Archive for February, 2010

Wanna get rich? Get elected!

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Americans often have suspicions regarding their elected officials and money. Specifically, what are the politicians doing with all that money they are swimming in, and does any of that money stick to their fingers? It’s difficult to not be suspicious when the 2008 elections rang in at a cost of $5.3 ...

Ever Bigger Boxes

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

In the posts Show Me Your Budget and Buying Boxes I addressed the components and priorities of the United States government budget and how we as a nation pay for that budget. What I did not address are the components of that budget that are on rapid growth curves and ...

Buying Boxes

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

In the post Show Me Your Budget, I addressed the U.S. federal budget via an illustration that used proportionally sized boxes to reflect spending priorities. What I didn’t cover was how we pay for those boxes, both the overall box of the entire budget, as well as its constituent departments ...

Show Me Your Budget

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

In my book, How The World Works, entry 512 is Priorities vs. Budgets. It reads: “As a business management consultant I heard a lot about priorities. In the introductory meeting and group management team interviews, senior executives would drone on endlessly about the organization’s priorities. Top priority this and critical priority that; it ...

Fear, thy name is Ron Wayne

Monday, February 15th, 2010

One of the little known facts of Apple’s history is that Apple wasn’t the creation of Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. Apple was actually founded by three guys: Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs and Ron Wayne. The equity split was Wozniak 45%, Jobs 45% and Wayne 10%. Wozniak recalls, “Steve had 45 percent ...