George Gilder on Block Chain Technology

Bill WaltonCulture, Economics, Investing

George Gilder, perhaps the leading futurist of our day, predicted the rise of the Internet, the decline of television and the explosion of the smartphone.  Now he’s predicting another giant step forward – an innovation potentially as consequential as the Internet itself. It is called blockchain technology, and it has begun to challenge the way we buy and sell things.   … Read More

The FCC’s Local Media Rule-Making with George Gilder and Hance Haney

Bill WaltonCulture, Economics, Investing, Politics

In the age of Trump, some of the biggest stories go virtually unnoticed.   While President Trump was rescuing three UCLA basketball players from the clutches of Chinese jurisprudence, then arguing with one over whether he should be thanked for his trouble, his Federal Communications Commission was enacting rules changes that could usher in a new era for how Americans get … Read More

George Gilder on Tax Reform

Bill WaltonCulture, Economics, Investing

If it were up to George Gilder, the tax reform debate would take on an entirely different tone.   It would be about pouring less money into government and leaving far more in the productive private sector. The phrase ‘revenue neutral’ would not be uttered in polite company. The goal of tax policy would not be a giant settling of scores … Read More

The New Venture Capital Model with Dan Mindus and Brett Gibson

Bill WaltonEconomics, Entrepreneurship, Investing, Podcast

 As venture capitalists, Brett Gibson and Dan Mindus were used to asking entrepreneurs what new solution they brought to a problem. So when they joined to form NextGen Venture Capital, it was only fair and natural that they brought something new to their industry. As they explained on a visit to “Common Ground with Bill Walton,” their new wrinkle … Read More

An Extraordinary Day

Bill WaltonCulture, Investing, Self Help

Today, my 68th birthday, I had the most extraordinary experience at my local Social Security Administration office in Culpeper, Virginia. I went in to modify slightly the payment plan I had chosen recently. It was my first visit and I was surprised to see a lovely, tasteful and simple white frame building. Inside, I was greeted politely, asked to sign … Read More

Taxing and Spending with Romina Boccia and Adam Michel

Bill WaltonEconomics, Investing, Podcast, Policy

 I’m not sure what left the bigger impression on me after my visit with Romina Boccia and Adam Michel–the awesome bigness of the federal government’s fiscal challenges or the mindsets of those we elected to deal with them. The problem is enormous. The federal government spends $4 trillion per year. It takes in $3.3 trillion in taxes and fees and thus runs … Read More

The Bill Walton Story

Bill WaltonCulture, Economics, Education, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Health and Fitness, Investing, Podcast, Policy, Politics, Self Help

 It is interesting being the host of a production such as Common Ground. It is even more interesting to be a guest. Recently, my friend, the economist and writer John Tamny, turned the tables and interviewed me. And as I look back over the conversation and about the lifetime of experiences we discussed, I can’t help but think how … Read More

The Father of Supply Side Economics with Arthur Laffer

Bill WaltonEconomics, Entrepreneurship, Investing, Podcast, Policy, Politics

 Most people talk with Arthur Laffer about supply-side economics and his famous “Laffer Curve,” which shows how governments can increase revenues by lowering taxes. But few know that Laffer is an outstanding investor. He recently joined me as a guest on “Common Ground” and I asked him for investment advice. And that advice might surprise some. Laffer likes France … Read More