So, every time I move to a new town, I learn its history. I did that when I moved to Cambridge and Boston, again in Ann Arbor, Long Beach (CA), Charlottesville, and Alexandria. And, that usually meant that my kids were subjected to those searches and adventures, too.
So, last week I was having a discussion with a potential new client. The firm liked our expertise in taxation and finance, as well as management, but…
I’m sure you’ve recognized by now that many of our most creative individuals never get the credit they deserve. Sometimes, it’s because what they developed or invented was marketed by a large firm, so the credit goes to the company. Sometimes, it’s because the inventor or developer is a typical engineer, who prefers to be left alone. There are a slew of other reasons, besides.
Let’s consider a few claims made by both parties.
They believe in Capitalism, but not Crony Capitalism. Except they we protect firms with special rules to preclude their failure. They encourage these firms to line their pockets (oh, wait- they call them political contributions) so they write special tax provisions to give them unfair advantages.
I’ve reported before on studies that showed the change in minimum wage has little affect on employment. But, a new study appeared this week, using the data from Seattle, which just recently raised it’s minimum wage from $ 9.47 to $11, and then subsequently to $ 13 an hour.
Ah, facts. Long before our current president, we weren’t always meticulous about dates and facts. After all, we did decide to use 4 July 1776 as the date we proclaimed our independence from Britain. Even if the Declaration of Independence was issued two or three days earlier. And, that means we celebrate our Freedom 241 years later today. (Thankfully, it is not among those days that Congress, in its infinite wisdom [read as stupidity], elected to move to Mondays, affording a longer weekend. ) We celebrate the day with fireworks, with going to the beach, with barbeques, and with get-togethers.