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Felt bad for making too much money

Mar 13

I was at jury duty and everyone was broke. I felt like they tried to guilt trip me. I live in a broke state making crazy money. I hate how people try to rich guilt me. What do you do?

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  • Facebook Probe
    I felt bad too...

    ...until I saw how much others make on Blind, now I'm greedy af and want more!!

    Thanks Blind!
    Mar 132
    • Microsoft
      wyba qnbab

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      wyba qnbabmore
      How much do u make now?
      Mar 13
    • New / Ops
      tooQ10

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      tooQ10more
      Same as you, Probe. I thought my 45k in Tokyo at age 41 was just about normal until I discovered this forum! (I still think most of you are exaggerating )
      Mar 14
  • Clover Health / Opsthe.1
    If you feel bad about it, vote for the socialists.
    Mar 1322
    • Clover Health / Opsthe.1
      I'll put it another way.

      Amazon reported a net income of $10.1B. If Amazon were a person and had to pay taxes under this new proposal. They would pay the progressive tax rate on the first $10 MM and 70% on the remaining $990 MM for a total IRS Revenue of $693 Million.
      Mar 13
    • Facebook schmuz
      I love how conservatives don't understand progressive taxation... Yet apparently a lot of them understand JavaScript lol.
      Mar 13
    • Clover Health / Opsthe.1
      @shmuz - Sadly, this is not a unique phenomenon to conservatives. Most of today's American voting population doesn't understand how taxation works or how voting/not voting has an impact on them, on top of the massive voter suppression and unconstitutional practice of taxing green card holders but not allowing them to vote.
      Mar 13
    • Facebook gEKd54
      But Amazon is not a person and you still evaded the easy math of how many jobs and taxes will be collected by Amazon's move.

      I'm not a conservative but your bias seems to blind you to facts. Amazon did not promise 25 billion in taxes that was the math that was done for their move. The tax breaks they were receiving are dependent on things that will generate that level of taxes and on 25k workers making avg 150k+. In addition, most of the tax breaks are not amazon specific and any company doing the same in new york would get them.

      Similarly, the green new deal contains A LOT of changes that will directly (and negatively) effect people making far less than 10m. Taxing that group will generate a negligible amount of revenue relative to the ambitious plan and the additional required taxation will hurt everyone (and especially the poorer segments)

      You dont need to have a conservative viewpoint to identify a half as job and shallow rheroric
      Mar 14
    • Clover Health / Opstrollin
      I'm not evading anything. Cost of living is already astronomical in NYC and the people that would have been most impacted by HQ2 are the folks living in privatized (but yes, subsidized) housing. The gentrification would have caused a further tax burden by increasing homelessness. No math is straight forward when there are PEOPLE are involved.
      Mar 14
    • Facebook gEKd54
      This is a reasonable and more balanced response. What you say is broadly true - but the case is pretty weak when you crunch the numbers.

      22 billion (what's left after the tax breaks) is A LOT more than what you'd need to offset all the negative effects of the deal if you were to divert the money to that cause (which we both agree is unlikely to happen)

      We are talking completely different scales here and it's not even a close call for this being net positive
      Mar 14
    • Intel DonaldDD's
      Does anybody realize that NYC rejected Amazon because of barring unions and underpaid warehouse workers? It had nothing to do with money and everything to do with values. Unions allow construction workers and garbage collectors to live as middle class people. If you hate that fine, but NYC has a very strong culture and believes that is the correct thing for a society
      Mar 14
    • Facebook gEKd54
      Intel - that's bs...
      They did not reject Amazon's offer. Amazon could still come and get the benefits- they just didnt want an hq in a populist hostile environment.

      There weren't going to be any warehouse workers in NYC- these were high paying tech jobs - you are misinformed.

      This is simply a case of some politicians (not representing the area where the hq was about to be located) virtue signaling to get more votes with the assumption that the deal will go through - they never imagined amazon will pull out.

      Amazon's arrival was going to dramatically benefit construction workers garbage collectors etc. They would all get a lot more work
      Mar 14
    • Intel DonaldDD's
      Yo dude, I'm talking about the protests of New Yorkers which I'm certain influenced the decision. A bunch of New Yorkers (residents that I referred to as NYC) fundamentally didn't like Amazon as a company
      Mar 14
    • Sirius XM PaHwlm56
      Just to clarify, and the discussion has kind of moved on, but deflecting to claiming conservatives (I’m not a conservative btw) don’t understand progressive taxation and providing a detailed explanation of it seems like a waste your of time to write it and mine to read it since we both get it.

      More broadly, I think you can boil my comments down to “no way do you offset the cost of that overflowing laundry basket of stuff in the GND by just increasing taxes on those making over $10MM.” Tax rate hikes would be necessary at income levels way below that that will hit the average middle class family. Pretending that won’t be necessary is a direct indicator you live in some sort of magical fantasy land where everyone owns their own unicorn and poops rainbows.
      Mar 14
  • Proofpoint / EngsignOnBonu
    People who fail to apply relevant skills effectively in a capitalist economy will fail. I have seen people ruin their careers partly because they care about paying the bills and not necessarily about having a career. Focus on yourself and don't worry about others.

    Some never got the chanve to showcase their strengths, but many who did took it lightly and now they reap what they sow.
    Mar 132
    • Facebook schmuz
      Lol 'I'm self righteous because I learned how to talk to computers and now I'm a smug jerk about it'
      Mar 13
    • I see you subscribe to Adam smith
      Mar 13
  • Salesforce pestesopal
    I can deadlift 350lbs. I did the math and estimate it took me about 200 days in the gym to achieve this. Once I got there it was pretty easy to maintain. I’m not the biggest or strongest guy out there but there are lots of people out there weaker than me. I see out of shape people everywhere everyday. They are obese, frail, diabetic, loaded with health issues. They look and me and assume I was born like this. They say I’m lucky or have good genetics. I know the pain I put up with living with a sore body most of the week all those months and years for sake of a few pounds improvement every week. Two Hundred sessions. I don’t feel like I should be less strong because I see unhealthy people around me. I see what I did to get where I am and what they didn’t do to get where they are.

    You spent years of your life solving hard problems every single day. Imagine if your brain was like a muscle and coding was like deadlifting. You do things they can’t or choose not to do. So don’t sell yourself short or feel bad. You are successful and should model that success to inspire others to be the same.
    Mar 1310
    • Clover Health / Opsthe.1
      How did you afford to pay for those sessions? Were you able to do that while sustaining a diet comprised totally out of sugar water? There are parts of America where people cannot even buy a fresh tomato due to lack of access.

      I am not knocking anyone's hustle but, you know what, sometimes the scrawny kid staring into the gym can't afford to put in 200 sessions even if they are willing to put in the hard work.
      Mar 13
    • New / ITjsmashing
      You don't need a gym..there is literally a gym inside your body, you just need discipline. Sugar water? Take out the first word and that's the only drink I drink.
      Mar 13
    • Google
      tsukino

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      tsukinomore
      Isn't tap water cheaper than pop soda?
      Mar 13
    • You need discipline and the money to live on a good diet. Have you read the ingredients list of poor people food? Don't tell me it's cheap to buy fresh whole foods and cook, most poor people don't have time for that and that's not even cheap to do especially in the city.
      Mar 13
    • Salesforce pestesopal
      Ok this is kinda a digression but not knowing how to cook cheaply and quickly is a relatively new phenomenon. 40lb bag of rice from ranch 99, drumstick value pack from safeway $1.79/lb, raw veggies, always cheap. Rice and veggies done in 20 min. Oven bake drumsticks one day of the week and reheat for rest of week. This is literally cooked, eaten, and clean in less than 40 min and will cost you less than $2 per meal.
      Mar 13
    • Salesforce pestesopal
      I know how privileged works. Not saying that every person on that jury deserves to be where they are. Nobody should look down on them. But I know that people have risen up out of nothing to become great too. Despite challenges it’s possible to thrive. I just hope that people realize it’s always possible to thrive no matter your situation. Those who have thrived should not look down and feel bad like they have something undeserved. Instead they should do things to give back like teach. I love teaching people to work out. I feel I have made an impact in many peoples lives in that area. My giving back by teaching solves information asymmetry which I guess you could say is a common source of privilege. Best you can do is not feel bad but if you care, then teach people growth mindset.
      Mar 13
    • Lol 350, what are you, baby?
      Mar 14
    • Clover Health / Opstrollin
      Or, you can vote for the socialists. @pestesopal
      Mar 14
    • Salesforce pestesopal
      China tried that in the 60s/70s. Also tried building a wall a long time ago, both extremes were failures.
      Mar 14
    • Actually China's wall worked wonders. Not saying we should build our wall though as it won't work today.
      Mar 14
  • Microsoft / EngC---
    What you do? You give them one of the problems you had to deal with recently and ask them to solve it.

    You don't earn your money for nothing.
    Mar 130
  • OP
    One person was my age delivering pizzas and had to go work that night. Dirt poor and was jealous that I had nice things
    Mar 132
    • GrubHub / EngrWWQ30
      He was envious of your things
      Mar 13
    • Facebook schmuz
      Soon enough the poor will just take your things and I'll be cheering them on.
      Mar 13
  • Oracle alwzangry
    Bribe some colleges to pay for rest of the jury's kids' education.
    Mar 130
  • Be humble. As a rich bloke consider yourself as a treasurer not owner of the money. Realize money is not everything. Look at money objectively as a tool to survive and help others. Don’t try to get happiness out of the money as it is illusionary. You are not lucky nor they are unlucky. Everyone has their own problems, sorrows and happiness. If you can solve someone’s problem or can create a positive impact on their lives please do!
    Mar 130
  • But can they leetcode?
    Mar 130
  • Rubrik PartyStick
    Wait does every jury member have to make their TC public?
    Mar 133
    • OP
      You tell your job
      Mar 13
    • Microsoft / Product
      Brazuka

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      Brazukamore
      Telling your job doesn't mean they know how much you make. Most people outside of tech hubs have no idea tech pays 200k+ comps.
      Mar 13
    • Microsoft yesterda
      I say I am a porn star and everyone else stars feeling guilty
      Mar 13
  • Google
    tsukino

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    tsukinomore
    Donate to a charity with strong credibility and a good cause
    Mar 133
    • OP
      But I don't work night shift delivering meat lovers
      Mar 13
    • OP
      Not my job to subsidize Amazon employees
      Mar 13
    • Clover Health / Opstrollin
      @BigBaller$ - you already are.
      Mar 13
  • Aurora bystander!
    Whatever makes you happy.

    I don’t think anyone on Blind will come ask, or care!
    Mar 130
  • Pinterest tihdbyr
    You don’t make too much, because you have ridiculous expenses. You make whatever is left after having a reasonable quality of life. Almost half goes on taxes, 4k apartment and etc..
    Mar 140
  • Microsoft femme
    The average human is not that intelligent. We know just enough to survive but not much else.
    Mar 130
  • I agree it’s hard for anyone to say they deserve so much more than everyone else
    Mar 130

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