We assume we'll always have a free country, but in times like these, our democracy is at risk. Our president is brimming with conflicts of interest, and his family is using his position to enrich themselves. Trump praises dictators who violate human rights and murder their own people. Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” Do we take our freedoms for granted?
College football and basketball players argue that they're exploited because they don’t get paid to play. Most of these athletes wouldn’t be in college if they weren’t sports stars. They get free education, plus access to luxury housing, private tutors and million dollar amenities. Meanwhile, your average student works low wage jobs to pay athletic fees to fund these athletes’ lavish lifestyles. These already spoiled jocks are asking for more! Is this justified?
On this episode of Hard Truths, co-host Rob Reider shares about the loss of his wife, his 30 year old daughter and his younger brother in a space of a 28 months period. It was a time that shook his faith yet he remains a follower of Christ. How does one hold on to their faith in light of these kinds of tragedies?
The income tax has grown exponentially over the years. Considering federal, state and local taxes, most Americans pay nearly 30% of their income to the government. Because the IRS requires taxes to be withheld, we don’t realize how much they’re taking until we look at our paystub. This unfair system is skewed, leaving the working poor and middle class feeling the brunt. I propose taxing wealth (such as the estate tax) instead of income. And tax cuts ought to be aimed at the working poor and the middle class, not high earners. Do you agree or disagree? Listen to this episode before you decide!
On this episode of Hard Truths, we discuss student loan debt and the affects that it has on our children’s lives long term. Lenders can go after students the rest of their lives because student loan debt is not dischargeable in bankruptcy. Kids are leaving college neck-deep in debt. College tuition continues to soar. Why do schools have no incentive to keep costs down? Because the federal government guarantees the loans. If you are the parent of a college age child you want to listen to this episode!