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
Tax time is upon us, and the IRS is finally accepting all tax returns. Individual returns were delayed this year, with an IRS first-acceptance date of Jan. 31. Despite this delay, the IRS did not extend the April 15 deadline. So once again we have a shortened tax season. But what else has changed?
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
Seen that television ad for Cadillac? A young captain of the universe starts out in Hampton casual clothes admiring his in-ground swimming pool, strides purposefully through his California-modern house, slaps five with an overachieving daughter, hands off his Wall Street Journal to his trophy wife, emerges in a Brioni suit, and gets behind the wheel of his Caddy ELR. All the while he’s addressing his audience through the fourth wall.