Previously, I have written about my own experience relying on federal benefits to survive. As someone who has needed benefits and is lucky enough to no longer need them, I want to discuss how bad benefits are for those needing them the most.
That statement doesn’t mean I’m ungrateful for the help I received; rather, it’s a truth about the challenges I had to overcome. Without the benefits I got, my situation would have been much worse. But my situation isn’t the same as everyone else’s. Some people will need benefits for their entire lives. Others don’t have access to the support I did when I was in such need. In the richest country ever–no one needing assistance should be living far below the poverty level.
Jodi Picoult’s Nineteen Minutes is an emotional, educational thriller. In addressing the tragedy of mass shootings at school, Picoult does a great job illustrating the experiences of many sides of the tragedy, while showing how each major player got to where they were when it happened. The way she goes between the present, the day of, and the past, tells a vivid, complex story.
It has been a long time since I’ve written a nerdy post. So, I needed to exercise that need.
Capital Gains taxes aren’t a sexy topic by any means; however, understanding a little about capital gains taxes will help you understand how rigged the system is in favor of wealthy. It’s things, like capitals gains taxes, that have caused me to be as progressive as I have become.