Did you know I hate grocery stores? I have long been an advocate for a new food-centered paradigm than our current brick and box mentality. Grocery shopping is the one thing we still have in common with our post WWII ancestors.
I hate participating. Furthermore, government systems like Food stamps exacerbate the issue that the grocery-store-business-model is niche at best in the 21st Century.
Soon, Amazon Fresh will dominate the market. As they move to revenue stream that's meal-plan dominant, all I can do is watch. My business plan of Brussels Sprouts is coming to fruition..albeit with a different name.
Anyone remember my Brussels Sprouts days? What a brilliant business plan. I was out there for sure.
Anyway, I moved past all that and now focusing on streamlining my nutritional intake. As grocery stores and truthfully healthy cooking don't jive with me at this season of my life, I decided to go big on my bet that Soylent will be better than what I need.
As I've yet to give up caffeine, I ordered the caffeinated version and uncaffeinated version of Soylent, a meal replacement company with aims on changing how we digest food. I've been a big fan for a long time, but just now am at a point in my life to truly focus on what I'm consuming.
I've always envied pets. They eat the same thing all the time and they don't complain for the most part. I can have the pallet of a pet for a few weeks. Who knows, this may be permanent.
I will be documenting how I feel during this time. Note: I will be leaving on a mission trip to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts so my diet will be of a mixed variety.
Nope, no more trips to the grocery store for me for a while. Hallelujah.
The past few years the poverty mindset has been on my mind. In grand terms, I wish to ask the right questions to collectively get us to a point where we as a society can actively target poverty as a disease and get people out of the gutter. This article is meant to be a discussion point to start a conversation on how to kill the culture of poverty.
Drug addiction and mental illness play a huge party in continuing the cycle of poverty. My family's business is combating drug addiction in women but I recently learned a lot during a season in which I had a roommate addicted to meth as I tried to help him overcome that addiction in a clean and sober environment. I ran into some issues of cultural disproperty while hosting him in my life. These range from obstacles in the underbanked to barriers within the judicial system.
How many homeless people have an ID? My guess is not a lot. A government issued ID is often stolen, lost or misplaced by those suffering from mental illness and in a current cycle of drug addiction. Without an ID, one can't cash a check without a co-signer. Those in a cycle of poverty are often afraid to interact with government agencies to get another ID. Many don't have their birth certificate or a Social Security Card.
In order to combat poverty, we need a system of identification that can't be lost or stolen.
My roommate got a job making $18.50 with the local carpenter's union, but couldn't get hired because he didn't have an ID. He was afraid to seek an ID because failure to pay past due child support he may have an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Why are we throwing people in jail for unpaid debts? This doesn't make any sense, as they will be unable to work off their debts from the walls of the prison cell. Locking up dead beat dads may sound like good politics, but in truth it actually is counterproductive to those trying to get their lives together.
The poor live in a cash only environment. Because without an ID, one can't open a bank account. Removing the cash-only barrier would help alleviate drug addictive behaviors. Here, there are many options to get towards a better life, but none to easy. BlueDot, Visa and Mastercard offer pre-paid debit cards but many of these options are underutilized by the poor.
I don't have all the answers. These were some initial obstacles I've seen first hand that will keep people in a cycle of poverty, and I don't know how much more I could have helped.
This guide is meant to be illustrative of where we are in the current tax reform environment. It does not aim to say much as it is to be informative.
We will try to answer the simple questions: where we are, what we want, and what we need.
Can it be done?
Not likely. Paul Ryan seems like he's the captain of a ship just a bit too big for him. Mitch McConnell would have more success trying to impeach Hillary (and still getting nothing done). The fact is, Democrats are losers in the argument and largely will be left out of the conversation. Republicans have forgotten how to govern. They need to pass some type of "Obamacare" scale tax reform in order to save the party. Right now, the Democrats are coalescing around single-payer medicaid for all type plan, while the Republicans couldn't repeal taxes included in Obamacare.
Republicans need to pass some tax reform, even if it, like Obamacare, isn't a permanent fix. Republicans need to take a big look at what they truly want and see if they can get there in two moves.
The first move requires you to break it. The second move requires you to perfect it.
Obamacare restructured 1/6 of the American Health Care system and still faces dry-pools and limited competition on the exchanges. The next move requires much to fix these problems, but that's not what this article is about. We'll save that for another day.
The tax-reform play will be a success if Republicans can try to tackle both corporate and individual income taxes together.
What We Want
The Holy Grail for all Republicans is to bring individual and corporate income tax rates down to around 10%. Despite having both houses of Congress, the Supreme Court and the White House, this is an impossible reach for the Republican Party, as it has forgotten how to govern.
Historically the Republican has been conservative in it's approach to changing the status-quo. If the next 3 years are to mean anything, it is not that. Steve Bannon, the President's former populist champion in the White House, pushed for high income earners to be taxed in the 40+% bracket. If Donald Trump is to right the ship of his Presidency, it may be to push for a higher tax bracket on those making above, say, $5 million a year.
Individual Tax Rates - HOH
The Republican Party should have no problem simplifying the tax-code in a way that keeps the ship afloat. As of right now, Donald Trump is threatening a government shutdown unless he gets funding for a boarder wall. Priorities.
Corporate Tax Rates
What We Need
We need a unified Republican Party presenting a united front for a fair, simplified guide to tax-reform.