Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Empath and the Archetypal Drama Triangle (The Empath as Archetype Book 1) - Kindle edition by Elaine La Joie. Self-Help Kindle eBooks @

The Empath and the Archetypal Drama Triangle (The Empath as Archetype Book 1) - Kindle edition by Elaine La Joie. Self-Help Kindle eBooks @

The Empath, or highly sensitive, artistic, intuitive person, wants bonded, happy family relationships and soul mate partnerships. Yet many times the Empath becomes caught playing out the roles of the Archetypal Drama Triangle, which always lead to unhappy relationship outcomes. In this book learn the three roles of Drama, how the Empath tends to play these roles, and how the Empath can stay off the Triangle and instead spend energy building happy, loving relationships. 

The author, Elaine La Joie, has spent ten years as a shaman and certified life coach specifically helping Empaths with their personal transformation so they can create happier, more fulfilled lives and relationships. The Empath and the Archetypal Drama Triangle is the first in the series, Empath as Archetype, in which Elaine shows her clients how overarching patterns common to Empaths as described by the Enneagram Type Four can change using shamanic perspectives and energy healing techniques including Soul Retrieval and Shadow Work. 

Other volumes in this series: The Empath and Shamanic Energy Work, Motivations of the Empath, The Empath and Shadow Work, and The Empath and the Fan-Hero Family System. Each volume builds on the previous volumes. Visit Elaine's website at for more resources for Empaths.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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National debt hits $19 trillion | Washington Examiner

National debt hits $19 trillion | Washington Examiner

The national debt hit $19 trillion for the first time ever on Friday, and came in at $19.012 trillion.
It took a little more than 13 months for the debt to climb by $1 trillion. The national debt hit $18 trillion on Dec. 15, 2014.
That's a slightly stepped-up pace compared to the last few $1 trillion mileposts. It took about 14 months for the debt to climb from $17 trillion to $18 trillion, and about the same amount of time to go from $16 trillion to $17 trillion.

The federal government has been free to borrow as much as needed for the last several years. Years ago, Congress passed legislation to increase the debt ceiling to a certain level of debt, and borrowing had to stop once that limit was hit.

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But increasingly, Congress has instead allowed more borrowing by suspending the debt ceiling for long periods of time. That allows the government to borrow any amount it needs until the suspension period ends.
Back in November, the debt ceiling was suspended again, after having been frozen at $18.1 trillion for several months. As soon as it was suspended, months of pent-up borrowing demand by the government led to a $339 billion jump in the national debt in a single day.
Under current law, the debt ceiling is suspended until March, 2017, meaning the government can borrow without limit until then. Obama is expected to leave office with a total national debt of nearly $20 trillion by the time he leaves office.

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Dangers Of Value-Added Tax - Forbes

The Dangers Of Value-Added Tax - Forbes

The Dangers Of Value-Added Tax

Nobody likes April 15. And there are plenty of good reasons for that. First, and obviously, it’s the day when tens of millions of Americans must (under the rule of law) officially declare how much of their hard-earned income belongs to the government. To put a face on it, many believe that they are paying the political elites that control the levers of power in Washington to do things that they think are wasteful.
But there is one reason, often over-looked, for which we should give thanks on April 15: Every year Americans have an opportunity to sit down and see on paper how much the federal government really costs them.
Taxpayers don’t often get to see the full cost of the federal government. Regulations and mandates add to the cost of many things, but those costs are hidden in the price. Other taxes, like corporate and excise taxes, are hidden because the incidence of these is ultimately paid by consumers and shareholders, and may come in the form of price increases for the things we buy, or lower values on our assets.
But at least we get to see the total amount of income taxes we owe the federal government each year, on April 15. Although seeing this only once per year is not nearly as much of a deterrent to government spending as seeing the tax burden every week or two, like in the bygone days before tax withholding, at least it is the one moment every year when many taxpayers will pause and reflect on whether they are getting value for their money.
Sadly, if some politicians get their way, this one positive feature of Tax Day could go away. A growing chorus, which now includes former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, argues that a European-style value-added tax is necessary to close the deficit–either in addition to the taxes we already pay or as a partial substitute for the tax system that already exists.
But the VAT is a hidden tax. Under a VAT the extra cost of the tax will be embedded in the prices we pay as consumers, which obscures the price we as individuals are forking over to support government. With a VAT, there will be no annual day, no moment, when we have a chance to reflect on the enormity of the amounts being expropriated.
And what happens in every country with a VAT is that the hidden nature of the tax means it consistently moves higher. How do you pluck a chicken? “One feather at a time” is the answer. With a VAT, there is less squawk per feather, so more feathers will be pulled, generating even more money for government. Because it’s a hidden tax, it is a very effective tax.
So no matter how much pain April 15 brings, remember that the alternative is a hidden tax that would increase the burden, but take away the one day when so many American’s unite in the shared pain of paying for things that they did not ask for–and don’t even want.
Brian S. Wesbury is chief economist and Robert Stein senior economist at First Trust Advisors in Wheaton, Ill. They write a weekly column for Forbes. Wesbury is the author of It’s Not As Bad As You Think: Why Capitalism Trumps Fear and the Economy Will Thrive.


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