So with all the tax increase talk, what’s the point of working hard to get rich any more? I mean really, what’s the incentive?
I hate this argument. What is the motivation behind it? The success and sense of accomplishment perhaps? I don’t f-ing know. I don’t really care either…
I do volunteer work for a sense of accomplishment. I work my ass off for money.
And I DO really care…
It’s not like everyone works and tries equally and then you magically end up in one of these classes of society. For me personally, I’m working hard to some day have enough money to retire on and live well. But why have I toiled for the last 10 years, and will for another 30 years (or more), only to be told that I can live just fine with whatever I have, and it’s totally okay that 40% of my income needs to support others who might not have had that commitment to hard work their whole lives?
I know salaries like 250k sound crazy, and it’s easy to say, “They have plenty of money, screw them for complaining about taxes!”
But it’s not about actual dollar values, it’s about percentages. You can Google the latest figures, but it’s something like the top 2% that pay the majority of our taxes, and the Rich and Super Rich already pay a far disproportionate percentage of their income to the government.
You clearly agree that we have a system that discourages getting ahead and earning money. Because the more you earn, the more the government takes. And you’re fine with that.
Are you working for just a sense of accomplishment, or does the money you make matter to you?
4 years agoMay 26, 2010
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4 years agoDecember 17, 2009
Does it bother anyone else that this is being done because of re-election timing, not what is best for the country?
I don’t know about you, but when I’m low on cash, I start cutting back and really watch my spending. Why can’t government follow the same rules? When does it end?
4 years agoDecember 10, 2009
4 years agoDecember 8, 2009
From the Orlando Sentinel:
The cost of driving in Florida goes up today.
- Vehicle Registrations went up from $22.50-32.50 to $31-$44
- New license plate up to $28 from $12
- License renewal goes up to $48 from $20
- First-time car registration is up to $225 from $100
- Late drivers-license renewal is up to $15 from $1
It’s worth noting that there hasn’t been an increase in fees since 1983. Some say it’s poor management that there wasn’t a more steady increase so the jump wouldn’t be so drastic, but the politicians are trying to fix their state deficit mess now.
Also, the $1-per-pack cigarette fee goes into effect today.
5 years agoJuly 1, 2009
Citi’s Penny Stock
You can get a share of Citi Bank’s stock for less than what they charge to use their ATMs.
5 years agoMarch 5, 2009
Next time, I would like to flush my money directly down my own toilet, okay?
5 years agoMarch 5, 2009
DO NOT pass the stimulus bill in a rush.
Ok, we aren’t getting the promised 48 hours to review the new stimulus bill.
Now that the 1,000-page bill finally surfaced last night, our representatives are supposed to cast their final vote on it by 6PM today.
DO THEY NOT UNDERSTAND? THIS CHANGES THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY.
A. How will the supportive Democrats have a chance to review, to be sure they are still voting for the same bill as before? How can these hardworking representatives have a chance for their due diligence? I would assume they would at least re-read it, it’s that important, right? At 1,000 pages, it is a novel.
B. How will the generally unsupportive Republicans have any chance to see if this is a worthwhile compromise? How will they have time to criticize the changes? A healthy debate and fight over this will yield us the strongest possible bill, at a time where we MUST get the decision correct.
Please, on Friday the 13th, DO NOT pass the stimulus bill in a panic.
Please do not make this leap without checking your parachute one more time.
"Her life is in your hands, dude."
5 years agoFebruary 13, 2009
They beat estimates again. Insane. Ten billion freaking dollars in three months.