Payroll Taxes and the Minimum Wage

It is time we took a serious look at our entire tax system and started reforming it. We need to restore fiscal sanity in Washington and, more importantly, create a system that stimulates the economy and helps average Americans, not one that takes 12% of even the poorest citizens’ income for dubious purposes. We also need a tax system in which the rich pay their fair share.

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eBay Is Now an Acquisition Target

A very dark horse contender for an eBay acquisition would be Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BERK.B). Uncle Warren is famously technology adverse, but eBay does meet some of his criteria: it’s a good company with a strong brand that’s well respected on Main Street but undervalued by the market. It also has a business model that generates a lot of float and cash—two of Buffett’s favorite things.

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WWE’s Digital Entertainment Gamble Paying Off for Now

WWE needs to demonstrate that it can buck this trend if it wants to be taken seriously as a company with a lot of float. We need to see more than numbers from WWE; we need to see some serious increases in cash flow to justify this new business model.

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How Digital Wallets Could Help the Poor and Reduce the Cost of Government

Since most poor people have or could easily buy a smartphone, the government could simply disperse the aid to an app such as Venmo or Apple Pay. This would eliminate the paperwork, and it could be used to greatly reduce the bureaucracy.

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The Income of 81% of Americans Has Fallen Since 1999

The bottom line is that the economy is not working for average Americans. Incomes are falling and destroying America’s economic health. Inequality is growing too as technology lets the affluent take advantage of opportunities such as the booming stock market while the average family has a hard time buying groceries.

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An Idea whose Time Has Come Again

Today of course next generation payment solutions such as PayPal, Venmo and Apple Pay would make it easier to distribute founds directly to the poor without much bureaucracy or expense. Since most poor people have smartphones they could simply use payment apps to get the money that they need and spend it.

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