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Exports Must Be Freed From Partisan Politics

Exports Must Be Freed From Partisan Politics

I am a die-hard advocate for supporting U.S. exports, so it concerns me that exports have been taken hostage during the ongoing Congressional infighting. Exports are vital, considering that more than 38 million American jobs depend on trade. One in three manufacturing jobs depends on exports, and one in three acres on American farms is planted for hungry consumers overseas.

U.S. exports set another record in 2012, growing 4.4 percent ($66 billion) and reaching $1.56 trillion, despite significant economic headwinds from ...

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Look to States – not the White House or Congress – for Economic Innovation

Look to States – not the White House or Congress – for Economic Innovation

If your perception of this country’s economic outlook is based on the depressing news coming out of Washington D.C., you’re missing the big picture.

Innovation, job creation and statesmanship aren’t coming out of the White House — they’re coming out of states like Wisconsin and North Dakota, which are unencumbered by flawed federal policies and uninspired leadership.

I recently chatted with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on my radio show “Made in America,” and I came away with renewed respect for his leadership.

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Mergermarket – March 19, 2014

Mergermarket – March 19, 2014

The Legacy Companies, a privately held manufacturer of home appliances, kitchen tools and food service equipment, is actively seeking acquisitions to add to its portfolio of brands, said Neal Asbury, founder and chief executive.

Asbury, in Chicago for the annual International Home + Housewares Show, said the company is working on five acquisitions right now that are in various stages of completion. Three of the targets are in the US. Asbury declined to go into specifics on the five companies, citing ...

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American Innovation Better Than Ever

American Innovation Better Than Ever

Writing from Chicago at the annual Housewares Show, it reminds me how many American entrepreneurs are in this industry. From booth to booth, new entrepreneurs mingle with entrepreneurs who have been in this industry for decades. What they have in common is a vision and the inner drive to make their ideas a reality and risk everything to grab a piece of the American Dream.

No nation can out-innovate the United States of America.

Measured as patents per capita, the United States ...

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Our Disappearing Labor Force

Our Disappearing Labor Force

The year 2014 is turning out to be a reincarnation of 1978, when we had an out-of-touch Democratic president who failed to spur the economy and help create jobs.

In fact, the labor force participation this year equals that of 1978, when only 62.8 percent of American civilians 16 or older had a job or actively looked for work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It is estimated that more than 11 million people have dropped out of the labor force ...

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