Posts Tagged ‘cost of living in Texas’

I’ve lived, worked or traveled in every democracy. Every place has it’s cultural and historical charm, but nowhere have I found it as inexpensive to live well as in Texas. Working here gives you an automatic pay rise….there is no state income tax…the direct federal tax and regressive sales tax is less than a quarter of European societies or mine…Canada. In the western countries mentioned the individual is now paying over 80% of net income towards direct and indirect taxation…..and aren’t there a lot of hidden taxes and fee’s these days?

There seems to be another tax on something every time you leave the house in Canada….taxation has driven Canadians into poverty. There is a vicious circle of high taxation to compensate the highly paid state employees for the increased cost of living with higher wages and benefits…and then raising taxes on individuals to compensate for those increases….leading to an ever escalating cycle of increasing prices because businesses are forced to pass the costs onto the consumer in order to keep the doors open…..consumers in Canada don’t have the contract protection of civic employees btw. Like I said…a vicious circle exists and its not politically correct to talk about it.

For example, the small town police chief in Vancouver makes more than the big city police chief of New York city. This is indicative of the arbitrary overhead taxpayers like those in Canada are being forced to recover from their paycheques and pour into the pockets of a privileged elite.

http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Vancouver+Police+Chief+tops+municipal+police+salary+list/8186096/story.html

Go to the highest levels of civic management and the elites are paying themselves twenty times the average salary of a working family……what did you say about systemic corruption in Zimbabwe? In socialist Canada, the civil service has become the equivalent of royalty….whose privileges are enforced by a dictatorship of politically motivated and politically appointed judges.

Ugly statistics are popping up, people in Canada are having fewer children… eating less and consuming less because of dwindling personal resources. Did you know that the fastest growing segment of food bank clients in Canada is working families…who can now make an appointment to use the food bank after hours…so as not to face the embarrassment of hunger? Do you wonder why there are long lines at the US border for Canadians to shop for basic food items like milk and cheese…that are sold in the US for less than half the going price in Canada?

Hunger is where the rubber hits the road…..especially when parents are having to choose to feed their children or pay the mortgage….and now increasingly…on the Visa Card. Can you imagine not being able to have children because your government refuses to allocate tax revenue fairly? I think that’s called slavery.

Meanwhile …great big juicy steaks are $4 US dollars a piece at Krogers in Dallas today… a side of BBQ ribs is $7. A dozen large eggs are $1.68 cents. One gallon of milk is $1.99…and hasn’t changed for several years. Cheese is a quarter of the price in Canada and the selection is enormous. Did you know that the dairy monopoly ( called marketing boards) in Canada buys American cheese at a discount and then trucks it over the border only to mark it up 200% and gouge Canadians with the increase after by-passing the Canadian farmers?

Wasn’t a marketing board set up originally to protect the Canadian producers from a second country dumping cheap imports? Anything processed, in a box or a can, is ridiculously cheap in Texas….bulk is even cheaper…..try Sam’s Club, a big distributor, and buy by the palette at wholesale prices. I bought two Hawaiian pineapples today…2 for $1 dollar. And darn it…people find a lost dog here and go out of their way to reunite it with it’s owner….that’s classy.

Yeah I saw the recent video about how Jim Carrey doesn’t like Americans ….but Jim is a Canadian..he doesn’t understand the beauty of personal freedom….Canadians are always talking down the American way of life…..after a long history of our own government telling us that things in Canada are better…but are they? They might just be trying to justify whats not right at home and serve an insidious agenda of socialism while protecting the rights of a few over the needs of the many.

I’m just a lowly traveler…looking at things the way they are…and how I’d like them to be….not a politician with an agenda… A benefit of travel outside your own culture is it grants you a broader and more introspective perspective not available to people back home who have to listen to the daily propaganda. I pay for things out of my own pocket….and it seems to me I have a much better lifestyle here in Texas….I’m glad to be here.

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