Thursday, 11/19/15

  1. Praise-song for meaningless togetherness
  2. 49 is the new 42
  3. Ho! Ho! Ho! One more damned stressor!
  4. Diversity. Harmony. Pick one.

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As if I’d passed a baton, Michael B Dougherty takes on John Lennon’s most pernicious song.

2

42 used to be the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything.

49 is the new magic number.

Without the mandate, the law’s creators feared, companies would be tempted to cancel their insurance benefits and encourage employees to move to the online marketplace exchanges created by the law, where many low- and middle-income workers qualify for government subsidies. Those who are offered insurance through their jobs are ineligible to collect subsidies if they instead choose to buy coverage through the exchanges.

The rule took effect this year for businesses with 100 or more workers, but companies with 50 to 99 employees got an extra year to comply. Those with fewer than 50 workers are exempt.

Added to that cost are the administrative requirements. Starting this year, all companies with 50 or more full-time workers — even those not yet required to offer health benefits — must file new tax forms with the Internal Revenue Service that provide details on employee head count and any health insurance offered. Gathering the data requires meticulous record-keeping.

“These are some of the most complex informational returns we’ve ever seen,” said Roger Prince, a tax lawyer with the consulting firm Berry Dunn in Portland, ME.

3

People shopping the health insurance exchanges, instead of waiting for the boss to hire their 50th colleague, have their own stresses.

4

Diversity is inherently divisive.” Could it be that those who dream of a diverse and harmonious community are dreaming of what never was and never can be? Oh! Silly me! I thought diversity meant true diversity.

True diversity, let me add, is desirable. But harmonious it ain’t. “True Diversity Requires Generosity of Spirit.”

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“In learning as in traveling and, of course, in lovemaking, all the charm lies in not coming too quickly to the point, but in meandering around for a while.” (Eva Brann)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.