surplus. Iowa is looking at $800 million. Michigan’s Senate Fiscal Agency estimates that the state will carry about $500 million in its budget stabilization, or “rainy day,” fund into the 2013-14 fiscal year. […]

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*Of all the … the federal government has been giving students money to mess around with experiments in burning animal dung. That’s one way to look at it. Here’s another: Michigan Tech students used grants from the Environmental Protection Agency to study […]

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