George Harbison

George P. Harbison is a retired Chief Financial Officer. In his role as a financial executive, Mr. Harbison attained a deep understanding of federal and state tax matters. He utilized this knowledge to analyze, dissect, and refute popularly held but fallacious tax assertions.

In 2013, Mr. Harbison wrote a piece for Forbes.com in which completely debunked Warren Buffett’s famous and politically charged assertion that his federal tax rate was well below the rate paid by his lower-paid office workers. Since then, his tax myth-busting articles have appeared in Forbes.com, RealClearMarkets.com, RealClearPolitics.com, and AmericanThinker.com.

Mr. Harbison’s Forbes.com essay on Warren Buffett was included in the book, Excuse Me Professor, Challenging the Myths of Progressivism, co-edited by the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), and Young America’s Foundation (YAF). He has also appeared twice as a guest on The Larry Elder Show.

In 2016, at the request of a YAF student leader, Mr. Harbison created and delivered a presentation titled “The Victims of Socialism” at the University of California, Riverside. This presentation was subsequently delivered at over a dozen college campuses. Mr. Harbison’s lectures on this topic have been co-sponsored by YAF and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

Mr. Harbison has also presented “The Victims of Socialism” at several YAF student conferences at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California.

Mr. Harbison received a BA from Kenyon College, where he majored in physics. He continued his education at the University of Michigan, where he received an MBA (emphasis in finance and accounting).

Mr. Harbison resides in Mullett Lake, Michigan. He previously served as the on-field announcer for The Miracle League of Orange County, California, a baseball league for special-needs children.

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