Incompetent, rich people are more likely to get ahead than smart people with no money

Individuals with relatively high social class are more overconfident and appear more competent to others. This helps them attain higher-earning jobs.

Joe's PicMost people have had at least one colleague with a sense of privilege who likes to speak first, and that can often drown out other voices in the room. “This behavior may make it difficult for those of lower social classes to successfully interject and navigate the higher ranks within an organization,” Jones Young says.

Jones Young, an assistant professor of organizational behavior at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., is fascinated by how a person’s socioeconomic background translates to how they are perceived at work. Often times, she says, they are perceived favorably. She is amazed at how some people act like they’re destined for the corner office.

Others say they’re destined for the highest office in the land. Democratic presidential contender Beto O’Rourke, who attended Columbia University in New York, told the April 2019 issue of Vanity Fair magazine, “Man, I’m just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment.” (O’Rourke later said he could have chosen his words more judiciously, and clarified that he was referring to his calling to public service.)

Not everyone has the innate ability to eye an opportunity with that kind of confidence or, some might say, entitlement. That ambition and confidence is likely instilled in people at a young age. Jones Young says, in her experience, they often happen to be from privileged backgrounds, and that can create a structural and cultural imbalance in the workplace.

Original article by: Quentin Fottrell, MarketWatch

Facebook’s Boosting Your Business

Date: April 24th 9:30 AM Doors Open 

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East Lansing St. Patty’s Day Broadcast

Our Live broadcast from East Lansing Michigan kicks off at 8:00am Saturday morning March 17.

C&R News Director Kathy Schaefer will be live on our show interviewing some surprise guests.

When our 10 minute show goes live that morning we’ll be giving away gift cards to local restaurants to the students in the best costumes. We also have some great guests lined upand the MSU Irish Dance Club will perform!

We’ll be surrounded by 10,000 college kids some of which are acting like buzzed grade schoolers. It’s college party…not a family event.

The city of E.L. is taking action to keep the

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MSU students and citizens safe. Anyone that 

gets carried away drinking is allowed to keep their car overnight in many of the city parking lots. The city also adding to their police force that day and night.

Expect lots of friendly police biking, walking and riding horses around E.L.

CATA bus is offering free Entertainment Express trolley rides 


on Saint Patrick’s Day from 4p.m. to 3 a.m. The trolley travels between Lansing and East Lansing every 15 m

inutes, serving designated stops along the Michigan/Grand River Avenue corridor. For schedule details, visit

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Fighting the Death Penalty


Thursday, June 29, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.  Library of Michigan, 702 W. Kalamazoo

The Historical Society of Greater Lansing and the Michigan Political History Society is hosting nationally-recognized expert on the death penalty Eugene Gilbert Wanger in a conversation with Lansing attorney James Neal of the Loomis Law Firm, Thursday, June 29, 7 p.m. at the Library of Michigan. The event is free.

Wanger recently published the book “Fighting the Death Penalty: A Fifty Year Journey of Argument and Persuasion.” through Michigan State University Press. Books will be for sale at the event.

Michigan is the only state in the country that has a death penalty prohibition in its constitution—Eugene G. Wanger’s compelling arguments against capital punishment is a large reason it is there. The 40 pieces in this volume are writings created or used by the author, who penned the prohibition clause, during his fifty years as a death penalty abolitionist.

His extraordinary background in forensics, law, and political activity as constitutional convention delegate and co-chairman of the Michigan Committee Against Capital Punishment has produced a remarkable collection. It is not only a fifty-year history of the anti–death penalty argument in America; it also is a detailed and challenging example of how the argument against capital punishment may be successfully made.

The Eugene G. Wanger and Marilyn M. Wanger Death Penalty Collection resides at the University of  Albany M.E. Grenander Archives in New York and contains a wide range of materials on the death penalty documenting its history, efforts to abolish or reinstate the practice, its psychological impact, compatibility on religious, moral or ethical grounds, and its operation.

After graduating from Amherst College and The University of Michigan Law School, Eugene G. Wanger returned home to Lansing, Michigan to practice law. In 1961-1962 fellow voters from Lansing elected him the youngest delegate from his political party to Michigan’s Constitutional Convention where, among other provisions, he authored the section of the state constitution which bans capital punishment.  Wanger later served as Lansing’s City Attorney and chairman of Ingham County’s Board of Commissioners.

Beginning in 1972, Wanger co-chaired the Michigan Committee Against Capital Punishment, co-founded the Michigan Committee Against the Death Penalty, and been active in numerous historical organizations including the Historical Society of Greater Lansing. In 2005, he received the Champion of Justice Award from the State Bar of Michigan for superior professional accomplishments benefiting the state and nation, including his work on capital punishment.

He is a life-time member of the Michigan Political History Society.

C&R Loads Up Alibaba Stock & Then Baba Visits Detroit!

C&R is putting our money where are mouth is… we’re talking Alibaba.

We are building a low six figure stock position in this business trade-bridge that’s accelerating global trade. It will likely be good for Michigan and US compaines.

In recent years we bought Alibaba stock for this reason:

  • Because more Michigan and US companies have increased their profit margins by having access to “legitimate” low cost Chinese suppliers. China is in a wild west phase of capitalism. Alibaba is acting as a scout, deal broker and as a sheriff for US companies.

In recent months we bought Alibaba stock for this reason:

  • Alibaba has made strides to not only be a door into purchasing from China, but more importantly their door is starting to swing the other way allowing US goods-suppliers to sell to Chinese companies.

C&R does not offer stock advice. We only trade our own cash. We are talking about this to share our excitement about a company that is likely creating a level playing field for global trade.  (stock ticker: baba)

Crain’s Business Detroit: April 25, 2017

China’s largest e-commerce company, Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd., has released details on a conference in Detroit aimed at helping U.S. business to boost exports to China.

The Gateway ’17 event, to be held at Cobo Center on June 20-21 and previously reported by Crain’s, is expected to attract more than 1,000 U.S. businesses, the company said in a news release.

Jack Ma, founder and chairman of Alibaba, will keynote the Detroit procurement events.

Jack Ma, Alibaba’s founder and one of China’s wealthiest people, is scheduled to deliver a keynote at his company’s export event in Detroit this summer.

“Hosting the event in Detroit – in America’s heartland – will further our goal to educate U.S. small businesses, farmers and entrepreneurs about the opportunities the Chinese market has to offer,” Brion Tingler, Alibaba Group head of external affairs, said in a statement. “It’s also in a convenient location with transport and hospitality infrastructure that will enable small businesses and farmers to participate with ease.”

“China is an important and viable market for a wide range of products and services. This event will open doors for Michigan businesses, farmers and entrepreneurs by helping them identify and enter into new relationships there,” Gov. Rick Snyder said in a news release. “By participating in Gateway ’17, Michigan businesses will have a unique opportunity to reach new customers in the fastest-growing economy in the world, and we encourage all companies looking to expand into exporting to attend this event.”

Ma, in a statement, said the event will help open China’s growing consumer market to U.S. companies and boost profits.

“The Chinese market presents tremendous opportunities for U.S. small businesses and farmers to grow their businesses, and in turn, create more U.S. jobs,” Ma said in a statement. “China’s middle-class population is projected to exceed 600 million by 2022, or nearly twice the size of the entire U.S. population. Last year, China surpassed the U.S. as the world’s largest retail market, with spending topping U.S. $4.84 trillion. By next year, China’s online spending will be greater than the rest of the world combined.”

Michigan exported $3.2 billion in products to China in 2016, making it the state’s third-largest export partner behind only Mexico and Canada. Automotive parts leads the list of exports to China, followed by agricultural products including soybeans, feed grain, dairy and vegetables.

Founded in Hangzhou, China, in 1999, Alibaba has grown into one of China’s largest companies, with a market capitalization of nearly $284 billion — more than Wal-Mart Stores Inc. at $227 billion, but less than competitor Amazon Inc. at $433 billion.

Alibaba’s 2014 initial public offering raised $25 billion on the New York Stock Exchange and introduced Alibaba to western investors, though the company remains mostly unknown to U.S. shoppers despite its more than 450 million customers in more than 200 countries.

Yet U.S. tech companies are aware of Alibaba’s presence. Jerry Wang, a co-founder of Yahoo Inc., serves on Alibaba’s board and Yahoo has a $40 billion stake in the company, Fortune reported in March.

Earlier this year, Ma wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that Alibaba would enroll 1 million U.S. small businesses to its various e-commerce platforms, primarily on its Taobao and Tmall websites. The company claims it hosts 10 million merchants in China that employ 30 million people.

In January, Ant Financial Services Group, the payment affiliate of Alibaba, announced it would buy Dallas-based money-transfer company MoneyGram International Inc. for about $880 million.

China and Michigan have had a lucrative business connection for decades. Major Michigan companies already operate in China, such as Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Dow Chemical Co., Whirlpool Corp., BorgWarner Inc., Key Safety Systems Inc., among others. China’s Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp., Aviation Industry Corp. of China, Fuyao Auto Glass, Wanxiang Group and others own several Michigan auto companies.

Squalid Criminals


DOME Magazine:   Jack Lessenberry  April 21, 2017

DETROIT – Now for a controversy few are willing to touch: Why have so many of Detroit’s black legislators turned out to be squalid criminals – and why has this been tolerated by both their voters and Democratic Party leaders?

The latest example came earlier this month when a federal grand jury indicted State Senator Bert Johnson, D-Highland Park on two felony charges for putting a woman on the state payroll who did no work.

Prosecutors say he owed her $10,000, and decided to let taxpayers pay her instead. Naturally, Johnson is entitled to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

However, he has done hard time before, following an armed robbery conviction when he was 19.

And the African-American legislative caucus has now had three embarrassing episodes in the last two years:

Two years ago, it was the sordid spectacle of State Senator Virgil Smith, Jr. (D-Detroit) shooting up his ex-wife’s Mercedes after he asked her to come over for a sexual encounter. Apparently she was unhappy there was already another woman in his bed, and a fight ensued that ended with Smith pumping her car full of bullets on a residential street.

Smith never had many real qualifications for the job; his resume consisted mainly of a string of petty offenses, such as shoplifting and driving while intoxicated.

He’d gotten elected to the state house at age 23, and then the senate after a few rocky years as a Michigan State University student. Many voters may have thought they were voting for his father, Virgil Smith Sr., who had served in the legislature, and is now a respected Wayne County Circuit Court judge.

After Smith the younger was charged with multiple felonies following the shooting episode, Democrats in leadership positions privately debated whether to call on him to resign.

At one point, Lon Johnson, state party chair, told me he was close to doing that. But neither he nor the Democratic leaders in the legislature ever did anything, other than stripping Smith of his committee assignments.

This was baffling, because Smith’s seat is safely Democratic. Smith then stayed in the senate for nearly a year, voting with the Republicans whenever they needed him to.

That made self-serving sense for him; Republicans, with a 27-11 supermajority, could have expelled him – or prevented his expulsion –any time they wished.

Smith didn’t resign from the senate until after his lawyers worked out a plea bargain deal and he began a prison term.

That was in late March 2016. That meant his voters lacked any representation for nine more months, but there was never much indication that Smith or party leaders cared.

Then there was the tawdry spectacle of State Rep. Brian Banks (D-Harper Woods) who had a record that included eight felony convictions before he was first elected in 2012.

Most or all of those were for financial crimes, including credit card fraud and bad checks; he also had a pattern of being evicted for nonpayment of his rent.

Soon after arriving in the legislature, he was in trouble again, when a male staffer he hired filed a lawsuit alleging that Banks repeatedly sexually harassed and finally molested him.

The State of Michigan ended up paying more than $85,000 to defend Banks in court, and another $11,950 to settle out of court with the former aide.

Nevertheless, voters reelected Banks in both 2014 and 2016, and Democratic leaders said nothing. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan even campaigned for his reelection last year.

But the jig was about to be up. Even before last year’s primary election, it was clear that four more felony charges were coming, this time relating to falsifying documents in order to get a loan.

Had he been convicted, Banks might have faced many years in prison as a habitual offender.

Instead, he cut a deal with Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, and resigned.

Democratic leaders didn’t condemn his behavior. Instead, House Minority Leader Sam Singh praised him as a “passionate advocate for his district” who “worked tirelessly for his constituents.” Which, to put it politely, is horse exhaust.

To be sure, there are plenty of thoroughly corrupt white politicians – and black ones of integrity. President Barack Obama was a one-woman man whose eight years were as free of sexual or financial scandal as any in American history.

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Damon Keith is a man of unquestioned honesty – and I could fill this column just with the names of white lawmakers with ethical problems.

But when Michigan House Republicans realized they had two bad apples – Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat, who were having an affair and using state resources to cover it up, they moved quickly to expel them, though Courser quit first.

What’s different about the Democrats?

Nobody will say so on the record. But Democrats are dependent on black votes, and may well fear antagonizing those voters –an attitude that might well be described as patronizing at best. White liberals are also just as bad. Lansing is full of people to whom Senator Johnson owed money.

“Bert Johnson bounced a $7,500 check to me. Twice. Lied about what happened,” one prominent attorney told me.

She told him she would go to the police if he didn’t pay. But she never did. “I assumed everybody in the party would hate me if I did,” she said.

So has she – and others like her – been guilty of enabling this behavior? “Probably. I will own that,” she said finally.

If that isn’t reverse racism, I don’t know what is.

Coda:  As if to prove that history repeats itself, first as tragedy and then farce, Virgil Smith Jr., now out of jail, took out petitions to run for Detroit City Council. As part of his plea bargain agreement, he promised not to run for anything for at least five years.

But hey; that was then, and this is now.

Jack Lessenberry is the head of journalism at Wayne State University, serves as Michigan Radio’s senior political analyst and writes regularly for several publications. He also serves as The Toledo Blade’s writing coach and ombudsman and is host of the weekly television show Deadline Now on WGTE-TV in Toledo.

Want to Raise Successful Daughters? Science Says Nag the Heck Out of Them


Someday, my daughter is going to kill me for this one, but it’s a story that will vindicate parents everywhere.

Researchers in the United Kingdom say parents’ super-high expectations for their teenage daughters–especially if they remind them constantly of those expectations–are among the most important factors in predicting whether young girls will grow up to become successful women.

As a university press release put it: “Behind every successful woman is a nagging mom? getty_481292759_110877Teenage girls more likely to succeed if they have pushy mothers.”

Nag more, fail less.

The researchers at the University of Essex found that girls whose “main parent”–that’s usually the mother–consistently displayed high parental expectations were far less likely to fall into the traps that made the girls less likely to succeed in life.

Specifically, these girls were:

  • Less likely to become pregnant as teenagers.
  • More likely to attend college.
  • Less likely to get stuck in dead-end, low-wage jobs.
  • Less likely to have prolonged periods of unemployment.

The researchers, led by PhD candidate Ericka G. Rascon-Ramirez, studied the experiences of more than 15,000 British girls aged 13 and 14 over a 10-year period.

Of course, avoiding the prime pitfalls doesn’t necessarily mean that girls are destined to become the Sheryl Sandberg, Katie Ledecky, or Sara Blakeley of their time. But it does mean they’ll be more likely to preserve their opportunities to succeed later.

And that, dear parents, is the point at which your work is done–when your children’s success becomes much more a factor of their desire and work ethic than yours.

Rolling eyes? That means it’s working.

Nice study, some readers might reply. Have you actually tried being the parent tasked with nagging a 13- or 14-year-old daughter? News flash: Whether we’re talking about boys or girls, it could quickly deconstruct into a cacophony of eye rolls, door slams, and sullenness.

It’s not a lot of fun, I’m sure. (Regular readers will know that my daughter is only a year old, so I haven’t had the pleasure myself, yet. For more on how to raise successful kids, you can read my free e-book, How to Raise Successful Kids: Advice From a Stanford Dean, a Navy SEAL Commander, and Mark Zuckerberg’s Dad.)

But parents can take solace in one idea the researchers entertained: The more it seems hectoring them is like pounding on a brick wall, the more it might be working.

“In many cases, we succee[d] in doing what we believ[e is] more convenient for us, even when this [is] against our parents’ will,” writes Rascon-Ramirez. “But no matter how hard we tried to avoid our parents’ recommendations, it is likely that they ended up influencing [our] choices.”

In other words, if your tween or teenage daughter rolls her eyes and says something like, “Arrrrggghhh, Mom, you’re so annoying,” what she really means, deep down in her subconscious mind is: “Thank you for the helpful advice. I shall endeavor to act accordingly.”

Stacking the little voices.

There’s also some stacking going on, meaning if you set expectations in daughters’ heads that they should go to college AND they should not get pregnant as teenagers, they’re more likely to make it to age 20 without having a child than they would have been if you’d only pushed the “don’t have a baby until you’re old enough to be ready” message.

As my colleagues at Scary Mommy, where I first heard about the study, put it:

“Sure, having a healthy sense of self-esteem and believing that you have options is great, but not getting pregnant just because you ‘don’t want to hear it’ is fine with us, too. Whatever. Just make it not be so.”

I don’t know about you, but even as a man in my 40s, I sometimes hear my parents’ cautionary words–or even my grandparents’–when I go to do something I probably shouldn’t. My grandfather passed away in 1984, but if I ever overdo it on dessert, it’s his voice I hear calling me out for it.

And assuming this study holds value for boys as well–there’s no reason to think it wouldn’t–that means I have my parents’ habit of consistently expressing their high expectations to thank, at least in part, for my success.

So thanks for the nagging, Mom and Dad. And to my darling daughter, believe me, this will be harder on me than it is for you.