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I was on active duty in the U.S. Air Force a mere four years. I never got within 3,000 miles of hostile action against American forces. To top it off, my small contribution was decades ago.
As a result, I am squeamishly uncomfortable accepting the appreciation when someone tells me “Thanks for your service.”
It took me a few years to get to a place where I could accept those comments.
I now graciously and proudly accept those expressions of appreciation from my fellow Americans, not because of what I did so long ago, but on behalf of all those soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen who do not have someone looking them in the eye, shaking their hand, and saying “thanks.”
So for all those troops pulling alerts, standing watch, scheduling logistics, or taking fire, please know that vast numbers of Americans are grateful for your service.
I pass on to you their thanks.
You are there, not here, so many people have thanked me instead. It is you they are really thanking.
While today we remember with gratitude those who did not return, I hope those who are serving today hear the appreciation.
Posted by Jim Ulvog on May 30, 2016, 7:09 am
If you guessed the bottom 95%, you would be right.
Follow-up question: What is the spread between the percentage of taxes paid by each group?
What do you think it is? A multiple? Something like double or triple what the 1% pays?
Maybe just a percentage more? 30%, 50%, 60%?
Actually the spread is thin.
(Cross-post from my other blog, Outrun Change.)
Check out the following graph:
Used with permission of Prof. Mark Perry at Carpe Diem.
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Posted by Jim Ulvog on February 3, 2016, 8:37 am
The future is so bright we need sunglasses. Image courtesy of DollarPhotoClub.com
The number of people working in manufacturing has been declining for many years. Those job losses will continue at the same time as technology disrupts other industries causing the loss of more jobs.
This is not a new concept. Technological advances have devastated farm employment over the last 150 years.
(Cross-post from my other blog, Nonprofit Update.)
Prof. Thomas Tunstall pondered Where the New Jobs Will Come From. Sub headline on his 11/4/15 article said:
In 2007 iPhone application developers didn’t exist. By 2011 Apple had $15 billion in mobile-app revenues.
Consider the percentage of the population employed in agriculture over time: Read the full post »
Posted by Jim Ulvog on December 31, 2015, 9:24 am