Next round of college prices moves will be …

How do they do it?

PATRICK LALANDE ON WORDPRESS 

In an opinion article from USAToday.com about colleges that are violating the trust of their students and graduates by steering those to financial institutions and programs that are not in their best interest, I read this line, 

In the near future, colleges now inundated with applicants will begin competing for a shrinking pool of high school seniors.

The thought struck me that the reason college pricing has climbed, on average over 10% a year since who knows when, because there are too many students that want to go to college.   In the future, will colleges justify price increases with the phrase “because college enrollments are declining…”?

What do you think the line will be to justify the next round of price increases?  Or will there be price decreases?

Patrick 

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Its too late for us. Save yourself!

One more chance to save yourself

PATRICK LALANDE ON WORDPRESS

It’s been a long time coming.  On the news that the Federal government is backing the the economy with 100% aggression the stock market boomed. Up 400+ points yesterday (3/18) and currently (delayed price) up another 54. Gold plunged, financial stocks popped, and optimism has re-entered the dance. 

Yesterday was a nice sunny day here where I live. Through observation, it seemed that the weather couldn’t wait for spring and decided that it would give us a preview.  And then the Feds cute their interest rate by 3/4 of a point.  Hugh. HUGH!  How hugh?  That cut amounts to a 25%.  You didn’t get that on your credit card interest. I’d say that the big boys have a new big toy.  No, not a new maserati or a new corporate jet.  Not the new, 10,000 sq. ft. summer house that they live in for 6 weeks a year.  Not the physical trapping of wealth that you might think.  No.  Not those.  I’m talking about the game piece the financial crisis threatened to take away from them.  I’m talking BIG!  I’m talking the Federal government and the American economy. Continue reading

People lie. Prices don’t.

Recession mystery deepens, Plot thickens, Clues in Headlines 

PATRICK LALANDE ON WORDPRESS

Hey! NOT JUST  a heads-up for the market watchers.  

After the DOW dropped 155 points yesterday somebody might think that today could be a dead-cat bounce sort of day.

Here is something to think about.  Of the two headlines I read today, I get suspicious.  Continue reading

Spending, Inflation, data, hit – This story is written by the headline

Another headline, another day.

Patrick Lalande on WordPress

photo_2808_20070815-crumpled-dollar-bill-2_400x180.jpg  Do you remember  “Recession headline: Bears like sinking ships“?  Keep it in mind when you read the rest of this story.

I awoke from a fitful sleep to read a headline that pretty much says it all.

Spending, inflation data to hit Wall St.  I would add “this week”. Continue reading

This type of competition we can afford

What in the world is APTWEH?

Patrick Lalande on WordPress

When I made mention of the Aptera aptera_400x180.jpg in Everyone has a Prediction and suggested that

“the American muscle cars of New Millineum, the high-mpg, high-performance (Got to get on that highway!), high-capacity automobiles.”  

was going to be America’s new export over the next 10 years,  I didn’t know about Jacob Gordon.  I’d been following the same trail he navigated but didn’t know it.

Since the beginning of January, when I started “A Mind’s Diet”, I have started to read some of his submissions to MSN.com and Jacob has come up with some very good ones.  My favorites include those I’ve listed below.  His latest ,

Loremo: The ‘Low Resistance Mobile’ 

At 150-miles-per-gallon, the Loremo wants to show how far a diesel can go.

introduces a car that I believe Americans will covet.  If not the car, the principles of Affordable,  Personal Transportation With Extreme High-mileage OR (APTWEH pronounced “apt’ way”)    The story represents the introduction to me and my readers, of another APTWEH. 

The stories by Jacob Gordon have been chosen here to illustrate a pattern here that will see the United States into change that is happening throughout our  society. 

It isn’t that society has changed so much but that capitalism has finally caught up to the transportation designers.  Especially visible in the car industry, this change is slowly rearing it’s head in other industries like aviation and railroads.  As we progress further into this change will this type of vehicle become the norm rather than an oddity?  Read Jacob’s stories below and then you tell me.

Project ‘X’ Cars

Aptera: The ‘Wingless Bird’

Loremo: The ‘Low Resistance Mobile’

Patrick

 Ref: Jacob Gordon is a freelance writer, a blogger for TreeHugger.com, and producer of TreeHugger Radio. He can be reached at jacob@treehugger.com.

Process of Economic Meltdown toward recession Explained – Ship rocks

Too late.  There’s no way off the ship 

Seldom does the story live up to the hype of a good headline but I have been a headline reader for most of my life. 

This article, “America’s economy risks the mother of all meltdownsFT.com,

By Martin Wolf,  Dated Tue Feb 19, 1:25 PM ET, and found on Yahoo business news, really has a great story to tell.  Martin sums it up beautifully when he says; Continue reading

“Recession – Your job” just another headline?

Headline speak: Recession gets louder

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As  an example of the reading the headlines to read the future, I offer this blog post from today.  It makes my point that how people feel means more than economists’ opinion.

I quote:

Is Your Job Recession Proof? « share my staff

With the economic forecast looking grim, the housing market at an all time high in foreclosures, and lay offs on the rise, the “R” word is starting to be used to describe what is happening to the U.S. economy.  The last thing you would want to do right now is take time off from your job to go on a long vacation.  When you get back, your position could be cut.

Now is the time to take those steps to recession proof your job…

I suggest that these thoughts may be on the minds of us “consumers” throughout the coming summer.  Think about it.

Patrick