Radio: Psychological Manipulation of Helicopter Government
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On June 5, 2018, David John Marotta and Megan Russell appeared on Radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show to remember June 5, 2013 and discuss our modern surveillance state.

Remembering June 5, 2013
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On this day in 2013, Snowden revealed the U.S. government was actively pursuing the constant surveillance of everyone’s digital life.

Even Obamacare’s Pros Turned Out to be Cons
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If these had been the original intentions of the legislation, we should have known that Obamacare would not be worth it.

Helicopter Government
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At best, it is a crutch holding you up. At worst, it is a ball and chain holding you down.

One Day In The Life Of A Small Business Owner
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This letter came with a large bold “YOUR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED BY LAW” notice along with a 5 week deadline for compliance.

Radio: Why Regulation Does More Harm than Good
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It is commonplace for special interest groups to use lobbyists to gain control of their own industry’s regulation. This failure where interests group seizes control of a governmental power is called “regulatory capture.”

Centralized Planning Requires Omniscience
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The burden of mandatory government data collection should be opposed whenever possible.

Radio: Is this law worth raising an army and fighting the citizens over?
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On April 10, 2018, David John Marotta appeared on Radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show to discuss the question: What is worth using the government’s threat of violence?

Part 5: The Markets Fail to Remove Risk
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Fraud is the enemy of the free markets. It is theft through deception.

The IRS Power To Revoke Passports Now In Effect
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It is lazy of the IRS to put the burden of proving innocence on the taxpayer while punishing them as though they are guilty.

Part 4: The Markets Fail the Utopian Vision
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The markets may fail the Utopian Vision, but only because our Tragic world fails the Utopian Vision.

Part 3: The Markets Fail People Who Price Their Goods Too Low
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Pricing is not about being nice. It is about being fair. Fair to you as the seller and to the value you ascribe to the good or service.

Part 2: The Markets Fail a Moral Standard
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Private property, free markets, and protection from aggression solve a lot of problems.

Part 1: The Markets Fail Centralized Planning
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The free market fails to be a centralized economy. That’s why it is called “free.”

Radio: Understanding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
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On December 12, 2017, David John Marotta appeared on Radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show to discuss the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

My Best Case for Socially Responsible Investing
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My best case for SRI is a personal story of lace, oil paintings, tobacco, and Ray Stedman.

Radio: Charlottesville 2018 Health Insurance
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“When Congress acts, whatever it is called it will do the exact opposite. So the Affordable Care Act will make plans not affordable.”

Understanding H.R.1 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
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It looks like something from this proposal will become law. Right now, the bill is in committee where the differences are being resolved.

“Deductions are Expensive” and Other Mistakes in the News
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I recently watched a video by VOX called, “How tax breaks help the rich.” In the video, they discuss wealth inequality and claim that one of the biggest drivers of inequality is the tax code.

The Lost Case for SALT: State and Local Tax Deduction
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In “The state and local tax deduction, explained” by Dylan Matthews at VOX, he does not mention the reason the state and local tax deduction was created when listing the pros and cons.

Did Obamacare Impoverish Employee’s Retirement Benefits?
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Employers are paying more in benefits, but with the increase in health care costs there is less for retirement contributions.

Talking Politics With Clients
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InvestmentNews advocates lying to clients, but I think if your advisor doesn’t have integrity, you can stop there and find a new advisor.

Financial Media Group Sells SEC Required Compliance Emails To Spammers
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One of the problems with government reporting regulations is that personal information is made widely available for abuse.

Radio: The Case for No Minimum Wage
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David John Marotta was interviewed on the Schilling Show discussing the minimum wage, and the reasons keeping (or raising) a mandatory minimum wage could actually hurt some workers.

Radio: What Does “Trickle-Down Economics” Mean to Liberals and Conservatives?
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David John Marotta was interviewed on the Schilling Show discussing trickle-down economics and taxes.

Radio: What’s the Difference Between Obstruction and Resistance?
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David John Marotta was interviewed on the radio 1070’s Schilling Show discussing the difference between obstruction and resistance.

Are Democrats Or Republicans Better For The Stock Market?
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Politics matters less to our financial success than the ordinary decisions we face every day.

Radio: The Politics of Kindness
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David John Marotta was interviewed recently on the Schilling Show discussing the politics of kindness and the difference between intentions and outcomes.

Radio: Why is the Media Liberal?
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Listen to a discussion on why journalists are usually liberal-leaning and what that means for reporting the news in America.

The Finance of Crowdfunding
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There are three types of crowdfunding each defined by what people receive in exchange for the money they pay: Reward-based, Donation-based, and Equity-based.

Radio: Should You Pay More Tax Than Legally Required?
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Is there morality that supersedes legally abiding by the tax code?

BREXIT: Britain’s Independence Day
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The future may be uncertain, but the markets are quite reliable in the long run.

Government Requires 2.5 Hours of Daily Work
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Without the burden of federal, state, and local taxes, you could leave your job at 2:27pm every day and earn the same salary.

Radio Interview: The Burden of Government Taxation
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David John Marotta was recently interviewed on radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show, discussing taxation and the burden of government.

Fund Your 401(k) If You Believe In Free Markets
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I recently read a foolish article entitled “Call for a National Savings Plan” that assumed we haven’t tried a national savings plan already.

Ted Cruz’s Tax Plan
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More than many other candidates, Ted Cruz’s tax plan aims to fundamentally change our tax system.

Documentary: Farming in Fear
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The story of Liberty Farm’s struggle to survive the regulatory attack by Fauquier County government.

IRS Wants Charities To Collect And Report Sensitive Donor Identity Information
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Late last year, the IRS proposed asking charities to collect sensitive donor identity information for any charitable gift of more than $250.

States With Low Regulation Have 30% More Small Business Payroll Growth
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That is a tremendous advantage for businesses in states with less regulatory burden.

Radio: The Broken Promises of the Government
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David Marotta was interviewed recently on radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show discussing some of the government’s broken promises

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2
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I encourage you to read the books and watch the film.

Health Care Insurance Rises Another 24.6%
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ObamaCare was always going to be a bad law and now, five years in, that should be clear to everybody.

Jeb Bush’s Tax Plan
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Bush’s tax plan is in good company with Trump, Rubio, and Lee. It hits many common Republican talking points but doesn’t seem to take its own reasoning very seriously.

Donald Trump’s Tax Plan
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Tax season under Trump’s plan would likely be just as complicated but slightly less painful.

Mailbag: Marco Rubio and Mike Lee’s Tax Plan
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Is each dollar value the average for that category or is it really the average for a family with $88,871 in annual income?

Marco Rubio and Mike Lee’s Tax Plan
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Rubio and Lee do make definite improvements but sadly, this good is largely undone by a well-meaning but naive tilt of the playing field towards parents.

Radio: Universal School Choice in Nevada
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David John Marotta was recently interviewed on radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show discussing Nevada’s universal school choice.

Rand Paul’s Tax Plan
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2016 Presidential hopeful Rand Paul has released a sketch of an intriguing tax plan.

Mailbag: What Happened To The Markets In 2008?
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You shouldn’t invest in what you don’t understand.

Why is Organic Food Expensive?
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Organic food has a reputation for being healthier than non-organic food, but neither of these claims should be taken at face value.

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