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CPAs Licensed to Kill?

“I’m the money,” announced the British Treasury accountant Vesper Lynde as she introduced herself to Agent 007 in the classic scene from Casino Royale.  The Bond girl would eventually meet her end in a watery grave off the coast of Venice — 007 wasn’t in time to save her.  Her …

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California: Home of the Unfree

“Join us in California where we still believe in freedom,” urged Gov. Newsom in a political ad to Floridians — never mind that he barred California state government workers from ever traveling to the Sunshine State.  And while freedom may be just another word for nothing left to lose said …

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Bidenocracy’s Lack of Private Sector Experience

The Biden Administration has acted like a deer in the headlights when it comes to the U.S.’s faltering economy. Now we know why. A recent report by economist Steve Moore’s Committee to Unleash Prosperity revealed that the top Biden Administration officials charged with economic policy, including Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen …

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ESG Investing? Investors want to make their own choices

“Doing well and doing good,” is an oft-used tagline by ESG investing (Environmental, Social, Governance) advocates and industry publicists.  But we’ve often wondered what would happen if investors had to choose between the two – a portfolio of stocks that outperform or one that leaves out stocks social and environmental …

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ESG Investing? Investors want to make their own choices

“Doing well and doing good,” is an oft-used tagline by ESG investing (Environmental, Social, Governance) advocates and industry publicists.  But we’ve often wondered what would happen if investors had to choose between the two – a portfolio of stocks that outperform or one that leaves out stocks social and environmental …

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Fighting Inflation – Is the Fed “Bluffing?”

“The way to crush the bourgeoisie,” said Lenin, “is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.”  So, it would have put a crocodile smile on Lenin’s face to learn that May’s inflation data showed that Americans’ wallets were worn down even further.  The year-over-year inflation rate came …

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Oh Canada! Oh California! – Climate Change and the Wildfire Season

I’ve just returned from a train vacation through the Canadian Rockies. They were truly majestic – I felt a little closer to heaven. Thanks to an unusually cold spring, the Rockies were still snow-capped and glistening.  It was also that time of the year when the wildlife was out and …

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Beating Back Inflation: Team Reagan vs. Team Biden

Last week, the U.S. Labor Department reported that the consumer price index (CPI), a broad measure of the prices for everyday items like groceries, rents, and gas rose 8.3 percent in April from a year ago, just below March’s surge of 8.5 percent. Could this be a sign that inflation …

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China Cuts Taxes, U.S. and California Want to Raise Them

Tax cuts are the “fertilizer applied to the roots of the economy.” That’s not Arthur Laffer talking, but China Premier Li Keqiang.  Last month, China’s Finance Ministry announced that it would cut income taxes for small companies from 25 percent to 20 percent to boost the communist country’s slowing economy. …

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There’s No Such Thing as Free Public Transportation Either

Whether it’s suspending the gas tax, $400 gift cards, or $200 refund checks – these proposals to help Californians cope with high gas prices all have varying degrees of merit.  But free public transportation? That was a real head scratcher. Gov. Newsom, in his $11 billion relief package for Californians, …

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CPAs Licensed to Kill?

“I’m the money,” announced the British Treasury accountant Vesper Lynde as she introduced herself to Agent 007 in the classic scene from Casino Royale.  The Bond girl would eventually meet her end in a watery grave off the coast of Venice — 007 wasn’t in time to save her.  Her …

Blog

California: Home of the Unfree

“Join us in California where we still believe in freedom,” urged Gov. Newsom in a political ad to Floridians — never mind that he barred California state government workers from ever traveling to the Sunshine State.  And while freedom may be just another word for nothing left to lose said …

Blog

Bidenocracy’s Lack of Private Sector Experience

The Biden Administration has acted like a deer in the headlights when it comes to the U.S.’s faltering economy. Now we know why. A recent report by economist Steve Moore’s Committee to Unleash Prosperity revealed that the top Biden Administration officials charged with economic policy, including Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen …

Blog

ESG Investing? Investors want to make their own choices

“Doing well and doing good,” is an oft-used tagline by ESG investing (Environmental, Social, Governance) advocates and industry publicists.  But we’ve often wondered what would happen if investors had to choose between the two – a portfolio of stocks that outperform or one that leaves out stocks social and environmental …

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ESG Investing? Investors want to make their own choices

“Doing well and doing good,” is an oft-used tagline by ESG investing (Environmental, Social, Governance) advocates and industry publicists.  But we’ve often wondered what would happen if investors had to choose between the two – a portfolio of stocks that outperform or one that leaves out stocks social and environmental …

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Fighting Inflation – Is the Fed “Bluffing?”

“The way to crush the bourgeoisie,” said Lenin, “is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.”  So, it would have put a crocodile smile on Lenin’s face to learn that May’s inflation data showed that Americans’ wallets were worn down even further.  The year-over-year inflation rate came …

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Oh Canada! Oh California! – Climate Change and the Wildfire Season

I’ve just returned from a train vacation through the Canadian Rockies. They were truly majestic – I felt a little closer to heaven. Thanks to an unusually cold spring, the Rockies were still snow-capped and glistening.  It was also that time of the year when the wildlife was out and …

Agriculture

Beating Back Inflation: Team Reagan vs. Team Biden

Last week, the U.S. Labor Department reported that the consumer price index (CPI), a broad measure of the prices for everyday items like groceries, rents, and gas rose 8.3 percent in April from a year ago, just below March’s surge of 8.5 percent. Could this be a sign that inflation …

Blog

China Cuts Taxes, U.S. and California Want to Raise Them

Tax cuts are the “fertilizer applied to the roots of the economy.” That’s not Arthur Laffer talking, but China Premier Li Keqiang.  Last month, China’s Finance Ministry announced that it would cut income taxes for small companies from 25 percent to 20 percent to boost the communist country’s slowing economy. …

Blog

There’s No Such Thing as Free Public Transportation Either

Whether it’s suspending the gas tax, $400 gift cards, or $200 refund checks – these proposals to help Californians cope with high gas prices all have varying degrees of merit.  But free public transportation? That was a real head scratcher. Gov. Newsom, in his $11 billion relief package for Californians, …

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