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Since April 15 fell on a Sunday, and the District of Columbia celebrates Emancipation Day on April 16, Americans didn’t have to file their income taxes this year until April 17. Don’t you feel lucky? I don’t. As both a taxpayer and an economist, our tax system ranks as a bewildering, frustrating mess. Not only… Continue Reading Roll a seven for a rational, pro-growth tax system

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On the beauty of paying taxes

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Many years ago, when my sister and brother-in-law opened their training and consulting firm, I asked her what was their goal. “I hope to pay more than $1 million in taxes,” she answered. I thought it was the oddest answer. If the only things we can be sure of are death and taxes, why welcome… Continue Reading On the beauty of paying taxes

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Effective leadership and time management

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On a scale of one to 10, with ten being the best, how many of you believe you maximize your time on a daily basis and accomplish everything you seek to accomplish? Based on my observations, informal interviews, and personal experiences, this is one of the most challenging aspects of a leader’s life. There are… Continue Reading Effective leadership and time management

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I’m sure by now everyone has heard about how Roseanne Barr and Spike Lee have terrorized the family of George Zimmerman (and even some people completely unrelated to the case) by activating their social networks in an act of Twitter Vigilantism for their own personal brand of justice. So, doesn’t that prove my point that… Continue Reading Tech Talk: Roseanne Barr’s Twitter army and the fall of social media

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Even with breathtaking advancements in technology, the world is still, well, the world. That means vast opportunities exist in the global marketplace, while real threats loom. Unfortunately, serious questions lurk about U.S. policies regarding those opportunities and threats. As for the opportunities, consider the vast increase in U.S. trade during the past 50 years. In… Continue Reading International opportunities and national security threats

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On style and substance

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When logic was formalized in ancient Greece, it separated arguments from those who made them. Arguments should be tested as valid or not on their own merit, rather than on the credibility of those making them. At times, we forget this simple principle. The legal system doesn’t help, either. In case after case, lawyers and… Continue Reading On style and substance

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Don’t stress, embrace your busy life

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Some people handle stress better than others. Some brag about their stress levels as a badge of honor. We’ve all seen or heard that person who constantly complains about being “stressed.” They are vocal about feeling overwhelmed and may even use it as an excuse. If every small thing is a source of anxiety, not… Continue Reading Don’t stress, embrace your busy life

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by Charles Duhigg, c.2012, Random House If there’s one thing in the world that everyone can count on, it’s that you’ll be in your office by a certain time each morning. You get there via the same route, without fail. That’s, of course, after you get up at the same time each day and eat… Continue Reading Book Review: “The Power of Habit – Why we do what we do in business”

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One of my darkest days as a technologist was in 2008 when my boss told me, “We’re killing your RSS project because we think RSS is stupid.” Beyond the obvious incorrect labeling of non-sentient technology as either “smart” or “stupid,” it was a huge mistake on the part of the management. And here’s why… What… Continue Reading Tech Talk: Is RSS an underutilized powerhouse or just stupid?

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Sassower: Play nice, Council & Mayor

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Let’s assume that the strong mayor and the nine members of the Colorado Springs City Council are here to stay for a while. Let’s also assume that the city’s legal team cannot quite sort out their lines of authority. These assumptions do not warrant, in themselves, the kind of childish behavior we have been observing… Continue Reading Sassower: Play nice, Council & Mayor

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