Monday, October 18, 2004
One word--Relaxing: 3 miles to the train station; Train boarding started 10 minutes after I arrived; About 300 steps from being dropped off at the station to my seat on the train; Big, comfortable seats with foot rests; Walked to the dining car for lunch; Sat in the lounge/scenic view car to watch the multi-colored leaves; Got a lot of work done.
Walked out of the train and up the stairs at Chicago Union Station on time and walked to my hotel.
It's interesting to compare this to flying to Chicago Midway: 20 minute drive through highway construction to the airport; Check in with baggage (because there are things they dont allow you to take on the plain); Go through security; Get to gate (usually at the end of one of the concourses); Small seats, if the person in front of you reclines the seatyoure screwed; 1 hour gate to gate instead of 8 hours (a good thing); Wait for baggage; Get to the loop from the airport.
Sunday, October 17, 2004
Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your mouth,
Blowing down the backroads headin' south.
Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your teeth,
You're an idiot, babe.
It's a wonder that you still know how to breathe.
Great theme song for the Presidential debates.
Full lyrics at http://www.bobdylan.com/songs/idiot.html
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Some interesting points from his DEPRESSING presentation:
- The 28,000 wealthiest Americans have the same income as the bottom 1/3 of Americans.
- We are not seeing normal capitalism--we are seeing rigged capitalism.
- With the current federal tax policies CEOs would not be fulfilling the fiduciary responsibilities if they didn't move jobs, capital and intellectual property out of the U.S.
- We have a socialist tax system that redistributes income from the middle class to the filthy rich.
- The basic, conservative basis of a progressive tax system was developed in ancient Athens. Basically, those who get the greatest economic benefit from society has the greatest obligation to make sure it endures.
With the current tax system, nonprofit organizations are going to be in deep shit.
- Lower tax rates will reduce giving
- Lower state tax income will reduce state funds for nonprofits.
- As the middle class struggles with the reduced income this greatest source of nonprofit contributions will shrink.