My debit card pays for things with past hours of my life, and my credit card pays with future hours of my life.
This Slate piece makes me feel slightly less weirded out by the Google/Alphabet thing (PS http://abc.xyz is so cute) -- the concept is that it makes it easier to justify Google's oddball "moonshot" tech projects vs having to justify them to investors who'd prefer the focus to solely focus on profitable search and ads and stuff.
When hearing that Rick Perry's staffers are not going to have salaries, I turned back to this guide to remember who he was: A Democrat Handicaps the 2016 Republican Candidates. (Watching the debates, I was wishing Fox was more consistent about captioning people with names. I know I'm a bit face blind but some of these white dudes are tough to keep track of)