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with Craig Thompson

12/02/13

FedEx, UPS are fast becoming Santa’s biggest helpers

How many of us have had to answer the question “how does Santa do all of that in one night?” This will be the first Christmas that my 9-year-old son, Joe, will not be pondering that mind-blowing question as he tries to fall asleep on Dec. 24. It’s undoubtedly a bit sad watching the wheels turn while your son processes this revelation.

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11/04/13

Reports of the death of the car culture have been greatly exaggerated

Ah, human beings. We are a funny lot. We just can’t stop ourselves from taking what can potentially be a positive development and leaping to claims that the world has changed forever. But as Mark Twain said, “Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.”

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10/07/13

Freight rail’s comeback story proves bipartisan solutions can work

Deregulation. In 2013, the word itself elicits visceral reactions. The reactions tend to be felt through the prism of our ideological leanings. Those right of center feel all warm and cozy inside when they hear this word, as they picture commerce humming along unfettered while birds chirp and angels sing. Those left of center tend to feel their stomachs tighten as they envision robber barons left free to pillage and plunder.

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09/05/13

These industries want their taxes hiked to pay for vital infrastructure; why won’t Congress act?

Those of you who claim to have “better” things to do with your Sunday evenings in the fall than watch ESPN GameNight may be unfamiliar with a segment called “C’mon Man!” It is a lighthearted bit where the co-hosts pick video clips of inexcusable mistakes or something silly and make their point at the end by uttering the phrase “c’mon, man!” Check out an example here.

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07/25/13

No fat cats in these planes: Demonizing ‘corporate’ jets is counterproductive and unfair

Bad optics. That is the en vogue way to describe the scene in 2008 when Americans feared an economic meltdown and the CEOs of Chrysler, GM, and Ford arrived in D.C. on their respective companies’ corporate jets to advocate for a taxpayer bailout. In these days of the 24-hour news cycle, not much gets missed, and “optics,” especially “bad optics,” can gain a life of its own. I am sure Rick Wagoner of GM, Alan Mulally of Ford, and Robert Nardelli of Chrysler never contemplated for a nanosecond that their method of arrival to testify before Congress would become such a lightning rod. But it did.

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Craig Thomspon is the executive director of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin. Founded in 1971, the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin promotes the vitality and safety of the state's transportation system, including public transit systems, public-use and general-aviation airports, railroads, commercial ports, and roads. Thompson also serves as secretary for the referendum committee Vote Yes for Transportation. www.TDAwisconsin.org and www.VoteYesforTransportation.com.

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