“The [magic] question I always ask is: Would you rather have their income and pay their taxes or have the income of someone who doesn’t pay taxes? The discussion is over right there.”
There is a great deal of discussion currently about whether the tax burden in this country is shared fairly.
Are the ‘rich’ and the rich (some deserve air quotes, some don’t) being taxed more than their fair share? Are the middle class, working poor and poor under-taxed? Should we be concerned that some folks make so little income that they are not taxed at all? Continue reading →
Those of you who follow movies and movie reviews have certainly heard of Roger Ebert. You’ve also probably heard of the health trials he’s experienced in the past few years, culminating in the loss of his voice.
I’ve been following Roger Ebert on Twitter for the past several weeks. He generates a lot of tweets. Initially, I wondered if they would overwhelm my patience. It seemed like Roger generated a lot of ‘stream of consciousness’ tweets. I soon wondered if maybe I should follow more people who are equally interesting, but who tweet less often. Sort of a quality/quantity consideration.
As these thoughts went through my mind over the past several weeks, thinking about his circumstances and continuing to read his tweets, I decided that the quality was worth the quantity. I thought a lot about the frustrations he must feel; such a talkative man losing the power of speech. Continue reading →