I just read an interesting piece in today’s New York Times. Here’s an excerpt: In America, all men are believed to be created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. But Nigerians are brought up to believe that our society consists of higher and lesser beings. Some are born to own and
Sometimes you work, and you don’t see the benefits. Sometimes you toil away, and the hoped-for goals continue to elude you. And, sometimes, the impact you have happens after you’ve gone. I think the work of Martin Luther King, Jr., is one such example. When he was alive, social justice was elusive. Gains were hard-fought.
It’s hard to read about the victims in Connecticut without shedding tears. It’s hard to process how a gunman can shoot his mother, young children and teachers. It’s hopeful to see social media serve as a platform through which people are lobbying Congress for gun control and showing deeply-felt empathy for the families. But, I hope
Whether your side won or lost last night, there’s one conclusion that is clear: the U.S. is a different country now. The politics of the day used to revolve around winning the “white” vote. Well, Romney carried that vote, and he lost. Women and minorities pushed Obama over the magic 270 Electoral number. In other
Our marginal income tax rate will be 54.1%: 35% Federal, 5.3% State, 3.8% Medicare and 10% for charities (we give away 10% of our pre-tax income; see “A VC’s View on Charitable Giving”). And, if the Bush tax rates expire, add another 5%. This all just covers wages, and it excludes the coming 3.8% investment
I’m an immigrant to the U.S., as I’ve written before (read “Only in America”). I’m very patriotic. So, I watch closely the campaigns for the Presidency. I’m a registered Independent. Frankly, I’m disappointed with both sides. The campaigns have really focused on 30-second ads, that try to be “dramatic” and catch our attention. In a