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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

Treasury Getting into the SBA Loan Business

Treasury officials want to use bailout money to buy small business loans in an effort to assure lenders and financiers that reliable funding will be available even if private investors begin to balk again. Will it work? There are still a lot of questions to be answered.

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

GM Human Resources: Obama Style

There is an old adage: Beware what you wish for, you might get it. Well, the hope-wreathed wishes for change are coming to fruition as the President takes one unprecedented step after another. Over the weekend, he ordered the departure of General Motors' Chairman and CEO, Rick Wagoner, ostensibly as part of the effort to save the century-old automaker. There needed to be a shake-up at the top of GM, no question, but the real issue is the fact that the President did this at all.

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

Automaker Bailout Part 2: It is Raining Money!

At the risk of telling you “I told you so,” well, I told you so! The original Big Three Dog and Pony Show before Congress netted the Detroit automakers billions of taxpayer dollars, changed the company jet from an executive perk to a major PR liability and later on led to the same effect on the humble thank you note. Other than that, not much seems to have changed. After all, if things were different, two of the Big Three wouldn’t be back for another helping of bailout pie.

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

A New World Order We Can Live With

The Prime Minister of Australia has come out with it, a call for a New World Order in which Democratic Socialism would be the norm since, according to the PM, the free market simply cannot be trusted. Maybe he is right, and a new world order really is necessary, but is it the democratic socialism that he is calling for? Not a chance.

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

Will the Backbone of the Economy be the Backbone of the Recovery?

Will the deepening recession force a realignment from a unified national economy to one where local interests predominate? What would that mean for small business and is it the solution to our troubles?

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

Sometimes a Nice Thank-you is The Wrong Way To Go

Mom always said that if you get something nice, you should always say “Thank you.” That is good advice in general and we at the Bottom Line heartily endorse it. However, Chrysler has just learned that this axiom does not apply to the receipt of tax payer bailout money. Who knew?

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

Small Business Bailout

Hidden among line-items that don’t seem to directly bear upon creating prosperity, there are a small number of provisions that deal directly with small business in the optimistically named American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

Attack of the Zombie Debtors

Where is Milla Jojovich when we need her? The zombies are coming, debt-ridden husks, they shuffle across the financial landscape seeking to feed on unwary taxpayers. How bad will it get? What can be done?

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

The Final Word on Economic Stimulus

Einstein, who is purported to have been a pretty sharp guy, defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result each time. It seems that the experiment in Keynesian economics our government has been engaged in is about to prove Einstein’s theory, or are we looking at something entirely different?

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

Florida Steps Up for Small Business

We have heard the call to bail out Main Street rather than Wall Street so much that we barely pay attention to it anymore, but Governor Charlie Crist of Florida paid attention and acted upon the call.

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

Retail Stimulus

There has been a lot of talk of how the trillions in bailout money should go to Main Street now that Wall Street has wasted its cut and the automakers are about to take their piece. Now, with a proposal from the National Retail Federation, that might be a step closer to happening, but will it work?

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

Happy Holidays from America’s Best Companies

During this season of giving, where everyone seems to be getting their bailouts, even Santa could use some help from Congress.


Tags: santa, bailout

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

Should Government be Run Like a Business?

The Congress just gave itself a pay raise. For you and me, pay raises are predicated on things like a good financial picture and personal achievement; you know, meeting goals, raising the bar, exceeding expectations—all that good, positive stuff—but pay raises for our legislators don’t work that way. Maybe it is time they should.

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

$350 Billion in the Hole and Record Unemployment: Time for Something Different

When we were being sold on bailing out the financial sector, we were told that it was necessary to save jobs, homes, investments, businesses. Well, the first half of the initial $700 billion has been spent, stocks have been trending down and the unemployment rate is higher now than it has been in decades. Now a congressman from Texas has a radical idea: Take the other $350 billion and use it to finance a two-month tax holiday for all Americans. Now that’s what I call progressive!

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

Automaker Leadership Vows Cuts: Are They The Right Cuts?

Management is making cuts and concessions to wring another $25 billion from Congress, but is the key to success selling off their jets and canceling bonuses, or gaining the cooperation of the UAW to save their companies once and for all?

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