Oops, I Did It Again

Yesterday, the Trump administration and congressional Republicans released their latest tax reform proposal, grandly titled a “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code.” I’m not sure anyone doubts that the code is broken, but for various reasons I’m doubtful that this will be the solution. Still, your prospects and clients will have questions, and it will pay for you to learn enough about the proposal to discuss it intelligently. So, like it or not, here we are. Read more…

The $3,000 McGuffin

In Hollywood, a “McGuffin” is “an object or device in a book or a film that serves merely as a trigger for the plot.” Think of Humphrey Bogart’s noir classic, The Maltese Falcon. Bogart’s hard-boiled detective, Sam Spade, calls the statue itself “the stuff that dreams are made of.” But really, it’s just a device to send Spade on a series of adventures.Citizen Kane’s “Rosebud” is another McGuffin. It doesn’t matter what the name refers to; it’s just a device for examining the life of the great Charles Foster Kane. Read more…