by | Sep 10, 2019

Do we really have to listen to Walmart’s attempts to lecture us on the morality of our consumer purchases? Has American consumer culture hit the skids that badly? Last week the retail giant actually crossed the Rubicon with Middle America….

by | Oct 30, 2018

Let’s say employers must pay a substantially higher wage for all unskilled labor. Would this requirement lift many people out of poverty? Still more, would it lead to greater general prosperity? Everything does come up roses — if you ignore costs…

by | Jun 14, 2018

Cisco Systems dislikes the healthcare system. Cisco executives see it devour increasing portions of profits. So, the San Jose-based tech company ventures into healthcare in the hopes of keeping more dollars within tech. Cisco offers a clinic on its campus….

by | May 11, 2018

If Shakespeare were with us today, he might erroneously question, “What’s in a brand?” The answer is plenty. A brand evokes emotion and bonds consumers with companies. It also conveys images. In the case of Walmart, it suggests low cost,…

by | Apr 2, 2018

When Sam Walton started his Walton’s Five and Dime in 1950, health expenditures accounted for less than five percent of the gross domestic product. Sixty-eight years later, Americans expend about 18 percent of the economy on healthcare. That percentage projects…

by | Apr 11, 2017

Police officers dragged a doctor off a plane because United overbooked a flight and needed to get a flight crew to another city. No one wanted to give up their seats, even for $800, so United just grabbed a random…

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