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Month: June 2019

A Small Claim, Conclusion

A Small Claim, Conclusion

After a year of trying collect on unpaid invoices for freelance design work and the six month process of a small claims case, there is finally a resolution. The bill, including court costs, has been paid in full. There is also the added bonus that the proceeds are not taxable!.

Raising Congressional Pay

Raising Congressional Pay

There have been a lot of ideas about Congressional salaries flying around the internet in response to Representative Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) calling for a cost of living raise. So I thought what could one more hurt? My idea starts from the simple premise that compensation drives behavior. If you want people to do more of a certain thing, pay them more for doing it. What I want Congress to do is reduce the size of government. My proposal is to set…

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The Idiot Strikes Again

The Idiot Strikes Again

Let’s start this by defining the key term: Tariff. A tariff is a tax on imported goods. How it works. If an imported item with a cost of $100 is subject to a 5% tariff, it costs the importer $105 to bring that item into the country. The exporter collects their $100 and the $5 goes into the US Treasury. Who Pays. The importer of the item can then either absorb the cost of the tariff by reducing their profit…

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Playing The Odds

Playing The Odds

I am not a numbers guy. The saying “I was told there would be no math” plays an important role in my life. But I get the basics. I heard an ad from NHTSA on the Dennis Miller Option podcast about seatbelts. The key statistic in the ad, the one that is really supposed to motivate to buckle up is that 51% of all fatalities in crashes were people who were not wearing seatbelts. Not being an expert at statistics…

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A Small Clain, Part 5

A Small Clain, Part 5

If you can recall all the way back to Part 1 if this series (on another site) I filed a suit in small claims court against Gorham Paper and Tissue  for failing to pay $3,800 in invoices for graphic design services. In Part 4 of the series I reported on the company’s response to the suit in which they informed the court: I admit I owe the claim but need more time to pay. (You may ask for a period…

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