Don’t you love this from the news…
I couldn’t help but notice…
—Income just for breathing!?–an earlier news piece noted that Switzerland was contemplating a monthly minimum wage just for being alive. Some proponents of the bill noted that it takes a minimum of $2500 per month just to make ends meet. Everyone would get the basic income automatically. Voters rejected the proposal 78% to 22%. The word, however, is that other countries are now considering similar proposals.
—How about this for advice?—an August 24, 2016 article on personal finance offered this headline advice: “Quit buying stuff you can’t afford!” The article begins with the stunning advice: “…say it out loud, ‘I can’t afford it.’ You just spoke the most important words of your financial life.” I think many of us would all say, “well, duh!” But of course, we can’t get our own government to pay attention.
—Speaking of Debt… In the October 5, 2016 Wall Street Journal, Ian Talley wrote an article indicating that global debt levels of economies around the world continue to represent the greatest risk to financial stability. So it’s not just the United States taking on debt. No one is listening to the advice of “don’t buy what you can’t afford.”
–Giving back in one day? Ryan Frankel, a Forbes contributor, offers some refreshing respite to the madness. He writes: “I recently spent a day trying to give as much back to those around me as possible, without thinking about any corresponding benefits to myself.” Ryan then goes on to describe an entire day of selfless acts of giving as simple as taking out the trash and doing the dishes so his wife could sleep in late.
Ryan’s little piece makes you wonder. What would happen if people spent more time thinking about giving instead of getting an income just for breathing or buying stuff they can’t afford? Now that’s a presidential platform!