I just finished doing my taxes with what is now called Kiplinger TaxCut, and once was called Andrew Tobias’ TaxCut, but has really always been Dan Caine’s TaxCut (Dan is the guy who conceived and wrote and slaved over it).
I no longer have any stake in it — I bought my copy — but […]
“It is fairer to tax people on what they extract from the economy, as roughly measured by their consumption, than to tax them on what they produce for the economy, as roughly measured by their income.”—Thomas Hobbes
Not just fairer: smarter.
(And speaking of fair: “Why shouldn’t the American people take half my money from […]
Yesterday I suggested the benefits of buying airline tickets far in advance, at great prices, even if you’re not sure you’ll use them. (You might want to click “Yesterday” for more on that.)
Another pointer for you not-so-frequent fliers is that ticket prices go up and down daily — hourly, sometimes — as the flight […]
There are three kinds of people in the world. Those who never have occasion to board an airplane. Those who do so only every so often. Those of us who live up here.
If you never fly, skip this comment. If you always fly, you probably know at least as many nuances of the game […]
I’ve just spent two months running around California. Compared to the way people used to do it — on horseback — the United Shuttle (800-SHUTTLE) is a vast improvement. But compared to air travel as we’ve come to know it — or to competitor SouthWest (800-I-FLY-SWA), it’s awful.
I’m sure this isn’t fair, but apart […]
Yesterday, I described my GM MasterCard and how it credits me with 5% of everything I charge toward a new car. Sort of.
Today, though, let me tell you what rubbed me wrong about the good folks who live inside the GM MasterCard computer (or, more likely, their marketing department).
It was simply this. Printed […]
I have one of those General Motors MasterCards that credits me with 5% on every charge I make toward the purchase of a new GM car. Which means — sort of — that everything I charge on the card costs me 5% less.
I say “sort of” because there’s a limit of $1,000 credit a […]
The last few days I’ve been moaning about the defeat of three California ballot initiatives I worked on.
All three would have been good for the people of California but bad for lawyers.
Even in California “the people” outnumber the lawyers by a handy margin, yet the lawyers won. How come?*
Partly, as described yesterday, […]
The last couple of days I’ve been commenting (venting? flaming?) on the way California’s lawyers defeated Props 200, 201 and 202.
Basically, they did it by lying — and by enlisting some very well respected liberal groups (whom I generally support and admire) to their cause.
But it’s more interesting than that. Some of the […]
Although most lawyers fought hard to defeat Props 200, 201 and 202, The San Francisco Recorder — San Francisco’s legal newspaper — endorsed all three. So when they asked me to comment on our March 26 defeat (as described yesterday), I quickly warmed to the task:
Rack up another win for F. Lee Bailey (who […]
Quote of the Day
On Hollywood Squares, gay comedy writer Bruce Vilanch was asked: You are the most popular fruit in America. What are you? His answer: Humble. (The correct answer? Banana.)~.
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