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The question is it worth sacrificing my future for theirs?
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Prof, making money -- a lot money -- it really pretty easy. It's all a matter of priorities. Either accept your situation or change your priorities. You probably can't have it all, you just need to make choices that you're comfortable with.

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Since we're talking about taxes, here, how about merging the 'cornhole' thread with this one. They're both related.

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QBNCGAR I live in the DC/Baltimore Area so you can imagine what 24K a year will stretch to.
I took this job so I can have time with my family, rebuild the house and pursue a doctorate degree. I started it out at 23.5K and six years later here I am with no PhD because they don't have the budget for it anymore and they can't compensate me as equally to others because of enrollment and lack of state and federal funding, basically not many people are interested in careers as engineers. How can you blame them when they see that their jobs will be outsourced?
The only two personal objectives that I am accomplishing are being with my kids more hours than I would have working as an engineer and the house being taken care of but slowly since I have to squeeze every dollar for a can of paint, lumber or nails. Here is the kicker, I never intended to stay teaching this long but it grows on you and you fall in love with the profession for all the differences I make in the lives of my students. The question is it worth sacrificing my future for theirs?
The older I get, the more prophetic I find the following quote. "To thine own self, be true."

Which is the real Professor - the teacher & family man, or the wealthy engineer?
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Which one will pay less taxes?
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QBNCGAR I live in the DC/Baltimore Area so you can imagine what 24K a year will stretch to.
I took this job so I can have time with my family, rebuild the house and pursue a doctorate degree. I started it out at 23.5K and six years later here I am with no PhD because they don't have the budget for it anymore and they can't compensate me as equally to others because of enrollment and lack of state and federal funding, basically not many people are interested in careers as engineers. How can you blame them when they see that their jobs will be outsourced?
The only two personal objectives that I am accomplishing are being with my kids more hours than I would have working as an engineer and the house being taken care of but slowly since I have to squeeze every dollar for a can of paint, lumber or nails. Here is the kicker, I never intended to stay teaching this long but it grows on you and you fall in love with the profession for all the differences I make in the lives of my students. The question is it worth sacrificing my future for theirs?
Teaching is an undervalued profession. Sacrifice should be unnecessary. Our priorities are screwed up. We freely send our money to the federal government and let those socialists loose with it, then elect the first local official who promises not to raise our property taxes despite the need. We need to flip that over.

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Hey Michigan kids, your state reps. have a present for you
April 6, 2007 2:59 PM PDT

It was President Herbert Hoover who campaigned on the promise of prosperity under his administration when he vowed "a chicken in every pot, a car in every garage."

Michigan state Democrats want to do him one better: an iPod for every child. An unsigned editorial in The Detroit News is, to put it mildly, not a fan. "An iPod for every kid? Are they !#$!ing idiots?" the headline screams.

The state is apparently facing a budget crisis--to the tune of $1 billion. On Thursday, House Democrats delivered a spending bill that includes the idea of putting $38 million worth of public funds toward outfitting every student with a digital music player. The plan also included measures to tax soda and satellite TV services, among other things, to raise funds.

Seems like an interesting idea because iPods could easily be used as educational devices--to transport or store digital documents and projects, or to listen to lectures. It's also not a new idea--Duke University famously gave iPods to all incoming freshmen . But, The Detroit News' editorial makes an astute point wondering "how financially strained Michigan residents will feel about paying higher taxes to buy someone else's kid an iPod."

But what about the unfortunate side effect of lodging earbuds in one's ears starting at a very early age? Many times this can also teach kids to tune out more often than they tune in.
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Geez...you guys are out of touch. Paying taxes is optional. You don't have to pay if you don't want to.

Just try is sometime. Just don't pay. See what happens.

Nothing is what happens.

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Geez...you guys are out of touch. Paying taxes is optional. You don't have to pay if you don't want to.

Just try is sometime. Just don't pay. See what happens.

Nothing is what happens.

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Is his like changing oil?
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Is this like changing oil?
Yes, oil changes and paying taxes are all optional. You've been brainwashed into it by the oil companies and the gubmit.

Now you're learning....another 50 years and you'll be smart.

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