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The 40,000-Foot View

A bird's-eye perspective by Dale Buss,

Founder & Executive Director of the Flyover Coalition

Seldom has one man meant so much to the fate of a big American city, especially in the modern era. Thus have so many metro Detroiters been drawn today to the unfortunate news about Dan Gilbert. Read more.

April 19, 2019

Foxconn's first major manufacturing facility in the United States started out as a great idea, the kind of win-win-win that can make the careers of politicians and CEOs alike.

But now the three major figureheads behind Foxconn's $10-billion, 13,000-job pledge to build a glass-screen manufacturing plant in southeastern Wisconsin are being increasingly sidelined.

Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has just declared his candidacy for president...

February 22, 2018

Say this much for ABC: At least they know there's a middle of the country out there.

And with the reboot of Roseanne planned for late March, we once again can entertain hopes that a major television network will treat the people, problems and pride of Flyover Country with dignity -- or at least with an empathetic sense of humor.

Roseanne redux will be set in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois, just like the original Roseann...

February 20, 2018

Billionaire investor Peter Thiel finally has given up on Silicon Valley because his conservative politics -- he was a big supporter of Donald Trump's presidential campaign -- became such an ill fit for the regnant progressivism there that Thiel no longer could tolerate not only doing business in the Valley but even living there.

But the tech industry's most prominent political conservative is decamping for ... Los Angeles. Why?...

September 20, 2017

It's not just that Amazon's "HQ2" would be one of the biggest economic-development plums ever.

To every governor and mayor and countless CEOs and entrepreneurs and software engineers in Flyover Country, it's the fact that Amazon seems to own the present and more than likely will own even more of the future. To ride into the next decade with the Death Star of e-commerce fueling your bricks-and-mortar community would be one of th...

February 19, 2017

Garrison Keillor, I am so over you.

Sure, you are on tour this month with live shows that presumably rip off your successful formula for A Prairie Home Companion, the public-radio show whence you've retired after decades of success. But I wouldn't go near a venue that's hosting you anymore.

Good thing most of your shows in January are in California, far from the judgments you might suffer in Flyover Country.

Because clearly, you'...

January 3, 2017

The outlines of the implications for Flyover Country of the election results became evident pretty quickly to me: a new orientation in Washington, D.C., that would have tumultuous effects on the Heartland economy.

One week after the election, I gave a speech to the Association for Corporate Growth in Grand Rapids, Mich., where I shared my views. Even before the inauguration of Donald Trump later this month, this forecast is loo...

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