Writing at Forbes, a tax lawyer has pointed out that Peyton Manning -- who will have played twice in New Jersey this season -- will owe the Garden State tax man about $46,844 dollars for the slice of his paycheck he gets for working there.
Catch is, the loser's check from the game is $46,000 even. So if the Broncos lose (...which they won't...), Manning would be paying to play.
Of course, he makes something like $15 million a year. So.
When you're in a position of power, you get no shortage of unsolicited advice. Bearing that in mind, we wondered what sort of advice people might have for Janet Yellen, as she becomes the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, after Ben Bernanke's term ends today. We took a sampling, not just from those who know the Fed, but from some regular folks, too.
DONALD KOHN, Former Vice Chairman, Federal Reserve
Better you than me. May the force be with you.
ED MORALES, a tourist from California we caught up with near the Fed building in Washington
Treat others as you would want to be treated. Obviously going in and talking with your coworkers... Give them the respect that you would want, and obviously you would receive the same respect in return. And it would make for a better work environment.
SUSAN TENDALL, of North Potomac, Md.
If I were to give advice to my four grown children on the first day of their jobs, I would tell them to try and find somebody they can mentor with. Take lots of notes, review those notes every night until you know what you’re doing, and keep a smile on your face and to not give up.
JOHN MAKIN, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Dear Chairman Yellen,
Congratulations on your appointment as Fed chairman. One of the things that's important to remember is that the usual problem the Fed faces – rising inflation – is no longer present. In fact, deflation is a primary threat to a stable and growing economy. As you proceed with deliberations with the FOMC, I hope that you will put a higher priority on avoiding deflation.
With very best wishes for success in what I’m sure you know is a challenging job,
John H. Makin
Russia has a big problem with vodka, which is a key factor in the country's abysmal life expectancy, researchers say. But measures like banning vodka sales at night have had an immediate effect on a young Russian man's chances of living to age 55
The proposed farm bill would cut nearly $1 billion a year from the food stamp program, known as SNAP. While it's far less than what Republicans had originally wanted, the proposal will affect roughly 850,000 households, many of which are still struggling from cuts made only three months ago.
Where are the Nannies Without Borders when you need them? For working parents who have already blown through their repertoire of "fun things to do with kids when you're stuck inside!" -- and also their patience and vacation days-- this winter has been particularly cruel.
And it threatens to get worse. In Boston earlier this month, on the same day that school was cancelled, yet again, an assistant professor at the Harvard Kennedy School unleashed a pro-snow day study. It concluded that snow days don't, in fact, have a negative impact on learning -- a finding that threatens to embolden superintendents to err on the side of cancellation. Talk about kicking parents while they're down.
Psychologists have yet to name the combination of despair and bitterness a snow day can trigger, but it's not unlike the famous five stages of grief described by psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.
Based on interviews I've conducted with house-bound would-be working parents, they are:
Stage One: Denial
- "It doesn't look like it's accumulating."
- "The meteorologists are always wrong."
- "If they were going to call a snowday, they would have called it already."
Stage Two: Anger
- "I stayed home last time -- my husband/wife is staying home tomorrow."
- "Let my boss spend the day with a two-year-old and see how easy it is to get work done."
- "When I was a kid they never cancelled school."
Stage Three: Bargaining
- "If they don't cancel school tomorrow, I promise I will: a) chaperone a field trip; b) get off my phone when my son is at bat; c) be better about making sure my kids floss, and not just the morning of the dentist appointment."
Stage Four: Depression
- "That brown-noser in accounting is going to make a play for my job."
- "I'm going to be stuck at home with a toddler and a kindergartner, and they're going to want to go sledding."
- "I am powerless over the hot chocolate and brownies I bought in a pathetic attempt to make the day seem festive."
Stage five: Acceptance
- "My children are going to spend eight hours playing Madden."