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Wall Street Journal looks for boogeyman for bad housing market and can only come up with appraisers

In what must be one of the most absurdly reasoned analysis articles in years, The Wall Street Journal argues that appraisers are to blame for the continuing housing bust that has now lasted more than four years.    Let’s be clear:

Posted in Business Matters, Social & Political Issues

Let’s change tax policy to favor only those capital gains going to productive ends.

A capital gain, according to Investopedia, is “an increase in the value of a capital asset (investment or real estate) that gives it a higher worth than the purchase price. The gain is not realized until the asset is sold.”

Posted in Business Matters, Social & Political Issues

The idea that tax breaks for wealthy create jobs is hooey; in fact it’s taxing the wealthy that creates jobs.

I’m a little late to mention it, but the usually estimable Charles M. Blow added to the massive evidence that lowering taxes on the wealthy does not create jobs, nor build additional wealth, but in fact destroys jobs and wealth.

Posted in Business Matters, Social & Political Issues

American Express steps into the deep fertilizer big-time by making outrageous claims for a savings account.

Yesterday, I analyzed an ad in which, by selecting the value to attach to its product, Home Depot communicates the ideological American imperative of mindless over-consumption. Let’s turn now to a print ad by American Express that tries to fit

Posted in Business Matters, Media & Marketing Matters

More stupid PR tricks from Mylan

Don’t the executives at Mylan Inc. ever learn?  The company has filed another lawsuit against The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, related to a series of stories that the Post-Gazette ran a few months back about an FDA investigation into allegations that Mylan

Posted in Business Matters, Media & Marketing Matters

Speaking of the Devil “They”

No sooner did I post a rant about syntactical mistakes that editors (and teachers) hate to see, in yesterday’s blog on ways to get the media to toss away a news release, when low and behold—I pull from my mailbox

Posted in Business Matters, Words & Language

Six ways to get the media to throw out your news release

Every day, reporters and editors endure an overwhelming tide of news releases and story ideas—in their email inboxes, in the mail, by fax.  From this ocean of information they hope to fish out a few stories that are truly newsworthy

Posted in Business Matters, Media & Marketing Matters

A Crisis Plan for Acorn

Here is what I would have told Acorn if it had asked me to handle the crisis involving two employees who were videotaped advising a fake pimp and prostitute how to defraud the government: Fire the people and immediately announce

Posted in Business Matters

How Not to Get a Job, Part 3

I’ve reserved for its very own blog entry what may be the most important tip I have for job-seekers: Never lie on the resume or in the interview. Employers detest lies and usually can smell them. And a half-truth is

Posted in Business Matters

How Not to Get a Job, Part 2

Getting in the hiring mode has got me started on a screed about mistakes that far too many job applicants make.  In my last entry, I detailed faux pas on resumes and application forms.  Now to interviews. I start with

Posted in Business Matters