Contributors
Founder and Chair – LMFC
Vice Chair – LMFC
President and CEO – The Bank of Northern Michigan
SVP of Shared Services - LMFC
Senior Vice President, Traverse City Market Manager

Hear from the founder of Lake Michigan Financial Corporation, Rich Lievense, and his insight on what this blog encompasses.

Washington, DC always seems to be an island unto itself.  Perhaps they have been so insulated from the everyday concerns of the American public that they are unsure of the difficult road ahead. 

Read "Why Washington Really Likes Itself" from The New York Times.

The world seems to be in turmoil.  The European Union is under significant stress.  Middle East governments are dropping one after another.  China relies on a growth model based on an under-valued currency, high levels of exports, and low domestic consumption.  The United States has operated with too much consumer consumption and debt for at least a generation.  When the world is experiencing this many fundamental changes at once, the need for American leadership is greater than ever.  Will we get our act together?

Read "All Together Now" from The New York Times.

Ever wonder why we have such a difficult time developing consensus and compromise?  Perhaps the problem is us and our unwillingness to deal with different ideas and people in our everyday lives.

Read "You Want Compromise?  Sure You Do." from The New York Times.

Recent media attention on the deficit and debt limit tend to obscure the fact that fiscal improvement depends on private sector economic growth.  Our long term solutions exist on main street not Wall Street or Washington. 

Read "A Sure but Elusive Cure : Economic Growth" from The New York Times.

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