Where’s Our Backbone? Speak Up Nevada!

The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce commissioned the Tax Foundation to prepare a review of Nevada’s tax system and recommend possible improvements.

No one seems to take a stand on political and social issues anymore. They don’t want to make waves or offend anybody. Maybe they’re afraid of being bullied, or in the case of politicians, they’re afraid that speaking out on an issue may alienate some voters. If they do take a stand, as soon as they get any negative feedback, they’re quick to reverse themselves or try to explain … [Read more...]

The Solution to Education: Do What Works

The Solution to Education: Do What Works

The Nevada State Government needs to stop throwing good money after bad; and, it should begin now. As business people, we have just a few days to affect our Nevada State Legislators and what they do, and do not, vote for. What do you plan to do? Sit back and be complacent and then suffer the consequences, or do you plan to be part of the solution? It seems government is … [Read more...]

The Emperor Has No Clothes: Businesses Must Speak Out on Governor’s Tax Plan!

So where are the organizations and businesses that came out so strongly committed to defeating the Gross Margins Tax?

Most of you remember the fable that tells of a leader who showed up naked, yet was so powerful that no one said a word. Our Governor has shown strong leadership during our state’s worst economic crisis and enjoys high ratings among Nevadans. However, his plan for imposing the highest tax in Nevada’s history leads me to believe he is either anti-business or simply doesn’t … [Read more...]

Margin Tax Defeated? …Maybe Not

When we think we’ve seen it all, we get delivered another whammy! Do you remember all the commercials and reasons to defeat the ballot question seeking Nevadan’s approval for a Margin Tax?

When we think we’ve seen it all, we get delivered another whammy! Do you remember all the commercials and reasons to defeat the ballot question seeking Nevadan’s approval for a Margin Tax? How can we so soon forget the barrage of commercials and editorials aimed at defeating that measure? Heck, I wrote some of them myself. Fortunately, the measure was overwhelmingly defeated… … [Read more...]

2015 Wish List: Eliminate Things That Don’t Make Cents

It’s a time to set goals and it’s a time of the best of intentions. This year, I’d like to take a moment to share my wish list for 2015.

For many people, the New Year is a time to make resolutions to improve themselves, their families and their careers. It’s a time to set goals and it’s a time of the best of intentions. This year, I’d like to take a moment to share my wish list for 2015. Stop the government-sector from being controlled by union leaders. Doing so would save Nevadans millions annually while … [Read more...]

Carpetbaggers or Statesmen? Nevada Legislators, Fix this Ridiculous Flaw!

Apparently, Legislators care more about keeping power in their own hands than they do about the integrity of their members.

The November elections may be over, but many people still have a bad taste in their mouths when remembering how some politicians conducted themselves. The unrelenting barrage of negative campaign ads was bad enough, but we actually had two Democrats running for Assembly who didn’t even live in the districts in which they were running. Meghan Smith, running for Assembly District … [Read more...]

Sex Education in Clark County Schools: Let Your Voice Be Heard!

The sex education model currently used in the district focuses on abstinence, while giving older students information on contraception and safe sex.

Would you like your child or grandchild to be taught about vaginal intercourse, masturbation and homosexuality in kindergarten? How about a junior high student being instructed about orgasms and anal intercourse? If you think this couldn’t happen in Clark County schools, you’re mistaken. These very topics were discussed at closed-door meetings held by the Clark County School … [Read more...]

Business Leaders Unite: Educate Your Employees about Question 3 – The Margin Tax

One of the dangers of the Margin Tax is that so many business owners think it’s such bad policy that it will never pass.

One of the dangers of the Margin Tax is that so many business owners think it’s such bad policy that it will never pass. However, a recent poll suggests otherwise. In fact the poll, which was conducted before the Coalition to Defeat the Margin Tax Initiative launched their mass-media campaign, showed a passage by nine percentage points. Coined the Education Initiative, the plan … [Read more...]

Watch Your Country Die or… Know Your Enemy!

If no one stops this persecution now, what will stop the Islamic State from making their way through Iraq and Syria to Israel and, eventually, to America?

Americans didn't pay much attention to the rising power of radical Islam until the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks inside our borders, so it may seem like a relatively new phenomenon.  But Muslim terrorists have actually been killing Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims since before the U.S. was founded, and we fought two wars against them in the earliest days of the republic.  Muslim … [Read more...]

Union Members Wake Up: And Smell the Reality

If you or a family member belong to a union, you might not know that the dues deducted from your hard-earned paycheck are funding causes you oppose or supporting groups with views exactly opposite of yours.

If you or a family member belong to a union, you might not know that the dues deducted from your hard-earned paycheck are funding causes you oppose or supporting groups with views exactly opposite of yours. Even if you do know it, is there anything you can do to stop it? Two recent Supreme Court decisions show that there might be some hope in controlling unions’ out-of-control … [Read more...]

Clark County School District Waste: Throwing Our Money Away

Two stories have come to light recently that show how taxpayers’ money is being wasted by the Clark County School District.

Am I the only one sick of this BS? Two stories have come to light recently that show how taxpayers’ money is being wasted by the Clark County School District. These examples not only point out the quality of the district’s decision-making, but also make me wonder what other questionable expenses haven’t yet been discovered. Did you know that the school district has a budget … [Read more...]

Alternative Energy Projects: Who Pays for These Boondoggles?

Not only do these taxpayer-funded projects fail to produce jobs, but the bottom line is that alternative energy is expensive energy.

Work is almost completed on the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, located near Tonopah. The developers had received a $737 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy, so if the project fails like Solyndra did, taxpayers will be on the hook for all that money. Even if we don’t have to ultimately make good on the loan, we’ll still be paying for it in lots of … [Read more...]

Fed Up: Who Works for Who?

Bundy was operating under the premise that the government works for him, however, they were under the assumption that all citizens were subjected to them.

There are so many things wrong with last month’s BLM “roundup” it’s difficult to even know where to start. As anyone in businesses will tell you, to effectively negotiate a deal, both parties must begin with the same premise. Clive Bundy was operating under the premise that the government works for him. The government, however, was working under the assumption that Clive, … [Read more...]

Lowering the Education Bar: Nevada and the U.S. shortchange students or are we becoming a Third World country?

Americans no longer expect quality from our public education system, and U.S. students now lag behind those from other developed countries.

Americans no longer expect quality, much less excellence, from our public education system, and U.S. students now lag behind those from other developed countries. What’s happening in Nevada is a prime example of the dumbing-down of our public schools. Nevada’s high school juniors have trouble passing the math proficiency exam that’s required for graduation. In fact, 70 … [Read more...]

Lessons Learned: Integrity Matters

Successful businesses learned lessons from the recession: they learned to re-think their priorities and they found out who really had integrity.

American businesses are finally emerging from the recession – some of us survived bruised and battered, others didn’t make it and some companies managed to succeed by a combination of business smarts, ruthless cost-cutting and just plain luck. If the value of going through a crisis lies in the lessons we learn from it, maybe it’s time to ask what our experiences during the … [Read more...]

November 2014 Elections: Support Pro-Business Candidates Now

Now is the time to start researching the field of candidates to decide who you want to represent your interests when the Legislature convenes in 2015.

November may seem far away now, but plans for the next elections are already well underway. Now is the time to start researching the field of candidates to decide who you want to represent your interests when the Legislature convenes in February 2015, and who you want to represent Nevada in Washington, DC. This year, more than ever, it’s vital to elect people who will … [Read more...]

The Margin Tax Proposal: Initiative will Kill Business in Nevada

Unlike a corporate income tax, the margin tax would be assessed on a company’s revenues, regardless of whether it was making any profit.

As a Nevada business owner or executive, you’re probably hoping that 2014 will be the year our state finally climbs out of the depths of the recession, but the so-called “Education Initiative,” which will come before the voters on the November 2014 ballot, could spell the end of any hopes for economic recovery. It has the potential to kill business in our state. Here’s a … [Read more...]

Nevada Needs a Court of Appeals: Businesses Should Support 2014 Ballot Question

The November 2014 ballot will contain a proposal to amend the Nevada Constitution and create a court of appeals (appellate court).

The November 2014 ballot will contain a proposal to amend the Nevada Constitution and create a court of appeals (appellate court). Those of you who have been reading my columns awhile know that 99 percent of the time I’m a passionate supporter of smaller government. However, this is one case where adding a layer of government actually makes sense. Currently, any case that’s … [Read more...]

Home, Home on the Range: Where the Desert Tortoises Roam?

Cliven Bundy is a man on a mission. He’s been battling the federal government -- specifically, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Cliven Bundy is a man on a mission. He’s been battling the federal government -- specifically, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) -- for more than 20 years, and he’s determined to win this David-and-Goliath battle. Bundy’s family has raised cattle on the land around Mesquite since the 1870s, and he now owns about 500 cattle roaming through the desert rangeland. He tends … [Read more...]

Religious Persecution in the U.S.? Christians are Fair Game

There’s a growing body of evidence of religious persecution towards Christians - many are doing their best to turn Americans against Christianity.

Although more than 79 percent of people in the United States identify themselves as Christians, there’s a growing body of evidence that the media and the government, including the military, are doing their best to turn Americans against Christianity. TV comedians and shows like The Simpsons regularly mock Christians, and Saturday Night Live even aired a “comedy” skit … [Read more...]