59 Q&As on Families First Coronoavirus Response Act All Miss the Main Point!

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The U. S. Department of Labor thoughtfully provides 59 Questions and Answers related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act but omits the most common situation encountered in the small business market. So I will add Q and A #60 to the list: 60: What happens if my employer has lost 75% to 90% of […]

“I hope you weren’t looking to read good news this morning”

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A few clients and other people have commented about my lack of response to recent government actions. Some, I notice, seem to be enjoying an emotional buzz about jockeying for their potential share of the $2 Trillion government aid package. In short, it’s just that there isn’t much worthwhile for me to say about any […]

Does this marketing strategy make sense?

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Marketing, News and Politics, Writing

I’ve been a subscriber to The Wall Street Journal for almost 40 years. I started way back in college, about age 19, after responding to a special offer to students. While I had already cultivated an interest in current events, reading the publications of Time, Esquire, Popular Science and The Wall Street Journal really helped […]

The Real State of the Union

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

I’ve spent much of my career, now in its 5th decade, focused on addressing the devastating impact of the widening wealth and income inequality gap. I first recognized the problem while working for two Wall Street firms in the middle 1980s. The problem has gotten much worse lately. It is not just an issue of […]

My unlikely ramble into national politics

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A reflection on my unlikely journey from neighborhood flood response to construction techniques to national politics. Before 2016 I was not personally active in politics. Yet as a small business owner I financially supported a number of candidates in both parties, typically in small dollar amounts from $250 to $500 per campaign over several decades. […]

Democrat or Republican: still a dangerous fraudster

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I supported Van Drew back when Trump was a Democrat fraudster. Now Trump’s a much more dangerous Republican fraudster. Fraud is still fraud. This is not about party politics. Dear Congressman Van Drew: You wrote in a fundraising letter that we “are fixated on one thing and one thing only. Bringing down Donald Trump. I […]

The risks of being a data-driven decision maker

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

Lately I notice that my ability to piss people off is on the rise. This well-honed irritating behavior targets all groups: Democrats, Republicans, conservatives, liberals, environmentalists, capitalists, politicians, community groups, Christians, Jews and atheists have all been offended by my work. Yet, on closer look, I see that it is the collective social response that […]

Update on Gig Workers

Posted Leave a commentPosted in News and Politics, Payroll, Small Business, Tax Planning

The evolving saga of “employee vs contractor”, from the small business employer’s perspective, means that you should  revisit the conversation for business planning purposes now. Background In case you’ve been so engrossed with other headlines that you haven’t read any business news: the world of independent contractors, so-called “gig workers” is facing rapid and dramatic […]

I don’t know politics

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, New Jersey, News and Politics

Lately a lot of people seem to want to talk with me about politics. That’s probably because I am the accountant or treasurer for politicians and politically-connected nonprofit organizations. I am polite when this occurs but really I don’t know anything about the topic and have nothing to contribute to the conversation. I try to […]

I will not be silent on Trump fraud and cruelty in South Jersey

Posted Leave a commentPosted in New Jersey, News and Politics, Scam, Values

“What hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystander” – Elie Wiesel I personally saw the cruelty, greed and crimes of Donald Trump ruin families who were my neighbors in the Atlantic City area more than two decades ago. As president of a nearby chapter of […]