So I need to work on posting more than every 3 weeks, but because of the lovely financial state of the country, its a different story. I have been attempted to educate myself in what it all means, but numbers have never really been of my spiritual gifts. Being creative, using sarcasm & befriending people are. But you know what, I'd rather have a creative, sarcastic, friend-filled life than one full of stocks, symbols and woes! Regardless, I am trying. I even had a conversation with my Granny on her 91st birthday about them. I cannot tell you all the details because 91 year old British women tend not to be the most politically correct, but she is my hero none the less.
I found this little explaination that was easy for me, the depressed college alum, to understand what the candidates are getting at. bottoms up?
"Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:
The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing. The fifth would pay $1. The sixth would pay $3 The seventh would pay $7. The eighth would pay $12. The ninth would pay $18. The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
So, that’s what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. ‘Since you are all such good customers,’ he said, ‘I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20. ‘Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men - the paying customers?
How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’ They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.
And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings). The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings). The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28% savings). The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings). The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 ( 22% savings). The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. ‘I only got a dollar out of the $20,’ declared the sixth man.
He pointed to the tenth man,’ but he got $10! “Yeah, that’s right,’ exclaimed the fifth man. ‘I only saved a dollar, too.. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I! “That’s true!!’ shouted the seventh man. ‘Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!
“Wait a minute,’ yelled the first four men in unison. ‘We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor! ‘The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night the tenth man (the richest) didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!
And that, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier." [http://hoosieraccess.com/blog/2008/10/17/the-us-tax-system-explained-in-beer/]
on a more "Spiritual Gift" sounded note, next weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year. It is both "Fall Harvest" [as I was taught at Presbyterian schools my whole life]
also known as Halloween, but also the clock FALLs back also known as getting an extra hour of sleep. To mark this momentus weekend my tribe and I are migrating to the A to cheer on our team. Yes, I am leaving my great city on the weekend of the "World's Largest Cocktail Party". We are excited to dress up like Indians, stick feathers in our hair and do the warchant in a new city. Because I am slightly recovering from my Michele purchase, I am making my Indian costume out of a size 2x garnet t-shirt picked up on the Walmart clearance shelves and some left over leather fringe from the last Indian costume I made for a Y.M.C.A birthday party. But the real excitement for me is that I can use the dress form I bought as decor for my room! I kind of feel like I am on of Project Runway - minust Tim Gun & Heidi.
So that will be consuming my after hours this week.
Promise to post more! [I know you all wait with bated breath]
Y, thick hair
ps. hope you like purple, it is BIG for the next season.