Why is Transporting Such a Cluster?

With all the technology available, transporting people or things from one place to another should not be a complicated task, and yet the government always manages to find a way. March 18, 2019 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP Getting from point A to point B, whether it’s a person or a thing, is such a cluster.  And it really shouldn’t be, considering the technology available to make it all happen. Email and digital document authorizations, for example, has done away with the need for people to send hard copies of … [Read More...]

Capital Controls and Market Manipulations Aren’t Helping Anyone

A pattern of capital controls and market manipulations prove to be disastrous economic policy, especially for those they were intended to help! March 11, 2019 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP If private property is the linchpin of capitalism, then capital controls is the linchpin of socialism.  No one will call Venezuela failed capitalism, least of all its leader Nicolas Maduro or his predecessor Hugo Chavez.  They certainly BLAME capitalism, but in examining the economic artifacts, there’s no evidence of capitalism doing … [Read More...]

You May Be in the FBI’s “New” DNA Database

The violation of privacy continues in the latest partnership between Family Tree and the FBI. March 5, 2019 It’s fun to submit your saliva sample to a DNA matching company and discover the treasure-trove of information you can from it. But it may not be as fun anymore because one of the largest at-home DNA companies, Family Tree, has become a “backup” DNA database for the FBI. According to BuzzFeed: Family Tree DNA, one of the largest private genetic testing companies whose home-testing kits enable people to trace their ancestry … [Read More...]

Petty Local Regulations and Taxes are Out of Hand

Petty local regulations and taxes make daily life harder, but they offer absolutely NO benefits in return to those affected by them. March 4, 2019 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP I recently shared a few things on social media about the petty things happening on the local level, but I think it really deserves its own dedicated blog because it’s cropping up everywhere. It’s understandable that some of the large national issues come off as so daunting and overwhelming that the average person reading about it is left to shrug … [Read More...]

What Is The REAL National Emergency?

Gun and border control are distractions from the growing and impending emergency the US is facing: a national debt topping $22 trillion. February 25, 2019 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP The US is currently on a “shutdown hiatus”, with a few weeks left to sort out the particulars regarding Trumps demand for greater border security.  Trump has relented on there being a FULL border wall, calling for strategic placement of “smart walls” in areas of vulnerability. On February 15th, the president called the southern border a … [Read More...]

Apple Blocks Facebook App (The Shocking Reason Why)

Facebook is forcing Apple's hand by not upholding its end of the bargain when it comes to protecting the privacy of its users. February 19, 2019 According to a recent expose at Techcrunch, Facebook (FB) is paying people aged 13 - 35 for the "opportunity" to vacuum up every bit of private data from their phone. Not just metadata, not just phone location data, literally everything, by granting Facebook full root access to a paid user's data. The article explained the basics (emphasis mine): Since 2016, Facebook has been paying … [Read More...]

Mandatory Incomes Won’t Solve Economic Problems

Legislating incomes like minimum wages or a universal basic income doesn't solve the real underlying economic problems. February 18, 2019 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP Whether people are calling for a higher minimum wage, or a universal basic income, these economic experiments have run their course and are proven failures. Across the US, states' leaderships are responding to the populist cries for a higher floor on wages. But how is it working out? New Jersey recently passed legislation mandating a $15 minimum wage by … [Read More...]

Google Waze Under Attack by Local Police

Google Waze is under fire from local law enforcement -- AGAIN -- this time by NYPD alleging the app aids and encourages reckless driving. February 11, 2019 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP We have covered extensively how many ways to Sunday the individuals' privacy is under siege by their governments.  This isn't unique at all to the United States, and in fact is even worse for those in the United Kingdom! A good amount of civil liberties made the chopping block, especially after 9/11. I don't want to present this … [Read More...]

Front Door to Your IRS Profile Could Be Wide Open

During the government shutdown, sensitive information about private Americans was left vulnerable and exposed. February 5, 2019 The U.S. government shutdown had lasted for a month or so before temporarily re-opening around January 25th. It's staying open until February 15th. Before it re-opened, any private data you submitted on a U.S. government website was subject to a potential data breach. Why? Sovereign Man explains: Because it turns out that there are now at least 200 federal websites whose SSL certificates have … [Read More...]

Cautionary News Out of California

Some crazy ideas are coming out of California, and the rest of the country would do well to see them as cautionary, not instructive; and hope those ideas stay contained in that state. February 4, 2019 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP When the US was created, the states were meant to be independent and free to run whatever economic and social experiments they wished.  Things have become a LOT more centralized since the inception of the US, but you still see remnants.  You see people fleeing high tax states like … [Read More...]

$21 Trillion Unaccounted For in DoD and HUD Alone

A few researchers out of Michigan State found $21 trillion unaccounted for between the DoD and HUD. Why is the media so silent? January 28, 2019 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP A lot is going on and not going on at the same time right now.  President Trump just announced a three-week stopgap in the government shut-down.  During which time congress is meant to engage in "good faith" negotiations regarding installations of "smart walls".  So basically, no continuous wall from end to end.  Just strategic walls where … [Read More...]

Did Elizabeth Warren Just Propose Nationalization of Private Enterprise?

Nationalization of private enterprise is on Elizabeth Warren’s agenda. While her bill might not pass as is, a federal corporate charter could put private corporations under federal control. January 21,2019 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP US Senator, Elizabeth Warren, proposed last summer a massive seizure of assets, and the media was relatively silent on the matter. Considering what this bill plans to do, it would have expected a little more exposure. But perhaps since seizing property has become par for the course and this is … [Read More...]

Russia and China Still Paving the Path Around the US

Between trade wars and sanctions, Russia and China continue to find ways around the US both as a consumer and a reserve currency. January 14, 2019 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP The maverick decisions coming out of the White House are quite astounding. I can’t help but marvel at some of the recent directives Trump has signed off on: Hemp legalization: while LONG overdue, no president in recent history – republican or democrat – has had the guts to go for it. This could mean a huge boon for US agriculture. Withdrawal of … [Read More...]

You Won’t Believe What Your Apps Know About You

Apps track your locations which can give a lot of insight into who you are, what you like, and what is happening in your life.  Imagine if that information was sold... January 10, 2019 Do a Google search of “your name” in quotes, and there is likely some database on the Internet that stores your home address. No big deal, right? Except that is the starting point for anyone who wants to track you down by following your daily habits. And your smartphone apps help deliver a good portion of the “digital dossier” being formed on you, right … [Read More...]

Economic Strategies: China Lends While US Spends in Africa

While receiving minimal and often negative press, China is forging strong relationships with African countries, which will further its economic long game. China could be putting the US in a corner by helping Africa to prosper. January 7, 2019 By: Bobby Casey, GWP Managing Director Whatever your opinions are of China, no one can deny they might be the reigning champions of the economic long game. They aren’t without their misgivings and mistakes, but their evolution as a global player should not be underestimated. China has been … [Read More...]