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Hear from the founder of Lake Michigan Financial Corporation, Rich Lievense, and his insight on what this blog encompasses.

I sometimes wonder where the big ideas are.  In this world of immediate access to anything we want to know, why aren’t there more ideas to deal with the truly large and serious issues facing our country and the world?  Perhaps all this information is getting in the way of actually doing something with it. 

Read "The Elusive Big Idea" from The New York Times.

Recent media attention on the deficit and debt limit tend to obscure the fact that fiscal improvement depends on private sector economic growth.  Our long term solutions exist on main street not Wall Street or Washington. 

Read "A Sure but Elusive Cure : Economic Growth" from The New York Times.

Why is unemployment so high?  Ask the penny pinching consumer.  The decades long consumer spending spree in this country has left few opportunities for real consumer spending growth and this affects our ability to add much needed jobs. 

Read "We're Spent" from The New York Times.

Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford Motor Company, was just named CEO of the Year.  The interview linked below provides a summary of this view of the future of the car business and Ford Motor Company.

Read "CEO of the Year Alan Mulally: The Road Ahead" from Chief Executive Magazine.

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