FORTUNATE SON

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JANUARY 2013 It ain’t me.  It ain’t me. I ain’t no fortunate son. Credence Clearwater Revival Once again, it pays to hire well-connected lobbyists; it pays to be a fortunate son.  The big winners in the fiscal cliff deal were those deep-pocketed special interests.  $76 billion in tax credits for the likes of General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Hollywood and even … Read More

DRUG PUSHER

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AUGUST 2012 In his 1935 State of the Union message, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed social security, unemployment insurance, and aid to dependent children to help the deserving poor, but he added an ominous warning…  “The lessons of history, confirmed by evidence immediately before me, show conclusively that continued dependence on relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive … Read More

‘NO RISK’: MORE WORDS FOR GEITHNER TO EAT

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June, 2012 NEW YORK (TheStreet) — There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt. — John Adams Back in February, Senator Paul Ryan from Wisconsin challenged Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, asking why the Obama administration is not making any attempt to solve the long-term debt problem. Geithner’s response was a … Read More

THE FAIRNESS FALLACY

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APRIL 2012 The President of the United States has decided to take his traveling circus of illusion on the road to pitch his version of a Brave Fair World and the magic of his Buffet Tax that will make this all possible.  Every millionaire would be subject to the new rule and according to all the king’s horses and all … Read More

U.S. CORPORATE TAXES NEED TO GO TO ZERO

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MARCH 2012 On April 1, our ally Japan is playing a cruel little April Fools’ Day joke on us: The country is lowering its corporate tax rate from 39.5% to 35%. This will give the United States the dubious and awkward distinction of having, at 39.2%, the highest integrated federal/state tax rate among the developed countries of the world. In … Read More

APPLE’S LESSON FOR WASHINGTON

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MARCH 2012 I sure do love the management team at Apple. It’s not because I own shares in the company (this has nothing to do with whether my clients or myself own shares), but because of the lessons they can teach all of us, especially our friends in Washington, D.C. about removing uncertainty from the investment landscape. Specifically, on Jan. 24, 2012 when … Read More

RETURN OF THE UNDERWEAR GNOMES

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JANUARY 2012 We want underpants today, all day  Search for underpants, today We won’t stop until we have underpants Yum yum yummy yum yay Time to go to work, work all day Search for underpants today We won’t stop until we have underpants Yum yum yummy yum yay                         … Read More

TORT ATTORNEY JOBS BILL

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OCTOBER 2011 “Are you collecting unemployment?  Have you applied for a job, and not gotten it?  You may be entitled to a large-cash settlement.  Call the law offices of Lie, Cheat & Steal now.” The big winner in Obama’s jobs package will be none other than the trial lawyers.  There is a provision in the President’s “must-pass” jobs bill that … Read More

BLACK MAGIC

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SEPTEMBER 2011 It seems as if not a month goes by without our wizards of smart in Washington D.C. threatening some sort of government shutdown if one side or another does not get their way.  The latest shutdown threat involves taking some of the funds allocated toward green automobiles and shifting it to pay for disaster recovery that occurred this … Read More