March 2011 archive

Ever Wonder Who Owns the U.S.?

There has been a lot of attention focused on the United States’ national debt and related budget deficits.  In order to fund these deficits, the U.S. must borrow this money from its citizens as well as foreign investors.  Currently, the national debt is approximately $14 trillion dollars.  Most of this debt, about $9.6 trillion, is …

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California Moves Closer to Making Wine Less Tasty

The California Board of Equalization (“BOE”) proposed taxing certain wines as distilled spirits, which would increase the excise tax on the wine from 20 cents a gallon to $3.30 a gallon, an enormous  1,550 percent  increase.  Essentially, the heightened tax will hit wines where distilled alcohol has been added, such as wine specialties, flavored table …

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Apple iPad 2 vs. the Mororola Xoom: And Fight!

Photo by Troy McClure

Motorola recently announced the availability and features of their new Xoom tablet, causing many commentators to say that this was the first tablet device to in many respects surpass Apple’s hit iPad.  Of course the unwritten subtext of all those reports was “…but we all know that the iPad 2 will be announced any day …

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The Answer is in the Questions

Rasmussen Reports released a poll on the Wisconsin public employees standoff that seems more intended to generate a predetermined result than real insight.  The headline poll result was 48% Back GOP Governor in Wisconsin Spat, 38% Side With Unions But as always, it it best to look at the actual questions.  Rasmussen asks five questions: 1* How closely …

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Whistleblower activity will fuel increased litigation in 2011.

Since the advent of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, public companies have been required to provide a means for employees to communicate inappropriate financial and accounting control activity to the Audit Committee in a confidential manner.  The Dodd-Frank Act expanded the use of whistleblower systems in an effort to avoid the SEC’s own whistleblower setup.  Whistleblower systems …

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