DOW 14,000 is unearned, not reflective of economy

Kevin Clark is a contributor to The Brenner Brief. Twitter @kcstock

In October of 2007,  the Dow Jones Industrial Average broke through the 14,000 level for the first time in our nation’s history. Most Americans, in fact, even our Federal Reserve, were blissfully unaware of the financial carnage that would soon engulf the daily lives of all. Five years later, some have recovered; others wish they [...]

Second inaugural reflections from a divided nation

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Every four years the nation has a chance to take a deep breath and look forward. Presidential inaugurations are usually a time of reflection and a time for anticipation as a new four-year term begins. This year, and especially this inauguration, makes me feel as though I have been on a giant rollercoaster, and at [...]

Freedom, or fairness?

Kevin Clark is a contributor to The Brenner Brief. Twitter @kcstock

You never know what story or what issue will inflame the passions of large groups of people. In the past weeks, David Green, the CEO and founder of Hobby Lobby, expressed a heartfelt epiphany of the dangers of tyranny and the loss of freedoms and liberty. On December 14, the country was stunned as a [...]

The blind squirrels in Congress found a nut: permanent tax rates

Kevin Clark is a contributor to The Brenner Brief. Twitter @kcstock

Whether you like them or not, temporary tax rates have been corrosive to economic growth. They were temporary measures to finance outsized government spending. I’m not going to argue for or against such government spending — at least not yet — but taxes are the way in which we finance the US government. I think [...]

The 2013 Economy … What Will It Bring?

Kevin Clark is a contributor to The Brenner Brief. Twitter @kcstock

There is always noise when looking at economic forecasting for a coming year. The blaring this year has been deafening, but, not unprecedented. Therein lies the back story as we begin to look out into next year. There are basic principles of economics, certain laws that mostly hold true. Sometimes those laws may be suspended [...]

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