Friday, 14 December 2012

Simple Observations

First, Greece has settled up it's own fiscal cliff business with a new tax rate for folks who make more than $55k a year....a 42-percent tax rate.  The curious side of this is that unemployment is rampant throughout Greece, with a roughly twenty-five percent rate.  Those guys don't have to worry about this change.  In fact....if you are holding a job and are lucky to just be making $20k a year.....you might be happy and overjoyed.  The guys making over $55k?  I'm guessing they are a bit angry and hostile, and working on another way to hide their income (like most Greeks).  We might want to stand back and watch this Greek thing more.

Second, the odds of Hillary running in 2016?  With a sixteen trillion dollar debt, which can only increase over the next four years.....I'm guessing that she won't see any real positives in making the run.  She'll make some speeches and prep for the event....but what is gained in running your own administration with a  probable twenty trillion dollar debt?  Unless she could whip up a magical formula for making massive cuts....the odds are against her.

Finally, according to the Mayan calendar....the world ends in roughly eight days.  There's been talk about this brewing for two years.  My best guess is that twenty million Americans actually think about this and worry to some extent.  Some young guys have convinced their girlfriends that it's best to hook up with them or marry.....because of the approaching end.  Some folks have bought thousands of dollars of canned food and expect a pretty radical period to start up.  The truth?  Some Mayan guys made a calendar that went on, and on, and on.....until it ended on 22 December 2012.  Well....to be truthful, thousands of calendar makers today make a traditional calendar that runs thirteen months and ends on 31 January of the next year.  Does anyone worry about the lack of another month or year on that regular calendar?  No.  So life just goes on.  And these Mayan guys are probably sitting back and having a good laugh.....if you ask me.

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