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November 2011

Politics and the economy...

As Washington’s great minds struggle to come up with a silver bullet to fix our ailing economy, the basic, partisan divisions are defined as starkly as at any time in recent memory. Read more.>>

Slashing the federal budget...

The Congressional “supercommittee” which was established as part of the August deal to avoid a government default has less than a month to come up with a plan to slash $1.2 billion from the deficit—either through spending cuts or revenue increases. Read more. >>

The big target...

Repealing or at least undermining the President's landmark healthcare reform package tops the Republican wish-list. According to its opponents, healthcare reform personifies over-reaching and interference of the federal government. Read more. >>

There will be an election...

When will any of this be resolved? Perhaps not until 2013. Both sides are unwilling to give an inch between now and next year’s presidential election. Read more. >>

Free trade is a bright spot...

Amid all of this partisan wrangling, President Obama and congressional Republicans actually agreed on something: New free-trade agreements with South Korea, Columbia and Panama. Read more. >>

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Most recently, he has operated his own consulting business specializing in government affairs and business consulting for corporate and association clients. Prior to that, Gene served in senior management positions with Wolters Kluwer (CCH Tax and Accounting) and H&R Block, Inc. following an award-winning career as a Washington journalist with newspaper and magazine publishers.

In his corporate positions, Gene played a key role directing relations with numerous federal and state government agencies and twice has served as president of the leading association in the tax software and tax preparation industries. His many years managing business-to-business sales and marketing have given him a broad understanding of the problems and challenges facing small to medium sized companies.

His earlier journalism career included writing about Congress, the White House and numerous federal agencies for the Scripps-Howard Newspaper group as well as the Kiplinger Washington Letter and other business publications. Gene holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University.