On the latest round table discussion, one of the panelists said something striking (to the effect):
“People don’t care about the Founding Fathers or the Constitution. Once you mention it, they’ve already shut down.”
I admit that I find it intellectually infuriating, however, I’ve come toward accepting it more as reality. I catch myself frequently attempting to appeal to things for which most people find irrelevant.
Not sure what to do about that reality. Those who already care for the Founding Fathers or the Constitution are essentially “on our side.”
My interest in the founding Fathers increased only after starting to look at the world in the Liberty v Tyranny lens. I was so ignorant, that for a long stretch of my life I was slightly embarrassed to had been named after the Slave rapist Jefferson who allegedly fathered illegitimate children. Now, I enjoy using Jefferson’s name as a jumping off point to express my love for Liberty.
After Tom Woods, Ron Paul, Mises, & Lew Rockwell, I find it ironic that Thomas Jefferson is more of a Father to me than my own biological father who named me after Thomas Jefferson!
How many employees and applicants secretly resent their employers for not paying a “living wage?” Do you think it may affect their job performance negatively and noticeably?
One of many reasons why turnover has been so high. The young people have been infected by an “entitled” mentality brought to a religious fervor by the latest election cycle (ie. BLM, SJW, Bernie Sanders, etc.). Just look at how crazy the college campuses have been.
It’s even worse here in California where $15/hour minimum wage has already passed.
They’re only shooting themselves in the foot when future employers see they can’t maintain a steady job. It’s that same short-sightedness that sets them off on “trigger” warnings in the first place. Our precious, little snow flakes can’t take the reality that it’s what they PRODUCE for the employer that dictates the amount they get paid.
Only 669 Act 20 / 22 Decrees Approved in 2015. I discuss my thoughts on why there are so few and my predictions on its future in light of Black Lives Matter, Social Justice Warriors, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump.
I’m debating whether or not I should put such a politically charged image for this group. Let there be no illusions that the PRIMARY reason for your move is to save on your income taxes. You will face challenges to live in Puerto Rico, including the vilification by many of your peers (and strangers) for participating in a “tax haven” and for not paying your “fair share” to society (AKA “social contract”).
If you cannot come to grips with freeing yourself from Government tyranny (which is the initiation of force to expropriate your wealth, AKA Taxes), then the cognitive dissonance of “avoiding your social responsibility” will ultimately cause you to fail in the transition (I know of at least one example).
In other words, unless you’ve been deprogrammed from the public education system and mass media to see taxes for what they are (the legal theft of your 100% rightfully earned gains through voluntary means), the cognitive dissonance and guilt you’ll feel will ultimately result in you giving up and moving back to the States.
If “Live Free or Die” makes you uncomfortable, then you will want to question your premises before you make the move for your own mental health. If you embrace “Live Free or Die,” then the extra freedom you gain from having less expropriation will result in increased mental health. I also imagine you’re getting as excited as I am with the anticipation of better ways you could utilize the tax savings than the Government could.
For resources to help you get deprogrammed, I recommend the following, extreme remedies:
American Airlines AAdvantage credit card with Citi gives you the first checked bag free ($25 value). Also, if you’re on the plane ride, they will try and hand you a brochure with a referral code on there. Use it to apply online and get 10,000 additional bonus miles, than the typical 30,000 they give you upon your first $1,000 purchase in the first 3 months.
I failed to include my referral code, so they just credited me a bonus 10,000 points. I missed out on the two free admiral passes, but I don’t think I would’ve really utilized those anyway.
Also, up to 4 others in your party will get their first checked on baggage for free.
I’m going to use the card to purchase airline tickets. But my regular purchases, since I get 2% cash back, I prefer that over miles.
February 12, 2016 – File Date
April 20, 2016 – Acceptance Letter Dated (received digital version May 16, 2016)
April 27, 2016 – Signed Decree Date (received May 16, 2016)
April 28, 2016 – Notification of Signed Decree requiring $5,000 Payment
April 29, 2016 – Priority shipped check
May 6, 2016 – Check delivered to BDO (thanks Méndez Giovanni!)
May 16, 2016 – Signed Decree Received
May 16, 2016 – Mailed out Unconditional Acceptance and $50 Fee
2.5 months from application file date to acceptance. Considering 100% tax free for interest and dividends up to December 31, 2035, I’m satisfied!
And I still have my US Citizenship. This still feels “too good to be true.”
Act 20 still pending.
Once I finish 2016 tax returns, perhaps it’ll feel more real.
– Imagine one of your sons taking over your hotel empire / business.
– 40 years later and he’s in his late 60s. The empire your son built is worth billions from the millions you first built.
– You would be proud if you were still alive. Your grandchildren are all proud to be executives in the empire you started.
– Your son created tens of thousands of jobs, numerous high level and high paying management positions, paid millions in taxes, billions to vendors, charities, lived a lavish life style, owned hundreds of hotels, started hundreds of other businesses, succeeded at most, and learned from his mistakes.
– All of this while developing one of the most famous brands on Earth.
Your son decides to run for political office and now will probably be President.
This is what they say about your son:
“I don’t like him because he’s an idiot. Just because someone is billionaire doesn’t mean they’re smart. It’s easier to become a richer man when you start from wealth already with all the advantages it brings. Wealth itself is not an indication of intelligence. Justin Bieber has millions of dollars to his name. Would you call him particularly intelligent?”
“He declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy four times during those years. He’s lost more money than he’s made. He’s had more consistent financial success being the star of a reality show than he’s had actually running a business.”
“If he’d just conservatively invested his money when he inherited it he’d be worth more than he is now.”