Your Survival Guy’s been the beneficiary of meeting Chris Edwards at various Cato events. He’s hitting it out of the park. Here’s yet another outstanding piece: State and local governments raised $1.9 trillion in taxes in 2020. The main sources were sales taxes (35 percent), property taxes (32 percent), and individual income taxes (23 percent). But nine states do not impose an individual income tax. How do they run their governments without it? The nine states without an individual income tax are Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and … [Read more...]
Looking for a Better America
After decades of urbanization, Americans are rebelling against the “bigger is better” mentality of city-living. Seeking a smaller, more affordable, sustainable, and secure lifestyle, some are venturing out from the mega-cities in search of a different life.
A number of techniques have become popular in an effort to save, especially scaling down the size of one’s home. Living small and saving big is even better when it’s coupled with living in a state that treats you more like a human than an ATM it can withdraw money from.
Look for a better America today. Start by reading what I have written to help you below:
Treasury bond yields are rising. You can sink your teeth into these yields. The interest on treasuries is generally exempt from taxation at state and local levels. That could come in handy if you're living in one of the high-tax states mentioned below. If you live in a high-tax state what are you waiting for? If you want to know what’s going on in the world then follow the money, or, in this case, the moving vans. I’m always interested in the work Chris Edwards does at the Cato Institute, and this is no exception. Edwards writes: My new op‐ed in the Examiner looks at the interstate … [Read more...]
You've read about efforts by West Virginia State Treasurer Riley Moore to push back against banks targeting fossil fuel energy companies. Now a heavyweight state is taking it up another notch. Texas has joined the fray in full swing, and according to The Wall Street Journal, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar has "published a list of 10 financial companies and nearly 350 investment funds" which government entities will be "required, with some exceptions, to divest from them if they stay on the list past certain legally mandated deadlines." The Journal's Richard Vanderford reports: Texas has … [Read more...]
If you've been reading Your Survival Guy, you've seen some of the terrible things going on in California lately. Here's a brief sample: California’s Crime Monster Is OUT OF CONTROL The Zombies of San Francisco LA LAWLESS: Police FINALLY Shut Down Street Takeover After Another Sparks Riot STREETS OF RAGE: Americans Can’t Forget the Crime Democrats Unleashed Police Widow Blames Soros-Funded DA for Husband’s Death 80 Year Old California Shop Owner Shoots Rifle-Wielding Intruder’s Arm Off WOKE WORLD: Getting a Cup of Joe Has Never Been So Dangerous SMASH AND GRAB: Video … [Read more...]
You witnessed the violent and shocking video last week of a mob taking over an LA 7-11 and ransacking it while terrorizing its sole staff member. The incident took place after what's known as a "street takeover." The takeovers happen when criminals block roads and perform stunts with their cars in the intersections. Nathan Solis and Melissa Hernandez of the LA Times describe the city's street takeover "scene," like this: A little after midnight, nearly 200 people blocked the streets in what has become a weekly ritual in the city. Two cars whipped around the intersection,burning tires and … [Read more...]
You know that Americans are escaping the city. You've read here about their efforts to find a better life in America, away from the taxes, crime, and pollution of America's big blue cities. Americans have been happy to find new homes in long-neglected country towns where they can work from home and raise their children in safe, healthy communities. At The Wall Street Journal, Sarah Chaney Cambon and Andrew Mollica report on America's rural renaissance, writing: Even in the face of inflation and the risk of recession, the broad economic prospects for rural America may be looking up for the … [Read more...]
You may have watched last night as the results came in in San Francisco's recall election for radical woke DA, Chesa Boudin. You can read more about him here, and here, but what you really need to know is that Boudin is one of a slew of George Soros-backed DAs across America who have worked hard to make the justice system serve criminals, not victims. About 60% of San Francisco voters supported recalling Boudin. The city is still one of the most progressive in the country, but the recall of Boudin shows that even San Franciscans have their limits. It turns out rampant crime and unchecked … [Read more...]
After years of draconian Covid lockdowns and the highest crime rates in decades, cities are witnessing an ongoing exodus. According to The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Overberg and Janet Adamy, in the year ended July 31, 2021, “San Francisco’s population fell 6.3%, a loss of 55,000 people.” And, they continue, “It and Chicago have lost so many people that their populations have fallen close to their 2010 levels.” It wasn’t just San Francisco and Chicago that lost residents. Matt Murray writes for The WSJ: People kept leaving U.S. cities as the pandemic dragged on. The exodus to suburbs and … [Read more...]
UPDATE 5.17.22: There’s a lot to like about being self-reliant in times like these or any time for that matter. I wrote this piece for you with that in mind. Originally posted August 16, 2021. You may have noticed that every time America endures a crisis, people start getting back to the basics. Oftentimes that means farming. The Wall Street Journal's Krithika Varagur reports on a new wave of young Americans returning to the land in the wake of the pandemic and violence in the cities. She writes: More young Americans are joining the agriculture sector and changing what it means to work … [Read more...]
You saw during COVID lockdowns a ramp-up of the ability of the government at every level to track, trace, and control the movements and interactions of Americans. Many Americans found this modern "virtual Panopticon" a bit disturbing. Of course, politicians loved the new capabilities afforded to them via emergency powers, and have begun pushing for more. In Houston, the city wants certain businesses to implement surveillance on themselves, and to pay for it, and to require those businesses to store the footage and hand it over whenever it's requested. Elizabeth Nolan Brown explains at … [Read more...]