With a GDP of US$3.6 trillion, Germany is now the largest economy in Europe as well as the 4th largest economy in the world. Germany also has roughly $50 billion in estimated loans to Greece, a large amount, but not an overwhelmingly debilitating amount given the size of their economy. Saving Greece helps the Germans and the rest of the 27 EU members who in some way were all negatively affected by Germany decades ago.
In “How To Dramatically Increase Your Job Security For Life,” the article suggests managers are more inclined to fire those workers who have nobody to support but themselves. As a result, one should strategically at least hint at the intention of starting a family to protect oneself from unemploymentville. Clearly I’m being somewhat flippant. My goal is to make people realize that relationships and emotion play enormous roles in shaping work success.
Whether you work for a small family business or a large corporation, hiring and firing is a very personal decision that comes down to one or only a handful of decision makers. By tugging at their souls, and increasing their guilt factor, you’re well on your way to dramatically higher job security for life.
Let’s say you’re not particularly wealthy, nor make a particularly impressive amount of money. You still have loads of student loans and consumer debt to pay off. In essence, you’re the typical American! Shouldn’t you be putting on your air mask before helping others?
Child raising is estimated to cost anywhere between $250,000 to $1 million from birth to after college. If a family can’t even have the discipline to save 20% of their paycheck after contributing to their 401K and IRA, how can one consciously start a family?
$250,000 ISN’T A LOT, YET HOW MANY CAN SAVE THAT MUCH?
Insensitive statements by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) not only infuriates many, but also raises one titillating question: Why isn’t President Obama considered white? Obama’s mother is white, and his father is black. He relates more to his white side of the family given his father left him as a child. Hence, isn’t it logical to think Obama is more white than black? Let’s see if we can change Obama’s default setting to the world.
THREE SUGGESTIONS AS TO WHY
1) “He doesn’t look white.”
Well, what does “white” look like? Yes, Obama doesn’t look like a Norwegian Viking, but you can still tell he’s mixed. Since when does being half black mean that he’s full black? If a white person is only supposed to look like Tiger Wood’s wife Elin, then we need to revise what the definition of white is.
President Obama plans on limiting the tax break for charity deductions to 28%, penalizes those in the 33%, 35%, and soon to be 40% federal income tax brackets. Since the overwhelming majority of charitable contributions come from households, and the overwhelming absolute dollar amount comes from those in the highest tax brackets, one can deduce charitable contributions at the margin will go down in 2011 and beyond. Given this logical conclusion, why are Democrats and President Obama against helping others through monetary means?
Currently, if you are in the 25% tax bracket, you can save 25% in taxes due to your charitable contributions i.e. donate $10,000, save $2,500 off your tax bill. Meanwhile, there is equality among those who pay the highest taxes at 35%. 35% tax payers can equally save 35% in taxes from their donations. So far, so good.
Due to massive government pork spending it’s egregious that politicians now want to not only raise the highest marginal tax bracket from 35% to 40%, but also cut tax breaks on charitable contributions down to 28%! That’s two slaps in the faces of hard working Americans and a punch in the gut for those who need the most help.
Congratulations to the Democrats for passing a smaller, less corrupt version of Obama’s health care plan to cover the 30 million+ Americans who are uninsured. I’ve read numerous articles about the pros and cons of this plan, and I still can’t figure it all out. An Associated Press article writes, “Obama practically needs a spreadsheet to tell people what’s going on and when.” That said, progress has been made. I’d like to go over some of the basics, and end with a discussion.