Growing Pains

This week on the podcast, we got the full contingent back on the bus to break down all the news in a busy week. We parse that Buzzfeed article claiming the President instructed his attorney to lie to Congress, we get granular on the all the shut down machinations, including the “If I can have my SOTU, you can’t go to Europe on a government plane” brouhaha. Then, our friend Chris Scalia joins to discuss his newest passion: TV theme songs. Think Rob Long and James Lileks have a few opinions on this topic? Nahh.

Music from this week’s episode: As Long As We Got Each Other by B.J. Thomas

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  1. kedavis Coolidge

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Petty Boozswha (View Comment):
    Hogan is against fracking in Maryland – a lot different than being against fracking.

    Is it really?

    Well, I don’t really know – or care to know – anything about the guy, but based on what was written, it might be comparable to being against smoking when you’re standing near dynamite, rather than just being against smoking, period.

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  2. Chris Campion Coolidge
    Chris Campion

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    As an aside, what makes Rob Long think that long term tax strategies are unique to real estate developers?

    I know a lot of people who use such strategies and none of them are in real estate. But you know what they all are?


    I think he was using this sub-set as an example because that’s where the Trump’s come from. These guys largely support democrats – higher taxes etc… Take as much money as the government can from as many people as it can – yet will also structure their entire lives to minimize their own tax burden.

    Look at Warren Buffet, in 2012 he was famous for going around saying his secretary paid more income tax than he does. Its was completely because she’s not in control of her income – she cant structure it in such away as to minimize her taxes.

    It should almost be thought of as a lifestyle.

    Capital gains are taxed at a lower rate than income.  It’s not that she can’t “structure” her income, the bulk of her income is largely from wages – one assumes.

    I’d “structure” my income entirely differently if I had 100 million to invest, too.  Obviously.

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  3. spaceman_spiff Member

    Lost my dad a little over ten years ago. Still hurts. Condolences, Rob, and prayers.

    Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.


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