Welcome to the American Harold!Hello watch talk members,
my name ist Harold and I am from the southern part of Germany. I am almost 42 years old and since a couple of years I am watch mad. I would call me a “watch enthusiast”. I work for a U.S. company near Munich. Sorry about my bad English, I try to improve it!
Well I like dive watches most. So I also own several of them: e.g.
Omega Seamaster professional GMT
Citizen Infusion – Citizen Nighthawk and Skyhawk
Seiko Glossy 5
Tissot Seastar 1000
Maurice Lacroix Miros Diver
A union worker, a Tea Partier, and a rich guy are given 100 cookies. The rich guy takes 98 of them, then leans over to the Tea Partier and say, "That union guy wants your cookie!"THE TAX SYSTEM EXPLAINED IN BEER
Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100.
If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this...
The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing
The fifth would pay $1
The sixth would pay $3
The seventh would pay $7
The eighth would pay $12
The ninth would pay $18
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59
So, that's what they decided to do.
The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball. "Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20". Drinks for the ten men would now cost just $80.
The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men ? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?
They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.
So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by a h higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of the tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now pay.
And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% saving).
The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% saving).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% saving).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% saving).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% saving).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings.
"I only got a dollar out of the $20 saving," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, "but he got $10!"
"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar too. It's unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!"
"That's true!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back, when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!"
"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison, "we didn't get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!"
The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!
And that, boys and girls, journalists and government ministers, is how our tax system works. The people who already pay the highest taxes will naturally get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.
For those who understand, no explanation is needed. For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible
Hey Hammie, I'd like to light this thread again, So how are the Kids and the Cat? Did you ever get that Skychief? Has the FIAT been replaced by something with SS on the side? ALL THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT. Anybody else is welcome to have dip.:thumbup1:Nice thread Greg!
Well, I do have kids. Two beautiful teenage girls, yes teenage girls(!:cryingthat are turning out more beautiful than I ever could have expected. That must be due to my wonderful wife! I also have two cats, the old man named Bubba, who is now an incredible looking 20 years old and a 3 year old named Lola. My girls are dying for a dog, but I say, no way! They could be out of the house in a couple of years and then mom and dad will be stuck caring for him alone. Not happening!
Anyway, I'm born and bred in Queens NY and still a resident of this fine borough and I'm second generation Italian/American. I served in the military, 4 years Air Force, 10 years Air National Guard and another 10 in the Army National Guard. Yeah, what was I thinking! I'm an operating engineer, which are the guys running everything from cranes to backhoes to bulldozers and everything in between on the construction sites. I'm currently demolishing the old Yankee Stadium, which I have mixed feelings about, but hey, it's a good job to be on.
Anyway, I love cars. Used to own a bunch of muscle cars, but now I have a little sports car to tinker with, a 79 Fiat Spider. Quite a difference from a muscle car, eh? -
Forget Beer and cookies. How about the cost of a good heart? . . . That would be around $40,000.A union worker, a Tea Partier, and a rich guy are given 100 cookies. The rich guy takes 98 of them, then leans over to the Tea Partier and say, "That union guy wants your cookie!"
I worked for the Govt. (last day today) and I know that some colleagues couldn't give a rodents rectum about the end result of their actions, as long as all the boxes are ticked!!! But hey their going places.Forget Beer and cookies. How about the cost of a good heart? . . . That would be around $40,000.
I met up with an acquaintance of mine today who works as an accountant in a Working class neighborhood that is close to being a Poor neighborhood. He prepares tax returns. Turns out that this year, the Federal government requires that all professional tax preparers file returns for clients online only. It's not a requirement just yet on the state level, but New York would strongly prefer it be done that way. How strongly? . . . He got hit with a penalty of nearly $40,000 for filing state returns on paper, from last year!
Here's the thing, when a return is filed online; it costs more. I didn't ask him for details, but apparently that is the case. And, it's that way with each and every single client. Instead of charging about $80 in total to have Federal and State returns done, he's now forced to charge $150 to make even a small profit during tax time. Added to that is the fact that even though he's a successful accountant, it's actually more confusing (according to him) filing certain pieces of information, in order to get certain deductions for those clients entitled to them. Told me how he had to delete, and nearly start over, for one client who could claim a deduction for tuition.
So, there you have it. Experienced, successful, accountant trying to give the working class and poor residents of a neighborhood a break. He knows they could definitely use one. What's his reward for trying to help them? . . . State of New York says he should have gouged them for as much money as possible! Hit him with a major penalty for not doing so. Welcome to New York. If you're not a greedy bastard, you better become one before you get punished for doing a good deed.
He's fighting the penalty in court. I hope he wins.