A Simple Chart To Share With Anyone Who Complains About People On Welfare
Jan22

A Simple Chart To Share With Anyone Who Complains About People On Welfare

Ronald Reagan popularized the idea that people on welfare are a drain on the economy. Fox News carries that mantle today, making regular blanket characterizations of the country’s poorest families as big spending welfare frauds. Here’s why they’re wrong — but don’t expect them to admit it. Families receiving public assistance spend on average less than half as much as families that don’t receive...

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My Father-In-Law Says We Should Not Bail Out Detroit. I Think I'll Send Him This.
Jan12

My Father-In-Law Says We Should Not Bail Out Detroit. I Think I'll Send Him This.

We all need to really be paying attention to what’s happening in Detroit, because if they can pull this kind of thing there, every city in the nation is in jeopardy. The Story Of Detroit’s Bankruptcy And Why It Matters So it all began in July when Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and his politically appointed emergency financial manager decided to push the City of Detroit into municipal bankruptcy. It’s the largest...

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Have You Ever Wondered If You Had The Same Financial Opportunity As Others? Watch These 3 Minutes.
Jan04

Have You Ever Wondered If You Had The Same Financial Opportunity As Others? Watch These 3 Minutes.

America is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. That status can come with some really nice benefits, like a comfortable retirement complete with food, shelter, and maybe a vacation or two every year. However, that’s not the case for everyone. Shouldn’t we, um, call our representatives and tell them to change some of the tax codes or something? Read more:...

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I Once Had A Boss That Told Us, 'If You Get Fired, You're Firing Yourself'
Jan01

I Once Had A Boss That Told Us, 'If You Get Fired, You're Firing Yourself'

My response? “Can I give myself a raise, then?” Something tells me that particular boss was about as clueless as the main guy in this clip from Australia. Notes for non-Aussies: At 0:55, “superannuation” means retirement funds, 401(k), etc. At 1:22, the “award system” is basically the same as our Fair Labor Standards Act, setting minimum wage, max hours worked per week, etc. Read more:...

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They Were The Last Ones To March With MLK. See What They're Up To Now.
Dec30

They Were The Last Ones To March With MLK. See What They're Up To Now.

Some of the same sanitation workers that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died fighting for in 1968 are trying to get a small pension from the city of Memphis; they currently survive on just Social Security upon retirement. I stand with them. How about you? Read more:...

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As A 'Middle-Class' American, I Found This Chart To Be A Little Offensive. Hopefully You Do Too.
Dec29

As A 'Middle-Class' American, I Found This Chart To Be A Little Offensive. Hopefully You Do Too.

Having cash in the bank, stocks, a 401(k), and a house (or houses) full of stuff worth money — that’s all wealth. And it’s great to have for two basic reasons: (1) It’s handy when the goin’ gets tough (e.g., expensive medical emergencies, car troubles, making tuition, etc.), and (2) having more wealth means having more freedom to think about and plan for the future, including retirement. But over the last...

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