“Ok, so 'randyman12', explain it to us. Take a family of four, only one job to be had out there, and the income from that one job doesn't cover the rent/food/heating/other basics. So tell us, how does this family "save" money ?? You say you've "been there and done that", so, tell us how you did it. I'd really like to know because I'm a professional accountant and, in the above example, I don't see where there is any money left over for this family to save !”
Penns on Feb 4, 2012 at 11:15:37
“We're not talking about you, Randyman. The example is a family of four. So, tell us how the one low-paying job allows the family of four to save money.”
randyman12 on Feb 1, 2012 at 07:50:40
“I simply CHOSE early on NOT to be a family of four...as a professional accountant, I'm sure you can make the numbers work now.”
“You are correct. America is a mess right now. This is what happens when 1% of the population own 99% of the wealth and 99% of the population own 1% of the wealth. The problem is compounded when the 99% are being thrown out of their homes via institutions controlled by the 1%. The result is that America has become, by design, a Plutocracy. I very highly doubt that this is what the founding fathers intended when they drafted the Constitution. In fact, I believe the founding fathers would be ENRAGED to find that the America they envisioned has been very expertly trashed and set up to serve just 1% of the population. WE THE PEOPLE ? Hardly. More like ... WE THE 1% !
OWS is exactly what the doctor ordered. Everyone should contribute in whatever way possible. You can start with Christina's suggestions. But also, start voting with your pocketbooks - support the small businesses in your local communities.”
“The only way to 'disrupt' the 1% is to nail them in the pocket book (and, oh my, what a big fat pocket book it is). The most direct way to impact their piggy bank is via boycott. Targeted, well timed boycott on select corporations/businesses.
No big ticket purchases, support small businesses, buy locally produced goods/services only. Yes, it will hurt everyone in the short term, but the long term major impact will hurt the 1% big time.
It won't happen overnight. The Civil Rights movement was around for 10 years by the time Dr. King spoke at the Washington Monument. Patience, persistence, focus are key !”
“No doubt, there are those who rest on their laurels. However, the middle class has been RIPPED OFF by the 1% to the point where, as of now, there is virtually no middle class remaining in America. Time to take it back my friend ! And we will ! Legally and peacefully !”
“The funds sent to Planned Parenthood from Komen are NOT used to fund abortions. Not at all. Those Restricted/Designated/Segregated funds are used to fund breast screenings and mammograms related to the detection of breast cancer in underserved women in America. Let me be clear - every single dollar PP receives from KF is expended on breast screening/mammogram procedures.”
Samuel Huntington on Feb 4, 2012 at 12:10:47
“It is no different than say taxes on gasoline.
The supposed purpose of state gasoline taxes is to support roads by the users, The more you dirve the more benefit of the roads you get. Thus the more tax you pay as a part of the more gas you buy.
Reality, those funds dont go into a roads only account. They are commingled into the general fund of state govt. In Ca, the gas taxes have been routinely raided to pay for govt programs that have nothing to do with roads.
That is a good example of how cash is fungible, even if supposedly escrowed, those funds once commingled go for all govt services.”
Samuel Huntington on Feb 4, 2012 at 12:01:13
“There is a term, I hope to educate you upon.
CASH IS FUNGIBLE
That in this instance means that PP has a finite budget, The Komen funds are put into the PP bank account, cash on the balance sheet. So PP absent the Komen funds would need to take money out of that cash acct to pay for the same said breast exams etc. Komen gives them money for the stated purpose of performing, say, breast exams. That means that, supposedly that commingled funds from the accounts of PP, only go for that purpose as you propose.
The reality, since Cash Is Fungible, the Komen funds are commingled in the cash acct of PP and are paid out for all the services that PP provides be it birth control, abortions, breast exams, education etc. The Komen funds even if you consider them set aside free up the rest of the PP funds to provide more abortions, birth control etc as their budget is finite.”
“Catriona, I would like to thank your great-aunt for being in the French Resistance, which made a difference in our world (even to me here in Canada and born 14 years after the end of WWll). I think the Rabbi is reminding us that simply saying "thank you" and/or "I love you and appreciate you" is what really matters. And, you are correct, in that a soft, warm new scarf is a wonderful way to convey your love and appreciation. The recipient will remember you, and the warm hug and kiss that came with it, each time they wear it. Rabbi is just saying that in our world today we sometimes get carried away with the shopping list”
Catriona on Dec 19, 2011 at 18:07:12
“I'd relay the message, but she would slap me. (And, at 90, that woman still packs a powerful slap. :( ) She doesn't think she did anything much. We're in Brittany, on the coast of France. Most households in our village had at least one person active in the Resistance. Our family had several.
We thank you Canadians for liberating our country and our people. (Actually, I'm a Scot. My mother is a Breton.) On Christmas afternoon, after our dinner, we will lay flowers at the graves of the British fliers who crashed in the sea not far from our village, and whose bodies washed up on our beach.
Brittany has vile weather, cold, very rainy and extraordinarily damp. (And that's just the summer. :) )
Those woollens will be USED! And I was very happy to give the money to the women weavers in Wales and Scotland.”