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July 2015

Click for a larger versionWhat a momentous month June proved to be! First and foremost, I'm delighted by the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage equality. "Love as thou wilt," indeed. I never imagined that this civil rights issue would progress so far in my lifetime, and I couldn't be happier about it. This will truly be an Independence Day to celebrate.

As for whether or not this decision means that my long-time partner Julie and I will get married... well, that's another matter. While I felt like dancing in the streets at the news that marriage equality is the law of the land, marriage itself isn't an institution that either of us personally romanticized; maybe because we were part of the first generation to come of age in the era of commonplace divorce; maybe because neither of us is affiliated with an organized religion. Or maybe it's because we both have a bit of an iconoclastic streak.

However, we're both pragmatists, too; and there are a lot of legal and financial benefits associated with the institution of marriage. So honestly, a lot will depend on our accountant's advice. For one thing, we'd be able to have a single health insurance policy instead of paying for two - and I'm also delighted that the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act last month! It's an imperfect and over-complicated system to be sure, but it's better than nothing. As someone who's been self-employed as a writer for almost a dozen years, I'm well aware of the importance of affordable healthcare.

Being directly responsible for something has a way of bringing it into perspective. I'm convinced that the national debate over Social Security would be vastly altered if most Americans understood that the payroll ceiling for Social Security taxes is only $118,500. That means if you earn $35,000 a year in salary or wages, you pay Social Security taxes on 100% of your income. If you're a CEO earning a salary of $1.2 million a year, you pay Social Security taxes on a little less than 10% of your income.

I think our politicians forget that most people have no reason to know this, because most people don't earn more than $118,500 a year—and aren't responsible for paying their own FICA taxes because they're automatically withheld. Or maybe they count on it.


On a somber note, after the horrific church massacre in Charleston, I've been heartened by the swift change in attitude toward the Confederate flag. Nothing can diminish this senseless tragedy, but there is some solace in knowing that the response it provoked is the polar opposite of what the perpetrator intended.

It's been quite a month indeed.

More news to come soon! Check out the Tattoo Gallery for a couple new entries, including a lovely Valerian House-inspired tattoo.

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August 28-30, 2015

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