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Biden Presidency Economics

-- Broken U.S. Healthcare System

-- 2020 Yearbook of Experts


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# 2) Economic Consequences of a Biden Presidency

Intro: Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden has already signaled that his victory in November 2020 means one thing for sure; hold on to your wallet. Personal and corporate tax rates, capital gains and deduction levels will be targeted for increases, with high income personal tax rates possibly doubling. Beyond that, the large number of burdensome regulations on small and large businesses which have been curtailed by the Trump Administration will be reinstated and increased. This "regulatory relief" has been a hidden boom in the economy. Reactions to the virus crisis and political unrest means more government oversight and control, not less.

Looking at likely tax planning and investment scenarios should Joe Biden become President, is a wise course of action. Our guest is Economist Jack Hanney.

Q & A:

1. Joe Biden has made it clear he will raise taxes if elected; he has just released a 110-page report that say he will says raise personal income tax rates, what else can Americans expect?

Answer: According to the Biden-Sanders report, increases for the average tax payer will be about 4%, going from about 36% to 40% percent; high income rates are slated to double, going from 20% to 40%. Deductions and capital gains are also targeted.

2. What is the most disturbing part of the Biden-Sanders Report?

Answer: Capital Gains, in the report Biden has indicted he will tax them at the same rate high earners, a punishing 40% tax rate. This will send financial capital fleeing from investment in the United States for low tax havens such as Ireland. All that repatriated money Trump brought back, and more, will leave the U.S.

3. Small businesses have been heavily impacted the various virus lockdowns, how can the Democrats expect to increase taxes and have this valuable economic resource survive?

Answer: This is a burning question; can the populace sustain a tax increase without a ripple of devastation. While the bulk of federal and local income tax comes from high earners, the small business networks provide a massive foundation for the economic health of tens of millions.

Name: Jerry McGlothlin

Group: Special Guests

Dateline: Hickory, NC United States

Direct Phone: 919-437-0001



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#3) Respected Surgeon Unveils Systemic Tragedies of a Broken U.S. Healthcare System

From: Dr. Alejandro Badia, Orthopedic Surgeon, Author & Healthcare Reform Advocate


Miami, Florida – Dr. Alejandro Badia is no stranger to the flaws and frustrations of the U.S. healthcare system. A leading hand surgeon with a medical degree from NYU, multiple accolades, and decades of experience, Dr. Badia has spent more than a quarter-century in the trenches of U.S. healthcare. His new book Healthcare from the Trenches is an open discussion of the failure of the U.S. healthcare system from the perspectives of its "providers" and patients—perspectives today's healthcare debate sorely lacks.

"People are challenged because of a flawed system," says Dr. Badia. "Staff at insurance companies with no medical training dictate what constitutes reimbursable care. The result is that their interference disrupts the doctor-patient relationship, delays or prevents delivery of care, and presents new obstacles to new approaches that would improve patient outcomes and reduce costs."

 "Instead of simply squatting under the dark cloud of our current healthcare system, Dr. Badia stands tall and offers the opinions and perspectives of healthcare providers and patients." - Grady Harp, Amazon Top 50 Hall of Fame Reviewer, 5-stars

 In Healthcare from the Trenches, Dr. Badia challenges the entrenched bureaucracy in the U.S. healthcare system—a bureaucracy that is only growing with each attempt to "fix" it.

"Since the implementation of the [U.S.] Affordable Care Act, healthcare in America has become an even greater bureaucratic nightmare than before," Dr. Badia says. "What started as incremental interference in the relationship between doctor and patient with the passage of the Medicare Act of 1965 is now an impenetrable barrier made up of governmental and health care insurance industry red tape. The result is higher costs and greater inefficiencies."

Name: Scott Lorenz

Group: Westwind Communications

Dateline: Plymouth, MI United States

Direct Phone: 734-667-2098



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# 4) Drowning Case Study to be presented by Gerry Dworkin

From: Lifesaving Resources, LLC

Lifesaving Resources (www.lifesaving.com) will be hosting a webinar on Monday, August 10, 2020, from 1:00 PM EST to 3:00 PM EST.

This comprehensive and fast-paced webinar will be of benefit to Lifeguards, Lifeguard Instructors and Supervisors, Aquatic Facility Operators and Managers, and Public Safety and Rescue personnel, as well as attorneys engaged in drowning litigation.

The case study is centered around an incident at a public swimming pool with lifeguards present in which a 62-year-old man drowned because the lifeguards failed to prevent, recognize, and effectively manage the incident. The webinar includes graphic video surveillance video of this incident, as well as another fatal submersion incident and is a real eye-opener which explains in graphic detail what the Standard of Care should have been and how the facility management breached that standard of care.

Name: Gerald M. Dworkin

Title: Consultant, Aquatics Safety and Water Rescue

Group: Lifesaving Resources, LLC

Direct Phone: 207-967-8614



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5) What Are People Forgetting to Clean Your house Isn't as Spotless as You Think

From: William R. Griffin -- Cleaning Consultant Services


It's pretty close to impossible to get and keep your house perfectly clean. When a home is lived in, it gets dirty because people are coming and going, moving around and creating a mess as they use surfaces and areas. In most homes 80%-90% of the soil and contamination inside, gets tracked in from outside sources on shoes, clothes and pets. Even in a clean home, there will always be some level of soil that is hidden from sight or is so microscopic in size that you can't see it with the naked eye. These categories of soiling are not a problem for most occupants or obvious to the casual observer. Problems arise when soil levels become excessive or occupants have or develop sensitivities to the conditions and or contaminants (possibly immunosuppressed, elderly or very young, have asthma or other medical issues) or the contamination is or becomes infectious or hazardous to one's health.

What We Often Miss When Cleaning and Why:

If you can't see, feel or smell it, you probably don't know it's there, unless you expose or disturb it, generally it's not problem. When you move things around, you may notice visible soiling, such as when you look under a bed, move a trash can, couch, refrigerator or stove. These big items are some of the most common places to find an accumulation of soil because they are heavy, difficult to move and don't get moved very often. Other areas of soil accumulation include, high and low areas, corners, edges, attics, crawl spaces, inside of things and other places we don't see or come in contact with on a regular or daily basis. These things and areas fit into the category of "out of sight and out of mind".

Name: Wm R. Griffin

Group: Cleaning Consultant Services

Dateline: Seattle, WA United States

Cell Phone: 206-849-0179



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6) SPJ introduces Media Trust Webinars for College Students

From: Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists will hold a series of summer webinars on media trust topics targeted to college students who are preparing to begin journalism careers.

The sessions will feature prominent guests, including David McCraw, deputy general counsel for The New York Times; Amna Nawaz, senior national correspondent for PBS NewsHour; Katrice Hardy, executive editor of the Indianapolis Star; and Joy Mayer, director of TrustingNews.org. SPJ Journalist on Call Rod Hicks organized the series and will moderate all five sessions.

"Rod Hicks has put together a master class about journalism that will benefit any student aiming for a place in the media world," SPJ National President Patricia Gallagher Newberry said. "If they want real truth about how the public perceives the media; about the place of bias, opinion and trust in the news; and about why it's vital to learn to cover communities of color, they'll get that and more from Rod and his line-up of super smart guests."

The series will kick off Tuesday with a discussion of how and why the press lost so much of the public's trust and end Aug. 25 with suggestions for journalists and news organizations to reclaim it. The sessions, held on Tuesday afternoons, will deal with a different topic each week, including coverage of communities of color, perceptions of bias in news coverage and how to identify credible sources.


Rod Hicks, SPJ Journalist on Call, 317-954-0025, rhicks@spj.org

Ashlynn Neumeyer, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-361-4133, aneumeyer@spj.org


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7) The Economist's Big Mac Index

From: Greg Womack -- Certified Financial Planner Greg Womack -- Certified Financial Planner

When measuring the "value" of a currency, most think of a traditional yardstick such as gold. However, economists sometimes also look at more readily and widely available commodities for their studies.

The Economist just released the latest version of its Big Mac Index, which tracks the cost of a McDonald's Big Mac around the world. In this year's Big Mac Index, you'll find that the Swiss are paying the Swiss Franc equivalent of $6.91 for a Big Mac, making it the most "expensive" Big Mac on the planet.

But Big Mac fans everywhere might be glad to know that to know you can still get a Big Mac for less than two bucks…in South Africa. There, you'll pay just the Rand equivalent of $1.86!

Name: Greg Womack, CFP

Title: President

Group: Womack Investment Advisers

Dateline: Edmond, OK United States

Direct Phone: 405-340-1717



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8) Video maybe worth seeing re 'Final Exit 2020' ebook

From: Euthanasia Research and Guidance Organization

Name: Derek Humphry

Title: President

Group: Euthanasia Research & Guidance Organization (ERGO)

Dateline: Junction City, OR United States

Direct Phone: 541-998-1873



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9) COVID-19 Messaging: 5 Key Considerations

From: Ad Council

COVID-19 has challenged all of us to be exceptionally quick and focused with our communications. Fortunately, experts across industries have never been more generous with sharing insights into the best ways to communicate to audiences about how to keep themselves and others safe. I recently tuned into OpenIDEO's webinar on communication and behavior change during the time of COVID-19, where experts across tech and philanthropy shared insights based on the following question: "How might we rapidly inform and empower communities around the world to stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak?"

The webinar introduced and validated some key messaging tips that resonated with my experience working as a strategist at the Ad Council and as someone with a background in public health. Below are my top five takeaways that all communicators should consider when crafting messages related to COVID-19.

1. Understand a person's emotional arc and then nudge them toward a more positive experience.

When COVID-19 first became a prominent threat to Americans, people initially experienced inward-focused concerns—fear for themselves and their inner circle—as evidenced by the panic buying of toilet paper and hand sanitizer. However, over time, as people started to become more comfortable with the new reality of social distancing, they shifted from looking inward to looking outward to consider how they could help and support others. This is where we've seen the emergence of countless stories of kindness that give us hope and make us feel more united. As Americans become more hopeful and less worried as they settle into their "new normal," it may be an opportune time to help edge them towards behaviors that support others.

2. Encourage people to do meaningful things actively.

Most COVID-19 related messages have focused on passive actions, like staying home. However, people want to feel like they're actively doing something in order to feel fulfilled. And helping is one of the most effective ways to give people a sense of agency and purpose. Some brands, like Lowe's, have tapped into this desire to help by giving their consumers ways to express gratitude from home. This new app also empowers homebound users to help track the spread of COVID-19 simply by logging how they feel daily, even if unrelated to COVID-19 symptoms.

3. Say less, say it from the heart, and emphasize shared humanity.

COVID-19 may be scary and complex, but in New York state, Governor Andrew Cuomo is a great model for how to effectively communicate about protecting yourself and others. His messages are simple, they express empathy, and in talking about his brother who was battling COVID-19, he demonstrated shared humanity by emphasizing what flattening the curve means for his family and what it means for us all.

4. Most of us working in the advertising industry have privilege in some way. Be sure to check yours as you communicate with others. It's easy to stay home when you can work remotely or when you have the financial means of stocking up on food. But many people, especially those who are systemically marginalized, do not have those privileges. The recommendation to wear a mask may seem simple to white Americans, but for Black or Asian folks, it could invite risk. For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, masks can further isolate them. As communicators, it's vitally important to always check our own privilege by thinking about how our audience will perceive our message and find approaches that are sensitive to their lived experience.

5. Audiences are looking to people who are influential rather than people who are famous.

The days where people turn to celebrities for guidance are changing. Even most young people, who are typically reachable through influencers, aren't turning to online influencers for news about COVID-19. "We're in this together" messages from the rich and famous have at times been met with criticism, making audiences less receptive to their intended messages. However, from this pandemic, a new breed of influencers have emerged—healthcare workers, public health experts, and activists have won people's respect and attention, making them highly relevant messengers during this time.

We may be living in an unprecedented time, but these recommendations can help us be better communicators not only now, but also after the pandemic is over. As we navigate this new normal, not all our COVID-19 messaging will be perfect. What's most important is our willingness to listen, to learn and to make sure our audiences' lived experiences are respected.

The post COVID-19 Messaging: 5 Key Considerations appeared first on AdLibbing.org.

Name: Meg Rushton

Group: The Advertising Council

Dateline: New York, NY United States

Direct Phone: (212) 922-1500


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10) International Stop Plastic Pollution Comments

From: Dr. Rob Moir -- Ocean River Institute Dr. Rob Moir -- Ocean River Institute

Plastic waste is now found in the most remote areas of the planet. It kills marine life and is doing major harm to communities that depend on fishing and tourism. Antonio Guterres, Secretary General UN

There are many reasons to reduce plastic pollution, and for me the most important reason is the pollution of our oceans and harm and death to creatures living in and near the oceans and waterways. Passage of the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act would reduce my stress indicating we can break free of plastic. I see and experience the extensive use of disposable plastic in my workplace. It would reduce my stress from knowing how much wildlife is harmed by our plastic waste. Charna Macfie, Qualicum Beach BC, Canada

Less production of plastics in the U.S. will benefit me in two ways. First, our seas are an interconnected whole and a significant reduction in free floating plastic will also contribute to cleaner seas in the global commons. Secondly, if plastic production can be downscaled and replaced with greener sustainable products this will also reduce global total greenhouse gas emissions, since the U.S. is a large emitter. Youri Moleman, Amsterdam, Noord Holland NL

Look at climate change. That's a bigger problem than plastic, but we can't all focus on that and forget about plastic – that isn't how the world works. We can divide our attention across different things, using clean-up to strengthen prevention. . .. To truly rid the oceans of plastic, what we need to do is two things: One, we need to clean up the legacy pollution, the stuff that has been accumulating for decades and doesn't go away by itself. But, two, we need to close the tap, which means preventing more plastic from reaching the oceans in the first place. Boyan Slat, Delft NL

Name: Rob Moir

Title: Director

Group: Ocean River Institute

Dateline: Cambridge, MA United States

Direct Phone: 617-661-6647

Cell Phone: 978 621-6657



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