Why Can’t I see Hotel Inventory?

Last month – while in NYC for the CleanSlate executive forum – I stayed at the Westin New York. I arrived in NYC at 1AM and knowing in advance that I’d be arriving late called the Westin to check-in earlier that day. I’ve been “walked” enough times to know that when I’m going to be arriving late at the hotel I should call in advance. Like…

Deficit Reduction

Deficit reduction is all the rage these days and as a result there are a plethora of (formal and informal) plans on how to address the rising national burden.  The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget recently published a comparison tool to help us mere mortals navigate 30 different plans. You can also look here for a printer-friendly…

Yes, believe the hype about the National Debt

Sally Kohn’s recent prose in USA Today was right in spirit, but nowhere else.  Yes, we should worry about innovation.  Yes, the future of the US economy is innovation.  And yes, we should be making strategic investments into innovation.   But it is ludicrous to suggest the national debt discussion is some “ideological attack.”

Kohn inaccurately compares a company’s income to the US economy’s GDP. The analogy fails on the surface. GDP measures national production, not the US government’s revenues – which are the ultimate source of repayment for debts issued. The US government collects net receipts of $2.16T – giving the US government a ratio of over 6-to-1.…