The Republican Trickle Down Fallacy

August 10, 2011 | Comments Off

One of the major themes of the recent debt-ceiling debate debacle was income taxes, specifically the issue of increasing taxes for the wealthiest. President Obama campaigned on a pledge to roll back the “temporary” Bush tax cuts for those in the highest income brackets, but he has been unable to fulfill this promise. The obstacle [...]

Our Prison System is Bankrupting Us

July 24, 2011 | Comments Off

If there was any doubt about the broken state of our prison system, recent news should put it to rest. The Global Commission on Drug Policy, made up of former presidents and other luminaries from the United States and abroad, concludes that the Drug War is an expensive failure. The California prison system — which [...]

You knew it was going to be something big when President Obama called a hastily arranged news conference on Friday evening. And it was, for the President announced, with barely bridled anger that debt-ceiling negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner had fallen apart at a critical moment. It was good to see the President’s hackles [...]

This month marked the 10th Anniversary of the first of the two tax cuts sought by the President George Bush. The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act was enacted in 2001 to be followed, in 2003, by the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act. Ten years later, it is time we assess the [...]

A financial debt can be paid back. But the debt we’ll owe our children if investments in health, nutrition and education are slashed is irreparable. Investment in human infrastructure – providing the human capacity development for optimal economic productivity and innovation through both government and business investments – is essential for success in the post-industrial [...]

As a certified public accountant and business owner, I know the impact of taxes up close and personal. And the claim that ending Bush-era tax cuts on income over a quarter of a million dollars will hurt the economy, reduce employment and burden small businesses is patently false. Let’s take a look at the evidence. [...]

As a certified public accountant and business owner, I know the impact of taxes up close and personal. And the claim that ending Bush-era tax cuts on income over a quarter of a million dollars will hurt the economy, reduce employment and burden small businesses is patently false. Let’s take a look at the evidence. [...]

We Didn't Vote for This!

November 16, 2010 | 1 Comment

Whether Americans voted for Republicans or Democrats in the mid-term election, one thing is clear: Voters were demanding that Congress focus intensively on job creation on Main Street — not lobbyists and campaign donors from big business and Wall Street. Apparently, many in Congress either didn’t get the message or simply don’t care now that [...]

Whether Americans voted for Republicans or Democrats in the mid-term election, one thing is clear: Voters were demanding that Congress focus intensively on job creation on Main Street — not lobbyists and campaign donors from big business and Wall Street. Apparently, many in Congress either didn’t get the message or simply don’t care now that [...]

Small Businesses Want Responsible Tax Policy

November 5, 2010 | Comments Off

With the midterm election over and the lame duck session of Congress soon to begin, small business is once again about to become a political football. As a small business owner, I’m pleased there is a debate over the best ways to boost small enterprises like mine that are rooted in local communities and have [...]

A good friend and fellow businessman once told me, “Give me more customers and I’ll be forced to buy equipment and hire people to meet demand. Give me a tax break without more customers and I’ll just go to Aruba.” Ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest taxpayers is the right thing to do [...]

Whenever we attempt to evaluate things, there is price and then there is cost. The price of an item or adventure is simply the dollar amount. The cost is something greater and deeper than money alone. Students today go into hock up to their eyeballs to obtain a college degree. They are, in effect, wagering [...]

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