Hopes for Card-Check Rise With Specter's Switch to the Democrats

  Government and Economy Specter's Party Switch Raises Hopes for Card Check Senator Arlen Specter claims that his move to the Democrat Party will not change his vote when it comes to the union-organizing legislation, but a compromise that could allow the bill to slide through may now be easier. BusinessWeek.com House Leader Pushes for Mileage Tax Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, wants Congress to enact a mileage-based tax on cars and trucks to pay for highway programs now, rather than wait the results of a pilot program, to make up f... [Read Full Article]

Obama's Small Business Plan—Will It Work?

  Government and Economy Obama's Perplexing Tax Hikes There is general agreement that it's not a good idea to raise taxes during a severe recession. Yet, here we are in a long, deep recession, and President Obama's budget includes a large number of tax increases. What's the deal? SBECouncil.org Can Obama's Plan Stimulate Small Business Lending? The Obama Administration offered a plan to spur lending and help for small businesses, but the program carries some real risks for the government. BusinessWeek.com Management and Financial Issues [Read Full Article]

Who’s Responsible for IT Security Breaches?

Who’s Responsible for IT Security Breaches? The short answer is, YOU. Well, maybe not all the time; but according to a 2006 study by the Computing Technology Industry Association, 60% of all data breaches were the result of human error. I know, you spent gobs of money on firewalls and spam filters and anti-malware (viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, adware, etc.) programs, but the fact of the matter is that even the best security technology is only as good as the people who are using it. The Danger of Great Technology During the 1990s, the United States gutted its human intelligence capability. Why? Because we had great technology, satellites that could read a newspaper headline from orbit as well as eavesdropping and other technologies that convinced the administration that we could forego the expense and danger of sending people to gather intelligence. It didn’t take too long to see the problems with this approach as consequence fol... [Read Full Article]