Want to feel good? Take three minutes to watch this overview. All Americans should feel proud of, and heartened by, the progress we’ve made.
But first . . .
With yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling, the $123,200 you were planning to contribute to federal candidates and committees this 2013-2014 cycle goes from being “all you can legally do” to “chickenfeed.”
The limits on giving to individual candidates or committees remain unchanged; but the aggregate limits ($48,600 to all [...]
Thanks to John Mauldin (and Plutarch) for this:
“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” – Plutarch, Greek historian, first century AD
Someone should tell the Koch brothers.
If today’s Republicans get their way, they will lower the estate tax rate on billionheirs — to zero [...]
But first . . . this chart perhaps says it all about FOX News:
If it’s not immediately clear why this graphic is not “fair and balanced,” click here. And by the way? With all the folks rushing to make yesterday’s deadline, and still in process this coming week, it’s not inconceivable we’ll actually [...]
HEALTH CARE QUESTION
Sarah: “Dumb question, maybe. What if people lose their job or change jobs to a company which doesn’t provide health insurance? Is there a ‘deadline’ that they have to take into account in order to sign up for health insurance?”
Yesterday I posted Gary’s story — Obamacare gave him the freedom to retire early and gave a young person his job. Both were thrilled. Jobs and freedom — you would think that would be a good thing. But the Republican echo chamber continues to double down on how awful Obamacare is.
Never mind that hundreds [...]
Gary: “Here’s the brief rundown on my new life. I have been contributing to my 401k account for decades and it is flush. My name has been on the lease of a rent-stabilized New York City apartment where I have lived for 29 years (the equivalent of having a paid-off mortgage in the [...]
MANAGE YOUR RISK – AND YOUR PSYCHE
Ron H.: “I have discovered that I do not have the right psychological makeup to hold speculative holdings that bounce up and down on no news (actually I don’t mind them bouncing up, just down). Although I never invested more than I can easily afford to lose, I [...]
Do you ever get bored? Who can these days, if she or he has a smart phone? Even waiting in line is now fun. But . . . just in case . . . you should keep the new, improved TED site bookmarked. So many great talks, like the ones I was posting [...]
THE SELF-WINDING CELL PHONE
After a long day of cell phone use you may not be sweaty, exactly, but you’ve expended finger power. Why waste it? Reader George Mokray links us to technology that may allow you to charge your cell phone by typing and swiping.
THE SELF-PROPELLING SOLAR PANEL
George links us as well to [...]
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Quote of the Day
The IRS audits about 1 tax return in 100 these days. When 357,598 taxpayers filed the first modern income-tax returns in 1914, they had to sign them under oath before officials. And the Bureau of Internal Revenue audited every one.~The Wall Street Journal
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