with Steve Prestegard
Regular readers know that I am not a fan of Government Motors, its bailout, or the Chevrolet Volt. Investors Business Daily reports the unbelievable news that the Volt costs GM more than twice its sticker price.
with Joe Vanden Plas
Whenever someone is described as a Machiavellian genius, it can be a compliment, a sign of grudging respect, or a five-alarm warning. In the IT workforce, personality profiles run the gamut. Some CIOs end up in positions where they don’t have much power, they take punches each day, and they are the very definition of lambs. Others are a bit like Eddie Haskell — they’re wolf-like bullies to their staff underlings but put on a polite façade when dealing with the chief executive.
with Casey Langan
Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned. This phrase has come to epitomize those who occupy themselves with unimportant matters while neglecting priorities during a crisis. It’s an old story with a painfully real message for the present day. Instead of passing a U.S. farm bill, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., are consumed by election-year politicking and posturing. Meanwhile, the worst drought in decades is gripping the throat of the nation’s breadbasket. Right now, D.C. is fiddling while the Midwest burns.
with Jean Willard
We are nearing the home stretch in preparing tax returns for 2013. Since I have been in this place for a number of years, I look forward to the days of less fatigue. Yet I find that each and every tax season is interesting because of changes in the tax code. Some years yield more changes than others.
with Zach Wisniewski
Pardon me if I don’t feel any sympathy for Harold Hamm: "In a congressional hearing Thursday, Continental Resources CEO and Mitt Romney’s chief energy adviser Harold Hamm asked to preserve the oil industry’s billions in tax breaks, although his company pays little in federal taxes. The oil firm has earned more than $1.8 billion profit over five years by dominating the oil shale boom in North Dakota."
with David Blaska
Temps in the 50s today? What are you doing reading this? Oh, I see. No, I won’t tell. The philosopher of the modern zeitgeist, George Costanza, is speaking words of wisdom, let it be, let it BE! “If you really believe it, it’s not a lie.”