posted on Nov, 24 2008 @ 04:25 AM
Its funny how people define wealth and 'success' . Before I bailed out of the states , I had a business . Yes , we wrote off everything we legally
could , but we did not eat out all the time just to get more deductions !. I always prefered and still do ,to reinvest as much in to my business as
possible to maximise productivity so I can afford to take quality time AWAY FROM THE BIZ . Owning their own own business has a nasty habit of making
some people arrogant and 'entitled' . Success is an excuse for excess. Business lunches that lead to alcoholism , weight gain and an early grave
I saw all this crap coming many years ago . So we sold up ,downscaled as much as possible and now my business is a part time thing so I can focus
on making our two acres as self sufficient as possible .
Because we dont use our business as a social climbing ego trip we are shunned by most people in the business community for not 'playing the game'
. To often the 'networking' that business owners get involved in is a sleazy grey area of back scratching ,money laundering and tax evasion .
And when you swim with sharks long enough you are going to get your arse bitten . I lost count of the number of business owners who gave me
'sound advice ' that would have sunk me long ago if I'd taken it .
But we are debt free and thus stress free. No employees , no complicated tax returns . No taking the piss out of the tax man and keeping your fingers
crossed that you dont get audited . One thing I learned .If you want to raise any american business mans blood pressure real quick , just say three
lettters , IRS .
Self reliance has always been a big thing for us . The best thing I did was take down my business sign , send my wife to work while I renovated the
run down shack of a house we got for cheap . Now we have a comfortable little home thats cheap to run , cheap to maintain . And because we did it
ourselves we saved at least $70'000 .
We get by on about $500 AUS a week ! and we have never been more happy .
And because we are happy on such a low income we pay SWFA in tax .
If I were still in the US right now I would negotiate with a struggling farmer , offer my labour for free in return for being allowed to build a
little shack in the woods and grow my own food . Then ride this one out as best I could .
Thats how serious I think the situation is in the states right now.
The rich have abused their privilages for way to long and their greed has bought America to its knees . Not all business owners are social
climbing primmadonnas but a lot are . And Hunted is right . Philanthropy for the rich is just a cache buying tax exemption that gives them 'culture
kudos' and old money status . Its all BS . Greed is NOT good .
Whats the point of success if you are so mean spirited that you then refuse to share it with those who you could not have got there without ?
So as far as I am concerned ,having screwed the working man for so long , I think its about time the big end of town coughed up some extra readies
. I prefer to reserve judgement on Obama until he's been in office for a while , but I think its a great credit to white america that they have faced
their racial demons and elected a black man for president . It gives me hope that the current situation is salvagable . Even if Obama does prove to be
Right now ,the only equity thats going to save a lot of people is sweat equity . Tax breaks are irrelevant when you have no job , no business and
potentially no home . The writings on the wall people ,this situation is going to get a LOT WORSE .