The real obstacle to immigration reform

Posted Leave a commentPosted in government, immigration, Leadership, News and Politics

I was glad to see this ‘middle of the road’ balanced and non-political coverage of immigration reform in USAToday. “With no major reforms since 1986, our federal immigration laws must be updated. To enhance security, boost the economy, and deal fairly with immigrants seeking to build the American dream. For too long, Washington has avoided […]

A ‘systems’ approach to business improvement

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, Leadership, Small Business

Looking for ways to improve your business? It can be overwhelming when you are in the middle of day-to-day operations. Business advisers suggest looking at a business as just a combination of systems. Then looking at each system separately can lead to opportunities to learn more and make improvements. I’m a strong advocate of the […]

My 2017 in two short paragraphs

Posted Leave a commentPosted in aquaculture, Health and wellness, Investment, Law firm, Leadership, nonprofit, Values

The two big personal stories for me in 2017: #1 – Stress Handled I became stressed by the lack of respect for fact, truth, science, logic, law and education expressed in our everyday lives. I became stressed by the observation that other people abandoned traditional core values of charity, sharing, open doors, open borders, nondiscrimination, […]

How do you feel about 2018? (9 reasons I’m feeling pretty good)

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Health and wellness, Leadership, Small Business, Values

One of the tax writers I like to follow said today that she is “super worried about 2018”. I asked her what are her largest worries. While waiting for the response I thought about the same question and decide that I feel a lot better about 2018 than I did about 2017 at this time […]

Collapse of the democratic rulemaking process

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Leadership, News and Politics, Scam

Never in our lifetime has the will of the people mattered less than this month. We know that over 75% of Americans oppose the tax bill being pushed by a small group of Republican oligarchs. Today the federal government repealed net neutrality rules that, as far as we can tell, is an action opposed by […]

Respect for law / December 12, 2017

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Leadership, News and Politics, Values

“I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.” – this excerpt from Martin Luther King’s letter from Birmingham jail […]

Say thanks more often in business

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Leadership, Small Business, Social Media, Writing

The excerpt below comes from a post on social media by a business mentor. I realize that I don’t say thanks often enough. It’s not that I’m not appreciative but rather that I’m not communicative enough on things that I consider emotional or fluffy. In other words, for me it’s a ‘guy thing’. This works […]

How to defeat tax reform (short version)

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Leadership, News and Politics, Taxes

(This is the short version of a longer blog post.) Here are two easy ways to help defeat this proposed tax reform legislation: 1. Contact these seven Senators on Twitter to voice your concerns: Lisa Murkowski @lisamurkowski John McCain @SenJohnMcCain Jeff Flake @JeffFlake Rand Paul @RandPaul Susan Collins @SenatorCollins Bob Corker @SenBobCorker Ron Johnson   @SenRonJohnson […]

The clear and simple path to defeat this tax reform bill

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Leadership, News and Politics, Taxes

**A short version of this blog post is posted here.** The post was updated 11/15 to reflect Senator Johnson’s opposition. Republicans in Congress have an obligation to their ultra-wealthy backers to pass a tax reform package that the majority of Americans do not want. While most of us recognize that tax reform is a good thing and […]