I can’t think of many people who sit around and say, “You know, I really love paying taxes.” However, when you break out your day into bite-size pieces like this, paying taxes makes hella sense.
For example, I’ll gladly spend four minutes a day contributing to the men and women who fought for my freedom, but it’s a bitter pill to swallow thinking about the 23 minutes I spend paying for that big ol’ mess of a war we got into in the first place.
FACT CHECK TIME! Our fact checkers want me to point out that this infographic is based on a dual-income family with one child where both parents work 7.5 hours a day to earn a combined $107,225. Of course, not all Americans earn that much money (most don’t), and not all taxpaying Americans are in dual-income households, either. So depending on your family and income situation, these numbers vary.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/how-much-time-do-you-spend-at-work-just-to-pay-taxes
While some folks were droning on and on about “welfare cheats” and tax dollars going to (gasp!) feed poor kids, big companies that can afford to pay taxes simply do not do so. Because freedom. Or something.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/bill-moyers-with-25-minutes-of-absolute-truth-about-companies-that-dont-pay-taxes
Just when you were getting
over “Fiscal Cliff-itis,” here comes “Debt Ceiling Mania.” Allow a fictional take, on our very real pseudo crisis, to calm your media-jangled nerves.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/so-this-debt-ceiling-thing-is-routine-or-the-end-of-the-world
I humbly propose we save everybody some time and replace all future presidential debates with this clip.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/the-simpsons-perfectly-sums-up-us-politics-in-less-than-a-minute
Here’s a radical idea: How about a huge corporation whose owners have more money than God (actually, more money than 40% of the American people) pays its people a living wage with medical benefits? I know, I know, just dreaming over here. But John Lennon once wrote, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”
Watch this senator keep the first “expert” from changing the subject not once, not twice, but three times. Charming, no?
Oh, and the “Secretary Reich” who comes in at 4:50? More great stuff from him below the clip.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/that-awkward-sound-a-panel-of-experts-trying-to-defend-walmart-from-questions-asked-by-one-senator-5
There’s a bunch of corporate tax loopholes that allowed BP to pay $0 in taxes in 2010. Companies seem to be really good at not doing their patriotic duty. So some hackers decided to bring that to your attention in the most entertaining way possible.
First, learn what the corporations do when they play their games. Then play their game. (Sorry mobile users, the game won’t work on your phone. Use your tax break to build a mobile app.)
This is my personal favorite.
That’s right, BP ruined a chunk of our country and got a REFUND. Now play the game and see what you can do to stop them.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/math-problem-if-bp-made-36-billion-in-2010-and-their-tax-rate-is-35-how-big-was
It’s not a perfect predictor, but it’s pretty hard to argue with a dude who knows which way is southwest at all times just because he speaks a certain language. What if the mere ability to read this sentence means I’m less likely to consider the future an important part of my life? All I can say is, tomorrow be a good day for me to start saving money.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/superhuman-navigation-skills-risky-sexual-behavior-your-native-language-might-be-to-blame