1.) Today is Tax Freedom Day, the date on which Americans will have earned enough money to pay this year’s tax obligations at the federal, state and local levels. We worked 5 days more in 2012 to pay all of our taxes, which add up to 29.4% of our income. This year, Americans will pay more in taxes then we’ll spend on food, clothing and housing combined. The good news for us is that Tax Freedom Day in South Carolina actually fell earlier this year. April 3rd was Tax Freedom Day in the Palmetto State, the 4th earliest in the country.
2.) You’ve heard of ignition interlocks have proven effective in preventing intoxicated drivers from starting their car. Now, a new system is aiming to do the same for cell-phone users who talk or text behind the wheel. The system is called Origo, and it requires a driver to secure their phone — facing away from the driver — in a docking station before the car can start. The phone can still connect to Bluetooth and use verbal commands, and it can be charged up while docked. If a driver takes the phone out, an alarm is sounded until the phone is replaced. The next time the driver tries to start the car, they will be unable to do so until an administrator resets the system.
3.) The latest in political correctness is a bedroom word. According to a report in the Washington Business Journal, the term “master bedroom” is no longer considered politically correct. Some people think it implies a man, while others think it invokes its old slavery connotation. So some home builders are referring to the biggest bedroom in the house as “Owner’s Suite,” “Owner’s Bedroom,” or, “Mastre Bedroom,” but spelling it m-a-s-t-r-e.