When you can’t even send your kids or grandkids to public schools, you ask yourself, “What am I paying for?” When your local police force is gutted, you ask yourself, “What am I paying for?” When your politicians treat you like a piggy bank you ask yourself “What am I paying for?”
This simple question is being asked at kitchen tables all over this country every single day. But it’s different this time, as big blue cities and states, usually the recipients of workers, are suffering from a once in a lifetime exodus to RED STATES. As retirees tell loved ones “Don’t worry we’ll be back to visit, but for no more than six months and a day.”
In the past, Red States like Wyoming for example, were forced to export their pride and joy, their kids, to find work in the big cities. But that ship has sailed as the new “San Francisco of the West” is looking more like Jackson Hole, Big Sky Montana or anywhere else where you don’t see tent cities on the way to work. Instead, your home office has beautiful views of the mountains or wonderful weather like Florida or Austin, TX, the new home of Tesla headquarters.
The massive departure from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and California to name a few are basically calling Florida and Texas “home.” Why? Because of something Biden and Co., will never understand: If you treat money with respect it tends to follow you.
Don’t worry. Those who can’t leave right now will certainly find a way to leave a lot sooner than they expected. This is not going away. Because to solve the problem would be to rid the nation of politicians that give your savings to voters. And that’s never going to change.
Action Line: This trend is in hyper-speed. You don’t have to leave your family to find greener pastures. No. Don’t worry, they visit and, of course, you’ll be back “home” for no more than six months and a day.
YOUR SURVIVAL GUY’S SUPER STATES
You may be looking for a better America. Here’s some help. I’ve ranked America’s states based on their freedom. That freedom comes in many forms. Everything from lower taxation to protections for Second Amendment rights, your vaccine freedom, and more. So whether you’re a liberty retiree, or someone just looking to build an island for your family where you’ll be left alone, this can help you get started.
Your Survival Guy’s Super States: #1 Wyoming
When Your Survival Guy was in fourth grade, I had to do a report on one of the 50 states. I chose Wyoming because I thought its square box shape was cool. Turns out, all these years later, I was on to something as Wyoming checks a lot of the boxes that matter to me, and I’m sure you too.
Here’s a sample of the items that matter to Your Survival Guy when it comes to picking a “Super State.” Does the state restrict liberty by forcing residents to get things like “vaccine passports?” What about protections for the Second Amendment? And is the state treating its residents like a piggy bank? Those questions and more are what can make the difference in whether or not a state is “SUPER.”
I have clients spread all over Wyoming from Jackson Hole, to the University of Wyoming, to small towns that are off the beaten path, to ranches that stretch out as far as the eye can see.
P.S. You might be looking for the best place in America to retire. You may enjoy owning firearms, paying low taxes, and being left alone. That’s the definition of what I’m calling a “liberty retiree.”
Recently a liberty retiree, known as U, asked MarketWatch‘s Catey Hill where would be the best place for them to retire. Hill answered (abridged):
To answer your question, I went right to the source: the Libertarian Party itself, where I had a lively chat with Dan Fishman, the party’s executive director, who had a lot of advice for you. He said that, while the Libertarian Party doesn’t maintain a list of the most libertarian cities and towns in America, there are certain states known to be more libertarian-friendly in many ways: New Hampshire — with its motto “Live Free or Die” — being the most obvious one, but also some spots in the mountainous western U.S., as well as parts of Texas.
That said, U, you probably won’t get all of the items on your libertarian checklist. But you can get many. To make my list of suggestions, I first looked at the states that seemed the most libertarian-friendly, based on Fishman’s advice and an assessment of the tax and gun laws. Then I looked at where in those states retirees might love. Here are some suggestions.
The state of Wyoming is a solid spot for libertarians to consider retiring, thanks to its wide open spaces (you can “live and let live” here), lower tax climate for retirees (the state has no income tax and low sales and property tax) and its gun-friendly environment. It’s one of the 10 best states for gun owners, according to Guns & Ammo magazine, and there is “no statewide emissions inspection requirement,” according to AAA.
Keene and Laconia, N.H.
The state of New Hampshire is probably the best known of the libertarian-minded states (that’s why I picked two spots here): Not only because of its state motto, either; it’s the home of the Free State Project, which bills itself as “a movement of thousands of freedom-loving people to New Hampshire, where we are working to reduce the size and scope of government in order to achieve Liberty in Our Lifetime.” In other words, you can be around like-minded folks in this state, which is why we chose to include it. The tax situation, though, is mixed: New Hampshire has no income tax on salaries and wages and no sales tax, though it does tax dividends and interest, and property taxes can be high. It scores decently on gun friendliness, according to Guns & Ammo magazine, and highly on health care, which is obviously good news for retirees.
Arizona is one of the most tax-friendly states for retirees, according to Kiplinger’s, in addition to being gun friendly (it ranks No. 1 on Guns & Ammo’s list). Though Fishman points out that Arizona residents generally aren’t keen on open borders, as many libertarians are. And unlike New Hampshire and Wyoming in most months, Arizona offers warm weather, which is a big reason it’s popular with retirees.
I suggest combining Hill’s work with my ranking of the Top 10 Best States for Survival. Both New Hampshire, the “Smith Family Robinson’s Live Free or Die” state, and Wyoming, where you can find success with slow money, rank in my top ten.
The top state on my list of Best Survival States is Idaho, where the state legislature is advancing a bill to give educators the ability to protect the children they teach from danger by allowing them to carry a concealed firearm at work. Legislators in Idaho are actively working to expand their citizens’ rights, not reduce them. Fox News reports:
A bill that would allow some school staffers in Idaho to carry a concealed firearm at work without the permission of the school board moved forward Thursday after the Idaho House passed it 58-18.
The Republican who sponsored the bill said it was a “Second Amendment issue,” the Idaho Statesman reported.
“The Second Amendment right doesn’t stop at the door of a school. I trust Idahoans to be responsible,” state Rep. Chad Christensen said on the floor of the House.
State Rep. Karey Hanks, another Republican, said she works for a school district and wants to carry a gun “to be able to protect those students.”
If you’re choosing where to retire, you need to keep your liberty in mind. Moving to a state that’s going to treat you like a piggy bank, while taking away your freedom is no way to spend your life. There are many places in America you can still go to live a free life, and most of them are in America’s “growth corridors.” You can learn to Survive and Thrive, even in Joe Biden’s America, by clicking here to sign up for my free monthly newsletter. You’ll be glad you did.
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