We can hear the 'wolves on Wall Street' howling at rising profits and executive salaries -- while the sucking sound you hear are jobs and families flung into poverty. 2014 will require a vigilant vote and voice to make a real difference for a very real problem.
The most successful crowdfunding models are built around starting with who you know and proactively working out from there to people you don't know. 2014 can be the year equity crowdfunding arrives in big way, if we put the infrastructure in place to do it right.
This summer -- as Congress debates border security, Benghazi, the IRS, the NSA, the Justice Department, and further deficit reduction -- one issue is conspicuously absent from the agenda: What about our jobs crisis?
Hedge funds have an opportunity to be transparent and describe their core values, investment strategies and much more than just "track record." But, I'd argue that the biggest challenge facing the hedge fund industry with respect to the JOBS Act is that they can no longer hide.
For four long years after the recession officially ended, conservative austerity policies have sabotaged America's economic recovery, condemning millions of Americans to unemployment and poverty. But conservative spending cuts still dominate policy.
What's the likelihood of Startup 3.0 passing the Congress? Given the demise of Startup 2.0, the odds are certainly against it. But let it be known to all who place politics before the well-being of America: Pass this bill now.
This is not just an economic imperative, but a social need as an increasing number of young adults get no chance to burnish their resumes and experience for their later lives, and near-retirement boomers have no opportunity to rebuild their nest-eggs.
Equity crowdfunding (or crowdfund investing) is not operational and not legitimate in the United States yet and for those who are growing comfortable with the concept, there are three essential facts to remember.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid appears to be working on filibuster reform designed to end the invisible filibuster and to make senators once again speak. This is nothing less than a restoration of the filibuster to its rightful place in the Senate.
Is it any wonder that Republicans have become the Party of 'no'? If they had said yes, our unemployment might be in the range of 5.5 to 6.5 percent by now and the president would be kicking Mitt Romney's rear end even more thoroughly than he is already.
With large leads among women and people of color, and the stark contrast on economic issues building movement toward Obama even among white males in key states, the prospects for Obama winning a second term are starting to look pretty good. But what about the House?
I am also a product of the middle class whose only real path to success was through my education, my imagination and my ability to execute. Honestly, these values I believe are basic human values and basic American values. That's why I believe in a strong middle class.