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Retired business editor Jack Markowitz writes Thursdays. Jack Markowitz can be reached via e-mail or at 412-380-8551

Markowitz: Give Sen. Paul’s ‘Fair and Flat Tax’ plan a fair shake

By Jack Markowitz
“Blow up the tax code” and replace it with a flat 14.5 percent income tax on everybody? An idea like that from a business leader would get instant respect. Headlines, maybe. But it came from a politician running for president. So ...

Markowitz: The cheapskate life could pay dividends

By Jack Markowitz
You don’t need a king’s ransom to retire comfortably. Sensible spending is the key, says Washington-area lifestyle adviser Jeff Yeager. He has written a lively book on the subject, “How to Retire the Cheapskate Way” (Three Rivers Press, NY, 308 ...

Sports cars put a quick jolt into economy

By Jack Markowitz
A new car model received a rave review the other day, unintentionally funny. “You’d have a hard time,” wrote Detroit Free Press auto critic Mark Phelan, “proving that the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 isn’t the best sports car on ...

Markowitz: Better way than raising minimum wage exists to help low-paid workers

By Jack Markowitz
If helping low-paid workers is the goal, there’s a better way than raising the minimum wage. For authority on that: Warren Buffett. The country’s most famous investor, billionaire, philanthropist and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. instead would raise the earned ...

Markowitz: Banking giants: Too big to fail ... or control

By Jack Markowitz
What is it with this country’s largest banks, the “too big to fail” crowd? Take your eyes off them for awhile, and they’re up to mischief again. Even criminal mischief, not just collective stupidity, as when they brought on ...

Markowitz: Trail of American history a pleasant jaunt

By Jack Markowitz
Americans love their country and revere the countrymen who shaped its history. So don’t knock patriotism as a market. It’s a subset of a $1.5 trillion,  7-million-job industry: travel and hospitality. Want to see where George Washington lived or ...

Markowitz: Socialist Sanders is right on cutting down to size too-big-to-fail banks

By Jack Markowitz
Who says no good idea ever comes from a socialist? Bernie Sanders has a good idea, and he’s an avowed “democratic socialist.” He’s also a U.S. senator from Vermont, officially an Independent but caucusing with Democrats. And oh yes, he’s ...

Hot air aplenty in climate documentary

By Jack Markowitz
You aren’t going to stand there and claim that man-made global warming is a hoax, are you, knucklehead? It’s in this spirit of gentle persuasion that the latest anti-Big Business documentary just blew through town. Titled “Merchants of Doubt,” it’s ...

Maybe it’s time to teach to the job market

By Jack Markowitz
If tomorrow is like every other May Day, you’ll hear a lot about worker rights. But why not worker smarts, too? This year more than most, the complaints grow louder about income inequality, the “income gap.” Such a flaw, we’re ...

Bold ideas could open way to presidency

By Jack Markowitz
Politicians who’d like to boost the economy as well as become president might take a lead from Richard Nixon. Didn’t it take Tricky Dick to open the way to China precisely because he never could be called “soft on communism”? In ...

Markowitz: It never hurts to brace for days of reckoning

By Jack Markowitz
Let’s have a little respect for doomsday, please. Give it a place in your thinking. The stock market might fall and the oceans rise. Iran may get the Bomb. Out of control immigration, as Sen. Jeff Sessions, R. Ala., wrote ...

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