April 3, 2018

We will always be curious about the future. People wonder, which is generally a good thing, until they go and ruin it by making predictions.

I could provide you with a litany of quotes from people viewed as thought leaders who said things that are laughably wrong.

One of...

March 24, 2018

Wow, this past week was a doozy. We had our first fatality involving a self-driving vehicle. We learned that London-based consultancy Cambridge Analytica misused personal data from 50 million Facebook users and President Trump took the first steps toward imposing tarif...

March 14, 2018

“Love affair” is not quite the right terminology, but I have long had an emotional connection and attachment to manufacturing in this country.

Having grown up in a manufacturing family, I worked at a gray iron foundry and on an assembly line putting together small...

March 5, 2018

We live in a world at risk. That should be obvious to anyone who pays even a modicum of attention to the news.

Last week, Vladimir Putin was boasting that Russia had developed a new batch of “invincible” nuclear weapons that could foil any defensive system employed by t...

February 25, 2018

Immigrant entrepreneurs represent the promise, the essence of America. And it makes good economic sense.

February 6, 2018

No doubt you have heard the expression, “that which does not kill us makes us stronger.” That might be in essence the story of America’s oil and gas industry. Not surprisingly, Texas, where I live, has figured prominently in it.

From 2000 to 2008, the price of oil saw a...

January 24, 2018

This much we do know – that economic development is business development. And business development means, in some form or fashion, outreach.

If we are to further break it down in the simplest of terms, and I think there is value in doing that, then it follows that much...

January 14, 2018

There were problems to be overcome. But in the end, the systems were the solutions. Two belief systems, both focused on continuous improvement and with roots in Eastern philosophy, made national headlines last week.

And Alabama was the big winner as a result.

For Nick Sa...

January 8, 2018

On August 16, 1964, Lowell Eggermiers walked into a San Francisco police station, and announced, “I am starting a campaign to legalize marijuana smoking. I wish to be arrested.” Whereupon he fired up a joint and his wish was granted.

In 1964, possession of marijuana was...

December 3, 2017

Economists tell us that productivity growth in the United States has declined sharply since 2004, all the while advances in digital technology have been growing. Now if that is not a head scratcher, I don’t know what is.

These same economists have various explanations f...

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