With Republicans moving ever further to the right and Democrats to the left — though not so far as Republicans are to the right — there really is a crying need for a centrist alternative. President Barack Obama hopes to win re-election with populist appeals for “fairness,” meaning raising taxes on the highest earners regardless […]
After playing (price) tag for more than a year, Apple Inc., the iconic symbol of Generation Y, recently blew past Exxon Mobil Corp. and is riding the wave of success following the release of its new iPad. With its market capitalization pegged at more than $550 billion, the technology giant achieved the uncontested title of […]
Congress is getting more serious about cyber-security. Cyber-security involves everything from a foreign power attacking our ability to control the national power grid, to a disgruntled employee hacking into the office computer and stealing proprietary corporate documents. I covered additional thoughts on national cyber security earlier. There is no national standard for cyber-security and no […]
A few of today’s notes! Fix the hollowing out of the supply chain. Misreading the hispanic vote – Europe’s economic suicidie and how it affects you Electoral math – This Election is going to be really close. Apple flies by Exxon Mobil as Top Company. Did Steve Jobs deserve all the accolades? The IRS Loses […]
Unemployment remains high, job growth is sluggish and millions of Americans have given up hope of ever finding work. So how do creative legislators propose to generate new hiring? Easy: Make it more expensive. That’s right. In Congress and several states, some lawmakers want to increase the legally mandated minimum wage. They think employers should […]
The electoral map reveals how perilous is President Obama’s grip on the White House. Let’s start, as RealClearPolitics does, with a base of 170 electoral votes for Mitt Romney. It’s hard to imagine that Obama could win any of even the less-red states that comprise that batch (e.g. Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, Montana). To get […]
It wasn’t that long ago that American parents were gripped with Tiger Mother anxiety. Did we over praise our kids in the name of promoting self-esteem? Were we forfeiting an Ivy League future for them if we didn’t force them to practice endless hours of violin or rip up birthday cards that weren’t perfect? Were […]
November 2, 2011 – Politics, Money and You!
Subject: November 2: Depiction of legal reform as job legislation
The economy is in trouble, and Washington – fixated on budget slashing at a time when the economy needs more spending – seems determined to make matters worse. On Friday, in the midst of the debt limit battle, the government reported that economic growth nearly ground to a halt in the first quarter of 2011, […]
July 5, 2011 – Financial Planning
Subject: July 5: Tax cuts won’t bring back jobs!
June 30, 2011 – Financial Planning
Subject: June 30: Boomers told to just keep working, but where are the jobs?
Dumbing Deficits Down Gas Prices and a Sane Energy Policy Another Inside Job Biennial Budget, a Step Toward Fixing Deficit Tax Tips $$$ IRS Loses: Estate avoids undervaluation penalty when both sides’ experts were wrong. When a woman died, her shares in a private company were valued by the IRS at $32.4 million and […]