My first actual blog type post in a long time...
So you know what really bugs me...? People's lack of understanding of how percentages work. I am by no means an expert, but I do understand that 50% off a $1 item is as good of a deal as 50% off a $10 item.
So earlier today I was watching a video where a girl was telling how she would spend money if she won the lottery. She said she would give about 10% to a charity. Someone left this comment as a response,
"I often think about what I would do with a large sum of money. First things first, 20% to charity. You're supposed to give 10% of all your income to charity anyway, if you're rich, it's supposed to be 20%."
To which I responded,
"I'm just wondering...is the 10% to charity based on the Bible concept of tithing? Because I understand, and do, that but am wondering where you got the 20% for the rich part. Because that's what's fabulous about percentages...a percentage is fair to everyone no matter their total money. 10% to a less fortunate person is technically the same overall equivalence as 10% for a rich person 10% of $100 is $10 and 10% of $1,000,000 is $100,000 sounds fair to me."
*Please take note that I normally don't leave comments like this on youTube because I know it will probably lead to a one-sided argument where the person who left the first comment will rant and rant but never take into consideration the other points being presented. However I just couldn't pass this one up*
The 10% discussion went back and forth (I only left the one comment because I felt like I got my point across with it- although I never did get an answer on where she got the rich should donate 20% part...) even with all the discussion some of the commenters still argued that a round percentage that covered all incomes isn't a fair way to 'charge' people.
So this brings me to my next point...taxes. *This is by no means a political post...because I hate politics and refuse to debate/discuss them.* However, taxes make a good example. Some people believe that the richer someone is the higher percentage of taxes that person should pay. That is beyond unfair. Lets say I make $200 a month and taxes are 10% (just humor me a little with my numbers). That means I pay $20 in taxes per month. Now lets say you make $3000 a month and also pay 10% taxes. That comes to $300. To someone who didn't know our incomes these numbers might seem unfair, but we actually have the same percentage of our income left over to use however we please.
However, if we go by the 'rich make more so they pay more percentage' theory and bump your taxes up to 20%, because lets face it you make a lot more then I do. You now pay $600 a month in taxes. This means you have 10% less take home money because you're dubbed as 'rich.' People who want to play percentages by income make me never want to have any money.
Anyway, I hope I got my point across...this is really only a rant about some peoples lack of knowledge about how percents work. Combine my rant with inability to sleep tonight and here we are...
On an unrelated topic- a friend of mine sold plasma yesterday for grocery money. I was actually joking two nights ago about selling plasma so I could have gas money, but wasn't actually going to do it. But I guess kudos for her for finding a way to feed her family...