nice upbringing that you had to turn out like such a turd.
maybe he didn't have a nice upbringing and that is why he won't help his parents out.
All parents aren't worth helping.
As for mine, I'd do anything I could realistically do to help them that didn't come at the expense of my own retirement. I wouldn't want to repeat the cycle with my children.
If it meant them living with me, so be it. If it meant simply writing them a check, that's fine too. My parents don't have any gambling, drug, or alcohol addictions, so I know that if I gave them money, they'd use it for legitimate purposes.
The people in Ballantyne like to use fuzzy math to make that point.
They include Ballantyne, all up through Providence road and even into Myers Park and say "look, South Charlotte is paying 50% of the taxes"
When you include 30% of the damn city into your argument, and it is all the wealthiest parts, then of course you're going to arrive at a number like that. What they don't realize though is people in Myers Park/Eastover/South Park are not the same as people in Ballantyne. The income levels in those areas on on another level.
Most people don't realize that residential development pays a pretty low amount of property taxes compared to the space it takes up. Ballantyne without the corporate park and commercial property would be paying a much lower % of property taxes than they do now, but it makes people feel good about themselves to think they're footing the bill for everything.
They didn't live on the whole US as it is today of course. Yet I'll tell you this, native americans have a 1000% more respectable history than black americans do. There's a reason they don't have people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton speaking for them. They did get paid, no matter how small it was, and ultimately they have more respect.
Native Americans are the poorest income demographic in the U.S.
They are, to this day, ignored by everyone in this country.
They do have people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton speaking for them, but they don't get air time.
Some reservations have poverty levels that are on par with Central American countries. People living in shanty towns without basic amenities that are taken for granted even in the shittiest urban housing projects.
I disagree. Now in this world, you will always have poverty. Yet with reparations, more people will come out of it and go on to succeed in life. Remember we have a disproportionate amount of black people in poverty, and that is a direct result of not being paid reparations in 1865, and the subsequent era of discrimination/terrorism. Reparations will solve this problem for sure. It's the natural result. The biggest thing is overall, the country will prosper like at no other time in our history. More money will come into the country at the result of all these black people coming out of poverty. Now they are being a successful working class in this nation. So there will be more money to do whatever we need, and then some.
Evidence suggests otherwise.
The lottery is a good case study on what reparations would be like because it gives people (often middle income or poor) unexpected money in sums they've never had before.
From lottery to bankruptcy
According to a 2010 study by researchers at Vanderbilt University, the University of Kentucky and the University of Pittsburgh, the more money you win in the lottery, the more likely you are to end up bankrupt.
The authors divided past lottery winners into two separate groups: Those who had won cash prizes between $50,000 and $150,000, and those who had won $10,000 or less. What they found is that those who had won the more sizable sums were more likely to have filed for bankruptcy five years later. Similar research from the National Endowment for Financial Education estimates that 70 percent of people who had unexpectedly come into large sums of money ended up broke within seven years.
Yeah sure, some people, but a large number of individuals out here just want a better quality of life for themselves and their families.
My money would be on more people pissing it away than improving their situation.
Poor people in general, regardless of race, are really poor stewards of money.
A huge percentage of people in this country have ZERO retirement savings. An even larger percentage of people don't have enough / aren't on track to have enough to retire on.
People put the here and now ahead of the future and there is no reason to think people that receive reparations will act differently.
When you're broke and haven't been able to afford the things you've wanted for years, it's really easy to go spend it on those things...which generally turn out to be useless in a short period of time.
I have little doubt that middle class black families would do responsible things with the money, but they're not the ones that I generally see bringing up reparations because they're doing ok on their own.
I'm thinking about selling my place. I bought in a fringe area near Uptown and I think I can turn a quick $30,000 profit on my place. Not too bad for only being there for 2.5 years. I want to build a bungalow a little bit closer to Plaza-Midwood. There is a builder in the area that will build 3BR/2BA bungalow homes starting at $152k. I'd probably spend 25-30k more to get some upgraded features thrown in though.
I kind of want a yard now, although not a big one, so I want to get out of my townhome.
I am a person who gets too damn hot. So, I like to keep the temp down around 72. During the summer, by power bill is over $450 per month.
But then again, my wife and kids have a BAD habit of leaving every light and TV on in the house...all the time.
Just kills me.
Eh, lights don't really use THAT much electricity.
Heating and cooling systems and water heaters are the biggest users of electricity. The best thing you could probably do to lessen that (if you don't have this already) would be to zone your heating/cooling system so you're not heating/cooling the whole house all the time and install a super efficient water heating system.
Zoning your HVAC system would have the most impact though and I don't think it is terribly expensive to do.