If you see a banker with a vacuum cleaner, watch out: A friend took me to a fancy West L.A. fundraising event recently. Lots of very, very affluent people--mainly youngish couples, mainly investment bankers. There was some whispering about one particular glittering husband and wife team. "They have no help. ... Can you believe it?" Yes, I can believe it. Ask Nancy Killifer ! It's not easy to employ "help" both a) efficiently and b) completely correctly, from a legal and tax standpoint--i.e., in a way that couldn't surface at an unfortunate time (say a Senate confirmation hearing). I tried it once, in D.C.. After paying Social Security taxes and Unemployment Comp and Workers Comp, I'm sure I left a few things out.
Is "having no help" the new sign of political ambition? Democracy works to produce social equality in mysterious ways. ... 12:35 P.M.