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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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Seeing orange: A fresh perspective on those pesky barrels

Summer has arrived. This is not a time for serious introspection or analysis. And you certainly will not find it in this blog post. Summer is a time for all things frivolous and fun, right? The kids are home from school. That’s fun, right? Right? Mosquitos are out in full force. The Brewers are … well … trying their best. Those old familiar orange barrels are back out lining our streets and highways. Wait a minute. This isn’t sounding fun or frivolous at all, is it?

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Let’s put the horse back before the cart when it comes to transportation investment

Jobs, jobs, jobs. That has been the mantra of every politician of every political persuasion ever since the Great Recession began. The jobs Holy Grail has led both office-seekers and interest groups to try to quantify exactly how many jobs will be directly created if a certain industry receives funding or a policy initiative is adopted.

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50 may be the new 30 for some, but …

My wife, Michelle, and I built our house about 12 years ago now. One of the things that appealed to me at the time about building new was not having the unexpected cost of home repairs that older houses can stick you with. (The other thing that appealed to me was that Michelle told me, “We are building new.”) Well, all you homeowners out there know that there is no such thing as a “new” house for long.

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The end of the world

R.E.M. initially released its single “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)” in 1987. The refrain line has since become part of our nomenclature for describing various seismic shifts in our world. When it comes to transportation, this expression is extremely apropos in 2013, thanks to a lot of innovators – some from Wisconsin. Take a look at a couple of the exciting things Wisconsin-based companies are doing and the tremendous impact they will have on the transportation world.

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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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