I'm a fan of Mark Cuban's, and not because I think he's a great sports franchise owner. I like him because he speaks his mind, and he shares his thoughts with the world via his blog. Here's a great example:
You can cut taxes for 95pct of Americans and raise taxes for the
rest. You can cut taxes for businesses and retain the Bush Tax Cuts.
You can increase or decrease the capital gains tax 5 or 10pct either
way. Under both programs the deficit for the country will increase,
we will borrow and print more money. 5 or 10pct variance either way,
given the big hole our economy is in wont matter.
The cure for what ails is us the Entrepreneurial Spirit of this
country. We are a nation of people who encourage , support and invest
in those of any and all age, race and gender who will use their
ingenuity and come up with a new idea.
Its always the new idea that re energizes this country. Industry,
manufacturing, transportation, technology, digital communications, etc,
each changed how we lived and ignited our economy and standard of
living. Tax policy has never done that. The American People have.
Entrepreneurs who create something out of nothing don’t care what
tax rates are. Bill Gates didn’t monitor the marginal tax rate when he
dropped out of Harvard and started MicroSoft (btw, it was a ton higher
than it is today). Michael Dell didn’t wonder what the capital gains
tax was when he started PC’s Limited, and then grew it into Dell
Computer. I doubt that any great business or invention started with a
discussion or even a consideration of what the current or projected
income or capital gains tax was or would be.
It doesn't hurt that I often agree with him, but even when I don't I appreciate his putting it all out there. It's almost as much fun as watching him get all the other NBA owners' panties in a twist two or three times a season.