Tag: #taxes

Confession: I would not have voted for Obama in 2008

In the fall of 2008, while I was out on the eastern shore of Maryland for work, I got the chance to catch one of the presidential debates between Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama. I wasn’t a citizen yet, so I would not be able to vote that November, but I definitely had my favorite to win: John…

Paying the materialistic tax

Back in 2003 or 2004, I moved out of a house that I was renting for $700 a month and into a small apartment whose rent was $250 a month with all utilities included. It was part of a plan to be better off financially. I’d save and/or pay down my debts with the money I’d save from not renting…

Everybody pitches in

When I was a kid, there was a person in the town where my grandparents lived who lost their business due to a fire. The whole building went up in flames, burning everything inside of it. Luckily, no one was hurt, but the owners and employees lost everything. Not only that, the town lost a source of fresh groceries. In…

The “Fit or Fat” Tax

I went to a convenience store the other morning, and they had a special on orange juice. You could buy one 12oz bottle for $1.79 or two for $3. I took only one. It contained 12oz of orange juice at a caloric cost of 180 calories. The two bottles would have been too many calories (from sugar) for that early…