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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

Unemployment and Consumer Spend Highlight Stimulus Policy Failures

We keep hearing Washington tell us that the recession is coming to an end, citing signs of wonder but always with the caveat that the economy could still get worse, and a look at unemployment, retail sales and the opinions of corporate CFOs—who have to work with the economy every day—assures us that it will.

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

Get Ready for the Pay Czar

If it seems that the government’s interest in executive pay seems to be broadening, it is. While the White House is talking pay caps for companies that have taken bailout money, there is a movement afoot to cap all executive pay. You have to wonder: Will that include union executives?

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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

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

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

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

The Madoff Scandal: Who is Watching the Watchmen?

It is getting to be a little ridiculous, we discover that folks on Wall Street have misbehaved with money and then we learn that the folks in government charged with overseeing those activities were looking somewhere else. Now it’s a huge Ponzi scheme and SEC investigators with blinders on. What’s next, a floating craps game for CEOs betting mortgage-backed securities?

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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

Finally! Something Good from Sarbanes-Oxley

It is one thing to destroy your own company, but quite another to destroy your company, cripple your industry and then fly in your company private jet to wheedle taxpayer money out of Congress so you can keep on with your wasteful ways. Pity, but there will likely be a bailout, but the least Congress can do is throw the Sarbanes-Oxley book at them.

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

The Employee Free Choice Act and You

The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is likely to pass in the first 100 days of the Obama presidency and it is going to have profound effects on the relationship between management and labor and on how you run your business.

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

What Would a Real Stimulus Package Look Like?

The Congress is proposing yet another economic stimulus package. Did the first one work? What did we get for all the bother and cost of it? Unemployment is on the rise, there is a recession and we are lurching toward socialist economics. It doesn't look like the meager "stimulus" worked well the first time, does it? Maybe, instead of handouts, doing something that would really stimulate the economy would be a good idea. What do you think?

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

Public Officials and Corruption—The Chinese Way

When it comes to corrupt public officials, we don't take care of business the way they do in the Far East. Now that we are spending over a trillion dollars because some folks in the Government cared more about buying votes than doing what's right, don't you think we need to take a good, hard look at politicians that do us wrong?

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

Stacking the Deck Against Small Business—Again!

The folks in Congress can't seem to keep from doing as much harm as good. New legislation to reauthorize the SBA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs has a poison pill in it that should worry any small business owner trying to compete for government contracts.

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