In a CNBC Financial report, I heard an investment guy who summarized it all brilliantly.
He was discussing the fact that emerging market funds will be where the money is made. He said that the Chinese are using their currency to buy up and hoard commodities (oil, metals, etc.) at the current bargain prices in preparation for the turn around that will surely come at some point in time.
He said this: “The U.S. will lag the recovery because we have so much bad spending to digest. The rest of the world is financing growth opportunities, while we’re in the USA financing entitlement programs. Where would you put your money?” That just about says it all.
Here are some of the key points of the bills approved in the House this week: You will pay a 5 percent excise tax if you earn more than $280,000 in order to fund health care. Businesses will be forced to pay a “fine” of $375 for every part-time worker if they don’t offer health care. That one is sure to create jobs for our younger workers and the marginally employed.
Yep, it’s a real incentive to hire people who might not even generate that much in profits during a year. In one scenario: You have employees who only work five-to-10 hours per week because this is a second income for “fun” money in their homes. These are typically people who already have health care through their spouses’ employers, but under Obama-Care you'd be forced to pay a fine if you don’t offer them a program. You'd likely lay them off first if you can’ t make a reasonable profit. That model will be repeated over and over in our country.
Oh, it gets more than just interesting. This proposal could cost you even more.
It could even be worse; one of the Democrat proposals is an 8 percent tax on salary if your annual payroll is more than $400,000 for your company. How much good do you think that will do for small businesses? It doesn’t take much to hit an annual payroll of $400,000. If you take an 8 percent hit of $32,000, you might not have any profit left for many small businesses.
This is mind-boggling. Tell me how you feel about what is being proposed by posting your thoughts.
— By David Walker, Vice President of Association Services, National Glass Association
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