I keep injured people from wasting a settlement. I help them find every government benefit and program available that might make their lives better. I find ways for them to minimize taxes and maximize what they keep. I assist in mediations and help them get claims settled.
Most of my clients are in the top one percent of income earners. The bracket that some people are marching against.
Most of my “one percenters” are in wheelchairs or had their families wiped out in accidents.
I’ve been doing my work for nearly 30 years and would never trade places with any client who got a large settlement or judgment.
No sane person would give up their health or their family for money.
Thus, going to war against the top one percent is not black and white for me.
I’m for making hedge fund managers pay ordinary income tax like the rest of us do. I’m for tying Wall Street bonuses to doing something productive for society, instead of taking a bonus but not creating wealth.
I want to see more being done for Main Street and less being done for Wall Street. I want the average American to get a fair shake and not be ignored by Washington.
But what I really want is to keep doing things to help injured people with their money. It’s something I am very good at. It’s also a career where I get the psychological reward of being able to help people.
A financial guru once called me a “financial evangelist.” I think I am more like a financial pastor or minister.
I want to comfort the injured and help them heal. I also want them to hang on to their money.
Thus, when they start going after the top one percent, I want to make sure my clients are not the one percent of people they are going after.
I want them to go after Wall Street but found that Wall Street has better lobbyists than injured people do.
I’ve been encouraged that injured people will benefit from health care reform.
I’ve spent the past few months becoming immersed in the nuances of the new health care reform act. I’ve read all 1990 pages of the law several times.
After months of study, I understand it. I see how it helps people I want to help.
If you like the law, you call it health care reform, if you don’t like it, you call it Obamacare.
Before I took the time to really study the legislation I called it Obamacare.
I encouraged my Democratic Congressman to vote against it, which he did.
Now I am calling it health care reform. It is going to turn the medical system upside down and I don’t know how we will pay for it, but I see where it truly helps the injured people that I care about.
Some of the reforms are coming to place now, before 2014, and I am learning how to use them to help my clients.
When you dig into the details of the law, you see how health care reform empowers and enables people who have been shut out or minimized by the health care system.
It promotes wellness and good health. That’s not such a bad thing.
I can also see the new law, along with the bailouts and stimulus packages of recent years, putting a huge strain on the federal budget.
There have been calls of “tax reform” to pay for the larger deficits.
I’ve learned one thing from watching Washington. Whenever there is a “reform” or “call to sacrifice” it is normally the little people are supposed to do the sacrificing.
Wall Street gets paid back 100 cents on the dollar.
I can see reforms, aimed at the “one percent,” actually hitting people like my clients who are using their resources for medical care and a better quality of life.
I don’t mind taxing a Wall Street banker’s second yacht or third vacation home.
I don’t want them taxing a client who wants to buy a lift for his wheelchair.
It’s simple to aim at the top one percent of income earners and assume they are all doing something wrong.
It’s more complicated when you add in people who got to the one percent by having a drunk driver smash into their car and kill their family.
When we start talking about the “one percent,” we need to think about the one percent of society who are hurting and need government assistance and help.
And make sure that help is provided.
Don McNay, who lives in Richmond, Ky., is an award-winning financial columnist for Huffington Post Contributor. You can learn more about him at www.donmcnay.com.