Donald Trump Financial Disclosures

Donald Trump Discloses Financial Details of His Empire

Billionaire Donald Trump has defied expectations and disclosed his finances as part of his campaign for the Republican nomination for the Presidency of the United States. Reading through the document, I actually laughed out loud because it’s clear he and his advisers know what they’re doing.  It would be difficult to bankrupt the guy because he’s arranged everything…

American Flag Marriage Equality Obergefell Supreme Court

Freedom of Speech in the United States of America

I’ve been thinking a lot about freedom of speech, and the first amendment in general, lately. Between the uproar over the Confederate Battle Flag, an unprecedented user and moderator revolt at Reddit after the decision to shut down certain groups (the CEO, whom many blame for the ugly affair, wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post), a very vocal minority of Americans upset about the Supreme Court granting equality to gay Americans in the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, and world-class comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock publicly airing their concern about the sanitation of humor for fear of offending people, talk shows, newspapers, radio programs, books, and blogs have all been discussing the limits of personal expression to which an American is entitled under our constitution.

Obergefell v Hodges Supreme Court Ruling Marriage Equailty Victory

Marriage Equality Declared a Fundamental, Constitutional Right: My Personal Reaction to Obergefell v. Hodges

It’s been almost a week since the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges declaring marriage equality a fundamental right under both the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. I’ve had some time to reflect on my thoughts and feelings, both in the personal…

Kimble v Marvel Enterprises Supreme Court Decision

Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises: Supreme Court Clarifies Intellectual Property Contracts in Spider Man Dispute

If you weren’t careful in drafting that patent royalty or licensing agreement, the Supreme Court just confirmed the intrinsic value of your cash flow stream is a lot smaller than you thought following its refusal to overturn an older decision from the 1960’s. That is particularly important for this community because intellectual property is a major source of passive…

Horne v Department of Agriculture Supreme Court Case

Horne v. Department of Agriculture: Supreme Court Hands Down Major Win for Constitutional Property Rights

You may never look at raisins the same way again.  The highest court in the United States just handed individual citizens a major win in terms of personal property rights, striking down one of FDR’s New Deal programs by depriving the Federal Government of a power it has illegitimately exercised for decades.  The case was…

Using Words to Your Advantage in Life and Business

Using Words to Your Advantage in Life and Business

Words and phrases are interesting things.  Each represents a package of ideas and associations, instantly unwrapped the moment we encounter them.  If I say, “She stood in a cold, dark, damp basement on a winter day, with only a bit of gray, overcast sky visible through small windows around the perimeter; the rhythm of ice rain hitting…

President Obama Foreign Tax Increase Proposal

About That Proposed One-Time $280 Billion Tax on Foreign Corporate Profits …

President Obama’s administration has announced that he wants to impose a one-time tax levy of up to 14% on the $2 trillion in foreign profits American companies have built up and not repatriated in exchange for making repatriation on future foreign profits that were subject to at least a 19% tax rate tax-free, encouraging domestic…

JP Morgan Benefits of Saving Early

The Power of Compounding, Student Loan Debt, Communism, and Stealth Wealth

A friend of mine, a nuclear engineer, once explained that he doesn’t bother to contribute to forums or message boards when the topic of nuclear energy is brought up anymore because people are irrational about it, interested in their own confirmation bias rather than learning or having an honest discussion.  Almost everyone I know working in…

Obamacare Premiums Unaffordable

I Just Saw the Obamacare Health Insurance Premium Estimates … God Help the Middle and Lower Classes

Out of curiosity, I ran the numbers for the health care premiums on the upcoming Obamacare enrollment period as if Aaron and I were two regular people, looking for health insurance in the general market.  The results are insane; completely, totally detached from reality.  This means that now, not only do we here in the…