WBT - Wealth, Business & Taxes

By Michael Lodge

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Michael Lodge has been in business since 1984. Providing business consultations, formations, and mediation services. He has written his first book - Ethically Thinking, It's Not That Hard which is on Amazon. The WBT stands for Wealth, Business and Taxes and is the focus of the WBT podcast. To find out more about Mr. Lodge go to www.lodge-co.com or if you have a question or remark, text 818.252.5682

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Episode 875 - How Truthful or Ethical is Your Linkedin Account?
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I was attending a ethics class for accountants yesterday and the topic came up on how ethical are our slinkedin accounts? So many people may have endorsed your skill levels - but are they right? Have they endorsed you in the wrong category and it may not even have any thing to do with your professional abilities. In my account people had endorsed me to be really good in sales - far far from any truth. I am the worse person at sales, or marketing. So I spent some time cleaning up my LinkedIn account because I wanted it to be truthful. It was a good topic to have because Linkedin is really our resume to build business relationships with. To be truthful is ethical. If you have any comments or questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Aug 07, 2020
Episode 874 - Are You Operating a Hobby or a Real Business?
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I have seen it many times where tax clients need to have a tax write off and they use Schedule C - Business or Profession to do it. They have very little income and a great amount of expenses that give them a net operating loss to reduce their taxable income on the tax return. The question is, are they conducting real business or is it just a hobby? A Hobby pretending to be a business. Are you focused on creating a real business or just looking for a made up tax deduction? The first question the IRS will ask and have you prove - does your business have a profit motive? How is the activity of the business carried on? Is it business-like? Are you using separate bank accounts, keeping good records? What is your expertise in your business? How much time are you spending on the activity. And there are a whole bunch of other things that need to be looked at and considered. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Aug 07, 2020
Episode 873 - The Destruction of Small Businesses by Mayors
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Los Angeles Mayor says he will shut off your business utilities. New York Mayor is setting up road blocks into the City of New York. Who in the world would want to live in cities that care nothing about small businesses and individuals? They don't care about the safety of their residents. They don't care about the means to survive as a small business. Instead these mayors threaten, find, and arrest those that are hurt the greatest - small businesses. But how stupid are these mayors? They are so stupid that small businesses have shut down or moved out of the city completely, and that stops tax revenue going into the city or state. Bad policies mad from bad data, but they don't care because they have a political agenda, and that is more important then small business or you and I. If you have any comments or questions, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Aug 06, 2020
Episode 872 - The Politics Of Our Personal Finances
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It is getting very close to the time to vote, our duty as Americans. However, we have to be very careful of the individuals we put into office and what their views on taxes and the financial success of Americans are really all about. Higher taxes = less jobs. Higher taxes = less money in Americans pockets, and the list goes on. If the candidate is pushing a political agenda - run. If they are looking at their communities that they will be serving and is talking about what makes good common sense for the people, take them into consideration. A candidate, if he/she gets elected, will be voting on bills that will affect our personal finances and our businesses. Be careful on who you put into office. Our vote matters, our lives matter and our nation matters. If you have any questions or remarks, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Aug 05, 2020
Episode 871 - Defending Ellen DeGeneres
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I am defending Ellen DeGeneres. She is being attacked by the political Hollywood. They attack and play dirty. The issue within her working production company for her show can be corrected, it can be cleaned out, get out the politics and the nonsense of the show. Ellen, don't give up, you have the ability to make your show better and the people that work for you more accountable. Perhaps your working group got too big, too political inside, out of control. You can clean house. But you are also being attacked by political Hollywood - within your organization and they want to get back at you. That is how dirty the game is played in Hollywood. This podcast defends Ellen. Political Hollywood - sit down - shut up. If you have any comments or questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Aug 04, 2020
Episode 870 - Create Your Pandemic Financial Plan
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2020 has been a sucky year. You probably can't compare it to other years in your life and hope it won't happen again. Everything is up in the air. It is hard to make any sort of plans, but I say - yes you can. This podcast is about setting your financial priorities, now and for the future. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Aug 03, 2020
Episode 869 - Accountability
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Accountability - The fact or condition of being accountable, responsibility. Words that describe accountability is responsibility, liability, answer-ability, obedience. Before we can hold other people accountable we have to be accountable for what we do and say - every single day. This podcast is a discussion on our and their accountability. If you have a questions or comment, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jul 31, 2020
Episode 868 - I Had The Best Lunch Ever Today!
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I went to lunch today and had the best lunch ever. You want to know why? Listen to this podcast. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jul 29, 2020
Episode 867 - Tenant And Landlord Mediation Begins Now
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Many of the tenant rent moratoriums are about to end. Now is the time for tenants and landlords to start working together. This podcast is about how you can mediate and negotiate a solution to your covid rental problems. Every problem has a solution, but sometimes it takes mediation. This podcast will help you think the process through. If you have any questions, send me a text to: 818.252.5682 http://www.lodge-co.com
Jul 29, 2020
Episode 866 - Virtual Story Telling About Your Business
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We are doing everything through virtual communication. Our stories we are going to tell have got to now change, we need to really know are stories and be very animated about them. Your no longer across a table where you have their attention. Now you are telling your story to a person far away on a computer with their kids running around them or other types of distractions. Know how to better tell your story virtually.

If you have any questions, let me know. Send me a text to: 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jul 28, 2020
Episode 865 - Disclose Real Estate Issues or End Up In Litigation
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I hear mediations on a lot of Real Estate issues, and the number one story is on not disclosing everything about the property. Realtors should really be doing more due diligence on the property they are selling. Sellers need to be more honest. And buyers need to do their due diligence on what they are buying. Litigation is big in California and we are seeing more and more disclosure law suits raise their heads. I am hearing more mediation cases on disclosure complaints. Let's all do what is right, due diligence saves a lot of money and keeps you out of litigation.

If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to: 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jul 27, 2020
Episode 864 - Nadler And The Democrats Lie, ANTIFA Just A Myth
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Congressman Jerry Nadler said over the weekend that the violence of BLM and ANTIFA is only a myth. When are we going to stop listening to the lies of the Democrats, their hate for America, their desire for power through violence? When will this anarchy politics end? It can only end by Americans who take aim with their vote and vote out the politician that lies, supports the black lives matter and Antifa violence. Take your vote, aim well at the political anarchist. Communisim is running rampant in the Democratic party. They are using the very Chinese communist playbook on how to control a nation. Close the schools so there is no place to vote. Close the Churches so there is no place to vote. Shut down businesses so everyone become dependent on a government and lies of the Democrats. This November is the most important elections in the history of this nation. Do not vote by mail which is the most corrupt method to control votes. Go to the ballot box and vote by person, that way your know your vote was cast by you. OUR VOTE MATTERS, OUR LIVES MATTER, OUR NATION MATTERS. If you have any questions or comments, send a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jul 27, 2020
Episode 863 - Tesla Plans To Build a $1.1 Billion Facility in Austin TX
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I love Tesla and Elon Musk. During the Corona virus fight with the State of California, Elon said he would make a new plant in another state that is business friendly. So he did it. Austin Texas won out and Tulsa Oklahoma may get one later. What he should do is build another one and shut down the operation in California that is so anti business that even State Legislators said they didn't need Tesla. So Austin Texas loves business and want to see more jobs in Texas. The question is how much longer can California last if they keep chasing people out of their state? And do they even care? Sound like they don't. Congrats to Austin and Texas.

OUR VOTE MATTERS, OUR LIVES MATTER, OUR NATION MATTERS #OURVOTEMATTERS

If you have any comments or questions, send a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jul 23, 2020
Episode 862 - Our Vote Matters, Our Lives Matter, Our Country Matters
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As we start to look at the cities with Mayors who refuse to do anything to protect their communities, we have a problem. Many have been given an opportunity of help from the President, but their hate filled political agenda's stops them from helping their own people. New York has been offered help from the Federal Government help, Deblasio refuses help and threatens law suits. Which means that his politics is more important then the people of New York. People get show at a funeral and the people at the funeral shoot back, and yet the Mayor refuses to do any law enforcement, he kicks the rule of law to the sewers of New York. Politicians have taken a violent political position by supporting black lives matter and antifa, instead of protecting the people of their cities. Our vote matters, our lives matter, so it is time to put our voice and our vote into action and vote these failures and dangerous politicians out of off. OUR VOTE MATTERS, OUR LIVES MATTER AND OUR NATION MATTERS and in November we will make changes.

If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jul 22, 2020
Episode 861- Mediation To Resolve Business and Employment Disputes
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The Mediation process is a good informal confidential situation, confidence in hand, than a courtroom trial. You have the ability to hire an attorney to be your advocate if you feel it is needed, or you can represent yourself. Remember, the mediator is not there to provide legal guidance, they are not allowed to provide your legal counsel. The mediator is there to listen to each side, find a negotiating point where an agreement can be reached, resolve the issues between both sides. The whole process is confidential, unlike filing a law suit where it become a part of public record. Anyone can look it up. However, in mediation, the discussions and documents are kept confidential between all parties in mediation.

If you have any questions on mediation, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jul 16, 2020
Episode 860 - Gavin Newsom Shuts Down California And Kills A State
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Gavin Newsom has shut down the state of California a second time for political purposes only. No science, because the first time he shut down it didn't stop it. Instead he says to the BLM rioters, go out and protest by the thousands, spread the virus around. And at the same time he blames restaurants and churches who were following the CDC requirements - he uses no commonsense. Just political driven corrupt agenda to destroy the State of California.

If you have questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jul 15, 2020
Episode 859 - Some Will Be Filing Paper Tax Returns on July 15th
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Because of the corona virus stimulus check, and the way the program was set up to check your stimulus refunds and filing a return to qualify for the check, will require you to file a paper return. Why? Because you filed a return online to qualify for the $1,200, so now you have to file another return via paper because you can no longer efile. Ask you tax practitioner about this issue. July 15th this year is the due date. Get it done.

If you have any questions, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jul 14, 2020
Episode 858 - In Business We Build
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Per God on business - Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty (Proverbs). To build a business it takes work, if you have a pursuit of fast money and bling, you will be in poverty. Think about it.

If you have any comments or questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jul 14, 2020
Episode 857 - I Say Goodbye To My Friend Zindzi Mandela
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It is seldom you have a friend in your life where their life story is so important. Zindzi Mandela was a good friend, her story impacted millions of people with her father Nelson Mandela. I will miss her greatly. Rest now Zindzi, you have lived a full life for your nation of South Africa and as a mother.

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Jul 13, 2020
Episode 856 - The Great Satins, Nancy Pelosi and Bill Deblasio
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We have a problem in the United States, but we can fix it. We have two Satins in the country, the Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi and the Mayor of New York Bill Deblasio. Two individuals that have no desire to protect the rules of law and the people of America, instead they support Black Lives Matter a Marxist group with the only desire to destroy the United States. BLM has nothing to do with black lives. We have the ability to move these people out of office by demanding they resign and pushing that agenda or by voting out the followers of anarchy and BLM out of office. And there are many.

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Jul 10, 2020
Episode 855 - The Nigerian Scammers Are Back
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Last night I had an individual approach me on IG telling me he was so happy that he found someone with my last name. He had a friend with the same last name who had died and he wanted to share $30 million dollars with me, split 50/50 from his friends account. Now this scam has been going on for about 30 years, same story, same line, same people from Nigeria. However, some Nigerians have moved to London, so they are operating out of a new country, but it is still going on. In this episode I go through the conversation that we had. If you have any questions, send me a text at 818.252.5682.
Jul 01, 2020
Episode 854 - Be Independent On The 4th Of July
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Two holidays that I love, 4th of July and Thanksgiving. I love the fact that on the 4th families get together, light up the bar-b-q, get the fireworks out, and enjoy our independence. However, now we have a struggle between Americans and Government. Our independence is taken away from us because of a virus. Beaches are closed. Let's show our independence this 4th of July. We are Americans.
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Jun 30, 2020
Episode 853 - Don't Be Annoying When Going After Work
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There is nothing worse to a prospective employer or contract situation where the applicant applies for work and then sends email after email, phone call after phone call , leaving message after message. Once an applicant becomes annoying the get put over in a pile of resume's that then get moved to a file in a cabinet someplace out in the warehouse You see, when we put an ad out on the internet we get hundreds of responses that have to be seen. Some resume's that have nothing to do with the job being offered but they thought they would submit just in case there was something. The long resume's never get read, they are put in a stack to be filed. The ones who are just submitting a resume get put on the same pile. So, we go through the resume's and we are looking for key words associated with the position we are trying to fill. However, we may not have gotten to your resume yet and for you to start calling and emailing on the first day you applied - where do you think your resume might end up? Remember the pile I was talking about earlier. Yep you go to the pile.

Have common professional courtesy, do not annoy the potential employer, be patient, and see what happens. But at all times you remain professional and courteous.

Questions? Text me at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jun 29, 2020
Episode 852 - Political Conflict In The Office Does Great Workplace Harm
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Over the weekend I received a request to mediate from a small company. Her request was to bring in a non biased mediator to resolve the issue. The issue was that she had one long term employee that is conservative, however there were two employee that wanted him fired because he was a conservative. So we have political hate seeping into the office and it is a you against me situation based on two very different political views. We are going to see this more and more as the political heat gets higher as we get closer to the November election. Resolve workplace conflicts with a mediator that can bring the two opposing sides together and work at resolving the conflict and rejoin the team that they have created stress in. Conflict affects everyone in the office. Resolve it quickly.

If you have a need for a mediator, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jun 25, 2020
Episode 851 - Do Boycotts Work?
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Do boycotts work? No. Sorry to say the answer is no. The best approach - use social media, writing letters, emails, let your views be known. Don't attack, have a well drafted content that has a solid argument. Using angry words don't cut it. They get thrown in the garbage. But if you have a solid argument that makes sense, use it effectively and be constant at it. Consistency brings results. Boycotts do not work.

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Jun 24, 2020
Episode 850 - Your Children Are Watching Your Financial Stress
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During a crisis your children are watching you, learning from you. How have you managed your financial situation during this lockdown? You have to realize your children have been watching and have you been a good teacher on money lessons during this economic stressful time. If you have a question or have a comment, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jun 19, 2020
Episode 849 - Are We Talking About Racism Or Just Pushing A Political Agenda
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To be a leader, you must stand for something, or you will fall for everything. There are two types of racism, real racism and then political racism. Unfortunately we are not having real discussions on real racism. Instead there are many people using the word racism to push a political agenda. There are people who make a lot of money pushing racism, they don't want racism to die. If you want to talk about real racism I want to hear your story and experience. However, if I don't agree with you politically and you call me a racist then you really don't have a belief, you have hate. Let's talk about racism, let's sit down over coffee, and I will listen. But leave racist attacks at the door when you talk about politics, it's call civility. Thank about it. So the question is, do you want a real discussion or do you want to politically hurl racism at people you don't like? Make the choice. Lead.

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Jun 19, 2020
Episode 848 - Corona and Protests Economic Impact On All Americans
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Can we make it out of these two crises and become economically strong? We have been hit with two economic crises of Corona and the Protesting that continues on. The economic impact affect every single one of us. Those states and cities that have held their economies hostage through lockdowns and now hit hard by protests and riots. These communities are now high risk areas to do business in. Who would ever want to have a business in a high risk zone? Who would insure businesses in a high risk zone? Why would Walmart want to operate a store in a high risk city that has no police? A zone that has no protection for their businesses? They would be fools to operate in these kinds of communities where anything could happen to set off the community into violence and destruction of their business. See my point? We will make it through all this but it will take work by all of us. We will make it by deleting those politicians that push a political agenda instead of what is good for the people of their communities or states. These people have got to go. We have to support each other, join forces, and fight for the right of our survival.
If you have any questions, text me at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jun 16, 2020
Episode 847 - Americans, We Have Been Scammed
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We have been scammed on Corona, on political racism, by politicians using us to stir up nonsense. We are seeing the government saying one thing on Corona virus to shut us down but yet allowing their political agenda do anything on the streets. Anarchists destroying black businesses in the name of Black Lives Matter. Everyone, black, white, Asian and all the other nationalities in the world, have been scamed and it is up to us to fix it. Government will not fix it, they just make it worse. But our change is a peacefully managed change that starts within our own communities and neighborhoods. We are the change, not the distruction of BLM or ANTIFA or Democratic politicians. Start with our communities and build up. Send me a tect if you have any questions or comments at 818.252.5682
Jun 15, 2020
Episode 846 - Spiritual Sunday, Time To Choose - Good or Evil
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This is Sunday, a day we should be focusing on our spiritual needs God has said he really hates 6 things, these six things are what we should be looking for to stay away from and what we should not do.

Proverbs :16-19 - These six things both the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among breathen.

Of the last four years, and two weeks we have seen hate build up so high by those who want to create evil for our nation. It comes from all sides. Some so bad that they have pushed an anarchy environment. We as good people now have to choose between good en evil, moral and immoral, and ethical and unethical movements of words and actions. It is now time for use to choose between good and evil.

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Jun 14, 2020
Episode 845 - Are We Talking About Real Racism or Political Racism?
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Anarcy is a dangerous group of people. They are the ones that don't really want to have a discussion about racism but instead promote racism as a way to make money or political power. These people are driving an agenda because it is good for them, it has nothing to do with you.
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Jun 10, 2020
Episode 844 - Starting Your Own Business Because of Covid
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Some of the issues you need to consider when thinking of starging your business, because of Covid job loss, is to remember the following.

1. Failure is a part of the process
2. Entrepreneurship will consume your life
3. You will have doubt and you will doubt yourself at times
4. The first few years are especially challenging
5. Entrepreneurship can come with a lot of satisfaction

If you remember these five things, and create a journal that records your failures and successors, you can then pass it on to someone else. Surround yourself with a good business advisory team. And love what you do and you will enjoy being consumed. If you have any questions send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jun 09, 2020
Episode 843 - You Don't Have To Apologize For Being White
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From the time I was born and until today, I have never experienced white privilege. From the day I was adopted and until today, I have worked so hard to build something. I never got any help to get through school. I worked hard in a furniture factory, working as a janitor, sanding desks and chairs for the dean of men. My parents were poor, they could give nothing to help me. People of color were able to get grants and loans that paid for their whole schooling, I got pennies to the dollar so I had to work to pay fro school. So I am not going to apologize for something that I have never experienced. I have never received a privilege, except to be alive and to try every single day. So when I see people kneeling down and apologizing for their white privilege, the "F" word comes in my head. Every single one of us that live in this nation are Americans. And there are some people that are stupid. Stupid people to me are the ones that take a word - race - and try and divide this nation with it. Politicians do this all the time and they use it to control people, divide, and to control. Worse people in the world. They talk about race, they yell it, they push it, and yet they do nothing about it. And the American people fall for year after year and yet it goes on and on. You and I, no matter what color you are, are human beings and Americans. It is you and I who will solve issues - not politicians. You and I are responsible to work on inequalities together. Politicians and government will just make it worse. You and I have a lot of work to do, a lot of conversations, we just need to work at it in our communities and work our way up.

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Jun 04, 2020
Episode 842 - The Demonstrations Have Accomplished - Destruction
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Change can only happen if you are willing to listen. Things can only get done if you are willing to listen, discuss, negotiate, and find a place to resolve differences. Protests, get nothing done except distroy your message. Hate just creates more hate. Distruction just destroys more communities. Black Lives Matter mission statement is to help and defend the black community but during all of this chaos and havic it has damaged the communities they were suppose to be fighting for. If you want change - get involved in your community. Sit down with a police officer and you tell them how your feeling, but also listen to what the officer has to say. These last two weeks have been a fight between good and evil. The message of good, change, has been silenced from violence. If you have any questions or comments send me a text to 818.252.5682 Let's talk it out. www.lodge-co.com
Jun 03, 2020
Episode 841 - Violence Begets Viilence BLM
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Jun 03, 2020
Episode 840 - Pray Today For Calm, Change, Unity
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The most important aspect of our nation is the power of prayer. A lot of us have not been to church for a long time and may have forgotten how important prayer is. Now is the time that you and I have to drop to our knees and pray. This nation needs help - through prayer. To strengthen us. To open our ears and listen, to talk peacefully and respectfully, to stop the anarchy that we see running through our streets. You and I have got to stand up and be in support of those being damaged by anarchy. You and I have got to work together. We have to find our voice to mend fences. You and I can make change, Government can't do it. Government fails at it every single time. They have failed in these riots. But you and I, working together, can creative positive change. Today, on this day, drop to your knees and start the process with a conversation with God, for guidance, for change. Violence is not the answer, riots create more damage, so we pray for calm and the ability to create change.

If you have a question, or if you need prayer, send me a text to 818.252.5682 I am here to listen and to pray. www.lodge-co.com

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May 31, 2020
Episode 839 - From Social Media Companies To Being a Publisher
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After Twitter put fact-check links on some of President Trumps tweets, the White House has responded with an executive order to try to remove some legal protections for social media companies. Section 230 of a 1996 law call the Communications Decency Act provided social media companies protection of not getting sued. However, now by editing peoples posts they are now editing posts, which takes them into the description as a publisher. I have been fact checked several times. It makes me angry because I posted a link to a main stream media article and Facebook didn't agree with what was said and they fact checked it with a biased source link to support their view. That is very wrong. That is not free speech, that is oppressing my post with their view by calling it fact checking. Totally wrong.

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May 29, 2020
Episode 838 - Not One Single Person Did Anything For George
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As we watch the video of a Police officer slowly killing George we see not one police officer stepping in to stop it, not one single person in the crowd did anything, the person taking the video did nothing. Everyone stood there and did nothing. Everyone became mute and said nothing. No one had a backbone and stepped in to stop it. What has happened to Americans, when did they become so weak ethically, morally. And those of you who are protesting the death - I am there with you. But those of you burning buildings down and stealing stuff you are worthless, you are criminals. You have no voice. To the City who knew about this police officers prior complaints against him and did nothing - that is not acceptable. Blood is on your hands. I hate the statement, but in this case it is very true. Again I ask, where is our ethics in life? Would you have done something? Ask that question to yourself, would you have done something?

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May 29, 2020
Episode 837 - Face Your Habit Of Fear With Corona
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A lot of you have been sitting in front of the media stations on cable and have heard nothing but content to make you afraid. They are driving this fear havoc into your life where fear has become a habit. Kick the habit. This is a virus, it knows how to infect, and no matter how safe you are it can get you. So you have to live with the fact that if you are practicing good hygiene you are doing something positive, but if you are sitting there like a scared rabbit, afraid to move because you think you are going to get sick, then you will not go on with life. Focus on life, find a way to fight your fears. I have worked in the Philippines, a third world country, where people are afraid of going to the hospital because they are afraid to die, when that hospital is there to keep them alive. But they have been taught to be afraid. If you are afraid find a way to stop the habit of fear, kick the habit, and go on with life.
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May 26, 2020
Episode 836 - Memorial day 2020
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On this memorial day we remember those who have served, those who have fallen. We remember the families who have lost a loved on, you are in our prayers. But on this memorial day we remember we are Americans and we are United in any battle that comes to us. Remember at all times that we are Americans, this is not a day for politics, but instead a day of love and admiration of fellow Americans that have served our great nation.

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May 25, 2020
Episode 835 - A Disastrous Lockdown Based On Bad Data
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From the start of this Corona virus we have been making bad policy based on bad data. At the very beginning the numbers have never added up. Many people have questioned this data and no answer given. Governors and local government followed the bad data and locked down their states, destroying jobs, people's financial conditions, businesses going out of business. They did not question the data, instead they just went forward through a power play and locked down their states. The damage done by this shut down is far greater then the virus itself.

Doctors in Northern California say they have seen more deaths from suicide than they've seen from the coronavirus during the pandemic. "The numbers are unprecedented," Dr. Michael deBoisblanc of John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California, told ABC7 News about the increase of deaths by suicide, adding that he's seen a "year's worth of suicides' in the last four weeks alone. People in lockdown that could not take it any longer, sitting their losing everything they had built, or individuals who had mental health conditions that couldn't get their regular counseling and treatments. Government has to be held accountable for making bad decisions that has done such great harm to Americans all over this great land.

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May 22, 2020
Episode 834 - Business Have Constitutional Rights - Know Them
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We have seen over the past months where Governments have overstepped their legal responsibilities and attacked our constitutional rights as businesses. Business constitutional rights are the rights of any company or business formed in the United States, which are afforded by the United States Constitution. Remember, the rules of the Constitution are meant to regulate Congress, not businesses or citizens. However, Congress and governments forget that they are regulated by the constitution. We as businesses need to use the constitution as our weapon against government. If you have any questions send me a text 818.252.5682

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May 20, 2020
Episode 833 - Our Governments Are Out Of Control
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When I woke up this morning and read the news I felt that the American people have lost control of our federal and state governments. Corruption runs rampant, illegal activities are out of control, the real rule of law has been replaced with a political rule of law, and politicians keep throwing money out the door. We Americans have got to remove politicians and take back our nation before we have a real civil war on our hands. Action is required by the American people. Send me your comments to 818 252.5682. WWW.LODGE-CO.COM
May 15, 2020
Episode 831 - Developing Your Business Reopening Plan
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The CDC has come out with a good recommendation to write, develop and implement a good Health Plan for cleaning and disinfecting your businesses work spaces. The link is below:

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/pdf/reopening_america_guidance.pdf

This link will take you to a PDF form that shows you what you should be looking at in developing your plan to reopen your business, it is a guidance for cleaning and disinfecting for public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes. It is a good source. Now you are going to write your own plan based on this CDC guidance, but you will also have to talk about staying at home when employees feel sick or have a fever. You will have to look at your state employment rules to help you remain in compliance. Get to writing and working with your HR departments or you as a business owner to put your plans into place. Every business needs a plan and now cleaning and disinfecting should be part of your operating plan.

If you have any questions or want me to send you the link, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
May 06, 2020
Episode 830 - How Is Your Business Health With Corona?
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I have this conversation a lot on my podcast and with clients, how is your business health? We are going through a crisis that has affected every single business in the United States and worldwide. Businesses have been hit hard by the hand of Government and forced so many businesses to stay home. After Corona we now have to get back to work and we have to examine our financial health daily. We have a lot of work that needs to get done and going forward. We have to always operate as if another crisis could happen at any time. We have to live conservatively in all that we do. Business is not just about what is in your bank account, it is about how well your operating and planning. Every business will go through a crisis, you kind of know what could happen depending on what industry you are in. Plan for it, train for it, do better at training your staff on ethics, and much more. Become a better coach to your employees. To be a good business leader you plan for a crisis.

If you need help, if you want to sit down and scrub your numbers, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com

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May 05, 2020
Episode 829 - The Story Of The Lockdown Gets Worse
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Hayden was 12 years old, about ready to turn 13. Stuck in isolation from the lockdown made him do something no parent would ever think would happen. He went up to his room and hung himself. Isolation from the lockdown created a mental health condition that made him choose to take his life. Isolation from a lockdown demanded by government politicians. This virus and the bad decision to lockdown has created so much damage to our people. Businesses going under, no money coming into families, people sitting in lines at food banks, mental health issues being ignored, and the list goes on. Every Governor that imposed this lockdown has destroyed people's lives and need to be held accountable. Businesses, rise up, open up, and get back to business. Pastors, rise up, open up, and get back to preaching and ministering. Politicians, stay out of Americans way, we no longer trust you and it is time for you to answer for what you have done.

If anyone need to talk to someone, my zoom line is open, send me a text to 818.252.5682 and I will send you a link to my zoom line. I am here to talk. If you are in business, and need advice or direction, talk with me. I am here for you. www.lodge-co.com
May 03, 2020
Episode 828 - The Pain Of Small Business by Corona
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Small businesses throughout the United States are in high levels of pain because of the government shutdown, the lockdown. The pain is so great that a good portion of small business do not qualify for the PPP or unemployment. States technology of handling unemployment claims for independent contractors are way out of date they can't keep up with the volume. Their survival rate has not so good at the moment. This podcasts go over that pain and what needs to happen. Unlock American businesses. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
May 01, 2020
Episode 827 - Corona Virus Has Shut Down Your Business, What to do?
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Corona virus and the actions of Governments have forced you to shut down your business. Some of you have been able to survive and overs will need to shut their business down because there is zero cash flow for them to survive, but expenses continue every day. Closing your business can be a difficult choice to make. It is helpful to seek advice from your accountant, lawyer or business expert, along with other business professionals. You have to make that decision to close. Sole proprietors can decide on their own, but any type of partnership requires the co-owners to agree. Follow your articles of organization and document with a written agreement on your decision to shut down and who will be responsible. This podcasts goes through the steps to help you shut down and remain in compliance. If you need help or have questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Apr 30, 2020
Episode 826 - Dissent, Freedom Of Speech, Gone?
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Our freedoms are slowly being taken away by a virus. Google, YouTube, Facebook are starting to sensor what you can and can not say. If they disagree with your views or postings they now delete them and note that your post doesn't meet their standards of how they believe. There are politicians that love this. Main stream outlets are happy about this because it shuts down people from expressing their dissent. The two Doctors who dissented through a video posted on social media with how the government is handling the virus was taken down by YouTube because it did not go along with the World Health Organizations views. Not the United States position, but the World Health Organization. We have a problem with organizations shut down your dissent, your speech, your views. Constitutionally they are wrong.

Know your rights under the Constitution and protect yourself. It clearly states that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the FREE exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people eaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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Apr 29, 2020
Episode 825 - Has Trump Become Benedict Donald To Business?
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Remember what the President said when he was running for President and all of his rallies that he would always protect business, jobs and farmers. Remember that? I do and I want you to know that what I am seeing now is a spinless President that has bent over and let the Democrats and Bureaucrats take over and completely destroy this nations economy, small business and our healthcare system. Hospitals are sitting empty. Businesses are failing and going out of business. Farmers are ordered to destroy their milk and animals, and yet imported meats are being brought into the United States. What happened to this President that use to stand up for the American people and now he and the Governors are willing to destroy the lives of healthy Americans. Taking away their right to worship in their churches. Facebook is censoring speech. And business owners are now hungry and waiting in food bank lines. What happened to this President? He has kicked business to the side and become a Benedict Donald. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682

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Apr 28, 2020
Episode 824 - What Can Businesses Be Doing Right Now?
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If you own a business, and you are under lockdown, there are proactive areas of your business you should be working on right now. When the red light turns green to reopen businesses in the United States, we should be ready if we have been proactive. Let's look at our survival as if going to war. What areas do you need to stress to get back up and running. This podcast goes over what businesses should be doing right now. If you have any questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 visit my website at www.lodge-co.com
Apr 27, 2020
Episode 823 - Good Managers Coach During Lock Down
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During this lock down period you have the best opportunity to sit down and work with employees on coaching. I have been talking to you in my podcasts about ramping up your business in preparation for the green light for us to go back to our offices and businesses. One process you should be doing is looking at the employees you are going to bring back and begin coaching them. You know their strengths but you need to work on their weaknesses and talk about your plan to ramp up. If you have no plan, if your not working on the key people you are bringing back through coaching, you will have a rough rampup. If you don't know how to coach go onto Linkedin and take their free classes. Encourage your employees to take these classes online. Maybe do one a week of online learning. But you have the ability to learn how to coach. Then begin coaching. If you are not coaching your staff then you probably should not be in management. Your team is not all about you. Understand that and you will do something to be a better leader through coaching. If you have questions send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com

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Apr 25, 2020
Episode 822 - America's Economy Being Killed Off By A Virus
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American had a great economy. We were at the top of the world as a global economy We were the leaders. Then the Corona virus came from China, China lied about the virus, WHO did nothing, and then Government paniced and the American people went into hiding in their homes. This lockdown created a bigger economic problem that we will have to rebuilt over the coming years. It will take time for small business to rebuild. We allowed a virus to destroy an economy because of bad numbers going into their predictions. Remember, first the CDC said over 2,000,000 people would die, then it went down to 200,000 and then down to 60,000, and as of today the number is way way below what was originally predicted that caused panic. Now it is time for us to go back to opening our businesses and getting back to the task of rebuilding our economy. If we don't do it soon even more small businesses will die.

I have two new books on Amazon that I have written - Corona, Remember When and Daily Strategy, Mediating Business and Life Go to my website at www.lodge-co.com and the links are there to the books. Read a book!

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Apr 23, 2020
Episode 821 - We Will Rebuild Together, Rise Up
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Mr. President, reopen the economy of the nation, let small businesses and people get back to work. Not tomorrow, today.

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." We have got to get back on track, the longer America is on lockdown the greater damage we do to this great nation - based on fear and panic. Open up our nation, our economy, our businesses, our jobs today. No more delays. We as a nation are willing to do this together. We are Americans.

If you need to talk send me a text with the words "Talk" to 818.252.5682 and I will schedule time to talk between the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. www.lodge-co.com
Apr 22, 2020
Episode 820 - What Have You Done With Your Lockdown Time?
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Everyone that has had to live through this lockdown for Covid-19 has had a lot of downtime. How have you spent your time? I have received many emails from people telling me how they have done things to better themselves, create cash, and by helping others. They are amazing stories by amazing people all around the world. Time well spent is a blessing to you and to others. We also have the matter of politicians playing politics, Nancy is so proud of how much Ice Cream she has in her home and ignores how Americans are suffering during this shutdown. Worse story I have ever seen is a politician having her ice cream and ignores the pain of Americans. The most disgusting political statement ever. Americans, small businesses, are trying to survive and ask that the economy be reopened before more harm is done to this great nation called America. I am personally so proud of Americans who are standing up and saying, "Let me work again".

People need to start talking again, they need that interaction with people. They need to tell their story and their pain. I am opening my zoom line to give people the ability to talk with me from 5 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. eastern time. Send me a text to 818.252.5682 and text "TALK" and I will respond with a time and a link to my zoom conference room and we will talk. Open to anyone with the feeling they would like to get things off their chest. Let's talk.
Apr 21, 2020
Episode 819 - We Need To Talk About Mental Health With Covid-19
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Human beings have been shut down, locked in, their homes for way too long. Those with mental health issues have a problem. Human beings not being able to socialize with other people have problems. Suicides have gone up, relapse into drugs have gone up, and the mental health patients have had a problem reaching out to their mental health professional. Lockdown is very bad for our mental and physical issues. We need to do better, all of us need to know there are people available to talk to. You need to reach out to people who need to talk. If you have questions or comments, let me know by texting me at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Apr 18, 2020
Episode 818 - With Every Crisis Comes Conflict - Mediate
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Crisis breads conflict. The stress of economic uncertainty and dislocation caused by CV-19 are only outpaced by the anxiety many feel for the safety of their loved ones. In these difficult times, conflict management specialists are increasingly called upon to assist in both formal and informal ways. Mediation works to resolve conflict. If you need help or have questions, send a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Apr 16, 2020
Episode 817 - Do You Have A Covid-19 Business Plan?
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You are going to be judged on how well you managed your business during the lockdown and what you do once the lockdown has been lifted. You need to have looked at your business and put together a plan of action once you are able to reopen your business. You have time to develop a business plan, be proactive and get a plan in place. If you have any questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Apr 16, 2020
Episode 816 - Ramping Up To Get Back To Business
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In a few days, or weeks, we will be given the go ahead by the President to allow us to open our business doors. During the mean time we need to start planning for a ramp up to start again. This episode goes over what needs to happen to begin to plan to open your doors. If you have any questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com

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Apr 13, 2020
Episode 815 - Covid19, Politics and Business
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At a moment in our nation when people are sick and dying from a virus the politicians decide to play politics. People die and Democrats play politics, want committees, want to attack and destroy. Most unethical politicians in the history of this nation. Businesses are going out of business because government has told them to shut down and send their employees into lock down, and businesses layoff or shut down completely. Businesses do not get help from Government. Only businesses can help business and the economy. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Apr 04, 2020
Episode 814 - Sunday Prayer and Worship
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As an ordained minister I will use my podcast this Sunday to talk about prayer, the Grace of God, and knowing you are not alone. There is someone in this world that is braying for you. God has not forgotten, he is expecting a prayer from you, his line is open. If you have a prayer request send me a text to 818.252.5682 and I will pray for you. God bless everyone around this great big world on this Sunday.
Mar 29, 2020
Episode 813 - Media Buzz And Hope For Disaster
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Every single day the media spouts and spins hate and bad news. They want to see America fail because of this virus and blame it on the President. They want to make it racist. They want to report bad stories that have no basis, they screw up the numbers to support their own media political agenda. They are reporting the news, instead they are pushing a hate filled agenda to destroy America and the President. I would suggest, turn off the news. Every single news outlet are doing the same reporting of doom and gloom. Limit your news intake, look at the CDC and get better numbers. What the media says is news is far from it. Turn them off.
Now, if you are a overseas foreign worker stationed in the UAE, Dubai, and you need someone to talk to through this healthcare crisis. Through April 20th 2020. To talk with me you can book time on www.calendly.com/mlodge and we will have a zoom chat. This is free, nothing is being sold, it is all about you have a source to talk to. Let it out. Get it off your chest. If you have any questions send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Mar 27, 2020
Episode 812 - Write Your Virus Healthcare Directive
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Businesses and employees need to get back to work, and we can do that safely. If all of us who own businesses sit down and write a virus healthcare directive, in compliance with the CDC protocols, we can know what everyone has to do within the office to have good health practices to attack this virus. We have to be very proactive. We need to start planning the reopening of our business and that the virus healthcare directive are in place and understood by everyone. If you need help, send me a text at 818.252.5682
Mar 26, 2020
Episode 811 - Easter Business Ramp up and Office Healthcare Directives
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China has announced there is a new virus spreading across China called the Hantavirus. So the question is - how will governments address this with China? All government should be locking down China until they fix their problem. Americans and businesses in the United States can't continue to be locked down with every virus that attacks us. Government has to attack the virus by not allowing China to have access to the world until they take care of their healthcare and virus issues in their country. Also, businesses need to be proactive and start planning their ramp up for opening our businesses. We also have to write a healthcare objective on how we handle viruses inside our offices and businesses. We have to be the ones in charge of the health inside our offices. Employees need to know that we are watching out for them and we are all working together on the health of the business. Not just financial health but the health of everyone in the business. You have time to put your ramp up business plan and healthcare directive in place. Get to work. If you have any questions send Michael a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Mar 25, 2020
Episode 810 - Businesses, Start Your Engines
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I was really pleased to hear the President say that Businesses need to reopen their doors and get back to business. We as business owners can't sustain being closed and failure. However, we as businesses need to sit down in the next couple of days and write our business Healthcare Directive. Meaning, following the CDC and other sources to set some rules in our offices on how we will handle viruses, sicknesses, fevers, and other issues. If we act proactive we can help protect our employees and clients. Let's write our healthcare directives and get going. Also, you need to sit down and start planning on opening the doors, ramp up on bringing people back with specific objectives in mind. Plan your business ramp up. If you have any questions, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Mar 24, 2020
Episode 808 - Democrats Hold Hostage Help For Americans
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Democratic leader Shumer continues to hold up the desperately-needed relief package, the last-minute list of demands from Pelosi's and Schumer's ideological wish list are coming into focus. Below are some of the new, non-coronavirus-related demands that popped up after Speaker Pelosi flew back from San Franciscoo yesterday after taking a week off:
1) Unprecedented collective bargaining powers for Unions.
2) Increased fuel emissions standards for airlines
3) Expansion of wind and solar tax credits.
Not only are these completely unrelated to the coronovirus epidemic, they could prevent companies from participating in the loan programs altogether - directly causing layoffs. Layoffs have already started. Small businesses are calling their employees telling them they can no longer make payroll, it has already started. But the Democrats don't care, instead they push a political agenda and kick the American people to the side. If you have any comments send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Mar 23, 2020
Episode 807 - Setting Your Financial Budget Through The Virus Shutdown
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With the Corona virus in the United States and throughout the world, many of us may experience a financial hit. You're going to have to do some budgeting and set priorities. I like the approach were we identify and list the top 4 priorities ou have to address first above all.
FOOD - UTILITIES - SHELTER - TRANSPORTATION
DO NOT PANIC - REMAIN CALM - PLAN
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Mar 20, 2020
Episode 806 - Overreach, Panic, Fear, Grit!
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Everyone that have been panicked, scared, should adopt the 30 minute rule of watching news each day. 30 minutes is all you need. The more you watch the news media and spend all day watching it, the more panicked you become. Stop it!. There is no food shortage. There is no shortage of Toilet paper. You have people around you that are willing to help you. Stores are open. Cars are still running. Life continues to move on, move on with it. Those communities where your government has overreached, tell them to stop. Allow businesses to get back up and running. Small businesses can't sustain these kinds of losses in business. Employees can't remain idle and think they no longer have a job. Get businesses back up and running. If you have any questions or comments, text me at 818.252.5682 If you have a need, send me a prayer request and I will pray for you. www.lodge-co.com
Mar 19, 2020
Episode 805 - The Irish, America, and Strength
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Happy Saint Patrick's day to all of us who want to be Irish for one day. Today is a day where we celebrate and remember the Irish, how they came to this nation of America and added value to our country. Remember the Irish saying and understand their strength.
May the luck of the Irish be with you!
If you want praise, die. If you want blame, marry.
A man may live after losing his life but not after losing his honor.
All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed
And the saying go on and on. The Irish had a long history of being a fighting people. I ask you, in this virus panic crisis, where is our fighting spirit? Anywhere in the world, have you lost your fighting spirit? Get it back. Stop the panic mode and get into the fighting mode. You have work to do. Shut off CNN, Fox News, MSNBC because they have done more damage to nations by their pushing the panic story. Shut them out of your sign and sound, know your health precautions and put them into practice, but stop listening to pushers of panic. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Mar 17, 2020
Episode 804 - You Can Make It through COVID-19 - Don't Panic
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There are so many places you can go to be proactive in education of yourself on the virus. Be proactive and know the precautions you should be doing all the time. We should be doing this daily, we live in an international community where people are traveling across borders and people that have access to travel across the United States. We are a moving society and need to be proactive in our personal healthcare habits. It is up to us. But going into a panic mode does nothing except make you look foolish. Follow the healthcare rules and you will make it through. www.cdc.gov/coronavirus is the website to go to. Be Proactive and not a person that panics - take control over your healthcare habits. If you have any questions send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Mar 12, 2020
Episode 803 - California Assembly Draft Bills of Stupidity
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The California Assembly have bills that have been submitted. AB850 - employers must give employees a week in advance their work schedule for the next 21 days. No business can do this, they don't know what their needs are 21 days out. AB2070 forces everyone in California to vote, you have to turn in a ballot, you have to show up. AB826 prohibits stores from separating boys and girls clothing or products. If you do you will be faced with a fine. AB873 says that if you make a product, let's say it is razors or male and female. One razor may be silver for men, another one pink for women. Now it may cost a more to paint the razor pink. However, both razors have to be priced at the same price. Now he question is why does government have to tell businesses what to do or how to price their products? That turns a capitalist into a socialist. California has become 100% socialist and pushing a socialist agenda to control every thing that a business does. California has politicians that are causing so much damage to the state and they don't care. They want to tell you exactly what you can and can't do. The legislature has designed a way to drive businesses out of California, in fact they will even drive you to the border - and tax you for it. When are Californians going to stand up to the State Legislature and say enough and vote them out of office? Don't you think it is about time or don't you care? Care, because the laws being voted on in Sacramento is going to kill your business at some point in the near future. Either move out or do something. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682. www.lodge-co.com
Mar 11, 2020
Episode 802 - COVID-19 And American Grit
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Cases of the COVID-19 or coronavirus as we incorrectly call it have topped 100,000 world-wide with more than 3400 deaths reported. Companies are telling their workers to stay home and work, sporting events no longer have audiences, the stock market has lost more then $5 trillion dollars. Governments are calling for calm, only 1% of those infected are likely to die from the virus. There is no need for self-imposed quarantine. Food supplies will not run dry. But the advice falls on deaf ears. And the media, who is the blame for all this panic, continues to create panic on the United States.
I read this good advice - Forget the crises of the day. Fr the sake of your company's long-term health, break out of the state of fear and paralysis that is gripping the world and focus on nuturing the kind of productivity that will see you through to the other side. Grab the bull by the horns - just be sure to wash your hands. If you have a comment or questions, send a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Mar 10, 2020
Episode 801 - Wall Street, Fantastic Jobs Report, and Scare
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Today we got the economic report for February, unemployment drops down to 3.5%, Wages rose for workers across the board, and the US added 273,000 jobs in February, vs 175,000 expected. Wall Street still has a down market because they are scared of the virus. The rest of the country is creating more jobs and Wall Street moves the markets down into the negatives. Get your act together Wall Street. The nation is strong and your scare tactics in stocks is not helping the economy. If you have any questions send a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Mar 06, 2020
Episode 800 - The Spin Of A Socialist Failure
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Once again we start seeing Bernie Sanders begin to spin as to why he is losing to Biden. He knows that his free stuff and socialist is not being accepted by the American people so he begins spinning. Instead of being pro-active and trying to do better he points fingers. Same happened with Hillary she spun and is continue to spin four years after she lost. So the spin begins and we as Americans understand what we want but Bernie only sees his political agenda. If you have any questions send me a text to 818.252.5682
Mar 06, 2020
Episode 799 - Super Tuesday Message To Socialism NO!
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Remember it is all about the delegate numbers. Super Tuesday was full of surprises, however the message was clear. NO to socialism. The only states that said yes were very liberal states. As I have been saying, if you voted for Bernie Sanders you are a Socialist - not a Democrat. But the states that Sanders should have won said no, they want a leader that is not a socialist. After they add up all of the delegates for California the delegate count for both Sanders and Biden will be just about even. After all of us staying up at night watching this election, we still have no leader. It is between two individuals, a socialist and a liberal. Warren could not even win her own state, which is a good sign for her to end her campaign, same with Bloomberg. But the message America is telling Sanders - no to Socialism. If you have a comment send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Mar 04, 2020
Episode 798 - Does Bernie Turn California Completly Socialist
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Super Tuesday today, big votes for all the Democratic candidates. If California Democrats give Bernie Sanders all their delegates, does it turn California full on socialist? Watch California today. Text me at 818.252.5682
Mar 03, 2020
Episode 797 - California State Assembly Screws Independent Contractors Again!
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Assemblyman Kevin Kiley introduced AB1928 to repeal AB5 that has done so much damage to small businesses and gig businesses. However, Democrats in the Assembly stopped the bill, 50 to 15. Democrats admit there is something wrong with the law and is going to make changes to it, but with those changes come more requirements. Adding nonsense to an already worthless bill. Democrats know there is a problem and there are 30 bills wanting to make changes to an already bad bill. So they know it is a bad bill but refuse to repeal it because they will lose tax money. AB5 was so badly written and the Dems know it but will not help Californians to fix it or repeal it. Lorane Gonzalez who wrote the bill is such a bad politician because she is tied to so many special interest groups, especially the unions. She is bought and paid for by the special interest groups and this does damage to Californians. California needs change in Sacramento, people have got to start voting these individuals out. If an politician in California has a "D" by their name, and they are not working for Californians, vote them out of office. It is time for changeand it has to happen starting in November.
If you live in Sacramento, vote Pelosi out of office and put in John Dennis (www.realjohndennis.com), if you are in Adam Shiffs district, vote him out and put in Eric Early. If you start chipping away at the top and work down, then the message will be heard loud and clear. But it has to start this 2020 elections. Let's make a change, it has to happen before the whole state is destroyed. Text me at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Feb 28, 2020
Episode 796 - Bernie Sanders Socialist System On America
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Socialism is socialism. There is no such thing as Democratic Socialism, these two words don't even go together. They are both opposites. You can't put bright red lipstick on a pig and expect it to look better, it doesn't work. Bernie Sanders can't even tell us how he is going to pay for it. So he produces a piece of paper that was suppose to tell us how we was going to pay for this free stuff. Then when you look at the number nothing adds up. Why in the world would any American vote for something when they can't even explain how much it is going to pay for it. Would you buy a new car not knowing all the fees, the interest rates, all the hidden costs? If you do your an idiot. You want to know how much it is going to cost you. Because if you don't it will be a disaster to you and you will start hating that new car. Americans, use some commonsense. You students that wanted an education, you made the choice to sign on that contract to take out a student loan. That was your choice, not my choice. Since you made that choice you have to pay for it. Instead of being ethical in your obligations you run to Bernie Sanders and the other Democratic candidates because they are offering to wipe that debt away. A lot of that loan money was federal money, not one of those candidate can just wipe it away, it will never get through Congress. In fact all of this free stuff Bernie is offering you has to go through Congress and the Senate, it will never get passed. It is all a pipe dream that you are falling for. That is what socialism does, it makes promises and takes away your freedom of choice and democracy. And you are falling for it. Where is your commonsense?
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Feb 26, 2020
Episode 795 - Bernie Sanders, Socialism and South Carolina
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As I look at the Real Clear Politics poll Biden is up by 3 points ahead of Sanders. This election in South Carolina are going to tell us where the Democrats are leaning. Are they Socialist or those that believe in a free market democracy. Where do South Carolinian's stand politically as Democrats? South Carolina is pretty much a republican state, there are Democrats there but where do they stand? I still have a home in South Carolina so I am watching this state with intense wonder. If you have a question or comment, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Feb 24, 2020
Episode 794 - Bernie Sanders, Socialism And The Russians
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Sanders is ahead in the Democratic polls. He is not even a Democrat, he is not even a socialist, he is right on the edge of being a communist. If Sanders were applying for a Cabinet post, he would never pass an FBI background check. When he attended the University of Chicago, Sanders joined the Young People's Socialist League, the youth wing of the Socialist Party USA. He organized communist events and was a front, the United Packinghouse Workers Union, that was under investigation by the House Committee on Un-American Activities. He headed the American People's History Society, hat is an organ for marxist propaganda. The produced a documentary on the life of socialist revolutionary Eugene Debs, who was jailed for espionage during the Red Scare and hailed by the Bolsheviks as "America's greatest Marxist." Bernie has made a lot of promises to give American's free stuff, but that stuff comes with a prices and it is call socialist marxist views on controlling the American people. Bernie should be considered an enemy of the people, not a friend, not a leader. Bernie will take this country, our freedoms and destroy them because he believes in an elite form of government where he takes control of every process of living. That is scary and unaccaptable to the American people.
Feb 23, 2020
Episode 793 - I Am A Capitalist And Proud Of It
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I am a capitalist and I am proud of it. Capitalism has been a success and socialism - in any form - has failed. Capitalism is the best economic and social system in which you and I participate every single day. It is free market competition, not a form of central government and it's regulating bodies, who dictate everything. Under capitalism everyday prices and wages are determined by the business forces of supply and demand, not by what a government says it will be. Under Capitalism you and I can be whatever we want to be, take any risk, build, grow, determine our own futures. Socialism in all forms wipes that away because the government and the elite feel they know better. The law of the land gets wiped away because the socialist believes their way is right, democracy goes away and you and I get no say. That is Socialism. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text at 818.252.5682
Feb 21, 2020
Episode 792 - A Christians Response To Mayor Pete on Trump Supporters
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Mayor Pete, who is running for President, made a judgement against Christians that support President Trump. He could not find anything biblical that would allow Christians to support President Trump. In his judgement he forgot to remind himself that in his support of abortion that God has spoken in one single verse of the commandment 6 - THOU SHALT NOT KILL. So his judgement on Trump supporters he should be looking at himself and why would people support a man that says it is ok to kill through abortion. So before you judge, make sure you are following God's teaching before laying judgement on other Christians. You have decided that your political views outweigh your biblical beliefs. Political agenda's are very dangerous when it kills. If you have any questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Feb 20, 2020
Episode 791 - Economy is Roaring Like A Lion and Dems Whimper
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I love this economy we have in America. In fact the world is looking in and saying "Wow". The U.S. has retained its position of being the worlds largest economy since 1871. We are a young contry and we are the leader. The United States has 23.6% of the global economy, china has 15.5%, Japan has 5.7%, and then everything is with the other countries. You and I are walking through the best time in years as a country and people. So why are the democrats wimpering about the economy? Why are they so negative about how well American's are now doing? Well the answer is that they don't know how to do it. They have never run or built anything, they are out of touch with the American people. That is the root of the problem. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Feb 19, 2020
Episode 790 - What Do Democrats Really Stand For?
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The Democrats have become incompetent, I am at a place where I do not know what their party stands for. Do they stand for America or do they stand for Socialism and hate? Their economic plan is not understandable, they don't even know how much it is going to cost Americans. Sanders said, "I Don't Know How Much It Will Cost". You have Mayor Pete that has a bad record of running a city and bad relations with his own police department, he called them racist. Warren jumps all over the place depending what group she is talking to. I still havn't forgotten she thinks she is Indian. Bloomberg is now tossing the idea out to bring in Clinton as his VP running mate, the women who called every American deplorable. Biden, who knows what he thinks. Biden has so much political baggage that if he were elected the first day he would be impeached. And all of the other candidates are worthless, they do not have a message for America, they just have a political agenda that doesn't do anything to build the confidence from Americans. We know what Trump stands for, but the Democrats I don't see a message that loves America. If you have any comments send a text to 818.252.5682
Feb 17, 2020
Episode 789 - Politics and Numbers
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I have come to the conclusion that it is worthless to monitor the news media and their reporting of the Democratic elections. They state that Bernie is the clear leader, however the numbers say differently. If you look at the NPR site that records the amount of delegates each candidate has it show a clear tie in delegates. Those are the numbers you have to look at. Right now Pete has 22 delegates and Sanders has 21. How is that ahead for Sanders? It isn't, it is a tie. In New Hamshire they tied with nine delegates going to Pete and Bernie. There is no leader. This is going to probably be a brokerage Democratic Convention. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Feb 13, 2020
Episode 788 - Stop Talking About Income Inequality - It's Personal Debt Stupid
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Consumer debt is about $19 trillion dollars. The average personal debt is up to $38,000, credit card debt is 25% of all debt, 2 in 10 Americans spend 50% - 100% of their monthly income on debt repayment. Where the money going? 15% goes to dinning, 14% gotes to clothing and personal care, and 13% goes to personal passions or hobbies. The economy is good and people and spending more - badly. They are using their credit cards but not paying down their debt. Income inequality happens when people are not managing their finances wisely. You are not being good stewards of your money. So year, debt stops your savings, stops you from getting ahead, or to live on what you make. Debt creates more debt, it never makes you a millionaire. Focus on paying down your debt while the economy is good and strong. Use it to your advantage. If you have any questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com

If you are in San Francisco, support John Dennis who is running against Nancy Pelosi for Congress. It is time to remove Nancy from office. Go to his website at www.realjohndennis.com
Feb 12, 2020
Episode 787 - Looking at California's AB1928 For Independent Contractors
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SB5 was passed in 2019 and went into effect January 2020 that affects the gig community and all independent contractors in the State of California. Assembly members in the State Legislature have heard from many angry Californians and have drafted SB1928 that relines most of the original bill. However, they added a new line that says if you a licensed profession you now have to get a contractors license. What do they mean by contractors license? No explanation in the bill as to what it is. So they are trying to help small business people however what is a contractors license? Do you have to sit for a test? Or is it just a form you fill out with the state and pay a fee for a contractors license? I have sent a message to the writer of the bill for clarification. Read the bill by going to the California website of the Assembly where you can type in SB1928 and read it. If you have any questions, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Feb 11, 2020
Episode 786 - Mediate Conflict Before You Litigate
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Mediation works. It is an effective means of resolving disputes, for any dispute not requiring a judicial or third party determination. It provides a forum and an atmosphere in which parties gain understanding, become understood, and work together to explore options for resolution. By resolving disputes in mediation, parties determine for themselves what is important and, ultimately the outcome of the situation. While the benefits of mediation vary somewhat depending upon the nature of the dispute, and model of mediation applied. In this episode we go over some of the benefits typically associated with mediation. If you need mediation send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Feb 10, 2020
Episode 785 - Listen and Learn
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"Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise - Proverbs 19:20

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Feb 09, 2020
Episode 784 - Vidman And The Politics of Politicians
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Yesterday there were some terminations at the White House. We were warned about it about a week ago, no surprise but politicians are turning this story into a political spin. Pelosi came out with a statement in support of Vidman, in fact the majority of the Democrats did the same. However, there is are always two sides of a story. Vidman was NOT fired, he still has his job, all of his benefits, because he still works for the Military, just not at the White House. The President waited until the Impeachment was Acquitted to let him go from the National Security staff at the White House. So question the political spin. In fact, I suggest that we all really listen to what politicians say, there is never truth being said, it is a part of a story or spin. Question everything, don't be a lamb that follows, be a bull and lead by questioning everything. If you have any questions or statements, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Feb 08, 2020
Episode 783 - Politics That Can Hurt Your Business
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Politics at the federal and state levels can affect your business and your financial lives. If you don't pay attention to what is going on you can get hurt - greatly. You have to be aware, get involved. Get involved. The State of California passed a law called AB5 that has hurt small business people greatly. They created a law to get rid of all of the independent contractors and make them employee so they can bring more tax revenue into the state. There are bills going through Congress that will hurt America greatly. Look at the laws that AOC want to create on immigration, it is a disaster and will destroy this nation. Get involved and fight against bad politicians, it is time to clean out the house. Anyone running for Congress with a D by the name, they need to be voted out. Get involved, because bills and laws that are passed without your voice will hurt the American people.
I am endorsing John Dennis for Congress to replace Nancy Pelosi. He is a proud husband and father, Chairman SF Republican Party, Vice Chair, Republican Liberty Caucus, Businessman and Dog person. Go to his website at www.johndennis.com and click on the volunteer icon, get involved, and vote out Pelosi - it is time for change. Help John Dennis to take back Nancy Pelosi seat in San Francisco.
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Feb 07, 2020
Episode 782 - Stop Being Politically Mad And Accomplish Something
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The Acquittal is over. Stop the hate. Do something and accomplish something that will help someone else. And find people running for office who have accomplished something. If they haven't accomplished anything that means something, don't go with that person. If they haven't accomplished anything they are not going to accomplish anything in the future - for you. Stop sitting in front of cable news and getting mad and hating everyone. Watching hate drives you to hate. Stop the hate momentum and do something for your church, community, or program that will make a difference in your life and other peoples lives. Sitting around and hating just makes you an old snarled up old snail not going anywhere. If you are wasting time sitting around and calling people names on social media, just spinning what you have heard, have not really thought about something so you just follow, you are just going to get more filled with hate. Take the hate and do something that helps other and the hate will go away. Sit down with people that think differently then you, don't get mad, just listen. Remember the goal is to get up with a better understanding and leave as friends. Just because they don't agree with you it makes them racist. It just makes them a friend that thinks differently then you. How many friends have you lost because of hate filled politics? Probably a lot. So stop it. If you have any comments send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Feb 06, 2020
Episode 781 - Nancy Pelosi And A Hate Filled Democratic Congress
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I was inspired by the President's State of the Union message to the nation. Trump outlined what accomplishments have been done for the American people and what still needs to get done. However, on the Democratic side we saw angry hateful faces, sitting there, shaking their heads and mumbling hate. Not one stood up for the good things for America or for the ones who lost their lives, got scholarships, military united with their families, a President of a country fighting for his country. Not one stood up, hating everything American. We the people were watching and saw that Nancy Pelosi stood up, right behind the President of the United States, and tore up his speech in the face of Americans. This hate is no longer acceptable. Childish behavior from the Speaker shows that her hate is more important then the needs of the American people. This has got to stop. I have now realized that no Democrat should be President, no Democrat should be a member of Congress or the Senate, no Democrat should be the speaker of the House - until they stop hating, decide who they are as a party. This hate must be stopped by the American people by voting out hate. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Feb 05, 2020
Episode 780 - Democrats, Iowa and a Political Disaster
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The first day of the official and the Democrats screwed up their Iowa Caucus big time. The question is - if they can manage a caucus - how can they run a nation. Which is a very good question. Tonight we have the state of the union from President Trump. As an American I want to hear the good about America and what is coming to make American lives better. To make a nation better. If Democrats continue to push a hate driven agenda and not start working for Americans, then we will have a problem. Democrats, stop and start working with the Republicans, with the President. Over the next 100 days set an agenda that works for America, not against America. Work together. If you have any comments or concerns, send me a text to 818.252.5682
Feb 04, 2020
Episode 779 - Great Economy And We Are Still Not United
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The economy had a great growth rate in 2019. For 2020 we see more growth because of the new trade agreements pushed through by President Trump. With all this good news we are still not united. We are still divided political hate, we are not united. In order to get this country stronger we have to get rid of those that continue to attack America and replace them that are for Americans. Party politics is a dangerous attack on this nation, that has to stop. If you have any comments send them through text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jan 30, 2020
Episode 778 - Small Businesses May Be Losing On Your Tax Return
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There may be several areas where you may be missing some deductions on your business tax return. You may also be over stating your expenses and under reporting your income. Documentation and being organized is important to protect you in an audit.

We also discuss the AB5 Rally in Sacramento held on January 29th at the State Capital.

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Jan 30, 2020
Episode 777 - Our Economy Is Tied To The Presidency
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Who we choose as President can affect our nations economy. The business community knows that if a socialist agenda were to be elected it would affect everything in the American economy. Business will do what they did when Obama was in office, where business was put on pause, but ten time more. Sanders wants to dismantle modern capitalism, which would include private equity. In short, burn down the house. Warren wants to "fix" modern capitalism, beliving private equity is one of its more broken pieces. She will put business in the driveway dumpster. However, business suspects that neither can beat Trump. Trump is pro-business, pro-American, totally different then Sanders and Warren trying to tear down business. It is very important that you understand that when you vote for President the person elected will either destroy or build their nation. Vote wisely. If you have any questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jan 28, 2020
Episode 776 - It's Monday, Let's Get Going!
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It's Monday, everyone had a weekend and now it is time to move forward to another week. Today, we are talking about Kobe Bryant, AB5 repeal, and knowing the history and story of our nation. If you have any questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jan 27, 2020
Episode 775 - Once Again California Attacks Small Business with AB5
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California has again decided that tax money is more important to small businesses, those that use to have the right to work when they wanted to, take away their tax deductions, destroy their prior business relationships with a bill called AB5. California wants everyone to work as an employee because it brings in more taxes to the state of California. It needs to be repealed. It is forcing people to go out of business by losing contracts that they worked on before, they are losing their work. It is time that Californians rise up and take back their state. It is time to let the Assembly, Senate and Governor know that you are angry and it is time to repeal this law. Now I am in Palm Beach, Florida but I have clients that are being affected in California - so I am fighting for my clients. The gig and independent contractor economy was doing fine, there were already federal and state laws that allow small businesses to report their income and expenses, but California decided to destroy the small business community with AB5. If you have any questions or have a comment, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jan 26, 2020
Episode 774 - California AB5 Is Killing Small Business
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Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) is killing small business, those that use to work part time, or in the Gig community. California has become so thirsty for tax money they created AB5 to turn everyone into a W2 wage earner. This bill was written by Assemblywomen Lorane Gonzalez who first attacked companies like Uber, Lift and other gig companies. But then she included everyone in every industry, just so she can get more tax money into the State of California. So how does she do it, she attacks everyone trying to start a business or in the gig earning community. This is a socialist state action, to have control over everyone. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jan 23, 2020
Episode 773 - Impeachment, Senate and California AB5 Nonsense
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Today's podcast is about several discussions on what is happening in our nation politically and our constitution. We have so many issues hitting our nation that affects our country, our constitution, and our own personal daily lives. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jan 22, 2020
Episode 772 - The Wisdom Of Martin Luther King for 2020
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MLK said, "Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." He wrote that in the "The Purpose of Education" from Morehouse College student newspaper in 1947. He spoke a lot about education because he saw how important it was for a strong America. "If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, 'Brethren!' Be careful, teachers!" and we didn't listen to him because that is where our education system is at the moment. Spend some time today, pull up on the internet the quotes of Martin Luther King and put them into practice today - 2020. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jan 20, 2020
Episode 771 - California AB5 Destroys Small Business
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I am still working on AB5 Over the last few days I have been working on getting clarifications on AB5 as it relates to independent contractors, licensed healthcare professionals. I wrote a letter to Assemblyman Philip Chen (R) in Orange County where my cient is located. Their response was not helpful and they gave me a link to a commercial website that is using AB5 to get business. So that was not helpful. I then responded with a lengthy view of the law and what needs to be changed. Two days ago I sent a letter to the California Labor Board and the Industrial Board to ask for clarification on the law. To this date - no response. I also sent an email to the Chief of Staff of Assemblywoman Lorane Gonzalez who is the writer of AB5. Direct your mail to her. To this date - no response. I also went online to the state legislative website where you can comment on bills. I left a comment - no response. It appears that the State of California wishes just to pass laws without hearing from Californians. However, I will keep fighting on this law. If you have any comments, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jan 17, 2020
Episode 770 - Democrats Have Lost Their Love For America
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Democrats have been on the attack against Americans for almost 4 years now. They attacked the President with a political impeachment, they are demanding higher taxes, they are pushing a socialist political agenda. They have forgotten about middle America, the common sense Americans who look at right and wrong for America. Not political party, not political agenda, but what is good and bad for America. New York and California is not the only voice of Americans, but Democrats have lost the connectivity of middle America. This episode is about the impeachment trial and the socialist law called AB in California. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jan 16, 2020
Episode 769 - Focus On Your Strengths
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Too many times as business owners or leaders we focus on our weaknesses. However, I propose that focusing on what you and your company does the best is what you should be focusing on to grow the company. Let other people with the talent that covers your weaknesses, let them work on those issues. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jan 14, 2020
Episode 768 - California Has Destroyed The Gig Economy through AB5
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As of January 1, 2020, anyone who works as an independent contractor in California a new law known as AB 5 will force companies to reclassify them as employees. This law, written by Assemblywomen Lorane Gonzalez has attacked and many people are loosing their side gig jobs, and even full time consulting jobs, because of this very badly written bill. The State was so thirsty for more tax dollars that they wrote a badly written bill that does harm to many individuals and families. Some companies have eliminated these gig jobs and that has hurt many Californians. This law needs to be repealed and done away with. This is what happens when you allow a government to become socialist in nature, it is the view of the government that taxes are vital to pay for all of the programs they need funding for. It is no longer about the people, instead it becomes only about the government, and that is where California is at now. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jan 14, 2020
Episode 767 - Tax Season Information for 2019 Tax Year
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Tax season is about here. January 27th is the first day you can file your tax returns. Get your W-2's and 1099's ready. Make an appointment with your tax practitioner but get your documents ready. This episode is about information that can help you on dates and refunds. If you have any questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jan 11, 2020
Episode 766 - First Episode of "Something Fridays"
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I am starting something new called, Something Fridays. This is open free subject day where I will talk about several subjects that I find interesting. We always need to talk about something of value. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jan 10, 2020
Episode 765 - Your 2020 Quarterly Business Strategy
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Everyone that owns a business, big or small, should sit down each quarter and strategize for the next quarter. There are three things that you should be looking at. We will discuss that in this episode. If you have any questions or need help in strategy, text me at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jan 09, 2020
Episode 764 - New State and Federal Laws Affecting Small Business
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2020 is now here and a host of new laws that affect small businesses. Small business owners have a lot of changes to deal with and the new year begins. Higher labor costs for many companies, and some owners will discover that they have to comply with new laws that aren't on the books in their own states.

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Jan 06, 2020
Episode 763 - We Are Under Attack By Nancy Pelosi
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Over the weekend all we heard from Nancy Pelosi and all the Democrats on how bad it was to take out a terrorist that had attacked America. We were under attack, the President responded with force, it killed General Soleimani, second in command of Iran. He flew into Iraq to organize more attacks on American assets. The President did the right thing. But the astonishing thing is that the Democrats through their hate of Trump were trying to protect Soleimani. They cried, they said we were going into a third world war to scare Americans. They did not support America, they didn't try to protect America from Terrorist, instead they were in support of the Terrorist Soleimani. The President was right in his actions. There will not be a world war, no one has to sign up for the draft, we are not going to war. However, as a strong America we will respond to attacks from the terrorist nation of Iran. Pelosi is now trying to limit the President in responding to attacks on America. This is an act of power and corruption that we are seeing day by day in the Democratic party - hate for America. This has got to stop. Enough is enough. Americans have got to take back the Congress and eliminate the enemy within.
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Jan 06, 2020
Episode 762 - New QBI Tax Break For Rental Property
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QBI is a new term for a lot of people, it stands for Qualified Business Income that may help you by 20% depending on if you can qualify. This podcasts talks about the QBI and how to qualify. If you have any questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jan 03, 2020
Episode 761 - Looking At Business In 2020
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Businesses need to look at new ways that will affect your business and how you can look to at new ways of doing things and to focus on the trends that will affect you. We have a lot to do that can grow our business. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jan 02, 2020
Episode 760 - New Laws Starting January 1 in California
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There are a lot of new laws that affects people in business. Which means more compliance issues that everyone have to comply with, more red tape. Remain in compliance with these laws and find a way to not get out of compliance, it is expensive once you go out of compliance. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jan 02, 2020
Episode 759 - January 1, 2020 New Laws In Florida
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I will start with the news laws going into affect as of January 1, 2020 in the State of Florida, since this is where I am at. Tomorrow I will go through the new laws in California - the dumb state that has enacted laws that do a lot of damage.

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Jan 02, 2020
Episode 758 - New Year Good Luck Practices For 2020
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Around the world there are good luck rituals to bring good luck into the new year. Some of these I have done and some are new. Let's go over the items that may work for you to get you that good luck for 2020. If you have any questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Dec 31, 2019
Episode 757 - Debt Has Taken Over The Middle Class
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The WSJ did an article this morning on the debt that the middle class has accumulated. They are spending above their means. They are not focused on thinking about other options before they buy and add debt onto it. Debt grows because people are not thinking. They want, they lust over stuff, and say to themselves - i can take out a loan or put it on my credit cards. It you are living beyond the amount of money you earn - you are stupid. 2020 everyone needs to sit down and look at their debt situation and work on paying it down, renegotiate it, sell off the item, but somehow - get rid of the debt. If you need help to attack debt, send me a text at 818.252.5682 or send me an email to info@lodge-co.com and tell me your story. www.lodge-co.com
Dec 28, 2019
Episode 756 - Let's Build Something in 2020!
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Christmas is over and we are now into the final week of 2019. Didn't you find that the year went by so fast? It zoomed by, but I had a busy year and when you are so busy life goes by fast. Now we are in that final week of doing our planing for 2020. What are we going to build and accomplish in this new year? What are your goals? Did you plan out your budgets for the year? Do you have a career change in your plans? To tell you the truth, I can't wait for 2020 to begin. Let's build something!

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Dec 26, 2019
Episode 755 - Merry Christmas Everyone
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I wanted to do this short podcast, because I know you are busy with friends and family, just to say "Merry Christmas". I am so happy you have been with me for three years. 2020 will be the start of my fourth year podcasting. I wish each of you a great time this holiday season. You are in my heart and in my prayers.

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Dec 25, 2019
Episode 754 - The Constitution Matters
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The constitution is the foundation of laws. If Congress passes a law that is unconstitutional, the courts can come in and determine it's constitutionality. We need to know the constitution better. It is so vital that it drives all laws that Congress passes. It drives the judicial system, the tax systems, and many other issues in our country. Take some time to study the constitution, it is not a hard read.

If you have any questions or concerns, text me at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Dec 21, 2019
Episode 753 - COUP ALERT Adam Schiff Now Goes After VP Pence
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Adam Schiff on MSNBC says he has found evidence to start the investigation on Pence. He has been given evidence. So, let's look at this. Trump gets impeached, they hold the impeachment papers to go to the Senate for Trial, and now they start investigating Pence. This is a coup. They want to take both the President and Vice President down and get rid of both of them at the same time. To have a coup you have to have a schemer. You have Pelosi and Schiff driving this scheme. Then they use everyone around them to propagandize the movement (the Congress). And then they slowly start taking people down so they can gain power and take over the government. That is a coup and that is what is going on right now. We as Americans, have to stop this coup.

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Dec 20, 2019
Episode 752 - Nancy Palosi Illegally Creates Constitutional Extortion
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Last night the Democrats, all by themselves, voted to impeach the President of the United States. The Articles of Impeachment is now being held through extortion by Nancy Pelosi. This is unconstitutional, not allowing the accused to a fair trial. Not allowing the documents to go to the United States Senate that has the final say on the fate of any impeachment - per the Constitution. So Nancy is holding the documents of Impeachment hostage. An illegal act by a member of Congress, the Speaker of the House. She should be held in Contempt of the Constitution and the Senate. Stop playing games with the American people, we now see just how evil and corrupt the Democrats are, they should never be in a government position in Congress or the Senate. Our Constitution is being held hostage. Americans, no matter what you are politically, this has got to stop. This harms the nation and the laws of the United States. Call your members of Congress today. Demand that they stop their Speaker and defend the Constitution.

If you have any questions or comments send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Dec 19, 2019
Episode 751 - Understanding Impeachment Day In Congress
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So Congress is about to vote on two articles of impeachment that have no legal standing. But they will vote, it goes over to the Senate where it will probably be dismissed, based on no legal grounds to impeach. But the nation is put through this impeachment that has worn them out. We have heard so much spin, sinning of nonsense, instead of showing constitutional legal grounds of a crime being committed. Political hate is not a good argument. Let's get this over with and move on. We need to get things done in the United States, put the hate to the side and do their job. Enough.

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Dec 18, 2019
Episode 750 - Americans Are Impeachment Fatigued
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This morning I have been listening to the Congress debate on how to debate in Congress on the impeachment. Then I listened to people who are fed up with the whole process. Those in support of Trump don't trust the Democrats and the Republicans. They are being attacked with comments from bloggers, internet programs, Fox, CNN, commentators, analysts, about this impeachment. I can hear in the voices that they are so frustrated that it has caused mental and health issues. It is time for this to end. The only option that Americans have is to vote out and clean the Congress. Enough of impeachment upon more impeachment. Is the President being set up by even his own party. These questions are going through the minds and hearts of the American people. One lady said she is only going to listen to the President, she is shutting off everything else, just so she can keep her mind clear of everything else. Perhaps it is time for Americans to step back, take a deep breath, and only focus on cleaning out the Congress so we can get back to business and not focused on a political coup called impeachment. Let's take back our nation and let us get back to our normal lives.

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Dec 17, 2019
Episode 749 - Getting Better At Story Telling
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All of us have a good story to tell, but we just have not learned how to do it. In business a good story builds your business. Your financial statements tell a story, and you have to know how to tell that story. In my line of work of business mediation, I need to hear good stories from two disputing parties. A story tells me what is going on. However, even myself, I have a struggle of telling a story. Every single day I listen to people that tell stories professionally and I learn from them. Ted Talks is a good source. They even have a book out that tells you how to tell your story. Sometimes, in business, we tend to rely on other people to tell our story. As a business owner you need to know how to tell your story. This is a process that will help you in so many ways. For 2020, let's commit to telling our story and study the process.

If you have any questions, or want to tell your story, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Dec 17, 2019
Episode 748 - Keep Your Business In Compliance In 2020
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Once you go out of compliance with any business regulation it can be very costly to get back into compliance. On January 1st, 2020, there are a bunch of new regulations and laws going into effect on various issues. Sit down with your employment attorneys, tax people, and make sure you are up to date on the new changes. Keep in compliance.

If you have any questions or remarks, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Dec 16, 2019
Episode 747 - Democrats Push A Coup Through Impeachment
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The impeachment process is about to hit the floor of the United States Congress through a coup attempt by the Democrats. They have no facts, no crime committed, no argument for impeachment. They are trying to destroy the President and his office on any claim of abuse of power or not providing documents to the Congress. Their argument is worthless in nature, they have no proof of anything. It is time that we stop this coup, stop the Democrats and their coup. Enough is enough. Call you members of Congress and tell them NO Impeachment. Take our Congress back.

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Dec 12, 2019
Episode 746 - Small Business 2020 Strategy and Budgeting
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Have you held your 2020 strategy meeting with employees? Big companies tend to do their strategy and financial planning six months before the end of the year. Some companies even do it at the beginning of summer, which just isn't feasible for a small company or startup. So it is time for you to print out your 2019 financial statements, sit down with your employees and get them to participate in the strategy process of planning for 2020. Get it done, it should not take you that long. Look at your revenues from products and services, you expenses to run the business. And know what you are expecting to be your net income for next year and how you will use your cash. Strategy is the only way to get your company to grow. Get your employees involved.

If you have any questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Dec 12, 2019
Episode 745 - What Tax Breaks Are Available For Taking Care Of Your Parents
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More than 43 million Americans provided unpaid care to an adult or child in 2019. Of those caring for a family member, almost half were caring for a parent or parent-in-law. It can be a privilege to get to spend this dedicated time with an older parent. However, it's also a huge responsibility and takes a lot of time, energy and money. So let's talk about some of the tax issues that may help you.

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Dec 11, 2019
Episode 744 - Democrats Who Vote Yes On Impeachment Say Bye Bye
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If you have been watching the impeachment hearings have seen a system that is neither fair or follow the rule of law. Members of Congress that will vote yes on impeachment will be saying bye bye in November. Americans have had enough of impeachment, the American people never asked for impeachment and the waste of our tax dollars for three plus years. However, we knew that the Democrats were going to try and overthrow the President through impeachment, it started on day one, they have had three votes on impeachment, and each time they voted yes. So we knew it was coming. Well, the Democrats have got to understand that we have had it, and it is time for them to go. No nation can have the rule attacked so corruptly and do nothing about it. So I say to Democrats in Congress - bye, bye. We can no longer trust you.

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Dec 10, 2019
Episode 743 - Knowing Your Limited Liability Company LLC
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LLC's are a popular form of business entity, however many LLC members have no idea what their operating agreement says. Who is in charge of what? Who has contributed what? How to add or remove members and how to dissolve a LLC when needed. This podcast will deal with these issues and some of the problems as to why LLCs fail. If you have any questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Dec 09, 2019
Episode 742 - Pray For Your Nation
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Our nation is divided. Prayer is needed to get our nation back on track. To guide our leaders to make the right choices to govern this nation. To stop fighting and work together. To do their jobs. It is easy to pray, use the ABC's of prayer. Ask, Believe and Claim the promises of God. Pray for your nation. If you have a prayer request send them to me via text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Dec 08, 2019
Episode 741 - Holding Nancy Pelosi Accountable of Abuse of Power
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Nancy Pelosi is guilty of trying to conduct a coup. She has overstepped the rule of law and the Constitution to impeach, to overthrow a legal president based on nothing. A coup is defined as an illegal seizure of power from a government. "He was overthrown". Treason is a betrayal of trust. In a legal sense, the term refers to the commission of overt acts to overthrow one's own government. A betrayal of trust or confidence, a breach of faith, treachery. A violation of one's allegiance to one's government or President.

She has committed an abuse of power. A misuse of power by someone or group in a position of authority who can use the leverage they have to oppress persons in an interior position or to induce them to commit a wrongful act. She is pushing through impeachment, based on no illegal act or evidence, to make Congress overthrow a President. This is wrong and really falls under treason and a coup. Going against the American people who voted for this president and trying to throw him out of office based on nothing, except hearsay and buzz words that don't apply to the actual rule of law and Constitution. This puts America in a very dangerous situation in protecting the rule of law. They have abandoned their oath to defend and protect the constitution. They have abandoned the Sixth Amendment that guarantees the rights of Americans. That applies to you and me.

Hold Nancy Pelosi and the members of Congress accountable for their abuse of power, Coup, Treason. Hold them accountable.
Dec 07, 2019
Episode 740 - What to know to avoid a refund suprise in 2020
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The IRS on Thursday released its final version of the 2020 Form W-4, with some important changes that could impact both employers and workers. The New form is for use in 2020 - it is intended to make withholding more accurate in conjunction with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which affected filers for the first time last tax season. The ultimate goal of proper withholding is to pay so much each month that you neither owe nor are owed, come April 15th.

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Dec 06, 2019
Expisode 739 - Treason - Congress Stand Down on Impeachment
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Today Nancy Pelosi called for the writing of impeachment of the President without even hearing the testimony or any legal arguments put on by both sides. This act is treason. They are ignoring the rule of law. They are attacking the Constitution and the rule of law. Americans, stand up and take back this Congress. They work for us, we never authorized them to work on impeachment. They have spent over $100 million dollars of our tax money. We never authorized them to spend that kind of money on impeachment. America, get on your phones, social media, members on congress emails, and tell Congress to stand down on Impeachment. Congress is out of control and it is time we Americans take it back. Call, tweet, email, do whatever is available to you to tell Congress to Stand Down.

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Dec 05, 2019
Episode 738 - Don't Feel Bullied To Buy Christmas Gifts
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Most of you are out shopping for Christmas gifts, they call it - shop until you drop. However, don't allow yourself to be bullied into buying gifts. You have to protect your financial future. Don't go into debt by being bullied to purchase gifts. People who expect you to buy gifts are not your friends. And if the are your family, you need to put distance between yourself and that family member. You have to take responsibility of your financial issues and future.

If you have any questions on this issue, or need help, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Dec 05, 2019
Episode 737 - The Judicial Impeachment Process of Nonsense
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If you watched the impeachment hearing today in the Judicial Committee, Americans should be concerned about what is being taught in law school on the Constitution. There was so much political bias and hate shown by three of the legal professors. Political bias and hate has no part in constitutional issues. Americans should be very concerned in what law professors views on the constitution and how it protects the American people in our legal system. Today's hearing was worthless. Americans should be concerned with this very unjust impeachment process being endorsed and pushed by the Democrats.

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Dec 04, 2019
Episode 736 - 2019 Tax Tips You Can Take Advantage Of
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It is hard to believe that we are in the last month of 2019 With the year coming to an end it is a great time to make some easy - smart tax moves to help you lower your taxes and maybe increase your tax refund. Be pro-active - call your tax preparer.

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Dec 04, 2019
Episode 735 - The Judiciary Hearings on Political Impeachment
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Today the Judiciary committee will start to listen to testimony and reading the Schiff version on impeachment. Again, do not listen to the media. Be independent and only ask the question - is their argument based on the constitution and the rule of law - or is it just political arguments. We have been had before on the media telling us what is going on. Even Fox news is bad at it.. The only political candidate the Democrats have is Impeachment. They know they have no way to win against Trump in the elections, so they are using impeachment to put black marks against the President. That is their only goal is to sling mud and damage the President. Listen to the arguments and cross examinations, the media will spin it towards their agenda, not the facts.

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Dec 04, 2019
Episode 734 - Democrats Only Presidential Candidate - IMPEACHMENT
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The Democrats are in trouble. They have no candidate that has a vision or a plan that works for America. A more tax, free stuff, high debt, healthcare to illegal aliens, Americans that live between New York and California, don't want higher taxes, they are concerned about their families, jobs, housing, communities. They don't want to pay for everyone else when they are trying to live. So the only candidate the Democrats have is - Impeachment. Americans want work to be done by Congress, they have no desire to impeach. Forget the polls, turn off Fox, CNN and all of the other new outlets, they are pushing their own agenda. Not American agenda. Listen very carefully to the impeachment hearings, the only question we should be asking as Americans - is it constitutional? Have they proven a crime? Has the President been protected by the constitution or is he being attacked by politics alone. It all boils down to the constitution and the legality of a crime. That is it, and we are the jury, we decide through our vote.

If you would like to send a question or comment, or tell me what topics in business and taxes you would like for me to talk about, send me a text to - 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Dec 03, 2019
Episode 733 - What Age Do You Get Your Full Social Security Benefits?
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OK, I have to admit this. I am getting really close to that age to look at when I can apply for Social Security. This PodCast is what I have found in what age I get my full benefits and maybe even a little bonus if I wait. If you have any questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Dec 02, 2019
Episode 732 - Another Week Ahead Of Impeachment
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Another week of hearings in the Judiciary Committee on Impeachment. Different committee but same topic. Remember to listen very well. Do the Democrats continue with their political agenda to impeach or will there be a real constitutional argument. If they are pushing a political argument, their word to use to impeach the President on, then they have no constitutional basis. Congress doesn't get to set the impeachment rules to impeach on, they have to follow the constitution and the rule of law. Don't believe them when they say they have that power, they don't. We need to move on, the country is waiting for a trade bill to be passed, a drug bill, infrastructure bill, and bills that will help the American people. For three years now the Democrats have only pushed impeachment, they have preached it every single day since the President took his oath of office. Congressman Nadler wanted to impeach Bush and now he wants to impeach Trump, he has a history and love for impeachment. Tell Congress to get back to work, they work for us the American people, they do not work for any party. We pay their salary, not special interest groups and not the Democratic or Republican parties. Get back to work. Elections are coming up and their names are going to be on the ballet and maybe their last time.

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Dec 01, 2019
Episode 731 - It's Small Business Saturday, Support Your Local Business
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Today, November 30th, 2019 is Small Business Friday, supported by the Small Business Administration. Support your local small business this Christmas holiday. Small business is the life blood of every community. They produce jobs and help local community organizations. $17.8 billion was spent in small businesses on small business Saturday in 2018. Let's support our small businesses. If you have any business or tax topics you would like me to talk about, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 30, 2019
Episode 730 - Black Friday And Debt
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Today is black friday, the day all the stores run their Christmas sales. Here is a spending rule to apply - only spend what you can afford. If you are using your credit cards your creating debt. Debt never made anyone a millionaire. Make a list of people you need to buy for, put a budget next to each name. If you add them all up and it is over your total spending budget or ability to buy, you need to make some changes.

For a stocking stuffer, go to www.amazon.com and buy my book, "Ethically Thinking - It's Not That Hard" by Michael Lodge. It is not expensive, and will help people about thinking ethically. Next week we will start talking about year end tax and business issues, if you have any topic you would like me to address, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 29, 2019
Episode 729 - The Day Before Thanksgiving
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We should be thankful that we made it to this Thanksgiving. We are still alive, blessed and thankful. How many of you are right now starting the cooking process for Thanksgiving dinner? Your cooking all the side dishes, deserts, deviled eggs, and all the good stuff. Here are ten Thanksgiving jokes you can use on Thanksgiving. Be thankful for this one day to smile, laugh, eat, and spending time with the ones you love. Now, if you know of someone that needs a place to go, they are alone or new to your community, set a place at the table for them. You still have time to invite that person to your home. You're going to have all that left over Turkey anyway, share some on Thanksgiving with someone new at your table. Let me know what your making, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 27, 2019
Episode 728 - It's The Tuesday Before Thanksgiving, Be Thankful
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We all have gone through life experiences that teaches us how to be Thanksgiving. To show gratitude. To learn from these experiences that teach us how very important it is to be thankful for everything. Learn from your experiences. Tell me what you are thankful for, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 26, 2019
Episode 727 - It's The Monday Before Thanksgiving
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I don't think the history of Thanksgiving is taught the story of Thanksgiving. This is a federal holiday started by the Pilgrims as a harvest dinner, giving thanks for the bounty of the harvest. George Washing, by a request of Congress, was started as a proclamation. It wasn't until Abraham Lincoln that made it an official holiday for the United States. It is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of every November. Now, we as Americans, celebrate the holiday, with family and friends getting together to be thankful and be with people we love. It is also all about food, and that is an experience that Americans love. Tell me what you are thankful for, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 25, 2019
Episode 726 - it's The Sunday Before Thanksgiving
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It's the Sunday before Thanksgiving. I love this holiday. Thanksgiving is about really being thankful.

"Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts." - Henri Frederic Amiel

Everyday we should be thankful. We should start each day with a prayer telling God how thankful we are for life. Forget about the things you have. Life is what it is bout.
Be thankful this week and show love to those in need. Set an extra plate at your table at Thanksgiving for someone who has no place to go.

Tell me what you are thankful for, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 24, 2019
Episode 725 - It's Thanksgiving America, Share Your Gratitude
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This week is Thanksgiving week. Starting today, let's be Americans, think about how thankful we are for this nation, our family, our time to sit down and show are gratitude for what we have been blessed with. Turn off your TV news, don't even listen to the news this week. This week is dedicated to you, as an American, to be thankful for so much and to share this time with people that have no place to go. Tell me your stories about a thanksgiving that meant so much to you, or why thanksgiving is meaningful to you. Tell me your thanksgiving story, send it to mlodge@lodge-co.com or text it to me at 818.252.5682 I want to hear about you and your thanksgiving experience. I will read them on my podcast. Let's celebrate Thanksgiving big time. On my podcast for the week I will not be talking about business or politics, it is all about Thanksgiving. Text 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 23, 2019
Episode 724- Putting Rules In Place For Negotiations
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We all want to close the deal when we negotiate. In this episode we are going to talke about seven negotiation strategies that can help you overcome roadblocks to closing a business deal or in a mediation process. There has to be rules so all parties know what the process is. If you have a comment or questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 22, 2019
Episode 723 - Trump Impeachment Inquirery Recap
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Adam Shiff in his closing statement at the end of today's hearing sounded like an emotional child. Emotions, raising of voice, pouting because he didn't like what people said. However, with this emotional outburst had no legal standing for impeachment. This nation deserves better, not a Schiff who is so emotional but has not legal standing. No one testified to what laws were broken. No one testified on the constitutionality of impeachment. But what we heard was hearsay.and no evidence that supports impeachment. Americans have to ask their members of Congress, why are you wasting tax dollars, how many millions of dollars have been spent on impeachment. All to play politics. This surly was not a legal issue because no legal concerns were brought forward with documentation. This whole impeachment has been known since day one of the election of the President. We have been seeing this for three straight years. In these three years not one law was broken by the President. Not one legal argument. Just assumptions. If you have any comments send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 21, 2019
Episode 722 - Day Four Of Impeachment And Still NOTHING!
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We heard Ambassador Sondland testify yesterday and got the Democrats all fired up. After the first 30 minutes of testimony the Democrats thought they had big time testimony that made Trump a criminal. They zoomed out to the press in a break and went to the press, damning the President. However, under cross examination everything that was said was destroyed by Sondland admitting there was NO Pre-Condition to anything, no nothing, no bribery, no illegal acts. The Democrats were so damaged that they all had mud on their faces based on their failure to wait for the entire testimony. The Democrats argument was dead. Again our constitution remains under attack. If you have any comments or questions send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 21, 2019
Episode 721 - Business Planning Ahead For A Recession
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The economy is very strong at the moment, unemployment is way down, and consumer and business have confidence in the economy. However, that could change depending who is in power in Washington and any pull back by Americans afraid of what could happen if the wrong people get into power. But right now, Americans and Businesses are confident. But to be good stewards of our money we have to plan for any emergency or recession. That is the smart thing to do. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 21, 2019
Episode 720 - Day 3 Of The Trump Impeachment Recap
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Alexander Vidman was a employee who worked for the United States in a role that probably he should not have been in that position. He really thought he was someone. He forgot that Trump is the President, the President sets foreign policy, not Mr. Vidman. He thought he was the only expert for Ukraine. However, he bypassed his supervisor, he leaked the information, he talked to people about the phone call. He heard something different from everyone else on the call. He blew it up. He even talked to a person that he can't even say the name, Schiff protects him from saying the name, because we all now know it is the Whisleblower. This leads us to believe that Vidman is the source of this whole mess used by members of the coup. Even the whisleblowers attorney endorses a coup. Day three of the impeachment hearings just opened up more doubt about the roles of the Schiff and Mr. Vidman with the whisleblower. Dirty rotten politics and unconstitutional. If you have any comments or questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 20, 2019
Episode 719 - Social Security Calls and Insurance
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I have been getting a lot of calls from clients about Social Security calling them warning them that they may have warrents out on them and someone is using their SS number. All fraud, SS never calls. Also, we are going to talk about the difference between whole life and term life policies, cost differences and other issues. Clients have been sold whole life policies that they have to drop by the end of their first year because they can't afford whole life policies. If you have any questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 19, 2019
Episode 718 - Political Tuesday of Hearsay, Lies, And A Resistance By A Corrupt Congress
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Take your Democrat and Republican hats off, put your hate to the side. Your constitution is under attack through hearsay, lies and a resistance movement to destroy America. To divide America at all costs. Our legal rights are being replaced by political accusations, hearsay, rummer - but no rules of law. Put yourself in the seat of the accused, you have no way to prove your innocents, your prosecutor and judge is endorsing your guilt and giving you no way to prove your innocents. We can't even confront our accuser, we can't read any documents of evidence, we can't even present our own witnesses. We are screwed by a corrupt politician and our rights have been thrown out. It could happen, it is happening right before our eyes. We have to hold these politicians accountable for attacking the constitution instead living the words of their oath to you and me to defend and support the constitution. If you have any comments send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 19, 2019
Episode 715 - Personal Financial Planning For 2020
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Today's podcast is about identifying about 15 different tips to improve your daily life, how your using your money. Money in and money out and how you make this process better for you and your family. If you need help, text me at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 18, 2019
Episode 717 - Get Ready For 2019 Taxes
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I have been advising my listeners on getting ready for your tax return for 2019. I asked you to look at your W-2 wages, call your tax practitioners and see where you stand and if you will owe any taxes. I asked you to look at your self employment businesses and know what your income and expenses are to get to your net income and any self employment taxes that you may be hit with. Also, I asked you to look at the available tax credits that you may be able to take to reduce any tax liabilities. Let's be pro-active and know your taxes. If you have any comments or questions, send them through text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 18, 2019
Episode 716 - Businesses See The Ugly Side Of Socialism in NY, SF, LA
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Business owners are getting hit by more and more regulations from SF, LA, NY city government to tell them how to run their businesses. How to pay their employees. How to control their hours at work. And the list goes on and on. What you see is businesses moving out of these cities and states and going to places where it is more business friendly. If your not wanted in SF, NY and LA, then why stay there when there is another city that loves small business in another state. If you have any comments send them to me by texting 818.252.5682. www.lodge-co.com
Nov 16, 2019
Episode 715 - Trump Impeachment Day 2 Recap
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Goodness, today what we heard was an HR hearing of a Ambassador and her being relieved of her duties, by her boss, the President. She even agreed that the President has the right to relieve her of her duties. She didn't lose her job, she still has her job. The whole testimony has nothing to do with the impeachment and addressing the charges of the Democrats. If you have any comments, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www,lodge-co.com
Nov 15, 2019
Episode 714 - Democrats Attack The Constitution With Hearsay
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All Americans should go to google and print out the constitution. You need to go and read the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th amendments that protect our legal rights. Then as the Democrats ask their questions and present their hearsay witnesses, refer to the Constitution and ask if the Democrats are in compliance with the Constitution. Remember, if the Democrats Speaker says that the President is guilty without seeing both sides of evidence attacks the Constitution and all of our legal rights. If they are presenting hearsay witnesses and not allowing the President to confront the witness, they have attacked the constitution of the United States. Put your politics to the side. Put how you feel about the President to the side. And only focus on the constitution, are the Democrats following the constitution. If you have any questions, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 15, 2019
Episode 713 - Divorce And The 2019 New Tax Rules
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Till Death Do Us Part and the IRS Tax rules for 2019 may affect you. Nobody said it was going to be easy. Lots of emotions in a relationship and family that is broken. There are new tax rules that you need to know about and how it is going to affect you. If you have any comments or questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 14, 2019
Episode 712 - Understanding 2020 Tax Brackets
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Taxes are not exactly the most straightforward concept, and a lot of people misunderstand how they are taxed according to tax brackets. So let's have a conversation about how tax brackets work. If you have a comment or questions, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 14, 2019
Episode 711 - Trump Impeachment Day 1 Recap
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Today was the first open hearing of Adam Schiff on the Impeachment show of President Trump. So let's recap what we learned. Absolutely Nothing. Have a comment send a text to 818.619.9788 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 14, 2019
Join Me Tonight at 7 PM Eastern Live - Impeachment Review
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Join me tonight at 7 PM on Spreaker.com - WBT - Wealth, Business & Taxes spreaker.com/show/the-world-of-business-and-taxes
I have taken the day off and will be taking notes. Text me with comments at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 13, 2019
Episode 710 - PodCasting Is Fun, But Not Profitable
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I love podcasting, but revenues are very low unless you are a podcast with millions of listeners. Podcast are great for people to get a consistant message out on what they feel strongly on and have a passion for. There are thousands of Podcasts from around the world on almost every subject matter. Start a podcast and have fun at it, listen to a podcast and be entertained. If you have any comments send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 12, 2019
Episode 709 - Political Tuesday: A Week Of Plitical Nonsense
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The impeachment hearings start this week. Now, as you sit there you will see that these hearings are going to be just like the Kavanau hearings,it will not be pretty. I want you to listen very carefully, and in the back of your mind remember that there is a IG report coming out in the next two weeks that will put everything up in the air, perhaps criminal referrals, and a DOJ response that ties everything to the Impeachment hearings. So this week will be an attempt by the Democrats to make Trump look as evil as possible. Pay attention but don't take it personally, this is not going to be a good thing for America. If you have any comments send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 12, 2019
Episode 708 - Thank You Veterans, Duty, Honor, Country
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Everyone put some time aside and call a Veteran today and say thank you. Thank youy for your Duty, your honor, and service to this country. This is their day. Honor them. Thank them. Pray for them. If you have any comments or questions, send a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 11, 2019
Episode 707 - Have You Prepared Your Guest List For Thanksgiving?
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Every year there are so many people that have no place to go for Thanksgiving. New to the city, country, have no family, and the list goes on. Keep your ears open and find out who has no place to go. They are all around you. Reach out and invite. It will be the best day ever. If you have any comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682. www.lodge-co.com BE THANKFUL
Nov 10, 2019
Episode 706 - Elizabeth Warren And Her Nutty Tax And Spend Plan
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Senator Warren has developed a tax and spend plan that will distroy the financial systems of our great nation. Her so called solution to virtually every problem is raising taxes on Americans and businesses. More taxes on you and me. her campaign advertises more than $26 trillion in new taxes over the decade, growing federal revenue collections by 63 percent. Not one dime of her plan goes to pay down the debt, instead it is being spent on free stuff that you and I will have to pay for through our taxes? Make sense? NOT! if you want a free copy of her tax and spend, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 08, 2019
Episode 705 - If You're An Influencer on Social Media - FTC Has Rules
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The Federal Trade Commission FTC released a new brochure, Disclosures 101 for Social Media Influencers. There are rules I bet you didn't even know that there were rules about what you are promoting or advertising. #ad doesn't cut it. Stay in compliance influncers. If you have any questions, send a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 07, 2019
Episode 704 - Are The Democrats About To Start A Civil War In America
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In 1681 Abraham Lincoln became President. His goal as President was to end slavery in America. However, the South decided they wanted to keep slavery, mostly democrats, decided they would leave the United States. They wanted to keep their slaves. They created the Confederacy. Families fought against each other, brothers killed their own brothers. It is a part of our histroy where we were divided and today we are again divided political based on hate. Hate for a President and a nation. I ask you - are we not again at the beginning of Civil War? Give me your feed back by texting 818.252.5682
Nov 07, 2019
Episode 703 - Use Mediation As A Business Tool
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Business mediation should be a part of every business, big or small, in dealing with disputes internally or outside the business. The mediator, with business experience, has the ability to bring the two sides together very quickly, hear both sides of their stories, and come to an agreement that is fair to both sides. Companies should take control of their conflicts and find a way to resolve these costly issues quickly through mediation. If you have a comment or questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682
Nov 05, 2019
Episode 702 - Political Tuesday, California Gov. Newsom Says Capitalism Is To Blame For The Fires
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California is in trouble. It has the worse dangerous Govenor ever in the history of the state. Newsom says that the reason there is so many fires is because of capitalism. Which means he doesn't want any jobs coming to California because capitalism is evil. So with this thought process the Govenor is chasing out the tax base of people and businesses. Newsom wants to take over the electrical grids of California by taking over PG&E. How stupid is that? The State can't even repair their roads, infrastructure, and everything else that supports and protects the people of California. Politicians are making it harder for businesses to stay in California, so they pick up and move - look at Nissan, Toyota, Nessle, and other companies that have moved out to friendly states. I left California in July 2019, I could no longer aford to live in the state I was born in. Capitalism does not cause fires. Stupid politicans do. If you have any comments text me at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 05, 2019
Episode 701 - Trump And A Million Other People Leave New York
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Forbes reported that New Yorkers are leaving the city in droves. 300 people per day are leaving and going to states that have better tax rates and lower cost of living. The trend is not exclusive to the New York metropolitan area. California is lossing many people to other states where taxes are lower, same story as New York, just different state. If your moving out of Orange County in California to Phoenix, a 26 ft. truck is estimated to cost $1,465. The same truck going in the opposite direction is estimated to cost $101. There is such a high demand on moving trucks leaving California and New York that it has driven the moving costs up to get out of an expensive state and city. Businesses are heading out to better communities also. So welcome to Florida Mr. President, bye New York. If you have any comments or questions, send a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 02, 2019
Episode 700 - The Art Of Listening In Business - Life
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Only 10% of us listen to others. We sit there with other things going on in our brains. Turn everything off, and respect the words being said, show that you actually value what they are being said. Don't be part of the 10% If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Nov 01, 2019
Episode 699 - What Money Managers Say
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I read a good article about what some money managers have said what they were told to save money. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Oct 31, 2019
Episode 698 - Creating Your Personal Financial Budget for 2020
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If you are a person or a family that doesn't know your total income and expenses, you have a problem. you don't have to reach the end of the month wondering where your money went. Make a personal financial budget to know what your financial strength or weakness is and then work on it. If you need help, or have questions, contact me by send a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Oct 31, 2019
Episode 697 - Kanya West and God? Really?
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Everyone challenges faith, especially new found faith. Kanya West has been touched by God and is developing his faith. Now at first I didn't beleive it, but hen I saw him and heard his words and it was a man of change and confidence because he found something that works - God. We should never judge an individual when he says he has changed and is trying to become better every day. Don't be a crab where you try to tear people down because you see something different in a person. Let's watch and listen, because God is using a new vessal, unlike what we have seen before. If you have any comments or questions, text me at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Oct 31, 2019
Episode 696 - Cleaning Up Your Business Books 2019
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For those of you in business, independent contractor or otherwise, you need to clean up your financial records and reporting. This podcast is about the form Schedule C and what you need to report. If you have any questions send me a text to 818.252.5682 or leave them in the comments. www.lodge-co.com
Oct 30, 2019
Episode 695 - Planning For The End Of The Year and 2020
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There are many ways you can start closing down 2019, making some decisions, and saving money in 2019 and planning for 2020 tax filing. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Oct 30, 2019
Episode 694 - Political Tuesday - Do Something!
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A political vote is coming on Thursday, per Speaker Pelosi, on Impeachment. Not a real impeachment vote, just a politcal ploy. It is time that we put a stop to political nonsense and start doing for the American people. We have so much to get done and yet Congress does nothing. They are so stuck on political hate that they have put the american people to do side. Call, text, email, fac your members of Congress to vote no on impeachment and start doing something for the American people. Send me your comments or questions by texting me at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Oct 29, 2019
Episode 693 - Is Your Side Hustle Taxable?
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45 million Americans have a side hussle and some of you think it is not taxable. If you are earning money from a side hussle or gig, maybe as a consultant, doing bookkeeping on the side, selling stuff, whatever it may be, you are earning money that is taxable. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Oct 28, 2019
Episode 692 - Anxiety, Depression, Trauma Can Lead To DEBT
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The average American uses over 1/3rd of his or her budget to pay down debt (2019 study from Northwestern Mutual). 15% or higher of people believe they will be paying off debt for the rest of their life. Experts say a significant amount of debt is explained by a money disorder - anxiety, depression, or trauma. Think about your disorder if you are in debt. On average each household with a credit card has $8,284 in credit card debt. ou, the consumer, consumer debt is at $13.51 trillion, that includes mortgages, auto loans, credit card and student loan debt. You have option, think about the next time you pull out your credit card - do you have a spending disorder? If you have comments or need help, text me at - 818.252.5982 www.lodge-co.com Produced by Michael Lodge
Oct 27, 2019
Episode 691 - Social Security Scammer Phone Call
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They are out there, scammers pretending to be from the Social Security Administration telling people they are suspending your SSN. The SSA will never call you. They will never suspend your SSN. The phone number is from Texas and when you try and call it back it is not in service. If you don't know phone numbers calling you, don't answer. Listen to the voice mails and you will find out they are scammers. If you have any questions or comments, text me at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Oct 25, 2019
Episode 690 - Wrapping Up The Week
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This week went zooming by. So many things I had to work on that made the time go zooming by. So this is a quick wrap up on issues that needed to be discussed. Taxation, marriage, and other issues. If you have a comment or question, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Oct 25, 2019
Episode 689 - Exhausted By Dishonest Politics?
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Americans are exhausted by dishonest politics that we get bombed with every single day. Here are three quotes I want to you think about and act on.

Beware how you trifle with your marvelous inheritance, this great land of ordered liberty, for if we stumble and fall, freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin. - Henry Cabot Lodge
It is never right to compromise with dishonesty - Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who prevent the Constitution. - Abraham Lincoln.
If your exhausted about dishonest politics then stand up and get some energy and take back the Congress before they distroy the constitution. Hold your politicians accountable. If you have a comment send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Oct 22, 2019
Episode 688 - Take A Crises And Turn It Into A Possibility
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At some point in time you are going to have a failure or a crises in business. You can either pitty yourself or you can take the knowledge you got from a crises and create a change. With every crises there is a learning process that brings oppotunities, possibilities. Man up or women up and grasp the oppotunities from failure and do something great. Believe me, I have been through it. If you have any comments send a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Oct 21, 2019
Episode 687 - Forget About The Political Bloggers
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At the begin of every political election cycle, we see a lot of bloggers out there with a left and right blog with a political agenda. It is their personal agenda based on talking points or lies from either side. Every political blogger has a political agenda. Turn them off and use common sense in listening to the politicians, is it good or bad for American. You and I, and all of our neighbors, it is good for America. Sit down nd use the common sense test. If you have any comments send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Oct 21, 2019
Episode 686 - Ask The Question "Why"
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Snow White said it best, "Whistle While You Work". So many of us are so unhappy with what we do for work. We no longer whistle, instead we are so unhappy we moan and groan. Ask the question, Why am I unhappy and then ask What should I do to change. You have options. Learn to whistle again. If you have any questions or comments, text me at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Oct 16, 2019
Episode 685 - The Steps In Changing Your Career
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At some point in our lives, people come to a place that they are wanting to change their career, they want to do something new, they are burnt out, and the list goes on. There are steps that you should follow to asking the right questions and developing your plan of action to accomplish this change. If you have any questions or need help, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Oct 15, 2019
Episode 684 - Mediate To Resolve Disputes
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I get so many requests from individuals that want me to mediate, thinking that I will act as their attorney. That is not how mediation works. No way, no how, can a mediator act as an attorney in mediation, he/she can't give you legal advice. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution resolving disputes between two or more parties with concrete effects. Typically, a third party, the mediator, assists the parties to negotiate a settlement. Mediation can be used to resolve disputes of any magnitude. Mediation has a 85% success rate. Use mediation to resolve disputes, it is far less expensive then going to court. If you have any questions on mediation, send me a text to 818.252.5682. www.lodge-co.com
Oct 14, 2019
Episode 683 - Keep Your Faith Strong
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Faith is the corner stone of our lives. No matter how you believe, what God you serve, how you conduct your business, it is all based on faith. "So keep your faith in the God above, and faith in the righteous truth, it shall bring you back to the absent love, and the joys of a vanished youth." Build your faith daily in some way. Keep your faith strong. If you have a question or comment send me a text to 818.619.9788. www.lodge-co.com
Oct 13, 2019
Episode 682 - Random Thoughts About Planning
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It takes a journal and a pen to put to papper your strategy. If you put it down on paper it gets done because you are focused on accomplishing what you set out to do. A journal doesn't have pop ups, youtube, emails that are annoying you as you try to get things done. A journal is private to get organized for your financial and other successes. Journal it, write it down, plan. If you have any questions send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Oct 13, 2019
Episode 681 - It's About Common Sense, Not Politics
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Americans have stopped using common sense. Instead they follow other people, they don't think the process through, they listen to bloggers, and they learn the script of what other people are saying. Instead of thinking things through, they follow nonsense. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Oct 12, 2019
Episode 680 - Is Your Business Spiritual?
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I love the story I read on FaceBook today about two companies, In-N-Out and Chick Filet. Both companies are not ashamed to let people know how they think spiritually. They are not afraid to tell you and me how they feel their business should be run through a spiritual believe of doing good things. If you have any questions, send me a text at 818.252.5682 and I will answer. Visit my website at www.lodge-co.com
Oct 10, 2019
Episode 679 - Family Disputes, Communication And Mediation
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Families at some point in time have family disputes because communication breaks down, and the dispute becomes bigger because no one wants to talk to each other. It is time to bring in a mediator to get the human side to come back to the table and communicate. If you are in this situation and need help, send me a text at 818.252.5682. 30 minute free consultation. WWW.LODGE-CO.COM
Oct 02, 2019
Episode 678 - Review And Plan 2019/20
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It is the final quarter of 2019, sit down and review, tweak your 4th quarter business plan, and start planning for 2020. If you need help, send me a text to 818 252.5682 WWW.LODGE-CO.COM
Oct 01, 2019
Episode 677 - The Unethical Adam Schiff
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Yesterday at the impeach Trump hearing of Adam Schiff, he took a document and added his iwn words to it, in fact he lied. Schiff has shown time after time that he lies, is unethical, and can't be trusted. It is time that Schiff be stripped of his chairmanship and brought up on ethics charges. In fact I call on Congress to take action. Comments or questions, text me at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Sep 27, 2019
Episode 676 - Gay Or Straight, Get You Financial Life In Order
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In Monday evening I flew from Palm Beach, FL to South Carolina. I got an Uber driver to drive me and we had a 45 minute talk about the end of life with his partner of 20 years and not planning for the end. Plan for the end, no matter how old you are, protect the one's that you love through planning. Questions or comments, text me at 818.252.5682. www.lodge-co.com
Sep 25, 2019
Episode 675 - Pelosi And The Democrats Attack America
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Today Pelosi and the Democrats announced formal impeachment hearings against Americans and the President. As an American I have had enough. This has got to stop and the only way to take back out nation is to stop dirty rotten politics. If you have a comment text it to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Sep 24, 2019
Episode 674 - Planning For 2020, Get It Together
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October is coming and it is the best month to start planning for 2020. Every person and business needs to sit down, write out a plan and budget for 2020. You have three months, October - November and December, to sit down with a new fresh journal and write out your 2020 plan. This is a key to personal and business growth. if you need help, or have a question or comment, send me a text to 818.252.5682 or send an email to info@lodge-co.com www.lodge-co.com
Sep 23, 2019
Episode 673 - The Family Business & Succession
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Hollywood is great at telling a story. I have become addicted to HBO's show call, "Succession". This is a story about a family that are in business with their father, with a little mental instability, who jerks around his children. However, the father owns the company and his sons and daughters are all fighting to be in control after their father is gone. Now, skip to the part where the father has a brain aneurysm, collapses and goes into a coma. The trust and succession has not been agreed to, nothing was signed. Who is in control? Every business needs to think about this story. If you need help or have questions, send me an email to info@lodge-co.com or text me at 818.252.5682
Sep 21, 2019
Episode 672 - Do Not Co-Sign On Loans D.U.M.B
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The word "Default" is a very ugly word. Why, because if you co-sign on a loan you become responsible for that debt. It is DUMB in capital letters. Debt is dumb to get into through a co-signer on a loan. I know that you want to help out, but think first about helping yourself by staying out of debt. No matter how much you love your kids, things happen and kids do default on their loans, that you co-signed on. Stop it. If you have any questions, help, comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 or email info@lodge-co.com
Sep 20, 2019
Episode 671 - The Nonsense of Politics
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Every single day the Congress and other government levels are producing political nonsense, pushing the constitution to the side and creating their own set of laws, ignoring the constitution. California just did this and thank goodness the federal court stopped the law they passed to say you have to publish your tax returns to run for President, a clear violation of the Constitution. The demand for impeachment in Congress right now is in violation of the constitution, but they are doing it based on hate for the President. They raised their right hand and said - I defend and will protect the Constitution. And they they push it to the side and creat havic in this nation. Nothing is getting done because of political hate. We have to hold these politicians at all levels accountable for doing political nonsense. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text at 818.252.5682 or email me at info@lodge-co.com www.lodge-co.com
Sep 20, 2019
Episode 670 - Business Requirements As Owners
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Business has requirements. And these requirements also must be put into practice everyday - Ethics, listening, vision, financial responsibility, planning, follow through and the list goes on. We need to look at these every single day as we run and grow our businesses. If you have a question or comment, send a text to 818.252.5682. www.lodge-co.com
Sep 19, 2019
Episode 669 - Just Say I'm Done, No Excuses
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A life coaching moment today. You don't have to have an excuse. you have the right to say, you're done, you're over it. you have been there, experienced it and now you don't want to do it anymore. You use to drink and now you don't, you're done with it. You have a toxic friend, you experienced it, you're done. you stopped watching the news, you had enough. You are done! That is all you have to say - I'm done. If you have any questions or comments, text me at 818.252.5682 www.lodge.com
Sep 18, 2019
Episode 668 - Choose Better People To Get Advice From
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So many of us listen to our friends for advice. Listen to people who have the experience. Would you listen to a nurse about starting a business? Think about it. If you have a question or comment, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Sep 14, 2019
Episode 667 - Personal Finances and Stewardship
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So many of you are not paying attention to your finances, debt, spending, creating better income flows. Every family and individual need to put together a budget, a financial plan for the year. Best time to start working on it is in October, you have three months to the start of a new year to creat a financial plan for 2020. Hire a financial coach, get some help, use some common sense. If you need a financial coach, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Sep 12, 2019
Episode 666 - California Is The New Cuba
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Yesterday the state of California in their legistlature voted on a new law that will mandate rent control over the entire state. Now the people of California voted against Prop 10 that was a rent control proposition. Californians said - NO. But, politicians again are overriding the citizens of California. This is not democracy, it is socialism. California has become the Cuba of the United States. The peoples voice no longer matter, it is only what the government wants. Also, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law that said, disruptive students can no be sent home. That puts the safety of teachers in danger. California has gone to the Cuba style of government. I left California, moved my business and my life to Florida, to escape California corruption. I am a refugee from California. If you have any comments or questions, send a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Sep 12, 2019
Episode 665 - Put Your Time Into Your Communities
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Everyday in eveery community there are politicians doing nothing but people trying to make a difference. Every person, businesses, churches have the ability to do so much through giving of time to help. Government will never help communities, it is up to everyone living or working in these communities to get things done. If you have questions or comments, send a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Sep 11, 2019
Episode 664 - Who Will Take Over Your Business?
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Business succession planning is important for every business. Who is going to take over incase something happens? There needs to be a plan in place to protect the business and the family or partners who are now responsible for the businss. Who will take over? Will you sell it? What is in the estate planning, and the list goes on. Bring in a business mediator to help the family develope a plan. If you need help, send a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Sep 10, 2019
Eepisode 663 - Leadership and Conflict
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There is conflict and disputes within companies all the time. Leadership can cause conflict. Employees do not know the goals of the leader, no communication from the leader to his team, and not following through. Employees begin to wonder if the leader is really a leader. Managers, supervisors, senior executives, all have a role to work with their employees or teams. There is often points of directions that come under dispute on projects. A third party mediator needs to be brought into the conflict so it is confidential and the team and leader get back on track. Just by being heard, confidentially, the team can get back on the right road. Mediation works and should be utilized by human resources when conflict and disputes arise. If you have a question, or need a mediator, send me a text to 818.252.5682 or send me an email at www.lodge-co.com www.lodge-co.com
Sep 05, 2019
Episode 662 - Finding The Right Talent
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Finding the right talent that adds value. Value is the key word that we need to be looking for in individuals that we hire. There are several aspects to keep good talent also. We need to focus on what we need to do as leaders in keeping good talent. If you have any questions or comments send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Sep 05, 2019
Episode 661 - Holding Politicians Accountable
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Politics is no longer a professional that cares about the American people. It is all about power. 700,000 homeless American kids and the politicians only focus on those at the boarder who are not even Americans. We hame mentally ill and drug addicts setting up tent and cardboard box cities inside Los Angeles and other cities. However, no politician has a plan for mental health and the homeless. So politicians don't run to represent us, they run to gain power. Power is their only objective. We need to hold politicians accountable for our needs in our communities. If you have any comments or questions, send it to me via text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Sep 05, 2019
Episode 660 - Career Advice On Resumes
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Your resume is your professional life story that you will tell employers. The better and shorter the story the greater the success. If your resume is too long employers will put it to the side because they have to go through hundreds of resume's for one job. Keep it to one page and put good stuff on it. You don't need to tell your whole life story. Good questions at the interview will draw out other information about you. If you need help, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Sep 04, 2019
Episode 659 - Preparing For Divorce Through Mediation
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We never think divorce can happen in our own lives. But it happens and when it does happen if you work with a mediator in setting the separation rules the process is less stressful. Working with a mediator who can work with both parties can help each person to work and agree to a clean and understood process before the actual divorce takes place. Don't try to go through divorce alone. Get support from professionals and from your friends that will be there for you. Set the rules in advance so when the attorneys do get involved there are agreements in place and the attorneys can follow through on the legalities. If you have any questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Sep 03, 2019
Episode 658 - What Will Your Legacy Be?
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A friend asked me last night, what will my legacy be? Now my life is not over yet, things can change, but it is time for all of us to re-examine our lives. Ask yourself what you want to be remembered as.
Sep 01, 2019
Episode 657 - We Don't Need China
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Trump is doing the right actions towards China. China has been a sneaky player for a very long time and something had to be done. What my trouble with Trump is his attack on the Federal Reserve Chairman, wrong place to attack. The economy is doing well at the moment, let's keep the interest rates where they are. If our economy slides we will need those remaining interest rates to bring down to boost the economy. Leave them where they are at. Trillions of foreign investment dollars are flowing into our country because they see us as safe. Trump, focus on China, not on the Federal Reserve. Thise talking and hoping for a recession are idiots. We have a strong economy and Americans want that. But the left never wants what Americans want. We have an economy that is strongest in all the world. We will do fine under the current economic policies. Send me your questions or comments by texting 818.252.5682 WWW.LODGE-CO.COM
Aug 24, 2019
Episode 656 - Scrub Your Financial Numbers
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From time to time it is vital to scrub your financials numbers. Many times data is just plugged into computers because it is so much. However very little analysis is done on where that data is going. Hire someone to scrub for you and then sit down and understand your financials. If you need help, text me at 818 252.5682. WWW.LODGE-CO.COM
Aug 19, 2019
Episode 655 - 12 Million Rats Have Taken Over Lod Angeles
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The city of Los Angeles has a health hazard about to explode and city politician's refuse to act. The city has a population explosion of homeless. Drug addicts, mentally ill, and others, have set up camps on every street they can live in. The liberal politicians refuse to do anything to clean up the city, the garbage on the streets and destroy the rats. Liberal politicians have destroyed the state of California. Now the state has banned the use if poison to kill off the rats because they are afraid of hurting the mountain lion population. Disease spreads fast and it could take over the state if they refuse to do anything, lives are at risk.
Aug 16, 2019
Episode 654 - At The End Of The Day, Sleep Soundly
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When you have accomplished a lot during the day, you can sleep soundly. Do all your work with gusto. Send me a question by text to 818 252.5682. WWW.LODGE-CO.COM
Aug 15, 2019
Episode 653 - Daily Business Planning
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If you are a good business owner or manager, you have put your yearly business plan into action. However, every week you need to have a business plan for the week. Keep a daily journal of your business, your plan, your conversation, your information gathering in doing your job. Journal it daily. If you need help in planning, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Aug 13, 2019
Episode 652 - Political Tuesday - Free Stuff Is Very Expensive
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Free stuff is a very expensive political belief. With every free item a politician wants to give away will cost every American trillions of dollars to pay for all this non-free stuff. A nation wanting to give away free stuff will fail very quickly because no one has the momentum to work, build companies, study hard for a paying profession. You have politicians who have really never worked out in the public sector and worked hard, they have been politicians where Americans have been paying for their salary and their free healthcare. They don't understand the worth of work. They certainly don't do it at their jobs in politics, they just push an agenda of free stuff and hate. That is their whole message to Americans. Think about this, we have over 700,000 kids homeless in America - but no politicians talk about our own children. We have mentally health challenged people living on the streets in our cities - no politician has a plan to help these people. They don't even want to talk about mental health issues in our nation, it does not fit into their political agenda. Political tuesday stinks, I hate talking about politics, but until we vote I will continue to do political tuesday. We need to have a communication on the words politicians use and how expensive their ideas are to Americans and the failure of their message. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Aug 13, 2019
Episode 651 - Your Interrupting Yourself All Day Long
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We are so guilty about self-interrupting your workday. Your working on a project and someone sends you a text, you stop and read the text. Or your working on a project and you stop and go to another project without finishing the first project. We are self-interrupting ourself all day long. We need to look at adjusting on interruptions and use techniques to help us stay on track. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Aug 12, 2019
Episode 650 - Making Business Decisions When Time Runs Out
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A very good quote, "If it isn't heck yes, then it is eally heck no", time to pull the plug. Sometimes we get into a situation where we have a project or a company that just isn't making it. You have thrown everything at it and it just will not get to a success level. It is draining cash from your other operations. Time to shut it down, put your resources into the companies or businesses that are making money. Tough decision to make if you built it up by yourself. If you have a question or comment, or need advice, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Aug 10, 2019
Episode 649 - Impeachment Of A Nation
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Members of Congress have announced they will begin the procedings on Impeachment of the President. They have not grounds, but they will do anything that is dirty to regain their power. They don't want to do their jobs - roads, immigration, healthcare, and the list goes on. Instead they want to hold a nation hostage through impeachment. This is the story of politics, if you go against the American people - you will be voted out. Do your job for the American people or your out. That is the truth about politics. Congress is not not doing their job, instead they want to play the power play of politics. It is all about power. If you have comments, text me at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Aug 09, 2019
Episode 648 - PodCasting As A Business
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I love podcasting. I love the creative process, getting the content that is of value to others, and to sit down and talk to people around the world as if they are in my living room. Will you make money from it? Nope, not unless you are selling your own services or products. I sell my book on my podcast - Ethically Thinking, It's Not That Hard" on www.amazon.com. See how I worked that in? Podcasting is not a money making project, but it is about producing content of value. Value is the key work. If you have any questions on podcasting, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Aug 09, 2019
Episode 647 - Strategy In Dealing With A Bully
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People who bully do it because they can. No one tells them not to. Be that person who tells them not to and your life will change dramatically. People who bully because they are lacking social and emotional intelligence. Steer them in the right direction in terms of how to treat you and they will listen. They will even respect you. If you have any questions on bullying in the office, send me a text to 818.252.5682. www.lodge-co.com
Aug 09, 2019
Episode 646 - No Funny Business In Business Decisions
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All companies have to make good business decisions. Every decision-maker has a different approach. I had a client that was way off base, closing the office doors, shutting their eyes, and telling a story in their heads to make business decisions with. This is called funny business, not a real business. Real decision making takes on an approach that looks at everything in their company, looking at the over all parts of the business. Finding what you do right and what is being done wrong. If you have any questions on a business decision, send me a text at 818.252.5682 and I will answer your questions. www.lodge-co.com
Aug 08, 2019
Episode 645 - Ageism
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Ageism is prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of a person's age. Ageism in recruitment is an increasing problem. This is a very common practice of discrimination in job hiring by companies and businesses. The AARP reports that 1 in 5 workers in the United States is over the age of 55 Nearly 65 percent of workers say that they have experienced agebased discrimination at work and 58 percent of those surveyed believe that ageism became apparent starting at age 50. I have seen this concern from people at the age of 30 and 40. Ageism is a serious issue that should be treated the same as sex, race, and disability based discrimination. Raising public awareness about the issues ageism creates can help. As the population of older adults continues to increase, finding ways to minimize ageism will become increasingly important. I want to hear your story, send me an email to mlodge@lodge-co.com or text me at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Aug 08, 2019
Episode 644 - Business Coaching Explained
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In business, sometimes we get off track, we need help. A business coach can assist and guide you in running a business by helping you clarify the vision of your business and how t fits in with your personal goals. Business coaching is a process used to take a business from where it is now to where the business owner want it to be. If you are in need of a business coach, send me a text - COACH 818.252.5682 WWW.LODGE-CO.COM
Aug 07, 2019
Episode 643 - Leadership Need To Address Bullying
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We continue on with our series on bullying. Bullying happens in almost every company. To stop bullying it starts with the leadership with the organization. Workplace mediation is needed, the bully and the target of the bully, need to sit down and come to an agreement on how to resolve the issue. The target needs to learn how to standup to the bully. If you have a workplace conflict in your organization, send me a text that says HELP to 818.252.5682 All conversation are confidential. www.lodge-co.com
Aug 07, 2019
Episode 642 - Politicians Need To Address Menal Health
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Politicians only want to play politics with death of Americans. Instead of finding a way to help the menal health issues of this nation they lash out at other politicians or guns. Instead of looking at the individual that did the damage and their level of mental health hate. Great quote, "Hatred contaminates the container in which it is carried in." Hate is a mental health problem that developes into the death of others. Politicians need to start thinking about Americans mental health issues instead of building their power to political agenda's. If you have any questions send them through text to: 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Aug 06, 2019
Episode 641 - Workplace Mental Health - Bullying
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Bullies are all around us. Some of us deal with buillies in various ways. This week we are going to talk about bullying in the office. Today our conversation is going to be about what are the various behaviors of a bully. If any of the behaviors we talk about desribes you - then you are a bully. Join me this week as we have this conversation of what to do when you are bullied at work. If you have any questions or would like to have a workplace mediation done, text me at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Aug 05, 2019
Episode 640 - Communication Is A Key To Mental Health
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Every single day when I go out, eat at a resturant, people all around me are on their cell phones texting, Instagramming, Facebooking, an all forms of social media. Two people can be sitting across from each other and both are on their cell phones. The skills of personal communication with each other has almost vanashed. We text but see no human emotion. In business we use texting and emails to form documentation of our conversation with our clients or customers. But in real life with other humans in our personal lives we have lost the ability to communicate. Put down the cell phone, stop texting, talk and listen to someone. Make a new friend. Communication is a key to our mental health. If you have a question or would like to sign up for a life coaching session, text us at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Aug 05, 2019
Episode 639 - Remembering El Paso and Mental Health
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Let us all remember El Paso in our prayers. Prayer trumps hate, shooting people is hate, hate is a mental health issue. All last week I did a 5 day series on mental health in the workplace, life and community. Every individual should know that it is ok to talk about how they are feeling, their current mental health process. There are always signs, and sometimes we choose to ignore them. The right approach is to listen and help. Even God, in the bible, has warned us about mental health. In fact God gave us over 20 verses on mental health. God knew that this world would have mental health issues. Even Buddha talks about mental health. Other writers of spiritual material have addressed mental health. We, as humans in this world, need to let everyone know it is ok to talk about mental health issue. Let's not take a shooting and make it political, but instead we need to talk about our mental health crisis in the United States. We have homeless running our streets that have mental health issues and drug problems, but we do nothing about it. The topic of menal health have to become a part of our conversation. If you would like to talk about mental health text my office at 818.252.5682 or send me an email to mlodge@lodge-co.com www.lodge-co.com
Aug 04, 2019
Episode 638 - Starting A Business And Being Depressed
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When you are starting or running a business, you will go through depression. It is a lonely experience because everything relies on you. But you can work through it if you remain focused and surround yourself with some close adviser, for personal and business issues. The best investment in your business and yourself is to hire a business coach. Find someone that has been through everything before, not someone that advertises as a coach in business but have never built or run a business. Find someone who has built something, run something, and have real business experience. Experience counts. If you need a business coach / adviser, or have questions on starting or running a business, send me a text to: 818.252.5682 or email me at mlodge@lodge-co.com www.lodge-co.com
Aug 03, 2019
Episode 637 - The Shared Economy Is Taxable!
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The shared economy is a new way of life. Those of you doing AirBnB, Lift, Uber are part of this new economy. You are now running a business, which means you have to act like a business. Record your income and your expenses in operating your business. Report it on a Schedule C for business or profession. If you have any questions send me a business text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Aug 02, 2019
Episode 636 - Refocus Your Business Life
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All of us go through that point in our business life where we want to run away, hide, escape. The communication process is vital to get out the issue and find a resolution to the issues that make you want to escape. Refocusing needs to be done, because your actions affect not just you but lots of people. Business coaches and advisors are there for you to let loose of all that is bothering you and to refocus on what you need to do. This is life, and in business at times you need to sit down and refocus. If you need help send me a text to 818.252.5682 or send me an email to mlodge@lodge-co.com www.lodge-co.com
Aug 02, 2019
Episode 635 - Consistency To Success or Failure
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I have been down in my Palm Beach home and office paiting and getting everything ready for the final move. I have learned that I am very old because my body is telling me the story of stiffness rom painting and stretching, lifting, and moving stuff. However, I learned that if I painted in a consitent stroke of the brush of paint, the wall looked good. Everything that we do we have to be consistent, that is how we get to success. Bend corners you will not have the success you want. You will have to go back and redo whatever you did. Be consistent in everything we do - success. If you have any questions send me a text to 818.252.5682 and I will answer your text. www.lodge-co.com
Aug 01, 2019
Episode 634 - Spend Your Money Wisely On Conferences And Seminars
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It has become aggressive on Social Media by those trying to sell you a seminar on how to become rich. However, the only one making money is the one selling you the seminar and all the books and stuff from him. You walk away with new buzzwords but no new knowledge on what you thought would help you. Buzzwords never make you rich. They key to success is hard work and constant learning about your field of interest. If you have comments or questions, text me at 818.252.5682 or email me at mlodge@lodge-co.com
Jul 29, 2019
Episode 629 - Mental Health Series Wrap-up
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This is the wrap up to the mental health series parts 1 through 4. This podcast is on building a mental health strategy for our companies. If you have any questions on workplace strategy send me a text to 818.525.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jul 26, 2019
Episode 633 - I Love Change, Best Learning Experience
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No matter how old that you are, change is good. It is a full head on learning experience and makes you a well rounded person. Adapt and change and you will become a better person. The better you become the better you can help and work with other people - no matter how old you are. If you have a question on business, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jul 25, 2019
Episode 628 - Mental Health Series Part 4
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When anger disrupts the office a mental health incident occurs. Business needs to have a better way to deal with mental health issues with their employees and management. If you have a question on workplace conflict mediation, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jul 25, 2019
Episode 632 - Focus On Your Personal Finances, Debt Is Evil
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We are starting to see an uptick on pre-foreclosures on homes, up 9% from the prior month. Credit card debt has gone up 5% from the prior year. Americans need to get their debt and personal finances under control, they need to put their budgets together so they don't show up on the pre-foreclosure list. Be a good steward of your personal finances. If you need help or have questions, send me a text at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jul 24, 2019
Episode 627 - Mental Health Series Part 3
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Anger and hostility can get out of control very quickly. Mental health and mediation of conflict work hand in hand. Human emotions can turn from hate to violance in a moment. We as business owners need to do better in the process of dealing with mental health issues with our workforce. If you have questions on mediation on conflict, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jul 24, 2019
Episode 631 - Why Companies Need Outside Mediation Services
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Conflict happens everyday in businesses. Taking on conflict between people within a company should not be handled internally, it should be done by an outside mediator so people can speak in confidence and not tainted by internation company issues. If you have a question on workplace conflict mediation, send me a text to: 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jul 23, 2019
Episode 630 - Political Tuesday, Back By Demand
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I said I would not talk about politics but now I have to. Too much bad politics is being produced through the media and politicians that I have to keep Political Tuesday going until the end of this election cycle. We need to think this through with common sense and what is good for Americans, not what a political party wants in changing America. We have to be very careful on who we elect and what laws they try to pass that affect business and our personal lives. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to; 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jul 23, 2019
Episode 626 - Mental Health Series Part Two
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You really can't judge a person who is having a bad mental health day. Each individual has a story they need to tell, we have to listen. Don't judge, listen instead. Create an enviornment within your companies to discuss mental health and dealing with it in the business enviornment. Mental health can affect our business - we have to be proactive. If you have any questions or comments, text them to me at 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com
Jul 23, 2019
Episode 625 - Mental Health Series Part One
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Everyday we are touched by mental health issues, some simple and some very complicated. But we as employers, owners of companies, employees, need to understand it more and how to deal with issues in the workplace. As a mediator of workplace conflict, I see various levels of mental health issues that create conflict. Over the next four days I will be telling your stories on how mental health issues have touched my life and how we should talk about it. Open your doors and let people talk. If you have a question or comment, send me a text to 818.252.5682
Jul 22, 2019
Episode 624 - A Cup Of Coffee With A Side Of Racism
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Last Saturday I was having coffee and experienced racial words that should have not been spoken. We need to do better. WWW.LODGE-CO.COM
Jul 16, 2019
Episode 623 - Your Wages Went Up And So Did Your Debt
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I saw a blo on Linkedin by someone that said Americans are not benefiting from the boom in the economh. However, they failed to mention that consumer debt went up by 5%. So wages went up and so did personal debt. Americans have got to get better at managing their personal finance. Debt is evil and it can be managed, but it has to begin with you, as an American. If you need help, text me at 818.252.5682 The message center is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, we will see your message and will respond. www.lodge-co.com
Jul 10, 2019
Episode 622 - The Stupidity Of Politics
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I thought I was done doing political Tuesdays, but felt I had to do a podcast on the stupidity of the politicians running for President. There is no common sense being used, instead it is promises and a whole lot of lies being spread. You and I have to do better in electing the right people for office, put the political parties to the side, and find people that will represent Americans - not a party. If you have questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682
Jul 09, 2019
Episode 621 - Focus On Your Personal Development To Lead
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If you are not working on your own personal development you are going nowhere, your not growing and you won't be able to get your team and employees to grow. Either they are going to outgrow you or everthing will just stay the same. Focus on your personal development to lead. You have so many sources to turn to, but it should be a constant process in your daily life. Get to it. If you have a business question text us at 818.252.5682 or send an email to mlodge@lodge-co.com www.lodge-co.com
Jul 08, 2019
Episode 620 - Giving From The Heart
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When you talk to people who have walked through life with sexual abuse, physical abuse, all kinds of abuses, it touches the heart. It means something when you talk to people who have gone through such tough experiences and are trying to survive and maybe starting out new. Get involved in non-profit organizations in your communities, give from the heart through time, donations, talking. Get involved. If you have a question, send me a text to 818.252.5682
Jul 07, 2019
Episode 619 - If You Need To Change - Change!
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So many of us get caught up in the rush of life. In your heart you know you want to make a change, but you don't do it. If you need change in your life - CHANGE IT! www.lodge-co.com Text a question to 818.252.5682
Jul 05, 2019
Episode 618 - I Love The 4th Of July
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My most favoriate day of the year is the 4th of July. I love being independent. Know why we celebrate this day, it is the beginning of our independence. Have we lost it? No, we still have the independence that we fought for, we got, and we will keep it. www.lodge-co.com Text questions to: 818.252.5682
Jul 04, 2019
Episode 617 - Instagram, Taxes and Your Data
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Today's podcast is about several things. My issues with Instagram, tax documentation and your data security with your tax practitioner. Let's chat. www.lodge-co.com Text your questions to 818.252.5682
Jul 03, 2019
Episode 616 - Divorce and Taxes
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New tax laws have changed the way we look at divorce and taxes. If you are going through a separation and divorce, sit down with a tax advisor that knows divorce tax law. Many things have changed so you need to be aware of the various options that you can take advantage of. Have a questions? Send it to: mlodge@lodge-co.com or text it to: 818.252.5682
Jul 01, 2019
Episode 615 - Surround Yourself With Quality And Smart Professionals
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All of us have to be financially responsible by surrounding ourselves with people with the professional experience needed to protect us. Being responsible for our financial issues is very important. Focus on your financial stewardship, that is your duty to you and your family, even your business. This podcast is to tell you - do better. mlodge@lodge-co.com or text me at 818.252.5682 (a texting service for business)
Jun 29, 2019
Episode 614 - Instagram and FaceBook - Out Of Control
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I posted a educational blog today on Instagram, they shut down my account because they said it didn't go along with their guidelines. My post was simple, "In business or in negotiating, never lie about numbers and facts. It will catch up with you". Now I challened their reason for not letting me post and shutting down the IG account. No resonse. It still remains shut down. Perhaps it is time for everyone to rethink how they are using these social media networks when they will not communicate as to why. Their reason was that postings that deal with drugs, guns, violence was not acceptable. The problem is that my posting had nothing to do with their rules. Perhaps Instagram and Facebook need to have mediation as to what can and can't be posted and the right way to communicate it. Questions - send me an email at: mlodge@lodge-co.com
Jun 27, 2019
Episode 613 - Creating A Separation Agreement Before Divorce
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Every married couple that has decided to separate, trying to decide to divorce or trying to work things out, need to sit down with a Mediator and work out a Separation Agreement. This lets people move forward with rules in place, that both have agreed upon, to slow down conflict and disputes. Children that are involved want to know that they are going to be taken care of and if the Mother and Father have agreements in place they see consistency. Call my office at 888.681.1518 or send an email to: mlodge@lodge-co.com
Jun 26, 2019
Episode 612 - Focus On Your Value
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All of us want good work done for us, we want to experience the value of what people can do for us. Those of us who own businesses have to focus on the value that we provide our clients and customers. Bad value leaves a bad taste in people's mouth and they probably will not be back. In order to grow our business we have to focus on the value we provide to everyone. mlodge@lodge-co.com www.lodge-co.com
Jun 25, 2019
Episode 611 - I Am Saying Goodbye To California
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I was born in California, started by business in California in 1984. It has been my home. Now, I am leaving to go to another state. July will be the last time my firm will operate in the State of California. I am sad to say good bye but it has to happen. California has become out of control. mlodge@lodge-co.com
Jun 24, 2019
Episode 610 - What Are Your Results Second Quarter
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The second quarter of 2019 is about done. How well did you do? Have you scrubbed your financial results and asked questions? SCRUB AND ASK! Need help? Send me an email at - mlodge@lodge-co.com
Jun 22, 2019
Episode 609 - Words Can Be Toxic Or Nourishment
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We need to be more focused on words that we use with people. Our words are like food, nourishment or toxic and poisonous. You and I make word choices, so it is up to us to choose our words wisely. The old saying, you can get more done with sugar then vinegar. If you need mediation help, send me an email at mlodge@lodge-co.com or call toll free 888.681.1518
Jun 21, 2019
Episode 608 - Bad Communication = Conflict
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So many times I have business clients cone in for mediation that are partners or investors. Conflict arose because of really bad communication. Partners went off and did their own thing and stopped communicating. Investors are not being updated on how their money is being spent, they are not seeing results. Good communication would have helped greatly, but instead they went in the wrong direction in the business relationship. Need help, send me an email mlodge@lodge-co.com
Jun 20, 2019
Episode 607 - Divorce Happens And You Can Make It Less Stressful
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Divorce happens every day in this nation. If you have decided to divorce you can make it easier on everyone by going to a divorce mediator and work the process through with civility. A mediator is able to bring both parties together and talk about what is needed by both individuals. Divorce is a big step to take, and there may be several options available to ease the pain through mediation. For divorce mediation call 888.681.1518
Jun 19, 2019
Episode 606 - Negotiate With Fairness In Mind
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If your going to cone to the negotiation table with a bully and aggressive attitude, you will walk away frustrated Go to the table with an open mind, options to present, fairness, and you will walk out with what you need to close the deal. You negotiate for what you need, not what you want.
Jun 18, 2019
Episode 605 - Put Your Goals Down On Paper
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It is a rainy Friday here in South Carolina, rain is hitting my tin roof and is very relaxing. Today is a good day to put your goals and objectives down on paper in your journal. Accomplishments get done when you write them down and check them off.
Jun 07, 2019
Episode 604 - Congress Is No Longer Representing Americans
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Congress is no longer working for Americans. Instead they do nothing to protect our borders or create a legal and fair immigration system. They yell and scream about tarrifs but do nothing to solve the problem.
Jun 05, 2019
Episode 603 - Be Adaptable, You Go Farther
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I have been working with all kinds of companies and industries since 1984. My success is driven by being adaptable and wanting to learn. ADAPTABILITY get you to more places in life.
Jun 04, 2019
Episode 602 - It Stinks In The Do Nothing Congress
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Dirty politics is being played in Congres, nothing is getting done and the American people are paying taxes but have no representation. Change is coming!
May 24, 2019
Episode 601 - Learn From The Jobs Or Projects You Take On
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School is great, but the jobs you take or the projects you contract with, learn everything you can. This learning process will get to places I. The world you have only dreamed about. Learn everything.
May 21, 2019
Mediate - Before Litigation
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Mediation has a 85% success rate in resolving conflict before having to go to litigation. It is confidential, no one can see your court records because there are none. Keep it confidential, resolve conflict with a mediator.
May 09, 2019
Making A Move Is Tough - But Good
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Back in South Carolina in my studios. I had to make a decision to stay in California or leave. I decided to leave. California has become such a anti business state and a very expensive place to operate. So I had to make that decision to leave.
May 01, 2019
Episode 598 - The Message Of Easter Is To Forgive
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The complicated message of Easter is to forgive. God forgives us. Every single day. Forgiveness is hard for us humans because we are a complicated people, it is a hard process for us to forgive. But we can with gods message on Easter to forgive one more time.
Apr 21, 2019
Episode 597 - Partners Know Your Role In A Partnership
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People start a business, form a partnership of some form, but forget to clarify the roles of the partners. That creates conflict at some point. Know what your role is. What is your responsibility to the partnership.
Apr 18, 2019
Episode 596 - I Was Adopted - Not Aborted
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Every so often I do a PodCast called political Tuesday. Designed to talk about the politics that affects business and taxes. Over the past few weeks there has been so much talk about abortion by politicians, so I had to speak out based on my life as an adopted child. I could have been aborted, but i was given a chance to live. Every time a politician talks about the right to abort I am thankful i was given the right to live. Adopted and not aborted.
Apr 17, 2019
Episode 595 - Change Your Tax Refund Addiction
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Many of you thought your tax refund was a great reward plan at the end of the year. Wrong way of thinking. This tax season has taught many Americans they have to do better at financial and tax planning. Welcome to tough love.
Apr 16, 2019
Episode 594 - I Don't Know Where My Money Went?
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Almost every single day from January to today, clients say the same thing. "I don't know where my money went" which translates to "I am out of control". Get a financial plan in place. Call me at 888.681.1518. Get it together.
Apr 11, 2019
Episode 593 - Do Better At 2019 Tax And Personal Finance
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A lot of you were surprised with your 2018 tax return. Times have changed. You have to do better tax and personal finance planning.
Apr 11, 2019
Episode 592 - Trumps Tax Returns And Dirty Politics
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Americans are getting fed up with dirty politics across this nation. Dems demanding to get to Trumps tax returns through the IRS. This is dangerous business when tax returns are used for political hits on anyone. It is dirty politics filled with lies.
Apr 04, 2019
Episode 591 - Use Your Tax Refunds Wisely
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You have your money to the government and now your getting back what you over paid. What you get back, use it wisely.
Mar 28, 2019
Episode 590 - Stop Posting Your Bling On Social Media, The IRS Is Watching
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I have given this talk on social media postings over and over. Your posting evidence that can be used against you in any audit. The IRS has a computer algorithm that pulls these posting from social media sites. Be smart, don't post bling.
Mar 27, 2019
Episode 589 - Lies To Take Down A President
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The Mueller report is out and we found out that for two years Democrats have lied to us about Russian collusion. The media lied and pushed an agenda to take down a President. Hold these politicians accountable for trying to destroy a nation.
Mar 25, 2019
Episode 588 - You Are A Business If You Received A 1099-MISC
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If you are an I dependent contractor and receive a 1099-MISC you are a business and should act and operate like a business let's get it together.
Mar 23, 2019
Episode 587 - No Financial Controls Lead To Failure
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This is so important - get your financial reporting and controls under control. No financial controls leads to failure. Spend some money and get someone to guide you through the process.
Mar 20, 2019
Episode 586 - Never Invest In A Hurry
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Dont let people push you into an investment. Never invest in a hurry. Do your due diligence.
Mar 18, 2019
Episode 585 - Democrats Are Chipping Away At Our Freedom Of Speech
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Democrats have decided to attack Americans freedom of speech but encourage only one sided political beliefs. That is called socialism. A danger to our nation.
Mar 08, 2019
Episode 584 - Your Business Records
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Business owners have got to do better at keeping tract, documenting and recording your records and financial data.
Mar 07, 2019
Episode 583 - Burn Out? Work It Through
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All of us at some point get a burn out feeling. Most of us know why we are burned out but dont do what needs to get done, instead we complain about our burn out and do nothing. Work it through, address the issues.
Mar 06, 2019
Episode 582 - There Is A Lot Of Schemes So Do Due Diligence
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There are a lot of financial and real estate schemes out there on the internet. Look at everything being sold as a scheme, do your due diligence. Be a good steward with your money and time.
Mar 05, 2019
Episode 581 - Debt And Defaults Are Growing And You Need To Do Something
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Debt is growing and there is a rise in defaults. You need to get your debt and personal finances cleaned up. Get your personal budgets created and attack tour debt. Call my office and we can help you put your budget together. 888.681.1518
Mar 04, 2019
Episode 580 - Trumps Tax Returns - Worthless Democrats
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Democrats again play the political game using Trumps tax returns. There is no law to require any President to publish their tax return. No tax return with give them any information. We will see what he made or loss, and how much taxes he paid or a refund he received. It gives you no detail just net numbers what he is invested in. Democrats are using the returns as a show and a grab for power through stories that are assumptions and lies. By the way, how are your highways and roads? Right, Congress only wants to see Trump's tax returns. Worthless!
Mar 03, 2019
Episode 579 - Business And Professions Must Document
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If you are filing your individual tax return and you filed a schedule C for business or profession, you are running a business. Documentation of income and expenses are vital. Schedule C is a highly audited form. Document!
Feb 27, 2019
Episode 578 - Political Tuesdays - Philippines Is Ran By A Dictator
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Since the election of the Philippine Presisent the rule of law has disappeared. A Dictator is in power and the country is a risk.
Feb 26, 2019
Episode 577 - Run Your Personal Finances Like A Business
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I consult to a lot of businesses on budgeting and finance. We set rules and goals, objectives to meet. The same business model is the same model for your personal finances. Sit down and start putting your budget together and meeting your objectives. Need help? Call us at 888.681.1518
Feb 26, 2019
Episode 576 - Marketing, Branding, Social Media, Takes Dedication
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Business owners have so much at their finger tips, literally on their cell phones, to help them market and brand their name. It takes dedication bit it works to your advantage. It's work but it is fun at the same time. Get busy and work on your branding.
Feb 25, 2019
Episode 575 - Your Debt On Bling Impresses No One
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I hate debt. Debt creates a lot of stress and puts up a wall to success. If you have debt on bling to try and impress, you just created debt stupid. You have options to be a good financial steward of your finances. CHANGE!
Feb 24, 2019
Episode 574 - It's All About Faith
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The word for this Sunday is - Faith
Feb 24, 2019
Episode 573 - Having A Bad Tax Season? It's Your Fault
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You knew that 2018 was a year for tax changes, new rates that affected everyone I even told you throughout 2018 that you needed to change your W-4, sit down with your tax practitioner and plan out your 2018 tax issues. Did you do it? Nope! Instead you just heard more money and you have become a tax refund addict. Now is the time to go cold Turkey and become responsible for your financial and tax life GET IT TOGETHER!
Feb 21, 2019
Episode 572 - Lesson Five - Well Rounded Planning
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In your financial planning exercise you have to be well rounded. You have to focus on your financial picture, your spiritual life, family, intellectual, physical, social, and career. They all balance each other out, fail in one and all the others may start to fail. You have to have a well rounded balanced life to keep your goals working.
Feb 20, 2019
Episode 571 - Presidents Day And Protected By The Constitution
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This nation has had a lot of different types of Presidents. No matter how far to the left or right they were, we have always been protected by the constitution to keep them in check. It is still working today.
Feb 18, 2019
Episode 570 - Lesson Four - Commitment To Goals
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Setting personal and business goals is a freeway to success. Set your goals inwritteng and be very specific. Need help? Call my office at 888.681 1518
Feb 17, 2019
Episode 569 - Democrats Pushed Out Amazon And Who Is Next?
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I am not surprised that Amazon ran from New York City, being hated by democratic socialist politicians is a very good reason. Anti business politicians put Americans at risk, who will they attack next. They are more happy to see jobs leave so government takes more control. Americans have got to become more involved in their communities and vote in better people that are pro American and business.
Feb 16, 2019
Episode 568 - Lesson Three - Student Loan Debt And Options
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College students today are graduating either more student loan debt than ever before. It's estimated that students graduate with an average of $37,172 in student loan debt. $1.4 trillion dollars are owed by Americans on student loan debt. Let's talk about options.
Feb 15, 2019
Episode 567 - Lesson Two - Identity Theft
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There are a lot if phone scams going on right now, it happens every year during tax time, but now the scammers ha e gotten an extension for all 12 months. When your identity is stolen it take over 600 hours to clean up. Protect your identity.
Feb 13, 2019
Episode 566 - Lesson One Of Personal Finance
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This is lesson one of personal finance week. This lesson is on budgeting, most important first step of getting control of your finances and start paying down debt. Let's get it done.
Feb 12, 2019
Episode 565 - Your Debt Is Out Of Control - Let's Talk
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Americans owe $420.22 billion dollars in credit card debt. Credit card debt is up 5% between 2017 and 2018. Then we have student debt, Mortgage debt, auto debt and more. Let's look at what we need to be doing to be good stewards of our finances.
Feb 11, 2019
Episode 564 - Taking Control Of Your Finances Is A Process
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Taking control of your business or personal finance is your decision to follow a process. It is your decision.
Feb 09, 2019
Episode 563 - We Make Risky Decisions Everyday In Business
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All if us in business make risky decisions every single day. Some of our decisions are not so good. We made them and we take responsibility for them and we learn to make better decisions and move forward.
Feb 07, 2019
Episode 562 - Focus On Your Strengths
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I will be the first to admit I am really bad at selling. However, I am really good at my profession as a business consultant. Knowing my weakness I hire really good sales and marketing people to cover my own weakness. Know your strengths and cover your weaknesses.
Feb 06, 2019
Episode 561 - President Trump - We Will Never Be A Socialist Nation
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Out of his whole speech before Congress, the most i.portant statement the President made - America will never be a socialist nation.
Feb 05, 2019
Episode 560 - Political Tuesday - Before The State Of The Nation, Let's Talk
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Nothing is normal in Washington DC. They dont think Ethically. They dont put the American people first, they put their politics first. Thus, nothing gets done. We are back to the beginning of this nation where we have taxation without representation. The President put an offer in the table, the Democrats lied to the President and the American people by saying they would negotiate with the President, but they haven't. They lied and broke a promise. An offer is on the table and they refuse to negotiate, instead they play dirty rotten politics. The Democrats are playing the dirtiest firm of politics where we can no longer believe them. They have failed America.
Feb 05, 2019
Episode 559 - What Happened To The Super Bowl?
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I ate so much chips and sip because nothing was happening at the super bowl. Sorry, one touch down doesnt cut it. And who put on the creapy Burger King commercial? All they had were boring artsy fartsy commercials that were not even entertaining. However, it was good to catch up with friends.
Feb 04, 2019
Episode 558 - Super Bowl Without Any Politics - Please!
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Come on America. It's Super Bowl Sunday, pure fun and food, no politics. If your going to bring up politics we are going to have to leave the room. Let's really have some fun.
Feb 02, 2019
Episode 557 - Wealth And Success Is Seen As Evil By Socialist Democrats
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This nation was formed by a group of people trying to escape the over taxation, without representation, in Europe. They came here to build something. Today we have Socialist Democrats that want government controlling every aspect of your life. That is NOT American. You and I work hard everyday trying to build something not to be taken away by government.
Feb 02, 2019
Episode 556 - The WBT Indiegogo Campaign
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We want to grow our podcast network for business so we have launched a Indiegogo campaint. To participate go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/business-podcasting-to-teach-business/x/16905971#/
Feb 01, 2019
Episode 555 - Dont Sit Around Dreaming
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Stop sitting around dreaming about what you want to do but never do. My friend Ron was about ready to die and didnt want to leave life, he still had things he wanted to accomplish. He had done a lot in his life, selling real estate in his 70's, inventing things, up to the day he died. But he wasn't done yet. He didnt have dreams, he had plans, and he did them. What about you? WWW.WBTPOD.COM
Feb 01, 2019
Episode 554 - Stop Reading Motivational Quotes And Build Something
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Motivational quotes have never helped me in building a business. It took hard work and great people that added value.
Jan 31, 2019
Episode 553 - Arms Length Rule In Dealing With Clients
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We are all sociable people and we love to be with people as friends. However, professionals representing clients have to maintain an arms length rule to remain independent from their clients. Independence is vital. WWW.WBTPOD.COM
Jan 30, 2019
Episode 552 - Political Tuesday Starting Again By Listener Demand
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Last year I did Political Tuesdays on my PodCast. I made a promise that I would focus on business content for 2019, giving value to my listeners. However, clients have asked that I continue with Political Tuesdays, so here we go. Political Tuesdays are back on per listener request. WWW.WBTPOD.COM
Jan 29, 2019
Episode 551 - Turn Off The Nonsense And Focus On Your Business
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Washington DC is out if control, dirty politics is being played, the media hypes it up. Turn it off and focus on your business. Political nonsense is worthless. WWW.WBTPOD.COM
Jan 28, 2019
Episode 550 - Stop Focusing On Getting Rich, Build Something!
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I am tired of watching all these videos on IG and FB from people promoting their get rich schemes. Do your due diligence, make good decisions, dont focus on the fast cash. Anything fast can go out of control. Focus on building something you can be proud of. Wealth co es from hard work and good decisions.
Jan 27, 2019
Episode 549 - Nancy Pelosi Is A Political Fool
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Pelosi is acting more like a fool and a child every single day she stays un Washington. When a person will not sit down like an adult and negotiate with the President she is a fool. America is not a foolish country, we see and hear what is going down. Political hate is foolish, Nancy is now the poster child for political hate for this nation. Enough. WWW.WBTPOD.COM
Jan 24, 2019
Episode 548 - Step Out Of Your Box
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In life we get in our little boxes and never step out. It's time to step out of your comfort zone and do something amazing. WWW.WBTPOD.COM WWW.LODGE-CO.COM
Jan 22, 2019
Episode 547 - Listen Before You Speak
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It is so easy to spin and argue with people. The problem is that we never listen before we speak It is important to learn to listen, ask questions, then speak..
Jan 20, 2019
Episode 546 - 2019 Business Podcast
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I just got into my office in Burbank, CA. I will be here until May 1 or lo ger, depending on client needs. To book a business tax preparation call 888 681 1518 and speak to Brenndy Gonzalez. If you need business coaching or need to set up a new business call the office.
Jan 16, 2019
2019 Business Services Up and Ready
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2018 we were able to accomplish a lot of items on our list. I know I did. I look forward to 2019 - a year of great accomplishments. www.lodge-co.com
Jan 07, 2019
Episode 544 - Hello 2019 - Be A Value Based Business
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Happy New Year. Become a business focused on what value you bring to your clients. Be productive in all areas of business.
Dec 31, 2018
Church Sunday - Time Management, Do It Now!
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"If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done" - Ecclesiastes 11;4. The most important word you can learn is "NO". It is the best practice in time management. If it is worth while for you, "Do It Now".
Dec 16, 2018
2019 Business Planning - Get To It!
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If you have not started to plan for 2019 you need to get to it. It is time for you to start laying out plan to improve your business. You should be doing this ever single year. It is a vital aspect of business. We always have to try and enhance our business and serve our clients better. www.lodge-co.com Get my new book "Ethically Thinking, It's Not That Hard". You can purchase it on www.amazon.com Get it today.
Dec 14, 2018
Muddy Waters Catch More Fish
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The Chinese have a saying, "Muddy Waters Catch More Fish". The muddy waters don't let you see the real truth in the investment that you may be entering into. I tell everyone all the time, do your due diligence on everything that you are investing into or purchasing. www.lodge-co.com Purchase my new book on www.amazon.com called, "Ethically Speaking, It's Not That Hard".
Dec 12, 2018
Ethically Thinking, It's Not That Hard
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I wrote a book called, "Ethically Thinking, It's Not That Hard". Over the past few years I have been hit with ethical issues in dealing with clients, employees, and business partners. I wrote the book so I could get a lot of ethics issues off my chest and try and teach others what to think about. The book is being sold on www.amazon.com and look for Ethical Thinking, Michael Lodge.
Dec 10, 2018
Church Sunday - Face Your Fears
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"If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done" - Ecclesiastes 11:4. What is holding you back because you are fearful. Are you now making excuses for your fear? Fear is at the root of all of your indecision. What's your fear and what is your excuse? Lift it up to God your fears. Michael Lodge has a new book that is out on www.amazon.com called, "Ethically Thinking, It's Not That Hard".
Dec 09, 2018
If Your Client Is An Idiot - FIRE THEM!
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We all have clients that make us feel uneasy by they way they conduct their business. These individuals are a risk to your business and staff. When you have this type of client remove the risk and fire them. If you keep them you will spend more wasted time and money to support unethical behavior of that client. Fire them. www.wbtpod.com I have a new book out on www.amazon.com called, "Ethically Thinking, It's Not That Hard". Go to www.wbtpod.com and click on the book picture and it will take you to the Amazon page. Talk with you soon.
Dec 07, 2018
Call Your Tax Preparer - Here Is Why - Listen Up!
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The new tax laws are changing your personal and business tax returns. I have podcasted this information over the last two days. You have to be pro-active before the end of 2018. Run the numbers on your tax return with your tax preparer, see if there is anything that you can do to resolve some information. Get it done. www.wbtpod.com My new book comes out on www.amazoncom on Saturday. Search on Amazon for Ethicall Thinking, Michael Lodge and you will see the book for Kindle and Hardback. It is a good book, written based on personal and business experience in dealing with ethics. It is a good read. www.wbtpod.com
Dec 06, 2018
Tax Simplification - Not Simple At All For Businesses
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New tax rules have created a QBI rule, which stands for Qualified Business Income deduction. Some companies are considering changing their business entities because of QBI. This is a discussion you should have with your tax accountant. Also, I have a new book out on Amazon.com called, "Ethically Thinking, It's Not That Difficult". You can also order it by going to www.wbtpod.com
Dec 05, 2018
Church Sunday - Making Better Decisions
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Everyday we go through the process, and in this process you make decisions. We at time make decisions frivolously. Whether it's about career, marriage, finances, health, children, or the future, there are three principles for making wise decisions. "A man is a fool to trust himself! But those who use God's wisdom are safe" - Proverbs 28:26 www.wbtpod.com
Dec 02, 2018
Strategic Planning For 2019
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Creating a strategic plan involves establishing a strategy your business will follow over the next year. It can be specific to one area of generalized for the business as a whole. And it tell your employees their role in accomplishing the plan for the next year. If you need help contact Michael Lodge at mlodge@lodge-co.com. To set up an appointment call Brenndy at 888.681.1518 Let's get planning.
Nov 27, 2018
Find A Charity Organization In Your Community On Giving Tuesday
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Giving Tuesday is a very important time in this nation. It is the day that we give to organizations that help your communities. Money and time can be donated to these organizations helping the people in your communities. Get involved on Giving Tuesday. My charity is Home With a Heart that provides free drug and alcohol treatment free of charge to individuals in my community. Get involved in your communities.
Nov 26, 2018
Church Sunday: Stress Less By What You Think About And Absorb
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You have to reduce the stress in your life by changing what you think about and absorb. Bring in negative thoughts and you become stressed. Watch negative news and your thoughts will turn negative. Let's change that, you have the choice in what you absorb in your daily lives and you can reduce your stress. www.wbtpod.com
Nov 25, 2018
Thanksgiving Week - Time To Plan
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We are getting close to the year end. Have you planned your focus for 2019? Get your act together. Call my office at 888.681.1518 If you are planning for Thanksgiving dinner, don't forget to ask someone that has no place to go. There are so many people that need some Thanksgiving love.
Nov 19, 2018
Church Sunday - This Thanksgiving Be Radical In Your Gratitude!
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It is just a few more days before Thanksgiving. Be radical in your thanks. "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" - 1 Thesalonian 5:18 Tell everyone you know how thankful you are for whatever they have done in your life, tell them you love them, be radical is saying thankyou from the heart. www.wbtpod.com
Nov 18, 2018