The Lord Mayor Would Have Spoiled “A Christmas Carol”
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Studies suggest that both a gambling addiction and success in politics correlate with psychopathic behavior. Had Dickens included a gambler personality in a Christmas Carol, it would have been a different story.

The Ninth Amendment: The Value of Our Unenumerated Rights
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Few of us ever think about how the Ninth Amendment preserves all of our rights not cited in the Constitution. What are some examples of these unenumerated rights?

The Most Productive Will Owe An Average $119,878 More In Taxes
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Obama would have you believe that $2,200 is a fiscal cliff, but $119,878 is just paying their fair share.

The Fiscal Cliff Is Almost Everything the Democrats Want
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It is a crisis fabricated 100% by politicians. And avoiding the fiscal cliff is being used hypocritically for additional political gain.

Tax on Dividend-Paying Stocks Rising to 74%
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With the enormous increase in the taxation of dividends, high net worth investors may be tempted to abandon dividend-paying stocks entirely. This is not necessary.

Radio Interview: How to Cope with Post-Election Depression Syndrome
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“I was talking to a doctor in town who said he was surprised how many patients he had seen with clinical depression over the election results. I believe the definition of clinical is the thought that ‘Things will never be good again.'”

Should We Write a Blank Check to Emergency Relief?
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Many people support public funding of disaster relief partly because they fear being described as unfeeling and selfish. Is there a moral obligation to support this public funding?

The Ring of Fire – Part 2
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“Unless we begin to close this gap, then the inevitable result will be that our debt/GDP ratio will continue to rise, the Fed would print money to pay for the deficiency, inflation would follow, and the dollar would inevitably decline.”

No, I’m not voting for Obama
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Here are thirty reasons Obama doesn’t deserve a second term.

The Election Should Be Settled by a Single Question: Who Caused the Financial Crisis?
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The presidential election should be settled by a single question: “Who caused the financial crisis of 2008?” President Obama’s entire campaign has centered on his claim that he inherited a mess caused by the failed policies of the past.

Chances are your advisor favors Romney
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It might be a good idea to listen to those who watch the cause and effect in the economy on a regular basis.

Can ‘True Love’ Survive Student Loans and Lack of Employment?
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Such a well-intentioned program which steals our youth, our love, our happiness, our faith and our self-esteem.

Youth Vote May Support More Economic Freedom
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In 2008 Obama captured 66% of the youth vote. But unlike the liberal ideological baby boom generation, millennials are more pragmatic. Support for Obama among the 18- to 29-year-old age group has dropped to 48%.

Big Bird is Big Business
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“Sesame Street,” for example, made more than $211 million from toy and consumer product sales from 2003-2006. Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell received $956,513 in compensation in 2008.

Lower Taxes, Fewer Deductions: Are Romney and Ryan Dodging the Specifics?
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Perhaps the most significant part of the vice presidential debate was the exchange over Romney’s proposal to lower tax rates by 20% and close loopholes and deductions. Does the math add up?

Radio: Which Presidential Candidate Really Favors Small Business?
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David John Marotta was featured on radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show on October 9, 2012 discussing politics and the upcoming election, focusing on small businesses and their tax burden.

Video: An Appeal for Free Enterprise
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Since the time of Adam Smith, free enterprise has always needed defenders. Though imperfect at best, the record of immigrants striving to reach America’s shores proves that our forefathers’ defense of free enterprise created fertile soil for human flourishing.

Small business taxes analysis requires marginal not effective rate
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Just over 12% of small business tax returns had gross receipts over $250,000. Their marginal tax return is the highest and tax changes to this group is what has the greatest effect on employment.

Obama vs. Romney — Which Presidential Candidate Favors Small Businesses?
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Two critical questions were raised during the first presidential debate: Are small businesses important to American’s prosperity? And if they are, which candidate will unleash that engine of economic growth and employment? Fact-checking the candidates offers a clear answer.

Four critical statistics for small business employment
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Disparaging the entrepreneurial growth of small businesses as trickle-down economics misses the shower of prosperity.

Mailbox: Disturbed by Romney’s tax computation in California
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Personally I think it is a mistake to value supporting the government (taxes) higher than supporting society (charitable giving).

Video: “Don’t Eat Your Dog: The Surprising Moral Case for Free Enterprise”
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I am always amazed at the power of a good story. A good story teller will always have more influence than encyclopedia of powerful data points. Politicians understand this concept better than most, which is why they spend time talking about people.

Inverview with George Marotta: Stanford’s Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
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Interview with George Marotta on his time at Stanford’s Hoover Institution with Miilton Friedman, Thomas Sowell and Edward Teller.

Vote Marotta As the World’s Next Great Investing Columnist on WSJ’s MarketWatch.com
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MarketWatch is seeking a top-notch writer who will bring a fresh perspective on money to the world’s investors. We believe that fresh perspective ought to include the idea of freedom investing.

Radio: What is Social Justice?
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Is Social Justice
an expression of good will towards the less fortunate -OR-
a principle that rewards should be determined by political power?

How are foreign stocks doing compared to stocks in the United States? Fall 2012
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Sometimes the medium term trend seems to weigh more heavily in our minds than the long or short term trends.

Radio: Paul Ryanomics
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David Marotta appeared recently on radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show discussing Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential pick of Paul Ryan, and what Ryan’s economics really look like.

Blame the Joint Committee on Taxation not the CBO
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It would have been more accurate to say, “The Joint committee on Taxation by agreement with congress is required to limit their analysis to a fixed GDP assumption.”

Why are people who have built a business leaving their United States citizenship?
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If eight times as many people are leaving the country than they were 4 years ago, maybe there’s something wrong with the country?

Paul Ryanomics
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Mitt Romney’s recent announcement of Paul Ryan as his running mate makes this election even more about government spending, programs and taxes. Ryan is the primary author of the Republican-led House’s 2013 budget proposal. Consider these five proposals to evaluate Romney’s wisdom in selecting him.

Obama Lie-O-Matic Tax Calculator
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There’s a term in the financial world for Internet sites like these and that term is “fraud.”

Radio: What Power is the Most Dangerous?
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David John Marotta appeared recently on 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show discussing power–particularly government power–and what kind is the most dangerous.

When is enough regulation enough for regulators?
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Apparently, Never. The Dodd-Frank bill can be likened to giving the government unlimited powers and asking them to eliminate evil.

Freedom Investing worth 4.3% over the last twelve months
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Countries are constantly in flux, and with all the noise of the markets, it is easy for the noise drown out the signal.

Is Federal Student Aid Among the Best or Worst Government Programs?
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The unintended consequences of good intentions can do more economic harm than all the mean-spirited greed within capitalism.

Radio: What Equality Should We Seek in Society?
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David John Marotta was interviewed on radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show discussing the idea of “equality” in society.

A grown-up discussion on income and wealth inequality in America
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Most work toward equality of results impoverishes everyone.

What Equality Should We Seek in Society?
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Studies suggest that brains may be wired with either a utopian or a tragic view of the world, corresponding roughly to liberals and conservatives. We continue to talk past each other in political debates.

How is Freedom Investing working out?
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How the five countries with the most economic freedom (Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Switzerland and Canada) and Emerging Markets have been faring in comparison to the EAFE Index?

I just renewed my CFP designation. They oppose FINRA oversight of CFP advisors.
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The rules which would begin to be applied to the watchdogs would not be for the sake of protecting the roost no matter how much the foxes suggest they do.

Radio: Ten Best ETFs of 2012
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David John Marotta was interview on radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show discussing why you shouldn’t hold gold or cash, how governments can destabalize economies, and what investments you should hold instead.

The Shiller Ten-Year P/E Ratio
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What we would really like to measure are the changes in price (P) that cause a company with a good long-term track record to look relatively cheap. Economist Robert Shiller created just such a measurement.

Double-Taxed Dividends: Going Up
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The qualified dividend tax rate is currently at a maximum of 15%, as are capital gains. Starting January 1, 2013, dividend tax rates will go up to the investor’s ordinary income rate.

Sound advice for our times from 1946
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“Economics in One Lesson” by Henry Hazlitt is one of the classics which should be required reading before voting. It is interesting to see that he knew more in 1946 than the politicians of our age.

Wealth, Not Cash, Spreads Prosperity
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“Unlike the government economic advisor, these entrepreneurial castaways are not making, i.e. printing, money. Instead, they’re creating new wealth by producing things that others find valuable.”

10-Year Freedom Investing Returns
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Freedom scores ranged from #1 in freedom Hong Kong at 89.9 to #92 ranked mostly unfree Italy at 58.8.

5-Year Freedom Investing Returns
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Over the past five years, countries with the most economic freedom averaged annual returns just below emerging markets.

Sovereign Debt and Deficit by Country
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Sovereign debt and deficit weigh most heavily on a country’s level of government spending, one of the ten components of freedom in the Heritage Foundation economic freedom study

3-Year Freedom Investing Returns
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We believe this is one of the times when your asset allocation should tilt foreign and overweight the handful of countries with high economic freedom.

New Zealand: Economic Paradise
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New Zealand, the fourth highest country in economic freedom, joined the United States with positive returns for 2011.

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