Showing posts with label Matt Myers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Matt Myers. Show all posts

Monday, November 23, 2009

Episode 104: Roundtable

Tonight is our 104th which based on fuzzy math is two years of podcasts! For tonight's show we have some friends with us to reflect on things we said then, where those items are now and where we think they're going to be looking forward. Stick around, it's going to be a wild ride!

With us tonight we have Matt Myers, a guest on a few occasions as well as podcaster and writer Ron Skytower, who announced his new blog which can be found at

Don't forget the calendar change for episode 105. Due to a conflict, the show will be on Saturday, November 28 instead of Sunday November 29th. We'll still be recording at 8:30pm Eastern.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Episode 59: ... and Taxes

A fun show this evening with a few folks joining the show! Tonight we wanted to talk about taxes and problems with the tax system as it is today. What spurred this conversation was a report released by the CBO that said, "everyone pays taxes when you figure in Social Security and Medicare withholding." (Hat Tip: Greg Mankiw's Blog)

 Well, I invited Matt Myers of Myers Accounting and Canalside Financial who provided us with two examples of generic client data where the individuals not only did not pay any tax, they actually received back more than they paid in... including the FICA taxes! I'll link to those numbers when he sends them to me. We had a few other callers on the show as well, Hanover from Second Life brought up some good questions about how all of this ties in with the Fair Tax movement.

Also, Ron Skytower, host of the Conservative Matters podcast called in to give an example of how the system favored him. After the CBO report, the conversation turned to a simple question. Why do Liberals think that tax cuts don't work. The latest example of their pro-tax stance can be found in a Working Life blog entry entitled "Tax Cuts Aren't The Answer" (you may want to have a sickness bag next to you before you read it). From an official perspective, Pelosi doesn't think they did any good, and has urged Obama to repeal instead of letting them expire in 2010. I think the key problem with their point of view can be summed up in this statement from the Working Life post:
"You would think that was the obvious lesson from the past failed 25-year experiment of choking our governing power."

Here's a hint: In America, Governments are supposed to serve their constituents, not have power over them!

Finally, and with about 2 minutes left in the show, we had to at least mention the fact that California may have to issue IOU's instead checks for tax returns, grant payments and payments to contractors and vendors. Ken and I thought it reminded us of the 1995/6 federal shutdown until Hanover informed us that banks in California are required to treat those IOU's as state issued checks. Looks like California found a new way to bail themselves out if the Feds don't come through!

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Episode 46.5: Talking About the Bailout

Since we did not have enough time to cover the bailout bill (dubbed "Crap Sandwich Rev. 2"), Ken and I decided to dedicate a whole episode to it. We were joined by Adam Graham of the Truth and Hope Report as well as Matt Myers from Myers Accounting and Canalside Financial. We spent most of our time talking about the bailout, the market and financial matters.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

EPISODE 27: Cheap Flying Libertarian Fights Fires

Quite an interesting episode this evening. Tonight I was joined by Matt Myers, a friend of mine, volunteer fireman, past chief and owner of Myers Accounting / Canalside Financial. Ken joined in late, having been to a wedding. We started the show off with a brief discussion of the life of the late Jimmy Griffin, former 4-term mayor of Buffalo who passed away at the age of 78 this weekend. Matt filled us in on some of the politics and personality traits that made him very well known in the area. From there, we looked skywards at the airlines and had a conversation aboutAmerican's $15 per checked bag fee. Later in the show, Ken (who worked at the Tampa airport for around 5 years) told us that American's employees were the most unhappy, especially after the company got permission to use the employee pension fund for operating costs in 2003. Everyone was in agreement that customer service in the airline industry has tanked and except for Southwest, nobody is happy when it comes to air travel any more. This conversation spurred off two side-discussions. The first was the fact that former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr is now the official Libertarian candidate. On a more interesting (and closer) note, Buffalo is beginning to stand out as a great place to On-shore technology and support projects! About this time, Ken managed to call in, so we tracked back to the airline conversation. Finally, there had to be something said about the fire on board the USS George Washington (Cvn-73). This is the ship that Ken and I served together on (see pictures from the fire). She is on her way to take over for the USS Kitty Hawk in Japan this summer. Fair winds and following seas to all those aboard! No lives were lost, which is the most important thing. Thanks to all for listening and have a SAFE Memorial Day Holiday! Take a moment to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and say a prayer for those who are on the front lines today. Click here to listen to today's show. If you want to join in, we record at 8:30 pm EST every Sunday night. Email comments are welcome at or you can add a comment to this post.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

EPISODE Seventeen: Politicians Shooting Holes In Feet

With all of the Spitzer talk in the news I decided it was a good idea to get someone to help Ken and I understand some of the ill will that Wall Street and other industries felt against the former Governor. My friend Matt Myers of Myers Accounting and Canalside Financial joined us to give some history and explanation.

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Beyond that, we talked about the campaign status as a whole. McCain has his "high road" talking points. Obama and Clinton supporters were trying to talk down everything that has happened recently and quell the infighting that has been going on that is a normal part of campaigning.

Additionally, I was hoping to hear back from the NRA who called me this week looking for membership money and wanting to talk up opposition to HR 1022. I invited them on the show, maybe next time!

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