Archive for June, 2008

Do you know about the FairTax?

June 28, 2008

This won’t be a little blurb on the FairTax.  But I would heartily recommend any of you reading this to look into it.  With John McCain recently endorsing tax reform in the form of a flat tax, this is extremely pertinent political news.  So while checking out the FairTax blog, I ran across this funny little bit that is worth re-“printing” (what is the word we should use for this now?)…

In a piece on Townhall today Mike Adams offers an amusing look at conversations from the trenches of a grassroots movement.  The premise is that he carries around, in public, a copy of FairTax: The Truth which draws out unsolicited comments from various critics. Here is one:

    Supporter of the Flat Tax of Yesterday (SOFTY): Sorry, I support the flat tax.

    Adams: How often do you change your underwear?

    SOFTY: What?

    Adams: I assume you change your underwear every day?

    SOFTY: Yes, what the hell does that have to do with it?

    Adams: That means you’ve changed underwear 8036 times in the last 22 years.

    SOFTY: And?

    Adams: And the I.R.S. has changed the tax code 16,000 times in the last 22 years. They change the tax code twice as often as you change underwear. How long do you think a flat tax would remain flat?

    SOFTY: (Silence)

    Adams: Would you like to borrow my book?

Now that is a conversation you’re likely to remember the next time you change ya draw’s!

Today’s Big Time Wasters

June 19, 2008

Funny how time just escapes you…

Yes, some things were necessary to do today like…

1. clearing off the porch for the pressure washers. (30 minutes)
2. exercised in the form of a nice walk (1 hour)
3. collaborated with my business partner (1 hour)
4. trying to install MS SQL on my computer (2.5 hours)

But here were some of the not so important things that I did today…

1. Read my morning blogs. (1 hour)
2. Browsed some addon extensions for my Firefox browser. (30 minutes)
3. Got wind of the Sprint Instinct and reviewed it to death (1 hour)
4. Had to do some more in depth reading on Time Machine for my Mac (1 hour)
5. Played a little Desktop Tower Defense, the first time in a long time!  (30 minutes)
6. Took a nap (1 hour)
7. Collaborated with my business partner (1 hour of it was waste)

So my simple waste:need ratio is 6hrs-to-5hrs, 6:5.  That’s not a great ratio for a get-stuff-done guy like I want to see myself sometimes.

But at the end of the day, did I learn a lot?  Yes.  Am I happy with these learnings?  Yes.  But am I getting the stuff done that needs getting done?  Not exactly.  I had 6 hours today that I basically pissed away.  And there in lies the rub…   [Do you think blogging about it will help?]