Saturday, August 04, 2012
THE INSANE TAX AND THE IRS WILL SEE THAT YOU PAY UP...
Because conservatives are scrooges, the good folks at Americans for Tax Reform have gone through the fine print to find out what our Olympians will have to cough up to the IRS should they be lucky enough to win any medals in London.
Even by the standards of our government, the numbers are insane.
For instance: Americans who win bronze will pay a $2 tax on the medal itself. But the bronze comes with a modest prize—$10,000 as an honorarium for devoting your entire life to being the third best athlete on the planet in your chosen discipline. And the IRS will take $3,500 of that, thank you very much.
There are also prizes that accompany each medal: $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver, and $10,000 for bronze.
Silver medalists will owe $5,385.
You win a gold? Timothy Geithner will be standing there with his hand out for $8,986.
So as of this writing, swimmer Missy Franklin—who's a high school student—is already on the hook for almost $14,000. By the time she's done in the pool, her tab could be much higher. (That is, unless she has to decline the prize money to placate the NCAA—the only organization in America whose nuttiness rivals the IRS.)
ATR notes that the real twist of the knife is that most other Olympians won't pay any taxes on their medals because America is one of only a handful of countries which taxes "worldwide" prize income earned overseas.
This is OUTRAGEOUS!!!
Friday, August 03, 2012
I see a lot of people writing about quitting and not quitting today. So I will join the bunch.
First of all, What does QUITTING mean???
It means giving up to our lower self esteem and self worth.
It means developing or strenghening a negative attitude.
It means we lose our goals.
It means we give up our pride.
It means not developing new brain cells.
It means we are making the choice to be a loser (and I am not talking about losing weight here!).
It means settling for less. Again, not about weight. It's about our self image.
It means choosing deliberately to be LAZY.
It means making a choice to not have any adventures into new thoughts, behaviors, attitudes and results.
It means walking away from support groups.
It means isolation.
It means justifying all old negative behaviors.
It means blaming other people, situations, things and places.
It means BOREDOM.
I don't like any of the above choices, so I will continue on being a NON QUITTER.
I do NOT have to quit when anything becomes tedious, strenuous or difficult.
I can choose to confront it, learn from it, and feel good about being ME.
I can choose to turn around and face the devils that chase me. And you know what?
Every time I face them, they turn out to be only dust bunnies, and not scary monsters after all.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Those of you who have been following my most recent activity know that I have been in over my head with getting my friend Kitty's quilt estate sale organized.
I have taped, measured, marked, sorted, folded, thrown away, boxed up, packaged up, and sorted again and again mountains of fabric, books, patterns, scraps, scissors, pens, machines, irons, notions, thread, pantographs, .............the list is never ending.
Just to let you know how much stash the woman had, we needed a van, a Jeep Cherokee, a truck, a station wagon and my Buick to haul it all over to Club.
Then we got to unpack it all and get it all sorted and arranged attractively for the sale the next day.
After everything was all laid out, looking beautiful and taking up over half of the HUGE room, I decided to give everything a careful go-over and see what I could set aside for myself.
Here I was, in the biggest BEST quilt sale of my life, and would you believe I couldn't find one single thing I wanted. It all looked alike to me. It all kind of blurred together, and I realized I needed to get out of there before I got sick just looking at all of it.
For the first time in my quilting life, I could not find one single thing that looked good to me. Not one fabric, not one spool of thread, not one pattern or book, not one fat quarter. It all looked the same!!!
I just left the building, got in my car and came HOME!
Good that I made Chicken Vegetable Soup the day before, because by the time I got home I was so tired I could barely lift a spoon or chew, much less say FIX Dinner!!!!
I was so tired I couldn't even watch the Red Sox game, and they WON. Now for ME, THAT is being tired!!
I finally managed to summon the energy to climb the stair to go to bed at 10:20.
Get this. I woke up this morning, looked at the clock without my glasses, and saw that it was already 6:30, and I have to be at Club by 8:15.
So I jump in the shower, get out and dry myself, then brush my teeth. Then I move on to moisturizing my face. As I am moisturizing my face, I look at the clock in the bathroom. It must not have been changed when daylight savings happened or something, because it is reading an hour earlier.
I go out to the bedroom WITH MY GLASSES ON, and sure enough, it was only 5:55.
I could have slept another hour!!!!!!!!
What a way to begin what is bound to be a hard working,. long hours day!!!
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