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The DECD and the Micro-economy

TWEET THIS The next section of the DECD statute is called  Article 2-B: MAINE MICROENTERPRISE INITIATIVE . It appears to be a devise designed to give the appearance of support for the micro economy- in name only - since the redistributed wealth will be granted to a non-profit organization. In the context of the rest of this statute, including the section on encouraging globalization through the foreign trade zone and another that excludes of the retail sector from benefits distributed by the tax payer funded Department of Community and Economic Development, this section comes across as barely concealed disdain held by the authors of the DECD statute toward the micro economic sector. Here we have the DECD generously offering to help the micro economy to train their staffs by giving money directly to non-profit organizations. What did the lawmakers who wrote the DECD statute  imagine the micro economy to be ? A collective component of the economy with only

Reality VS Truth as Deemed by Legistation

Before I move on with my story, I want to make one point perfectly clea r about the insights I have been relaying about TexTech , which came to my attention because Alan Hinsey of MaineBiz Sunday heralded TexTech as the "poster child" of Maine's "creative economy" movement. When the Maine state legislature rose above the will of the people as expressed in the Maine state constitution to charter, by special ct of legislation , that corporation known as the Finance Authority of Maine, the legislature there in deemed the following to be true: The authority will serve a public purpose and perform an essential governmental function in the exercise of the powers and duties conferred upon it by this chapter. Any benefits accruing to private individuals or associations, as a result of the activities of the authority, are deemed by the Legislature to be incidental to the public purposes to be achieved by the implementation

Globalization and The Maine Department of Economic And Community Development

TWEET with this short link Introduction of a Theme: The Global Investment Community Threatened by The Small Craft Maker. A while back I had the thought that a factory worker in a low wage labor market could make as much with one sale on Etsy as he or she could working for a month in a factory. My next thought was that political forces in those countries would apply pressure to keep people from opening an Etsy Shop. I now believe that such political pressure exists everywhere as governments become entrenched in economic “globalism”. It may sound fantastic that governments and global capitalists are threatened by small craft enterprises, but the value systems and what benefits each are at odds with those of other. In this video, The Voices of the  Chinese Workers by leslie T Chang - a well dressed, Harvard educated, young Asian woman presents herself as the voice of the Chinese workers. Instead she comes across as a corporate shill advancing the concept that the

On Being An Anomaly In The Age of The Creative Economy Introduction: The Cultural Context Every organization and every business is its own culture. Andersen Stoneware is a cultural environment that places a distinct and unique value on the process of making things. The Creative Economy is a culture that places value on designing (innovating) things. Andersen Stoneware designs what it makes and so Andersen Stoneware also values innovation. Arguably, the Creative Economy is  a response to the loss of manufacturing (making things) in the United States and the rise of manufacturing in what was once called third world nations. As such the ideology of the Creative Economy movement glorifies designers over makers as it separates the act of designing from the act of making (also  repairing and maintaining which are qualified as "lesser skilled work " according to the "creative economy" system of measurement) ( example) In the marketing of the Creative Economy, those that design, do no