Buds Blog

Giving Us “the Bird”

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:51:32 +0000

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), often referred to simply as Birdman a “black” comedy-drama film co-written, co-produced, by James W. Skotchdopl My wife  and I watched the Academy awards last Sunday along with several million people around the World.  I normally don’t pay much attention to the Hollywood scene although I grew up [...]

Having Skin In The Taxable Income Game

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 04:12:01 +0000

With seemingly good intentions, President Barack Obama began his pursuit of and eventual election to the most powerful office in the World, the Presidency of the United States of America, with a fundamental economic belief: The U. S. Federal Government has the obligation under the Constitution to place in effect those policies, legislation and regulations [...]


Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:48:11 +0000

Late on Saturday night January 27th, my grandson Scott, a 24 year old junior at Arizona State University and two other students were walking toward a popular Jack in the Box fast food restaurant at 2145 East University Drive in Tempe, whereupon arriving at the restaurant, the two friends went inside to order something. Scott [...]


Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:44:06 +0000

Unknown to most of the under 50 year old generations (except for a growing number of high school and middle school students across the Country like these in Reno, Nevada), the game of Contract Bridge is the most popular card game in the world. Created from the century old English game of Whist, Bridge was [...]

Political And Social Beliefs

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:14:45 +0000

It seems that most people in today’s world are uncomfortable expressing their beliefs about political, moral and social perspectives except when voicing them to those that they know believe as they do. Too many people remain mute when a statement is made with which they disagree or at least feel that it may not be [...]

The Agriculture Dept Says Raising A Child Will Cost $250,000 Until They Are 18 Years Of Age

Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:26:21 +0000

WASHINGTON (AP), August 18, 2014: –” A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she becomes an adult with additional monies required for funding college or graduate studies”, according to a report out Monday from the Associated Press. Those costs — food, housing, childcare, health [...]

Redistribution Of Wealth

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:34:57 +0000

March 10, 2014: Recent economic statistics have shown that there is a widening division between wealth enjoyed by people of the middle class and the upper class here in America. Some say that this is the result of unfair tax burden upon the middle class and the increasing relative expenses for standard needs of every [...]

Free Market Economics Going, Going, Gone

Tue, 07 Jan 2014 07:01:09 +0000

January 6, 2014: When I was a sophomore in college almost 60 years ago, the professor in my economics 1A class kept telling us about how markets will always clear at a price where the lines measuring demand and supply as reflected on a scaled XY graph cross. It is this point between buyer and [...]