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Why do I pay a higher percentage in taxes than Gov. Romney?

February 9, 2012

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So, I wondered how much my average or effective tax rate was. All this talk of Gov. Mitt Romney’s millions and his low tax rate of 14 percent made me pull out my tax returns from the last two years. We have a good income, better than most in the state, but we’re not even […]

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Old reliable eye test proves that economic conditions on the rise

January 31, 2012

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Turn off your television, and look out the window. When it comes to television and print media, pessimism rules the day. Natural disasters, political scandals, and gloomy economic forecasts make for good media play. Rubbernecking is the ultimate spectator sport, as we flock to the source of the sordid, sad, and ugly. Technology allows us […]

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Mississippi is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma

January 24, 2012

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Mississippi is a paradox. On the one hand, our history is littered with the horrors of racial strife. On the other hand, we really are the hospitality state, welcoming all kinds to our fair country. We talk bad about illegal immigrants, then invite them in for coffee. We sing about Jesus on Sunday, while we […]

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Don’t expect to see Barbour resting in his life after the mansion

January 5, 2012

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Haley Barbour is ready for a life of retirement– golf, bouncing grandchildren on his knee, more golf, speechifying and lobbying. As Barbour hangs up his hat as governor of Mississippi, he will transition to a different type of life. After all, he’s 64 years old. It’s time for him to give up the nine to […]

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Choose to be aware of your options in 2011

December 29, 2011

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Sometimes we choose by not choosing. Behavioral economists have long recognized our tendency to avoid making decisions. The more difficult the decision, the more we avoid the question all together. Thaler and Sunstein wrote a book called “Nudge.” In it, they cite all kinds of instances of this tendency to avoid choosing. Of course, the […]

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Deadbeat old people are really dragging the U.S. into the pits

December 21, 2011

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I love reading letters to the editor from all over the country. A recent local letter was titled “Entitlements making America collapse.” The author said “entitlements is a dirty word,” and reported that 50 percent of Americans are receiving some form of entitlement. He was convinced these were all a bunch of deadbeats. In 1950, […]

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Doing my best to help the struggling global economy

December 15, 2011

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The retail season started with a bang, as traditional retailers added 6.6 percent to their sales from last year. Online retailers are picking up steam that is fueled not just by improvements in economic trends. More and more, we are shopping from our computers. While the big shopping day for traditional retailers is Friday, the […]

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No law needed for language of business

December 9, 2011

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Thanksgiving week found us traveling through the Arizona desert. My dad had been wanting to take a trip to the Grand Canyon. At 83, he needed our help to make the journey. We had never seen the canyon, so this seemed like a good family trip. We flew into Phoenix and rented a car for […]

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Between faith and finances is the rub

December 1, 2011

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I was recently speaking with an international graduate student about his impending graduation. As we talked about job possibilities, he told me that he would really like to work for himself. I asked if he had friends or relatives who would be willing to give him money to invest and manage. He hesitated. He smiled. […]

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Southaven Mayor Greg Davis should be in jail after taking town’s money for spa and golf trips, clothes and personal entertainment

November 15, 2011

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Why isn’t Greg Davis in jail? >> POLL QUESTION: Should Southaven Mayor Greg Davis be arrested for using city money for personal trips, clothes and entertainment? This current mayor of Southaven, former state representative serving on the appropriations committee, and former Republican nominee for Congress has blurred the line between public and private with his […]

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