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Archive for the ‘Economy’ Category

Gov. Rounds’ Work on the South Dakota Economy: A Whale of a Tale

Posted by tdepp on January 18, 2009

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A Little Buddhist Thought on the Economy

Posted by tdepp on January 11, 2009

I try not to use Buddhism to make political points.  One can be a Democrat Buddhist or a Republican Buddhist.  I don’t pretend to know what political party the Buddha would belong to.  I’m guessing he’d be an independent.

But I came across a posting on The Middle Way that attempted to explain the economic mess we’re in from a Buddhist perspective.  Here’s an excerpt:

The current global economic crisis is easily understood through a
Buddhist framework. The institutions saw the world as self and other.
They saw, and see, it as something to “win”. They focused on Profits
and the Trickle Down Theory of economics.

Buddhism teaches us about no self, no other. It teaches us that the “I” thing we grasp isn’t real.
It opens us to the world of interconnectedness and interrelatedness.
That’s all well and good but the thing is, we’re here now.

I would distill it even further in Buddhist thought.  We’re in the soup economically because of a lack of mindfulness.  We at the micro level and those at the macro level didn’t pay close attention to economic decisions.  When you make a bad or take out an ill advised loan, it’s eventually going to come home to roost.  Add a little karma to the mix–you reap what you sew–or for every action there is a reaction–we have some problems.

Just something to think about.

Namaste.

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Forbes: Nothing But The Dead and Dying In My Little Town, Grandview, MO

Posted by tdepp on January 8, 2009

Ouch.

Forbes has named Grandview, MO, south of Kansas City, as the eighth fastest dying town in America.

An excerpt:

Poverty has doubled while incomes have remained flat, and have fallen when adjusted for inflation.

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Sorry, Cory: Madison and Lake Herman Not Listed in Forbes Top 20 Small Towns with Advanced Degrees

Posted by tdepp on January 5, 2009

Forbes has an interesting article on the small towns with the highest concentrations of advanced degrees in the U.S.A.

Some will surprise you–and some will not.

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What Recession? Wal-Mart and Best Buy Are Bonkers

Posted by tdepp on December 26, 2008

An informal S.D. Watch/Kansas Watch examination of the economy today reveals that people are still flocking to Wal-Mart and Best Buy the day after Christmas.

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