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?

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.

Video: From Poverty to Prosperity: A Pursuit of Personal Achievement
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Though imperfect at best, the record of immigrants striving to reach our shores proves that are forefather’s defense of free enterprise created a fertile soil for human flourishing.

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%.

College Grads Need Jobs Not Sesame Street Subsidies
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Are half of college graduates unable to get a college level job?

Sesamenomics: Bert and Ernie Weigh In on Politics
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A light hearted look at Bert and Ernie’s politics.

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?

Fact-Checking Romney-Ryan: Does the Math Add Up?
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Does flatting and reducing the top rates by 20% and eliminating deductions collect the same amount of tax?

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.

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.

Tax Records Show Republicans Are Overly Generous, Democrats Are Excessively Stingy
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The hypocrisy of candidates who pretend to be generous with other people’s money while purposefully characterizing those who are actually generous destructively is an issue worthy of consideration when you vote.

Romney’s Return Suggests He Paid 57.9% in Taxes and Gifts to Charity
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Much has been made about Mitt Romney’s tax returns. Reviewing them clarifies both public policy and personal wealth management. A quick calculation assumes their overall tax rate was 14.1%. But this number is highly misleading.

Romney’s Tax Returns: A Stellar Example of Citizenship and Generosity
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The Romney’s generosity and tax burden is hardly the example of greed and avarice that advocates of greater government would have us believe.

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.

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?

Public Funding for the Arts
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Many communities such as Charlottesville identify themselves as an arts community. This image translates into passionate support for public funding of the arts. But the common justifications for public funding don’t hold up under careful scrutiny.

A Progressive Tax Code is Economically Destructive
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Most Americans assume a progressive tax code is needed to promote equality and remove some of the burden of other taxes on those with the lowest income. But the progressive nature of the tax code changes behavior in many ways.

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.”

Ignore the Politicians and Take Control of Your Financial Freedom
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During elections the political dialogue assumes that the well-being of your future is out of your control and in the hands of politicians. This is simply not true. You have the freedom to take control of your finances and your life.

What Kind of Power Is the Most Dangerous?
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Americans continue to talk past each other by using a similar vocabulary while really discussing very different concepts. Views also differ on the concept of power.

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.

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.

Why Do Women Earn Lower Incomes Than Men?
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Choosing to work less than 80 hours is not wrong, especially not when all you are going to get is that last 30%.

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.

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.

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.”

Obama Care is Costing Americans $384 Billion More Each Year
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The “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (PPACA), is misleadingly named. It has neither protected patients nor made healthcare more affordable.

Who Pays For Corporate Taxes?
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“We tax cars, land and corporations. It is a good thing that people don’t have to pay them!”

Libertarians Suspect the FDA Does as Much Harm as Good
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It isn’t crazy to suspect that the FDA does as much harm as good. And if you begin to suspect that, you are on your way to admitting that you might be more libertarian than Republican or Democrat

The Religious Roots of My Libertarian Leaning
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My original attraction to libertarian ideals started in political theory and theology rather than in politics. This is not surprising because I did both part of my undergraduate work and three years of my postgraduate work in philosophy and biblical studies.

Seven Reasons Why I Lean Libertarian
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Our daily articles this month at are focusing on the ideas of libertarian politics. Last week I listed the first three reasons why I lean libertarian. Here are four more reasons I lean libertarian.

Radio: Why I Lean Libertarian
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David John Marotta was featured on radio 1070 WINA’s Rob Schilling show on November 8, 2011. The topic was why David leans libertarian, an appropriate topic for Election Day 2011.

David John Marotta Receives Write-In Votes in Local Elections
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I was flattered to learn that I received several write in votes from among those dissatisfied with the choices presented on the ballot.

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