In laws as complex as the one involving significant tax changes, adherents on all sides can say just about anything they want about its impact on one group or another before its implemented. So, we decided to turn to Steve Malanga, an expert in state and local finance at the Manhattan Institute, to break … Continue reading BLUE STATES OBJECT TO NEW TAX LAW: WILL IT HURT AS MUCH AS THEY SAY?
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Jake Bernstein, introduces us to a world apart–offshore and out of view to most except the wealthiest and most powerful. And yet, the investigative team he was a part of that broke the Panama Papers story shook that world to its core recently by exposing the methods and means they use … Continue reading THE SECRET WORLD OF SHELL COMPANIES AND OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS
While we can blame the internet or Amazon, in particular, or the smartphone that brought them to us so easily, the way we shop has changed forever. But, according to Kristen Bahler, in an article in a December 2017 article in MONEY Magazine, don’t give up on the brick and mortar store just yet as … Continue reading The Future of Shopping
Many have predicted much doom about the FCC’s striking down of net neutrality rules put in place during the Obama Administration. Some suggest that you will now pay for the Internet the way you do(or did)for cable television–in bundles. Our guest, Professor Richard Hanley, of Quinnipiac University, does not think we can rush to … Continue reading WILL YOUR INTERNET EXPERIENCE BE CHANGING IN THE YEAR AHEAD?
Zak Dychtwald is an American millennial. And while he has great faith in his fellow countrymen, he is quite impressed with those his age in China. They are many times larger in number than their American counterparts and determined to help China achieve very ambitious goals in their lifetime. And while they may be different … Continue reading HOW RESTLESS CHINESE YOUTH WILL CHANGE THE WORLD
Why, then, are they called ‘The Leftovers’? You will have to listen to author, Roseann Lake, bend your perceptions of modern China as it relates to their demographics in the wake of the newly discarded ‘one child policy’. On the face of it, it may not be clear why there are so many well educated, … Continue reading THE WOMEN SHAPING THE WORLD’S NEXT SUPERPOWER
As Supreme Court justices once said about pornography, you know it when you see it. And in the news everyday, we learn of egregious abuses of power and sex by superiors in media, government and business. It could be verbal or physical, happen once or repeatedly, and create a hostile work environment. We explore the … Continue reading WHAT IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE?
Here’s one way to debunk President Trump’s s—hole nations smear. Portray an African nation as an advanced, technologically society and then emerge as the hottest movie ticket in years. Credit the monstrous opening of this African themed, superhero movie from Marvel Studios, now part of the Disney family, with shattering records and busting myths. Will this … Continue reading BLACK PANTHER: THE BEGINNING OF A CULTURAL SHIFT OR A ONE-OFF?
Hillary Clinton won 3 million more votes than Donald Trump. He’s the President and she’s promoting a book trying to explain what went wrong. The question we ponder on this podcast is whether the system we have for choosing a president itself in need of repair. The Electoral College, part of a ‘Great Compromise by … Continue reading SHOULD WE CHOOSE OUR PRESIDENT BASED UPON THE POPULAR VOTE?
A few years back, nuclear energy was said to be on the verge of a renaissance. It could reduce our carbon footprint and be reliable 24/7 unlike some of the other sustainable energy sources. Yet, looming over us were memories of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. Worse yet for the industry was the new glut … Continue reading DOES NUCLEAR POWER IN AMERICA DESERVE ANOTHER LOOK?
I was doing a talk radio program in Waterbury, Connecticut, one of Connecticut’s larger cities and less than 20 miles from Newtown when the Sandy Hook Massacre occurred in December, 2012. Being on the air as the reports came in, our news director and I wanted to get information to our audience, but at the … Continue reading RAMPAGE: THE SOCIAL ROOTS OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGS
The Trump Administration is on an executive branch crusade to upend the regulatory fervor of the Obama era and beyond. The President has made no secret of this, as you will hear at the top of our podcast, and in large measure he’s been successful. He seems determined to strip away red tape in a … Continue reading TRUMP’S REGULATIONS DUMP
You will learn in this episode of our podcast that there is a deep rift between America’s most powerful civilian and military officials. After all, over the years each President has given growing importance to his own National Security Council, and a key advisor, and they must deal with the Defense Secretary and the … Continue reading ARE AMERICA’S CIVILIAN AND MILITARY LEADERS AT WAR WITH EACH OTHER?
We’re all so proud to spit in a tube and send our DNA off to be analyzed so we know what it will tell us about our heritage. When the information returns, we find out a lot about ourselves and our backgrounds. Has anyone had one that came back 100% American, except a Native American? … Continue reading DOES AMERICA STILL WELCOME THE NEWCOMERS?
If you’ve overcome trauma as a child, like superheroes, you have your own origin story–an event or a circumstance that sets you on a desperate and courageous path. It also forces you to acquire specialized survival skills. Remarkably, 75% of Americans face a life changing adversity before the age of 20. The headlines today scream … Continue reading ARE YOU SUPER NORMAL ?
Dr. John Huber, Chairman of Mainstream Mental Health, joins us again for a freewheeling conversation focused on millennial’s but important to all about their beliefs and influences and the impact they are having on our society. We touch on their penchant for socialism, Bernie Sanders style, and the recent admission by Sean Parker, a co-founder … Continue reading WHY IS SOCIALISM SO APPEALING TO YOUNG PEOPLE IN AMERICA…AND IS FACEBOOK EXPLOITING A VULNERABILITY IN OUR BRAINS?
Mama told us just the opposite, but this is a new day and the autonomous automobile is, figuratively speaking, just around the corner. The impact that driver less cars, buses and trucks will have on the jobs of so many involved in the movement of people and goods is of concern to the federal government. … Continue reading KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF THE STEERING WHEEL
State by state, laws governing the use of marijuana, in many forms and for many purposes, is changing. A number of states have legalized its use for medical purposes and others have coupled that with legalizing it for recreational use. In 2017, overall marijuana sales on the retail level have soared by 30 percent. It’s … Continue reading IS CANNABIS THE NEXT BOOM INDUSTRY?
We hear a lot about the federal government and over regulation. And yet some of the most burdensome regulations are mandated by states as they determine which occupations require how many hours of training leading to license. And each state’s requirements as to which fields require how much training are different. Worse still is that … Continue reading DO YOU NEED A LICENSE FOR THAT THING YOU DO?