WBT - Wealth, Business & Taxes

Aug 03 2020 16 mins 7

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 818.252.5682Help fund my podcast, any help is appreciated. https://www.gofundme.com/f/wbt-business-podcast-support-fund?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet+expWdC








































































Episode 843 - You Don't Have To Apologize For Being White
Jun 04 2020 43 mins  
If you like my podcast become a supporter at: www.patreon.com/wbtpodFrom 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. If you have any questions or comments, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com

















Episode 835 - A Disastrous Lockdown Based On Bad Data
May 22 2020 32 mins  
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. Please become a subscriber to our www.patreon.com/wbtpod and follow our podcast and other information on business and taxes. We are a business podcastIf you have any comments or questions, send me a text to 818.252.5682









Episode 830 - How Is Your Business Health With Corona?
May 05 2020 38 mins  
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.comREAD MY BOOKS: I have written three books that are on Amazon. Ethically Thinking, It Isn't That Hard, Daily Strategy, and Corona (humor). You can follow me on www.amazon.dom https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B07L5R3PSN?_encoding=UTF8&node=283155&offset=0&pageSize=12&searchAlias=stripbooks&sort=author-sidecar-rank&page=1&langFilter=default#formatSelectorHeader






















































Episode 803 - California Assembly Draft Bills of Stupidity
Mar 11 2020 27 mins  
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













Episode 797 - California State Assembly Screws Independent Contractors Again!
Feb 28 2020 27 mins  
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


Episode 796 - Bernie Sanders Socialist System On America
Feb 26 2020 40 mins  
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? If you have a comment or question, send me a text to 818.252.5682 www.lodge-co.com





























Episode 782 - Stop Being Politically Mad And Accomplish Something
Feb 06 2020 34 mins  
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






















































































Episode 741 - Holding Nancy Pelosi Accountable of Abuse of Power
Dec 07 2019 22 mins  
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.
































































































































































































Episode 652 - Political Tuesday - Free Stuff Is Very Expensive
Aug 13 2019 30 mins  
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































































































































































































































































































Vote On November 6th From Your Heart And Not With Political Hate
Oct 30 2018 20 mins  
I was shocked as I watched a clip from CNN where the discussion and claim went to a statement of hate. That Trump had radicalized more people then ISIS. How much hate can CNN promote by their hate for President Trump and the American people. They took two incidents where people were killed by a crazy killer that hated Jews and made it political. Instead of trying to bring a country together at a time of pain, they decided to go political. Not just CNN but other networks have done the same thing in promoting hate towards the President. On November 6, next week, we all have an important job to do- vote out hate. If you are on social media - block hate. If you are watching TV, block out hate. This election, use your common sense to vote for issues and people that help American and not point fingers and make it political. We have to change our nation, it is up to use to do better. Vote with common sense. Do not vote for a political party. No one should ever hold office that promotes hate and division. Take a careful look at your ballot, vote on the issues that affect your communities and vote for the people that will work for you - not working for a political party. Put the politics to the side. Put the hate in the garbage. Put your heart in your vote and making the decision that helps your family, community and our nation. Hate has destroyed our civility and love for each other as Americans. You and I have the ability to stop it and get back to being real Americans. VOTE NOV 6 with your heart. www.wbtpod.com