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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Uma Thurman attends the 11th annual Tibet House Benefit Auction to preserve Tibetan culture at Christie's Auction House on December 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Tibet House)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Uma Thurman attends the 11th annual Tibet House Benefit Auction to preserve Tibetan culture at Christie's Auction House on December 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Tibet House)
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Does The Bidding System Really Work?

We’re all familiar with the bidding system. High end auction houses sell art, collectables, cars for prices higher than most of us will earn in our lifetimes.

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(Photo Illustration by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
(Photo Illustration by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
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Should We Increase The Federal Gas Tax?

The Highway Trust Fund, along with the Transit Trust Fund, is pretty well bankrupt. Imagine that, Congress not being able to manage money.

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Director George Lucas presents the film 'Star Wars - Episode IV: A New Hope' at AFI's 40th Anniversary celebration presented by Target held at Arclight Cinemas on October 3, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images for AFI)
Director George Lucas presents the film 'Star Wars - Episode IV: A New Hope' at AFI's 40th Anniversary celebration presented by Target held at Arclight Cinemas on October 3, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images for AFI)
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Some Really Dumb Business Decisions

Here are some examples showing that the smartest people on the planet are just as dumb as you and me when it comes to making smart business decisions.

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MCLEAN, VIRGINIA - NOVEMBER 23: Traffic converges on highway I-495 South just west of the nation's capital on one of the busiest travel days of the year November 23, 2011 in McLean, Virginia. The American Automobile Association projects that 42.5 million people are likely to drive, fly, or take the train to their Thanksgiving gatherings, the largest number since the beginning of the recession. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
MCLEAN, VIRGINIA - NOVEMBER 23: Traffic converges on highway I-495 South just west of the nation's capital on one of the busiest travel days of the year November 23, 2011 in McLean, Virginia. The American Automobile Association projects that 42.5 million people are likely to drive, fly, or take the train to their Thanksgiving gatherings, the largest number since the beginning of the recession. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Are Car Companies Acting Responsibly?

Gas mileage, safety issues, recalls, pollution, the list never ends. So what is the automobile manufacturer’s responsibility to the general public?

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Credit: Philip Lange • Source: ThinkStock
Credit: Philip Lange • Source: ThinkStock
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Sorry, I Don’t Feel Your Pain

Look around you. Do you feel the pain? What pain you might ask? Why the pain of government of course.Don’t worry I don’t feel it either.

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MOUNT PROSPECT, IL - MAY 31: A worker pushes carts outside a Costco Wholesale store May 31, 2006 in Mount Prospect, Illinois. Third-quarter earnings reported today were up at Costco, the nation's largest warehouse club operator, although current oil prices affected margins at their associated gas stations. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
MOUNT PROSPECT, IL - MAY 31: A worker pushes carts outside a Costco Wholesale store May 31, 2006 in Mount Prospect, Illinois. Third-quarter earnings reported today were up at Costco, the nation's largest warehouse club operator, although current oil prices affected margins at their associated gas stations. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
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Is Retail In America Changing?

JC Penny is in trouble. Linens & Things is gone, Circuit City is gone, Border’s Books is gone, and Mervyn’s is gone.

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LUNEBURG, GERMANY - JULY 27: A female cashier weighs apples in a Supermarket on July 27, 2005 in Luneburg, Germany. Sparked by the election manifesto of the opposition party CDU, Germany currently debates wether raising the Mehrwertsteuer (VAT) would in fact promote economic growth or if it would have the opposite effect by hurting families and low-income households. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
LUNEBURG, GERMANY - JULY 27: A female cashier weighs apples in a Supermarket on July 27, 2005 in Luneburg, Germany. Sparked by the election manifesto of the opposition party CDU, Germany currently debates wether raising the Mehrwertsteuer (VAT) would in fact promote economic growth or if it would have the opposite effect by hurting families and low-income households. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
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Does Bozeman Need A Local Option Sales Tax?

The problems most of us have with taxes is that once the camel’s nose is in the tent it’s pretty hard not to let the rest in.

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Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images
Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images
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How Talk Radio Really Works

There is tremendous competition among talk radio stations to attract and sign exclusive rights to the top talk show hosts and they don’t work cheap.

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Photo Credit Catherine Jones • Source ThinkStock
Photo Credit Catherine Jones • Source ThinkStock
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My New Year Resolutions for Politicians

Since congress tells Americans what light bulbs to buy, or to stop using sprinkles on doughnuts I thought it would be fair to give them some direction too.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29: (L-R) President of Countdown Entertainment, Jeffrey Straus, TV Personality Allison Hagendorf, Spider-Man, director Marc Webb and President of the Times Square Alliance, Tim Tompkins attend the 2014 New Year's Eve Confetti Test at Hard Rock Cafe, Times Square on December 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29: (L-R) President of Countdown Entertainment, Jeffrey Straus, TV Personality Allison Hagendorf, Spider-Man, director Marc Webb and President of the Times Square Alliance, Tim Tompkins attend the 2014 New Year's Eve Confetti Test at Hard Rock Cafe, Times Square on December 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About New Year’s Resolutions

Like many of you I look at the past year and reflect on things that I might have done differently or things in my life that I could have improved.

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