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Biden’s Latest Conflict of Interest

Is His Son-in-Law Seeking to Trade in on the Family Name? The latest disclosure that there may be a conflict of interest for President Joe Biden as a result of professional ties of his family members to other organizations occurred just a few days ago. The problem relates to son-in-law... Read more →


The Entitled Political Class

We Live in a Two-Class System When we think of entitled people, the first thing that comes to mind are millennials, who act like society owes them a living or something else. They feel entitled to high grades in college, a good job, promotion, and other benefits of life. In... Read more →


Has Trump Been a Good CEO?

The Moral of His Story Imagine that you are the CEO of a Fortune 500 company and a large number of advisors and top officials were either fired or resigned during your four-year tenure. Does that indicate a problem with those top officials or you as the CEO? During Donald... Read more →


Political Ethics is an Oxymoron

The Optics of CA Politicians Violating Their Own State’s Mandates is Not Good I was recently interviewed for my views on the ethics of California legislators attending a conference in Maui about The Independent Voter Project. The trip was for the annual conference and fundraiser for the non-profit. According to... Read more →


Financing Small Businesses During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Unintended Consequences of the PPP Program? The government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has unintended consequences. Namely, the amount of money a furloughed or unemployed worker receives from unemployment funds can be greater than the regular salary received had that individual returned to work. The main reason is the $600 boost... Read more →


Teaching the Ethics of the Coronavirus

What College Students Should Know Everyone is caught up in the coronavirus outbreak whether as a health professional, government official, owner/CEO of a business and its employees, or average citizen. Many ethical issues exist about the way we have handled the crisis. Personal responsibility is important as is how we... Read more →


Emphasizing the Common Good During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Ethics and the Coronavirus As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow and the death toll mounts, it’s useful, from an ethics perspective, to use our experiences to date to evaluate our personal responsibilities to each other in this crisis. Why does this matter? Our society depends on communal... Read more →


Ethics and Our Response to the Coronavirus

Have We Acted Responsibly? As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to grow and the death toll mounts, we should use our experiences so far to evaluate our personal responsibilities to each other and whether the government has met its burden in handling the crisis. Why does this matter? Our... Read more →


Is it Time to Reconfigure the PCAOB?

What is the Public Interest? It’s been about 18 years since Congress created the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in response to widespread fraud in the financial statements of the likes of Enron and WorldCom. Given the high rate of audit deficiencies identified in PCAOB inspections of public company audits,... Read more →


Presidential Politics: With Whom Would You Like to Have a Beer?

Thoughts on Picking a Democratic Candidate for President I’ve decided the best way to chose a candidate for President from the field of Democratic candidates is to ask with whom I would like to have a beer. The reason is we should take everything they say with ‘a grain of... Read more →