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Trump’s Triumph

In ancient Rome, a triumph was a procession and celebration of a returning general who had won an important foreign war. On one occasion, Caesar was returning to Rome after a particularly successful campaign. To honor him, the city had emptied the jails and crucified the inmates along the parade route.   The procession was led by foreign captives, followed Read More


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Michigan Antis Run Amok

There is a herd of antis determined to screw up the Michigan government. You know them – they are against everything governmental from adequate taxation to vaccination. “Make America Great Again” means eviscerating “gubmint” at all levels so Big Pharma can charge $600.00 for a $6.00 EpiPen, Big Medicine can charge $1,500.00 for a CT Scan that costs $150.00 in Read More


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Don’t Call Me; I’ll Call You

Saturday, around midday, I received a call from Beaumont, a major southeast Michigan inpatient and outpatient medical conglomerate. The caller, who sounded like a 19-year-old co-ed and had a voice worthy of a career in late-night radio, wanted me to respond to a survey about a recent visit to a Beaumont laboratory. Today, I received an email request to respond Read More


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Show Me the Money!

There are many misconceptions about gifts. In “Gift Tax? Hakuna Matata,” I explained why even moderately wealthy folks do not need to worry about the $14,000 per person per person limit on annual gifts. However there are gift reporting requirements that must be met for large gifts, particularly from foreign donors.   It is common knowledge that banks report all Read More