politics ain’t beanbag

Tom Brokaw
Tom Brokaw

Tom Brokaw said politics ain’t beanbag at the 2016 Iowa Caucus on NBC TV.

It is response to politicians who complain about the rough and tumble of the campaign trail, below-the-belt shots from their opponents or unfair treatment from the media.

It was first uttered by Mr. Dooley, an Irish-American character created by writer Finley Peter Dunne in an 1895 newspaper column. The full quote: “Sure, politics ain’t bean-bag. ‘Tis a man’s game, an’ women, childer’, cripples an’ prohybitionists ‘d do well to keep out iv it.”

Pundits have kept the expression alive. Just before Tuesday’s election, syndicated columnist Mark Shields wrote: “If Nov. 4 turns out to be a blue-ribbon day for Republicans, Obama will painfully learn once more the timeless wisdom of Peter Finley Dunne.” And after the election, The New York Post’s Bob McManus attacked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for running a campaign that was “thuggish, hypocritical and utterly without principal” before adding: “Big deal: Politics ain’t beanbag, as the Irish used to say, and Andrew Mark Cuomo woke up Wednesday morning sitting right where it matters most – in the catbird seat.”

Source: Political words have the power to confound, obscure, and even inspire. Taegan Goddard's Political Dictionary takes apart the language of politics to uncover its deeper meanings and broader significance.

And http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/Politics-Voices/2014/1114/Politics-ain-t-beanbag

List-Construction as a Task and Resource

By Gail Jefferson

This report is a preliminary examination of lists occurring in natural conversation. It focuses upon the work which list-construction, as a task, allots to speakers, and some uses to which list-construction, as a resource, can be put by speakers.

The presence of three-part lists are first noted. Speakers and hearers orient to their three-part nature. The completed list can then constitute a turn at talk and the hearer can monitor the third component as a sign of turn completion. Lists can thereby’ be a conversational sequential resource.

By virtue of the three-part structure of some lists, members can orient to such matters as a “weak,” “absent,” or “missing” third part. Third items can be used to accomplish particular interactional work, such as topic-shifting and offense avoidance.

Further, a list can be constructed by more than one speaker. This feature may be used for a range of activities, including the achievement of interactional accord in situations of impending discord.

Read report here – List construction

 

Avoid the three destroyers of wealth

1. Avoid the three destroyers of wealth.

There are three major “destroyers” of wealth, says Gupta, and they are alarmingly simple: Fees, taxes, and emotional decisions.

“Intuitively, without emotions being involved, you could say that when things are down, I buy more,” he explained. “When things are up, I sell.” Unfortunately, he acknowledges most people aren’t set up to be good investors.

At Gupta’s firm, investors can minimize the toll of taxes by diversifying their portfolios with real estate investments. “When you own real estate, you’re leveraging inflation,” he said. “The majority of the income you’d receive is sheltered from taxes because you’re benefiting from depreciation.”

2. Don’t put everything into your business. It could fail.

Entrepreneurs are already taking on an inordinate amount of risk, so Gupta advises against putting all your equity into a new startup. “One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make is they put everything into their business,” Gupta said. “Pay yourself first.”

3. Pick a solid, cheap 401(k) plan.

Gupta emphasized the importance of picking a low-cost 401(k) plan for your employees — especially since business owners are the fiduciaries of those plans.

Unfortunately, the majority of 401(k) plans are extremely expensive, so it’s important to identify the low-cost funds first.

Gupta is particularly impressed by Vanguard’s 401(k) tool. At his firm, he chose America’s Best 401(k.)

4. Once the money comes in, don’t make any impulsive decisions.

Entrepreneurs who’ve sold companies for millions (or even billions) are often tempted to reinvest their earnings elsewhere. Still, it’s important not to take on too much too quickly.

“Take a step back, and sit down with a fiduciary again,” says Gupta.

If it’s a substantial amount of wealth, he suggests dividing it into two buckets: Your operating budget for the rest of your life, and the bucket where you put a “100-year” plan together.

5. If possible, keep it hush-hush.

Of course, Gupta acknowledges that entrepreneurs are typically “lifelong” business owners who are eager to lend funds to friends when they can — or, often to start new companies. Still, he says it’s a good idea to keep your wealth under the radar for some time.

“In this day and age, people will find out,” he concedes. “But if you don’t tell anyone, less people will come asking you for money.”

by Ajay Gupta

A Subject Reference Tricyclopedia

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