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November 17, 2013

Now's not time to emphasize negatives

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We delayed multi-county and interstate banking until our banks were swallowed by banks from our neighboring states. Only lately we recognized the importance of manufacturing and logistics in our economy.

Specialists in Hoosier Hype tell companies how business-friendly we are. They don’t mention the fact that we are unfriendly to those who work. They talk about our low workers’ compensation taxes without any mention of the resultant inequitable benefits for injured workers.

With all the negatives stacked against Indiana, we must commend successive administrations for keeping those good-cheer press releases coming. Although the gains cited and the honors awarded are mainly trivial, the flow of carefully-crafted happy news is energetically maintained.

Same-sex relationships have become an increasingly important touchstone of contemporary thinking. For some these relationships are sinful; others find them acceptable. The latter view is becoming dominant in the Western world.

The companies and institutions who know that world do not want to see us pile more on the slag heap of our negatives.

Morton Marcus is an independent economist, writer and speaker. Contact him at mortonjmarcus@yahoo.com

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