Archive for January 2nd, 2013

2013 Revenue Debt Comparison

Landing on the Fiscal Rocks

Now that taxes have gone up for everyone making $400,000 and above, and couples making more than $450,000, reflecting the Obama Administration’s “balanced” approach to deficit reduction — it is worth examining just how effective the tax hikes will be at reining in the debt. They will raise just $30 billion this year, doing almost nothing to pay for the $1.2 trillion of new debt the government expects to incur in 2013.

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Jack "Dr. Death" Kevorkian (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Old and Worn Out? Why Not Suicide?

Eighty-eight years old and in failing health, Lillian B. Rubin speculates about our society’s fear of death, the taboo surrounding elder suicide, and her own struggles with “ambivalence” about taking her own life. She challenges the notion that suicide is the coward’s way out, insisting that – on the contrary – to accept the fact of one’s “diminishing existence” and to take decisive action to end one’s suffering is an act of immense courage.

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