1.) Interested in enjoying some “Satisfries” today? Being introduced at Burger King today, “Satisfries” are low-fat French fries. The chain says they have 20% fewer calories than regular fries. The new fries are cooked with the same ingredients and same process, but Burger King has spent 2 years working with supplier McCain Foods to come up with the lower-calorie batter. The new fries will be crinkle-cut to distinguish them from regular fries. And the price will be different as well – Satisfries will cost 20 to 30 cents more than regular fries.
2.) While neither you nor I are rich, there is some encouraging news about our nations wealthy – 80% of America’s multi-millionaires made their money through hard work and risk. Most got wealthy by starting their own business. So once they become millionaires, what do they do with their money? It depends how old they are. A Fidelity survey found that younger millionaires - Gen X and Gen Y - are much more charitable with their earnings than Baby Boomers.
3.) Although a government shutdown is looming, and the House recently voted to cut $40 billion dollars from the food stamp program over the next decade, our elected officials have no problem giving money to one of their own. Congress has voted a $174,000 tax free provision to the widow of the late New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, even though the senator’s net worth was over $50 million dollars when he passed. The payment is part of a time-honored practice of paying out death benefits to lawmakers' families. Congress has given the families of deceased lawmakers $2.6 million over the past decade.