But You Could As Well
But you could, as well. I mean, this is a poor example because it's not applicable to Bezos's situation, but I recall folks on reddit complaining about multi-million dollar Roth IRAs. And while, sure, you could have something to complain about if it was the result of insider trading, I have no problem with the general idea that someone can have tax-free growth in such an account. I can put money there, and so can you. Just because someone else wisely takes advantage of that does not make that person a bad person. Anyway, more to the point, I responded to the "he won't be taxed. Rich get richer." comment only because it's an absurd position to take that just because you're "rich" (how rich?) you do not pay taxes. It is the tax planning that money can buy that helps the rich save on taxes. And they still typically pay a higher percentage of actual income than lower and middle class folks.
There is a free class given by Yale University on the Science of Well-Being or, in reduced terms, Happiness. —we try to emulate what they have, to make ourselves feel better. We develop an unrealistic optimism about how our lives could be more like theirs. When it does not pan out, we experience a let-down. Educators will nudge in many ways: through sports competitions, with under-performing criticism, even with a status quo bias. Architects will control your choices from phone service to the small print costs on contracts; everything you order, stream or buy often, architects tout the convenience of, whatever. Health care workers seek to control from birth to death; their services offered are unending and rising costs to health care coverage and subsequent plans can hit the moon. The point is: nudges are ubiquitous, they are everywhere all the time. So, make sure to listen to the options, but exercise your right to make your own decisions, if possible.
That is what gives you freedom. Choices are what we use to change actions. Most of the time our choice is about what we like or dislike. Of course, the right choice can make us feel good about how it affects us and for the most part, we should take the time to think about how it affects others as well. The wrong choices can of course, ruin our goals, but we have the freedom to do that just as we have the freedom to better our future. Many times, with life-changing or important choices, it would behoove us to seek advice. Depending on our emotions though, even this option won’t always be exercised. We might not want to listen to others, really. Feelings have a way of driving whether or not if we want to actually discuss something. Just realize though, a better choice might be in the offering. Cavell-Clarke, Steffi. Making Good Choices. New York: Crabtree Publishing Company, 2017. Book. Raatma, Lucia. Making Smart Choices. New York: Scholastic, 2013. Book. Reisberg, Daniel. Cognition. New York: W.W. Thaler, Richard H. and Cass R. Sunstein. Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness.
When most people think about a bodyguard, they get images of the rich and famous. They see Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston in the movie, The Bodyguard. They think of the muscular guys that are found near Hollywood's young female stars. However there are other reasons why someone might hire a bodyguard. A bodyguard is someone who is hired to protect a person from harm or threats. The person may be a celebrity, it may be a business officer, a public figure such as a political leader. The person may also be under the threat of harm because of his or her involvement in a legal case. Unlike the rich and famous who hire an entourage, others hire a single bodyguard for their protection. This individual may or may not carry a weapon. He or she may be trained in combat. But, in any case, a bodyguard is present when there is a risk.
It's because of this risk that many people who are involved in a legal situation find themselves in need of a bodyguard. He or she may be scheduled to testify against a gang member, may be a whistle blower within an organization, or may even be an expert witness for the prosecution. In order to avert the risk, a bodyguard is brought on as an intermediary someone who will stay with the witness and identify an increasing threat before it gets out of control. Therefore, when hiring a bodyguard, prosecutors often look to someone who they know that they can trust such as a private investigator to provide the service. A private investigator who works as a bodyguard for witnesses for the prosecution often have been involved in the case in other ways as well. Some will have worked as a process server. Some will have looked at the evidence in the case and tracked down witnesses that may not have previously come forward. Others may even have been involved in accident reconstruction. In any case, the private investigator who is hired as a bodyguard is someone who will be familiar with both the legal matter and the prospective risk. Because of his or to a lesser extent her familiarity with the case, he will know better what to look for. In addition, he may be responsible for transporting the witness to the courtroom at appointed times. For those who feel that they may be at risk, a bodyguard can provide reassurance and a sense of security. About The Author David Almeida is a licensed private investigator with a degree in criminal justice. He is affiliated with the National Association of Investigative Specialists and the Licensed Private Detectives Association of Massachusetts.