30 Mar 2017

Don’t Recognize the Republican Party Today? Here’s Why: It’s the John Birch Society

Many veteran political observers say they cannot recognize the Republican Party  that elected Donald Trump. They should not be surprised. The reason is that it is not the Republican Party. It is the party of the John Birch Society that morphed itself into the far-right Libertarian Party. This is why veteran

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10 Mar 2017

Fantasy Financial Planning in the Trump Era

Face it: Financial planning in Trump world  hinges on politics, not investing.  This makes it more important than ever for people  providing financial advice to tell clients about the implications of political decisions made in Washington and less about the basics of investing. By now, everyone has heard of the $26 billion

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23 Feb 2017

What Retirement Crisis Are You Talking About?

The financial media operates 24 hours a day and despite the proliferation of company, market and economic news and endless commentary, financial journalists are avoiding any discussion about the biggest financial crisis facing every American: the retirement crisis. Politicians don’t want us to talk about it since this is the ultimate form of bad news

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01 Jun 2016

How the Terror Management Theory Helps Explain the Current Political Circus

One reason why the current presidential election campaigning has brought out the worst in American politics and journalism and focused extreme attention on the deficiencies of the nation’s justice and economic systems, is certainly due to the rise of the Tea Party, the 2007 recession, Congressional ineptitude and the reality

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03 May 2016

The DEA’s Use of Bad Science to Discredit Medical Cannabis

When science is used for political purposes it results in some very distorted and dangerous results that serve a specific point of view at the expense of the rigorous standards mandated by the scientific method. History has numerous examples of scientists who have twisted, concealed or fabricated scientific studies to

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30 Sep 2015

Why Modern Business Requires Changes in Retirement Planning

Most advice on retirement planning has traditionally focused on the basics of portfolio construction, risk management, diversification, maximizing contributions and other financial considerations. But there is also another important aspect of retirement that only gets marginal coverage.  That aspect is happiness. Various indexes, such as the World Happiness Report, now

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22 Sep 2015

New Study Finds the 2008 Recession Damaged the American Dream for Millions

Just as the Great Depression of the 1930s (that lasted from 1929 to 1941) affected an entire generation of Americans, the 2008 recession is having the same affect, according to a new study by  Allianz Life. The people that have been especially hard hit are Generation X and the Baby

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12 Jul 2015

A Bad New Trend for Retirement

As the number of part-time workers continues, more workers are now becoming freelancers to make an income.  But this large shift comes at even larger price: freelancers do not get benefits, including the all-important 401(k) plan and its critical employer match. According to a CNBC report, over 53 million Americans

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30 Apr 2015

Class Warfare in Baltimore

The corporate media routinely admonishes violent protests, even as it ignores the undisputed historic role excessive politically-motivated behavior has been in causing fundamental political-economic change. Media coverage of the events unfolding in Baltimore connected with the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man , carry a familiar theme: protestors gather to demonstrate their

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03 Apr 2014

Plutocracy, Here We Come

Yesterday’s announcement that the U.S. Supreme Court increased the ability of wealthy donors to influence political campaigns and elections by raising the amount they can contribute to candidates signals that money and politics are now synonymous. In effect, this means that all political offices at every governmental level will now

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