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As someone who used to regularly put in 60-70 hour weeks, the line "you do all of the things you’re supposed to do, society still will go after you" resonated with me. I haven't dropped out but I've certainly scaled back. The recent downturn helped me to focus on what I really care about. The State of California refuses to spend responsibly and their solution is to tax me more to pay for their folly. Not going to happen. Taxes were (and still are) my family's #1 expense--more than housing, insurance, and food COMBINED. All those extra work hours just meant that I spent more time working for the dimwitted "brain trust" in Sacramento. The upside is that I spend more time with my wonderful wife and kids, which I enjoy more anyway. Heck, now I even have time to volunteer teaching public & private school kids. We still make plenty to thrive without depending on the government or others. If and when the government ever returns to sane policies, then I might consider contributing more eagerly to their economy. Lately, I've seen little real return on all the money that I've involuntarily sent to Sacramento & DC.
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