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Old 06-25-2010, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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I live in rural SC and am thinking that some rustic family retreats with no access to ANY electronic gadgets might be an interesting exercise for some families. Kids are learning only to communicate via text messaging, etc... I think social skills are actually declining among young people because they are communicating less face-to-face.
Thats a good idea. Kids today are so damn lazy & having a ipod or cell phone is a priority in their lives. I blame the parents for that.
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Old 06-28-2010, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Thats a good idea. Kids today are so damn lazy & having a ipod or cell phone is a priority in their lives. I blame the parents for that.

I do agree. And I'm not saying I never had things as a kid, but I would NEVER have been allowed a cell phone, Ipod, etc. (not that they had those at that time - my big treat when I turned 18 was to get myself a beeper, LOL).

In fact, just yesteday my nephew was saying how he is always out of minutes, esp. now that school is out, all they do is text each other. My mother made a comment about why don't they just go over to their house to see each other, or pick up the regular telephone. He just rolled his eyes.
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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But we live in a tax tyranny. If you obtain anything of value, no matter how essential it is to your livelihood, it is taxable.

The other day I was thinking about this scenario. An elderly woman who requires some care and attention hires a live-in housekeeper. The housekeeper is provided generously with comfortable room and board, personal use of the car, health care, a clothing allowance, etc. and has literally nothing she needs to buy for herself. There is a small payment of a little pocket money.

Now, the IRS will calculate the market value of all the benefits, and assess an income tax on the housekeeper in the appropriate marginal bracket. She is now faced with three options: 1), find a part time job somewhere, to earn the cash that the IRS demands, 2) steal her employer's belonging and sell them to get the money to pay taxes, or 3) arrange to have her employer pay the IRS herself, in addition to what she is already generously paying to retain the housekeeper.
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Old 07-04-2010, 02:32 AM
 
Location: OUTTA SIGHT!
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Avoid extremes. That's what I've always been told.

Unfortunately, with the current system you're either on the boat and working like a dog for a flimsy apartment (and maybe your own home if you don't mind overtime) or you're on the streets...there's very little middle ground.
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Old 07-04-2010, 04:14 AM
 
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Guess I should read a post before posting.
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