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Ignoring Vocational Schools Ignores a More Prosperous Future

Ignoring Vocational Schools Ignores a More Prosperous Future
I came across a fascinating article in The Wall Street Journal recently that reported that due to Germany’s aggressive promotion of vocational schools and skills training, the German unemployment rate for young people is below 8 percent.

Contrast that to a new report that one in four Americans aged 24 to 54 aren’t working. That’s an unemployment rate of 25 percent. For our teenagers it is even much higher.

That’s a tragedy. But at the root of the problem is nothing ...

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Disrespecting Business Success Goes Global

Disrespecting Business Success Goes Global
I thought that America under the Obama administration was the only government that actually tries to prevent businesses from making money. Through an onerous tax system, oppressive regulations, an ill-conceived energy policy and a lack of banking options, American entrepreneurs are castigated for succeeding and making a profit.

The exceptions, of course, are companies that give big donations to Obama’s Democratic Party.

But China has mastered the art of not only diminishing successful companies, but also jailing their owners.

A small news ...

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In Defense of the Ex-Im Bank

In Defense of the Ex-Im Bank
The good news is that it looks like the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank will be reauthorized for the short term. The bad news is that it is widely misunderstood, to the detriment of small businesses and entrepreneurs.

To complicate things the Ex-Im Bank is a misnomer. It has nothing to do with imports and is not a bank. It provides loan guarantees to private banking institutions on behalf of American exporters. It also provides credit insurance. Everything it does, it does ...

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Sacrificing Immigration Reform on the Altar of Cynical Politics

Sacrificing Immigration Reform on the Altar of Cynical Politics
In February 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama said this about immigration: “Number one, it is important that we fix the legal immigration system, because right now we’ve got a backlog that means years for people to apply legally. And what’s worse is we keep on increasing the fees, so that if you’ve got a hard-working immigrant family, they’ve got to hire a lawyer; they’ve got to pay thousands of dollars in fees. They just can’t afford it, and it’s discriminatory ...
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Burger King’s Acquisition Should Be Celebrated, Not Castigated

Burger King’s Acquisition Should Be Celebrated, Not Castigated
In 1974, Burger King introduced a jingle that encouraged diners to “Have It Your Way.”

Ironically, the Obama administration has usurped the jingle and altered it to “Have It Our Way” to describe their approach to business — pay our taxes, conform to our regulations and support our causes or will we castigate you.

Burger King has the audacity to expand their market share by acquiring Canada-based Tim Hortons, a causal fast food chain known for their donuts and coffee, and ...

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