I have an appointment to get a root canal this afternoon.
I’m so not excited. The dentist and I, well, we aren’t close. I have this irrational fear and I don’t even know why. It’s not like they have ever done anything to me. I guess it’s just the thought that a strangers hand is all up in my mouth. Not cool.
Memphis decided it was a good idea to start the morning off by playing with his poop. I feel like that is foreshadowing the rest of my day.
But the only thing I can think about right now is Harry Potter. There are so many memories connected to this series. I can’t believe it is ending. I can’t believe that my silly time zone means I still don’t get to see it for an hour and a half.
The 400 wealthiest families in the U.S. aren’t just filthy rich, they are downright dirty. Collectively, these households own $1.37 trillion dollars; a number so high that it’s nearly impossible to comprehend. Here are 11 shocking things $1.37 trillion can buy that you can’t.
The richest 400 households can pay off every student loan for every single student in the entire United States. No more paying for an education, so that you can get a good job so that you can… well, pay off your education.
The richest 400 households can afford to triple the number of teachers in the United States, then give every single one a $30,000 raise. Teachers are being laid off everywhere, their salaries are being cut, and they are suffering. Teacher-to-student ratios in schools are abysmal. But what can we do about it when so much wealth is in the pockets of so few families?
The richest 400 families alone could replace 70% of all money lost in the Great Recession, for everyone! How much money did you, your parents, or grandparents lose in the Great Recession of 2008? 30%, 50% of your portfolio? Not only do the rich still have enough money to fund their wildest dreams, but they can also fund your retirements.
The old “well, they earned it so they deserve it” capitalistic adage no longer really applies to much of the extraordinarily wealthy in this country (not that many of them personally did earn their money - most likely their long dead relatives did). It’s especially no longer true when you take into consideration the fact that most of them have people that are exceptionally talented at hiding their money from domestic taxation.
I believe capitalism is the best system out there, but it needs to be restrained and have limitations. This sort of concentration of wealth isn’t healthy for a country or its people. It’s appalling.
Finding a wedding venue is harder than I thought it would be.
I just want something that is in Middle Tennessee, has outdoor and indoor spaces, is beautiful, has history, doesn’t cost a ridiculous amount, and makes me happy. Oh, could it also include a wedding coordinator? Just because I want someone to be in control on the day of.
We went and grilled out at a friend’s house. I got to talk walking and decorating for our new apartment, which is always fun for me. Plus, hot dogs and hamburgers are totally necessary for the fourth. We spent a lot longer than I realized there. I guess it’s that whole time flies thing.
We came home and went to the roof. There were a bunch of other people up there too. From our vantage point we could see tons of different fireworks shows that were happing in the area. It was pretty cool.
I am ending my day by rubbing aloe on my sunburn, trying to catch up on Game of Thrones, playing on the internet, and cuddling with the most amazing fiance in existence.
Hope the rest of the week is as nice as this weekend was.