Wall Street to Lance Armstrong: We Get It!

As human beings we try to do two things at the same time. On one hand, we want to look in the mirror and feel good about ourselves … and on the other hand, we want to benefit from dishonesty.    Dan Ariely, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology   and Behavioral Economics, Duke University   Before you complain […]

‘Affordable’ Healthcare on Sale Now … Only $2.6 Trillion!

Washington just took over one-fifth of the entire U.S. economy.  And with the full backing of the Supreme Court, no less.  Our wise leaders can now direct $2.6 trillion in NEW federal spending for cheaper universal healthcare. Said differently, we the people just gave Washington a huge piggy bank.  A $2.6 trillion piggy bank filled […]

This is the worst day ever … how’s yours going?

I was in the break room when a coworker from another department walked in.  Within seconds we got to the “Hi, how are you” exchange … promptly followed by the obligatory “I’m good, thanks.” But today was different. As I was speaking something inside me gave me pause.  I finished getting water from the cooler […]

Out of the Mouth of Babes, a Banking Revolution!

The following is not your typical exchange between a Mom and her pre-teen daughter …   Daughter:   “Mom would you mind taking me to the mall today? I want to use the gift card Grandma sent me.” Mom:           “Sure honey. I had some errands to run anyway.  Let’s go after lunch.” Daughter:   “Great! Thanks […]

The Economic ‘A-Bomb’

I was recently talking with some friends about the economic headlines streaming out of Europe.  Since my friends aren’t really followers of economic and political trends, there was a sense of puzzlement when the word “austerity” came up. Their reaction, “What does that mean, exactly?” Interestingly, the puzzling looks continue to crop up more and […]

Greek Lessons in Economic Alternatives— Hope for the West?

If you look beyond the surface of the global financial crises — beyond what the mainstream media feeds us — you will truly begin to see the magnitude of the current dilemma. The troubles in Greece seem a world away … but in reality, they are much closer to home than any of us realize. […]

Funding the Government … One Minute at a Time.

You’ve likely heard the phrase “I have more month than money.”  It’s usually said informally by someone who is on a tight budget or might be struggling a bit financially.  And if your budget is on a monthly basis, this illustration this makes total sense. What if you’re not on a monthly budget, but rather […]

Dollar Coin: Pop Psychology or Real Change?

Both the House and Senate have introduced legislation that seeks to replace the dollar bill with a $1 coin. At first blush, it almost seems like a silly proposition … and after taking a deeper look … you’ll see that it is! Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), said. “Change can be difficult. But doing things as […]

Tomorrow Has Been Sold … Want a Refund?

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, a highly regarded astrophysicist, makes a compelling case for redistributing the way Washington spends our tax dollars.  He claims that the decisions Congress is making today do not factor in our “tomorrow.” He contends that Congress is merely playing to the quarterly-report and next-election cycles. And the $850 billion in bank […]

How to Teach Your Kids to Be Debtors!

In a recent post for the Sound Dollar Campaign I pointed out how the Federal Reserve of New York had to adjust their numbers on the size of U.S. student-loan debt. And it wouldn’t have been a big deal, except for the fact they adjusted the numbers upward by a whopping $295 billion, or 53.7%! Now […]