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  • Fiscal Cliff: Let's Call Their Bluff [View article]
    "The goal of the exercise seems to be to dismantle Social Security and Medicare, something a radical group of conservatives has worked for decades to achieve."

    This statement just might be the most ridiculous statement I have seen anywhere. Addressing a $90 trillion unfunded liability is responsible, not radical.

    I may have to correct myself, as I read on I found this article to be a collection of ridiculous statements. To score one more absurd than another would be an injustice.
    Dec 19 06:52 PM | 51 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Sober Wake-Up Call The Morning After [View article]
    JK - It looks like the socialist tag really pushed your button so I'll refrain from using it. Any reasonable observer can see that Obama played to the people who want the government to provide for them. There are many reasons why more people are unable to successfully compete today than ever before and this needs to be remedied. All should agree that providing a middle-class lifestyle by redistribution is a path to ruin. Any serious study of history clearly shows this. We must find a path to making the entitled society members of the productive society.
    Nov 7 09:01 AM | 35 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tax On Dividend-Paying Stocks Rising To 74% [View article]
    DJM - Thanks for your concise and well reasoned article. Many of your clients and readers on SA have the capacity to comprehend the destructive path America is now rushing toward. Unfortunately, the majority of Americans do not. They believe that higher taxes on the most productive members of our society will result in greater equality in standard of living conditions across the population. It will not, as you clearly point out with your basketball analogy. The most productive and talented members of our society need to be applauded, not demonized, as they are the path to a better life for all of our society. But that is not what America voted for. Too many believe they will be getting a government provided trophy regardless of their efforts and abilities.
    Dec 2 07:25 AM | 22 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Sober Wake-Up Call The Morning After [View article]
    I am not optimistic that there will be much fiscal compromise in the next four years. Both parties will talk about the need to compromise on taxes and spending but what they really mean is that the other side needs to compromise. I’m hopeful that there will be progress on the social issues because that is where there is a clearer majority. The issues of gay rights and immigration should see positive progress because there is a clearer consensus there. I believe we can say that America is socially liberal; the question is how fiscally conservative America remains. We must find a path to making more Americans feel that they can be successful without the government providing it for them.
    Nov 7 08:07 AM | 21 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tax On Dividend-Paying Stocks Rising To 74% [View article]
    The “solution” that DJM is advocating is to favor capital gains over dividends because of the unfavorable tax rates he envisions in 2013. The other theme of the article doesn’t denounce a progressive tax system as you suggest. The question is at what level does disparity in the progressive rates create economic dysfunction.
    Dec 2 08:31 AM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Aflac An Ugly Duckling Or A Beautiful Swan? [View article]
    AFL has had a wild ride since 2008. It went from a high of about $67 in May 08 to a low of $17 in Feb 09 and back to almost $68 this year. If you bought in 08 you are unhappy. If you bought in 09 you are ecstatic. If you made a purchase timing mistake in 08, that is not relevant to forming a purchase decision today. Don't focus on where a stock price has been, determine the probabilities of where it is going.
    Jun 8 06:59 AM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Fiscal Cliff: Let's Call Their Bluff [View article]
    Too bad there isn’t a Report Abuse for articles.
    Dec 19 08:00 PM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's - Fair Valuation As Minimum Wage Debate Could Create Worries [View article]
    A minimum wage increase wouldn’t only be enacted on MCD, but across all companies. The net effect is inflationary and would reduce the number of minimum wage / minimum skill jobs. If a minimum wage worker’s salary goes from say, $7.50 to $15, what happens to the people who have been working for a year and are now making $8.50? Their salary would have to go to at least $15, but more likely to $17. They have developed skills that have higher value. Therefore, this wage inflation would affect all workers. Higher wages cause higher prices. People would make more money but would also pay more for goods and services. The poor that are two standard deviations below the mean salary would still be two standard deviations below the mean salary. The goal must be to develop skills and to work hard to move along this income curve. It is sad, but a simple truth, that some people will always be relatively poor. The good news is that the poor are far better off in a capitalistic society than the poor in a socialist society.
    Jan 12 08:35 AM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tax On Dividend-Paying Stocks Rising To 74% [View article]
    Saint Mark - What did you mean when you wrote that "the society I live in is more important to me than my personal wealth" as the reason you voted for Obama? Is free market capitalism bad for society? Is smaller government bad for society? Remember that the poor have done far worse under Obama than the other socioeconomic classes.

    When I ask people why they voted for Obama, they say "they like his smile," or "he seems like a nice person," or that "they are proud that America has an African-American president."

    Obama freely admitted he has a distrust of American corporations and favors forced redistribution of wealth. How can that be good for society?
    Dec 2 01:06 PM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tax On Dividend-Paying Stocks Rising To 74% [View article]
    Shouldn’t we all be wary of a government and tax code that would tax dividends at 74%? If you live off those dividends it is even worse considering sales and excise taxes on the products purchased.
    Dec 2 09:07 AM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Obama Trying To Kill Dividend Investing? [View article]
    Rhianni32 - You are confusing the Obama tax increase on dividends with the expiration of the Bush tax cuts. The Obama tax increase would require that it be voted on and approved in the Senate. The likelihood of that happening will depend greatly on the November elections. The expiration of the Bush tax cuts requires no action by the Senate, something they are very good at. The effect of the expiration of the Bush tax cuts is not limited to the $200K/250K group.
    Mar 6 12:44 PM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tax On Dividend-Paying Stocks Rising To 74% [View article]
    "If you are worried about higher taxes next year and beyond, then move the ordinary IRA to a Roth IRA, pay this year's taxes on it and never pay taxes again on your new Roth IRA."

    What happens when our addicted government decides to means test Roth IRA withdrawals and estates?

    To be less than a month away from the new year with no idea of what corporate, personal income or estate taxes will be is a complete failure of government. I guess that since our government is unable to plan ahead they think the citizens don't need to either. I pity the person who passes away on 1 Jan 13.
    Dec 2 01:24 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Payers In The S&P 500 May Become More Scarce In 2013 [View article]
    "So, the vast majority are unaffected."

    I guess the government has won. They have successfully diverted the discussion from how to increase efficiency and limit fraud and abuse that the government is infamous for to increase taxes on the evil rich. The government will waste the increased revenues provided by the rich and then they'll come after the middle class. Always have, always will unless America wakes up and votes accordingly.
    Nov 14 10:23 AM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Fall Of The Electric Car... And The Rise Of The NGV [View article]
    Gaucho - You are not helping your cause with the hysteria surrounding your comments. Today, tomorrow and for the foreseeable future the primary fuels used in transportation will be gas and diesel. It will take years to adopt other sources and to build an infrastructure to support them. Everyone would like to have clean water and air and do what we can to preserve the planet. To suggest otherwise is just political narrow-mindedness. It is hard to take Democrats seriously when they’re screaming that Republicans want to destroy the planet, that they want an Obama phone, and that they’ll riot if their candidate doesn’t win. There are discussions that need to had, but when a group shows up acting like spoiled lazy children it is not constructive to a solution.
    Nov 5 07:20 AM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Deere Chooses Not To Raise The Dividend; What's Next? [View article]
    A buyer of DE today is likely doing so for the attractive valuation not the present or near term income. DE is an excellent company which will produce significant income over their business cycle, but an investor should have a long-term view with some patience.
    Feb 26 07:29 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment