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What happens when one is considered “fortunate”?

By now everyone’s familiar with the gist of Obama’s plan to address this nations deficit and dire financial circumstances: by raising the taxes on those who are “fortunate.” For the purposes of this post, though, I’m going to set aside the fact that our problem isn’t a revenue issue but a spending issue, and focus solely on the word “fortunate.”

At what point is one considered “fortunate” – financially speaking? Monopoly ManWell, Obama has, in the past used the $250 thousand annual salary as this magical beginning point.

You’ve probably heard numbers thrown around lately giving certain statistics regarding which “fortunate” members of our society pay how much of the total federal revenues received from income taxes. There’s a very good report by The Tax Foundation which uses actual IRS data. It’s pretty easy reading and you can see the numbers for yourself. Here are some points to take note of:

  • In 2008, “the top-earning 5 percent of taxpayers… earned 34.7 percent of the nation’s adjusted gross income, but paid approximately 58.7 percent of federal individual income taxes.”
  • “Overall, these data on high-income tax returns appear to confirm that the recent recession…”, like most recessions, “occurred for the same reason, a sharp decline in income at the high end.”
  • The top 25% of income earners had a sum total AGI (Adjusted Gross Income) of approx $5,678,179 Million (yes, that’s over 5 Trillion) and were taxed at an average of 15.68%, thus paying $890,614 MILLION in taxes. (That would be over $890 Billion dollars. )
  • “… taxpayers with an AGI of $159,619 or more in 2008 constituted the nation’s top 5 percent of income earners. To break into the top 1 percent, a tax return had to have an AGI of $380,354 or more”
  • The top 1% of income earners paid 23.27% of their AGI in taxes. (That would be $88,508.38 out of the $380k quoted above.) Top 5% paid 20.7% of AGI in taxes. (That would be $33,041.13 out of the $159,619 quoted above.)  The top 5-10% paid 12.44%. Top 10-25% paid 9.29%.

Could you imagine having a small business and working your butt off at least 18 hours per day, “24/7/365″ as they say, and having an AGI of  $159 thousand dollars and having to turn around & give $33 thousand to Uncle Sam? OR doing very well, having an AGI of $380 thousand and having to give away $88 thousand of it?!?!?

Did you know that if you win the lottery or report your gambling earnings, the Federal Government will take 40% of those winnings as taxes on “unearned income”? Based on the stats above, the folks who work their butts off to earn that money may as well have been gambling or playing the lottery instead of working hard to make a buck. AND hire employees for good paying jobs. Which would you rather do?

Let’s look at it like this. Most people believe they could live comfortably if they were earning $50,000 annually during their retirement. In order to be earning that much money in interest and dividends – remember you’re not working so you don’t have an “income” – you’d have to have ONE MILLION DOLLARS invested and earning 5% interest (which you just about can’t find any more). Want to be earning $75,000 annually so you could travel and live a life of relative luxury? Then you better have $1.5 Million in those investments earning 5%.

And guess what? You’re still gonna have to pay taxes on that “income” too.

Does any of this sound very “fortunate” to you? And Obama wants to make it worse!

So you wanna work from home?

More and more people are turning to the Internet these days in search of something, just about ANY thing, to help them get out of the financial mire. Whether they created their own mess, or they’re a victim of the recession, or not even in a mire but are simply looking for the exit ramp from the dog-eat-dog expressway, or headed for retirement without a clue or a means to support themselves for the next 20-50 years.

Even in good economic times, people just get tired of the rat race! The lousy boss, the office politics, the long hours, the long commute, lost time with family and friends… Not having freedom just to LIVE! Sure you gotta make money to pay the bills, but at what cost? That’s not living – that’s slavery!

What they really need is a real Plan B.

Big House and Fancy CarWe hear that people make a killing online and we want to know how they do it so we can do it, too. We want to stay up late and sleep in, spend our days shopping or watching TV or “playing outside” and still be able to afford the good life: a big house (or 2 or 3), fancy cars, a maid, weekly spa treatments, long vacations to exotic locations, etc.

But slow down a moment… is that REALLY what you want? Or is that just someone else’s fantasy life they’re trying to sell you? Maybe it IS what you really want. Or maybe, you’re like I was and only want FREEDOM! Financial freedom to stop worrying about how the bills are getting paid, and time freedom to enjoy life.

So before I help you find the path to the life you desire, you gotta do some thinking. Strike that! You gotta do some soul searching. Here are some questions you need to think over and be deadly honest with yourself on the answers. If you get these wrong, you’re only setting yourself up for disappointment later.

  • Do you want a job or a business?
  • Are you dependable and self-disciplined?
  • What are your passions? If time & money were no object, what would you do even if you weren’t being paid to do it?
  • Most importantly, are you teachable? To get what you want, you gotta learn how to get it from someone who already has it. If you’re not teachable, you’re setting yourself up for frustration & failure.

But if you’re willing to learn and you can follow the leader, click here and fill out the form on the next page. I’ll get back in touch with you and introduce you to a system that works. In 20 years of experience, this is the first thing I’ve found that is fool-proof.