Tag Archives: Main Street

2014 Volkswagen Turbo Beetle R-Line

I remember the first time I laid eyes on a Volkswagen Beetle, in Grant, Nebraska in about 1963.  A young man in town named Charlie Brixius had purchased a used one (perhaps a 1959), and made quite a splash driving … Continue reading

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4 Suicides in 4 Days Is A Warning

By Mike McCune —   Michael Dueker…William Broeksmit…Karl Slym…Gabriel Magee. Chance are you’ve never heard of any of these people. But they are important to the world population and they are all linked together.   Dueker, Broeksmit, Slym and Magee all … Continue reading

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In the battle for the economy the consumer is the loser

Rising Markets, Bad Jobs Report Conflict Economy Analysis The American economy has a split personality and that spells trouble for everyone–but most particularly the bureaucratic elitists and those dependent on that system.   In the Red corner there is the … Continue reading

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Banks Disappear In Economic Weakness

By Mike McCune —   To paraphrase President Obama, “I took my eye off the [real economic] ball.” For that I apologize to Rant readers.   While trying to keep up with the messes scattered by this Administration–Benghazi, NSA, IRS, Syria, … Continue reading

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Housing Market Slowing Quickly, Again

by Mike McCune —   Scandals, wildfires, Syria and the looming implementation of the Affordable Health Act continue to dominate the news. The economy has been pushed to the back burner. Big mistake for America.   If you think things are … Continue reading

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Wall Street, Main Street Do Not Agree

by Mike McCune —   The jobs report for February came in nicely and Wall Street cheered. Meanwhile the January jobs report was slashed by 25% from a gain of 157,000 to 119,000 and Wall Street yawned.   That is … Continue reading

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Weak Housing Market Extends Recovery Road

by Mike McCune   You have probably heard little from the housing market recently. Didn’t you know the housing market had “hit bottom” according to many Wall Street analysts and was no longer a concern?   Not so fast with … Continue reading

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The Rant – Experts Puzzled As Americans Shun Stock Markets

by Mike McCune — “I have sworn on the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”–Thomas Jefferson The markets may reach the moon in their gravity-defying surge but Main Street American consumers … Continue reading

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by Mike McCune — The time-tested fundamentals taught in economics classes everywhere are missing to support the recent rises across the globe. Anyone who would have invested with the fundamentals so twisted would have been flunked by every professor I … Continue reading

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Guest column by Mike McCune Despite mind-numbing volumes of lip service, the United States government has no real interest in addressing the economy-stifling debt problem. If all the ploys attempted since 1932 were considered plays and put in an NFL … Continue reading

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I’m naive. I must be.

 Nobody I know on Main Street got a raise last year. Those who worked for the government got raises but there were also some cuts in staffing so it sort of worked out even and I could live with the … Continue reading

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  Guest Column  By Mike McCune Most economists’ jobs depend on finding the silver lining amongst the ever-darkening storm clouds hanging over America. Economists charged with finding that sliver of silver are getting discouraged and beginning, after two years of promoting … Continue reading

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Guest Column By Mike McCune President Obama recently put into his remarks to a high school graduating classes  about the need of “being careful how you read things because there is a lot of misinformation out there.” He should know better than … Continue reading

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Everyone is aware of some of the tricky accounting schemes that have helped spur the current economic mess America is in and the finger can be pointed squarely at elected officials who set up these lucrative loopholes for their buddies. … Continue reading

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