For the first eight years of our marriage, [Michelle and I] were paying more in...– President Obama in North Carolina today on why Congress has to act to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling (via barackobama)
American Expatriates Renounce Citizenship Over... →
huffingtonpost: That’s because the U.S. is one of the only countries in the world that requires its citizens working abroad to file taxes at home, reports the Daily Mail. American expatriates are exempt from paying tax on the first $95,100 of income earned abroad as long as they fill in the Foreign Income Exclusion form and prove taxes are paid to the country they reside in. But the process is...
The Window Tax
Aha! This explains all the bricked up/boarded windows in our neighborhood. I’ve been wondering about them for weeks: mentalflossr: British homes used to be taxed on the number of windows they had. Instead of paying the higher taxes, many people just bricked up windows they could do without.
“How does one become a citizen of the exclusionists’ France? By knowing its cultural references and intricate folkways, as described in 1969 by the writer Sanche de Gramont: ‘The Frenchman is not someone who possesses a navy blue passport and speaks the language of Descartes, but someone who knows who broke the Soissons vase, what happened to Buridan’s donkey, why Parmentier gave his...