List of States With no Income Tax

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If you are sick and tired of looking at your tax form and crying about the federal income tax you paid, it probably adds salt to your wounds when you look at the state portion of the taxes that you pay. You’re basically getting taxed every which way.

In fact, no less of a celebrity than Whoopi Goldberg said, “When living in New York, you’re basically getting taxed going out, coming back in, going forward, going backward.” You can sense the desperation in her voice.

And she actually has a major point to make. Depending on where you live in the United States, the federal income tax is actually the least of your worries. While there has been moves under the Trump presidency to roll back federal income tax, unfortunately, that’s not the only tax you pay.

If you live in a high tax jurisdiction like New York city, you are in a sad state. Especially if you make a lot of money. Not only do you have to pay federal income tax, but you also have to pay state income tax and county taxes and fees and other things that are disguised as non taxes but actually work as taxes.

At the end of the day, the typical high income New York city resident basically has to pay over 50% of their income. If this sounds like something that happens in Scandinavia and Sweden, you have another thing coming because if you are a middle income person, the argument could be made that life is actually better in those countries than in the United States as far as your tax responsibilities go.

Given the fact that there are an increasing number of jurisdictions like New York city, more and more people are looking for a list of states with no income tax. Can you imagine that? This list of states with no income tax involves states that have completely waived their right to impose an income tax on your earnings.

Depending on your income, this can translate to tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of extra dollars every single year. It is all not a surprise that a lot of the states in the list of states with no income tax tend to have more robust economies compared to high tax states.

In fact if you look at the exodus of people leaving certain states, New Jersey and New York always top the list. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or a brain surgeon to figure out why these people are leaving. Unfortunately, the people leaving are the types of residents you don’t want to leave.

These are people who own businesses. These are people who are highly skilled. They have advanced degrees. In other words, they have so much to offer to the rest of society. But unfortunately, the high tax regimen and policies of these jurisdictions leave them with very few options.

So if you’re one of those people or if you’re just starting out and you want to start out right in a state that has no income tax, you might want to consider this list of states with no income tax. The states are Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.

Now, here’s a little bit of a caveat. It’s really easy to get excited about the fact that these states have absolutely no state income tax. But don’t let that fool you. Remember, states still have to have police. States still have to make sure that the roads are paved. States still have state responsibilities.

Now, if you’re going on an interstate highway, that’s the federal government funding that highway. But what about state roads? What about those little known roads that go from county to county? This is why these places tend to have sales taxes or other revenue generating systems.

Don’t think for a second that once you go to Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Wyoming, Texas or Washington that somehow, someway, you’re living a tax free fantasy land. It doesn’t work that way. You are still going to pay one way or the other.

Remember: states still have to pay for their welfare schemes, their infrastructure, as well as their state-based programs. It would be tempting to think that when it comes to the ‘big stuff,’ the federal government is paying the bill. Think again.

While the federal government does take the lion’s share of media attention when it comes to government coverage, there’s a lot going on at the state level. Unfortunately, whenever lawmakers think the state is ‘responsible’ for something (instead of people being responsible for themselves) you, the taxpayer, is on the hook. It is so predictable.

Since state legislators, like their federal counterparts, are usually quite generous and charitable with money they don’t own, states have all sorts of programs that need in-state funding. Where do you think tax-free states get the funding for these?

First, look at property taxes. Many states that don’t have income tax get the tax revenues they need for state programs from taxing the value of your home. If you have a home that’s worth a million dollars, don’t be surprised if you have to pony up as much as $30,000 in state property tax year after year.

Next, if you’re lucky enough to live in a state that doesn’t jack its residents up with ridiculous property taxes, you may not yet be off the hook because your state may charge outrageous sales taxes on in-state commerce.

But in the big scheme of things, you don’t have to worry about state income tax. However, certain states have charged such high property taxes that it kinda evens out. So do yourself a big favor. Research the total tax burden you are going to assume before rushing into any of these states with no income tax.

You might be in for a shock. In fact, the numbers may be so big that it would probably be a better idea to stay put where you are.

Why the American Justice System Favors the Rich

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There’s a long running American idea regarding the justice system. The idea is that we are all equal under the law and there is justice for all. Those words sound really good. They have a nice ring to them. But the problem is we live in reality.

As you probably already know, there is such a thing as inequality. And it’s not always evil. In fact, inequality is natural. I know a lot of people are going to be upset at that. A lot of people are going to be up in arms about that idea. They can’t accept it. They can’t even think about it. A lot of people can’t even wrap their mind around the possibility that injustice and inequality is really the state of the human condition.

But hear me out. Have you heard of the 80 20 rule or the pareto principle? If you haven’t, it’s no big deal because it’s all around you. If you look at the typical NBA team and pay attention to the points scored by that team, I can guarantee you that only 20% or even less of the people on that NBA teams roster account for 80% or more of the points earned by that team.

This is not an accident. This plays out in any kind of human endeavor. Whether we’re talking about making money, getting more dates from pretty women or handsome guys, losing weight, getting good grades, you name it!

As long as it involves some sort of societal reward, there will always be this disparity. In fact, in the third world or even in the United States, 20% of the population own 80% of the wealth. 20% of professionals own 80% of income in their profession. So on and so forth.

You have to have this context in mind when looking at the inherent fairness of the American justice system. If a rich person can not hire the very best attorney, and I’m not talking about theory here. I’m talking about people like Michael Jackson during his criminal trial as well as OJ Simpson during the time when he was accused of murdering his wife.

What do these people have in common? Well, they’re both famous and they’re rich. And what happened? That’s right! Both of them got off the hook. Both of them acquitted. Is this an insult to the concept of justice for all? Does this delegitimize our conceptions of the American justice system?

No! It doesn’t! All it shows is that if you are rich, you have the resources to buy the very best legal services so you can get the outcome you’re looking for. How’s this any different from a person going to a plastic surgeon, paying really good money so he or she can get the very best professional possible and getting good results?

On the other hand, somebody with a limited budget goes to somebody with less experience or somebody who has been sued for malpractice and basically rolls the dice and hopes for the very best. I know it sounds unjust and in a perfect world, everything would be equally distributed in terms of outcome.

But we don’t live in a perfect world. It’s a good idea when it comes to asking ourselves why the American justice system favors the right to focus more on how reality actually is instead of what we wish it to be.

The truth is, the American justice system favors the rich the same way as the economic system favors the rich or the academic system favors the rich. Talking about the academic system, let me tell you, even Harvard University, which issues probably the very best diploma you could ever get on planet earth, will let you in if your parents or you yourself donated north of a hundred million to the school.

How’s that for the rich being favored by the system? The justification for that is that your gift qualifies you for admission because you are essentially donating to a worthy cause. That hundred million dollars that you donated to Harvard University can fund so many professors. It can fund so many researches that can possibly touch and improve the lives of millions of people all over the world.

Do you see how this works? So it’s not really a question whether the rich get the very best things in life. Believe me. That’s always been the case. Those hieroglyphics in Egypt and the carvings on Aztec ruins and Chinese temples (and many others) all tell the same story: the right get the best of life and everyone else settles for the crumbs.

Of course, hierarchy is always part of the human experience because when you look at how you view other people, you are probably sizing them up and putting them in a hierarchy. If you do it, how can you be so sure people in general shouldn’t do it? The truth is, hierarchies exist for a reason. They simply reveal the natural distribution of rewards in any human society.

The Pareto Principle or 80/20 Rule will always be in effect. There will always be people at the bottom, the middle, and of course at the top. This was the case in the past, this is the case right now, and this will continue to persist long into the future.

So if you are worried about whether the justice system favors the rich, maybe the better question to ask is “how do I scale up the net worth ladder so the system works for me instead of against me?”

Believe me, this is probably going to be more productive than just railing at injustice, unfairness, and everything else rotten with ‘the system.’ You’d be just as effective as an old man shaking his fist at the sun in the middle of a very hot summer day if you were to assume that attitude.

The issue is how can we ensure that the justice system operates optimally for the rest of the population.

The Advantages And Disadvantages of Shopping Online

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It’s very easy to get excited about shopping online. After all, when you see some awesome product picture that your buddy shares on Facebook, you can’t help but look for that product and buy it online. It takes all of 2 minutes to do it.

You just tap and tap on your mobile device and before you know it, somebody in a UPS uniform has a package for you knocking on your door. That’s how quick, efficient and convenient shopping online has become.

Gone are the days where you have to wait 21 days. Gone are the days where you have to put together a lot of cash for shipping and handling. That’s the awesome thing about market competition. When many different online companies get in the ecommerce game, they try to one up each other.

They offer free shipping. They offer lower prices. They offer better services. And the number one winner of all of this, of course, is the consumer. Amazon has truly changed the game and that’s why a lot of offline malls throughout the United States are going out of business. They simply can not stand the heat.

Even big box retailers that used to dominate the retail landscape like Sears and K-Mart and JC Penney are basically on their way to extinction or are already dead. That’s how things have changed thanks to shopping online. Accordingly, it’s very easy to see the advantages of shopping online.

Convenience

You only need to see a product, look it up, compare the different retailers selling that product, click buy and you’re good to go.

You don’t have to drive

When you get in your car to go to the mall or go to some specialized retail boutique, you’re actually spending a lot of money for that little trip. You might think that it’s a nice little adventure and maybe that sense of being out and about would more than compensate you for your dollar loses.

But believe me, there are dollar loses. First of all, you’re spending time. Please understand that this is money lost. The old saying of “Time is money” is absolutely true. Why? You can’t be at 2 places at once.

So when you’re out there looking for the latest trinket, you’re not doing something that could be putting more money in your pocket. This is called an opportunity cost.

Second, you’re burning money in the form of gas, insurance, car maintenance and, of course, the amount of money you paid for your car. Even if you’re commuting, you’re still are out of some money. Well, all that goes away when you shop online.

All the cost is shifted to the seller. They have to take care of shipping. They have to worry about logistics. They have to worry about getting the stuff to you as quickly as possible.

Cheaper prices

If it wasn’t for the internet, it’s very easy for people to get ripped off. They go to a store that they know, whether it’s offline or online, and that’s the end of the discussion. What if that store charges 50% more than another store you haven’t heard of?

You’re basically out of luck. Well, thanks to comparisons shopping and all sorts of sophisticated comparison shopping engines on the internet, those days are gone. Even on Amazon, among sellers selling the exact same product, they’re cutting each other’s throats in terms of pricing.

So again, the consumer is king thanks to the internet and online shopping.

The disadvantages of online shopping

Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a perfect thing. There’s no such thing as something that is always a good deal and believe me, online shopping is one of these things. While there’s a lot to get excited about, when it comes to online shopping, it does have its own fair share of disadvantages.

The first disadvantage of online shopping is you don’t get to handle the product right there and then. For example, you come across a product on Etsy or Pinterest, you get really excited about how it looks. You can’t even think of yourself without wearing that thing.

You can’t wait until you can put that thing on, use it and show it to your friends. But when it comes, you’re sorely disappointed. And what compounds this disappointment is you did comparison shopping. You did research. You did all sorts of things that responsible buyers are supposed to do and yet, there you are.

You feel let down. You ordered this thing and got it shipped and now you’re going to have to return it. It’s going to be a complete and monumental waste of time. Welcome to the club. This happens quite a bit with online shopping.

The good news is that this doesn’t happen across the board. For example, if you’re buying a certain brand of electronic product, you can go to a local store, check out the product and understand what you’re going to expect.

When you place the order online, you get the exact same product and there are no mysteries. The same can’t be said of clothing. This is the problem because clothing comes in many different materials. Maybe you’re not all that familiar with the material and there are also different types of cotton.

You may be familiar with one type, but when you buy something that’s supposed to be made out of cotton, it completely lets you down because it doesn’t feel or look like cotton. Do you see how this works?

Any kind of product that requires some sort of tangible experience for you to decide on it is usually not a good candidate for online sales.

Impulse buying

The biggest danger I could see with online shopping is that things are so cheap and convenient that it’s very easy to just buy and buy and all of a sudden, have a house full of stuff you barely or never use. This is especially true if a hot new product becomes popular and it seems that everybody you know, love and respect are into that product.

Well, you jump on the bandwagon and you buy that product. You use it a couple of times and that’s it. If you don’t believe me, think of the latest fidget spinner craze that blew up throughout the United States.

The sad reality is if you have very little self control, online shopping can be financial suicide. In fact, I have several friends who have closets full of stuff that they buy online that they rarely use or never used at all.

Do yourself a big favor. If you have a tendency for impulse shopping, you might want to delete any online shopping apps and you might want to talk to a friend or your significant other and have that person be your accountability buddy when it comes to online shopping.

Otherwise, you’re going to have to deal with the massive sting of those credit card statements at the end of the month.

Are There Travel Luggage Brands Favored by the TSA?

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If you’re traveling in the United States and if you have come across the TSA, you probably don’t have fond memories. Chances are you really took exception to the way they handled you. For people who are very big on personal independence and autonomy, the worst way you can insult or threaten that person is to put your hand on them.

You will definitely feel your personal space getting invaded. While it may not be as awkward and degrading as your next proctological exam, it can come quite close. The TSA can always justify their actions as necessary for the ‘safety’ of the United States. You know this is true. Most people can agree on this.

It doesn’t matter how seemingly non-threatening or benign it is. It’s still going to be viewed as some sort of threat or unwarranted intrusion. That’s how touchy some people could be and that’s fine. Everybody’s different. Different strokes for different folks.

Other people are very touchy feely. They can’t help but hug total strangers. That’s fine as well. But if you want your next interaction with a TSA to be as smooth and flawless as possible, it’s probably a good idea to lug around luggage that’s very easy to open and close.

In other words, you need to be as compliant with the whole TSA screening procedure system as possible. Unfortunately, a lot of people are clueless regarding this. So they lug around clunky luggage that takes forever to open. What do you think will happen there?

Well, your interaction with the TSA will take longer than necessary. If you thought you were insecure or irritated at a TSA personnel before they even laid a hand on your luggage, wait until you go through that excruciating process.

It’s as if they’re on your face the whole time and it gets really annoying really quickly. So to minimize the likelihood of that situation from happening, do yourself a big favor. Get suitcases that make it easy for you to go through the TSA screening process.

It seems easy but there’s a lot more to this piece of advice. You have to be proactive. You can’t just automatically assume that any luggage you get online would do its job and make your next TSA screening experience a breeze. If only that were the case. It hardly works out that way if you use the wrong luggage.

Please understand that this doesn’t mean that the TSA has it in for some brands over others. Instead, they look at the overall design of your luggage and tie this into the possibility of security issues or other threats. Like it or not and agree with it or not, everything goes back to security.

Please understand that the TSA doesn’t have an approved list of luggage brands or models. Instead, just look for suitcases that are known for durability and also easy use. This way, you don’t have to hassle about long waits at the TSA processing system.

Of course, it’s a necessary evil that they have to pat people down. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be like a long and excruciating ordeal. If you have anything to do with it, you can plan ahead and make sure that you lug around the right kind of baggage that are easy to screen, easy to open, easy to close and easy to move along. That should be your goal.

So with that said, brands that have those qualities include Tumi. The great thing about Tumi is its spinner wheels are so flexible that it doesn’t feel like you’re carrying a bag around. Also, it’s made out of a shell construction that is very easy for x-ray machines to process.

So unless you are carrying cocaine, marijuana or some other contraband, you don’t have anything to worry about from the TSA. This carry on luggage is also very easy to open thanks to its well designed zipper.

It is no surprise that a lot of busy travelers prefer the Tumi brand. They have a long product line. So you’re sure to find a model that is right up your alley.

Another brand you should look into is actually a well known brand. I am, of course, talking about Samsonite. Samsonite made a name for itself when it ran commercials featuring an angry gorilla throwing around a Samsonite luggage.

At the end of this extremely long period of pummeling, thrashing and bashing, the luggage was open. Lo and behold, everything was intact despite all that excruciating punishment. This is what made Samsonite famous.

To its credit, the Samsonite brand has evolved with the times. It knew that TSA screening procedures can be a hassle. It knows that people really don’t want to deal with all the hassles of the TSA. So they made adjustments to their design.

Now, Samsonite luggages, regardless which type and which design, are intended for easy screening. There are no parts that obscure the x-ray image when your luggage is going through the screener. This way, the TSA personnel processing you can quickly scan on the screen, look at you and wave you on.

Pretty straightforward, painless and definitely drama free. So if you’re looking for an uneventful experience with the TSA at your local airport, do yourself a big favor. Get the right luggage.

This is not guaranteed because a lot of people may foolishly pack stuff they shouldn’t be carrying around. But if you are a responsible person and you prepare ahead, you don’t have to worry about TSA issues.

A little bit of advanced preparation can definitely go a long way as far as your piece of mind goes. You might want to get a Samsonite luggage set or look for the many competing brands out there that offer products that look suspiciously similar to Samsonite luggage.

There’s no shortage of these competing brands. In fact, some of them have been around for a very long time. Try these if your budget can’t swing a set of Samsonite luggage. Don’t ever get caught flat footed again with the TSA!

Do Food Stamps Contribute to the Obesity Problem in America?

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Food stamps have always been the boogie man of people looking to cut back the size of the government. That’s the bottom line. At the back of their heads, if you are applying for food stamps, then there’s something fundamentally wrong with you because if you are an able bodied person, you should be out there working.

It is no surprise that a lot of people are asking themselves, “Do food stamps contribute to the obesity problem in America?” The idea is that there’s a lot of people, and I’m talking about millions of Americans, who simply don’t want to get jobs or who have such poor paying jobs that they have to be on food stamps.

The idea is that the vast majority of these people live such sedentary lives that they just flop down in front of a video game or a TV and while away their time. Based on this sedentary lifestyle, it’s no surprise that people’s waistlines get bigger and bigger.

As you probably already know, there’s an obesity epidemic in the United States. More and more people are coming down with obesity related diseases and we are sitting on a ticking demographic health time bomb.

It’s only a matter of time until this massive obesity epidemic translates into an explosion of type 2 diabetes cases, certain types of cancer and, of course, cardiovascular diseases. Indeed, the leading cause of death for Americans for many years now are heart attacks and strokes.

It is in this context that a lot of people are saying that we need to look at different government policies and see what the long term health ramifications are. Unfortunately, given the political hot potato that the welfare state and welfare programs tend to be, it often becomes a moralistic argument.

A lot of people keep saying to themselves and to other people who are willing to listen the basic question. Do food stamps contribute to the obesity problem in America? Well, what they’re really trying to say is that maybe it’s a good idea to cut down on the food stamp program so that more people could go out there and work.

The problem here is there’s an 800 pound gorilla in the room. A significant chunk of all the jobs in the United States pay barely minimum wage. In other words, even if you wanted to work, the best you can do is a minimum wage job.

Now, if you are living with your parents or you’re a young person or you just moved out, maybe you can get by with a job that pays less that $15 an hour. However, if you have a couple of kids and you don’t have a life partner or you’re a single mom or single dad, you’re probably going to have a lot of problems on your hands.

That’s why even working single parents still have supplemental nutritional assistance from the government aka: food stamps. That’s the bottom line.

Any kind of talk regarding just getting lazy people to get off the couch and find work is overly simplistic and ultimately unrealistic.

You can call it cruel. You can call it asinine. You can call it a lot of names. But that sentiment is actually very strong in the United States because as you probably already know, the US is very big on individual responsibility.

It’s very big on freedom. But freedom has a twin. That’s right. That twin is called self responsibility. It is no surprise that the United States is the richest country in the world primarily because of its heavy emphasis on individual freedom.

What people don’t understand about freedom however is that it’s very easy to get excited about the freedom to succeed. It’s very easy to get excited about that person who quits and job and founds a multi-million dollar company. Those are the kinds of stories people love to hear and in fact in many cases, those are the only stories that you do here.

But you don’t hear about the people who try and fail. You don’t hear about the people who fall between the cracks. The reality is that the freedom to succeed also has a twin. The freedom to fail. It really all boils down to the central question of what will society do and is society even obligated to help up or give a hand up to people who have fallen behind?

Please understand that welfare benefits like food stamps might indirectly contribute to the obesity problem. They contribute, indeed, but only indirectly. How come? Well, when a person has a fairly low set budget for their monthly food what do you think they will do?

Are they going to go to their nearest Whole Foods or Trader Joes and buy tons of arugula and kale? Or are they going to go straight to the nearest Dollar General or Dollar Store to load up on a whole lot more heavily processed foods?

Poor people are drawn to cheap food because they get more bang for their buck. Can you really blame them? You probably would make the same decision because, at the end of the day, it’s all about financial and budget efficiency. This is why they are drawn to to cheap food.

The problem is, most of the cheapest foods on the market are cheap precisely because they use highly processed ingredients like super processed flour, corn, and mashed potatoes. Many make up for flavor deficiency by being drenched in saturated fat or gobs of sugar. Not exactly the healthiest of nutritional profiles.

This is going to be a debate that will rage on for many decades to come. After all, it’s been going on for several decades now. Ever since the New Deal, Americans have been debating this issue. But the truth is when you look at the rest of the world, there seems to be some sort of forward march to greater and greater government control. That trend is probably not going to go away anytime soon.

The Main Policy Differences Between the Democrats And Republicans

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Usually, when people think about politics in the United States, 2 parties come to mind. This should not be a surprise. After all, the US system is basically geared to create 2 parties system. Unlike Europe and other parts of the world that generally use a parliamentary system, the US political structure tends to favor a 2 party model.

There are other parties, no doubt. But they don’t do all that well in elections. In fact, the most successful, if you want to use that word to describe their fate, is the libertarian party. The number of seats they hold on the local level is a tiny fraction of the electoral hold of both democrats and republicans.

This 2 party system is not without criticism. A lot of people are saying that there’s really not much difference between the parties. In fact, some of the most vocal critics of the current American political systems say that there is such a thing as a uni party.

In other words, there’s really one party ruling the Unites States. I know it sounds conspiratorial and crazy. But there are actually a lot of people who believe this. They think that the republicans and democrats are essentially just fronts. They’re essentially just masks for a select group of people that really run the show.

It doesn’t really matter who the current and next president is. It doesn’t matter whether they have an R or a D after their name. At the end of the day, the same policies are passed by congress and implemented by the executive.

Unfortunately, this is not true. This is a gross simplification of the democrats and republicans. If you are to look at the details and policy positions of democrat and republican candidates for any office, you can see marked differences.

In fact, depending on which republican and democrat you research, the differences can be like black and white. It can be that extreme. Here are just some of the main policy differences between the democrats and republicans.

Republicans tend to be pro-life

Generally speaking, republicans, in terms of party platform as well as through some sort of “ideological litmus test” tend to be pro-life or anti-abortion. The flip side of this applies to the democrats. If you are not pro-choice, you’re going to have a tough time as a democrat candidate. You might not even make it through the primary.

The same applies to republicans. If you strayed too far to the choice spectrum of the whole abortion debate that’s been raging in the United States for the past 40 years, you might not get elected as a republican.

Republicans favor smaller government

Republicans think that the government that’s closest to the people is the most responsible and is the most worthy form of government. The idea is as you move along the chain and you get closer and closer to Washington, the bureaucrats there and the people who make all sorts of decisions are really so far away from the day to day concerns of people in Main Street, USA.

The whole idea here is to cut the size of government, roll back the scope of the federal governments responsibilities and powers and give more of that power to the people. If this sounds familiar, it should because this is actually enshrined in the US constitution.

However, the constitution was drafted and ratified in the late 18th century. Things have changed dramatically and people’s expectations have changed dramatically. This is why democrats say that the constitution should be interpreted as a living document.

In other words, it has to be in consonance or it must be in touch with people’s needs in the here and now. With that framework, then it follows that government should be large enough to solve problems wherever they appear because the state and local government may seem too small or may not have the proper resources to deal with the problem accordingly.

Republicans favor the second amendment, democrats are more ambivalent about it

The second amendment guarantees Americans the right to bear arms. This is almost unheard of because other governments want guns out of their citizen’s hands. You have to understand that the reason why the second amendment was pushed so heavily by the founding fathers of the United States is because they did not trust a central government.

They just had a revolution. They knew that centralized authority can be a very bad thing. They also believed that an armed society is a polite society. You literally put the power back in the hands of the citizenry.

However, the democrats counter that arms technologies have evolved dramatically since the days of muskets and pistols. Now, people can have automatic or semi-automatic rifles that can kill a lot of people in a very short period of time.

Accordingly, there has to be some sort of rational limit to the right to bear arms. This is a raging debate in the United States which often flares up whenever there’s a mass shooting. As scary as those events may be, when you look at the total number of deaths in the United States in any given year, mass shootings are actually account for a very very small percentage.

Republicans are for less spending and less regulation

Until recently, republicans have been very big on spending cuts. Well, it seems that that has changed under president Trump. But historically speaking, republicans believe that the smaller the government is and the less money it spends, the better off people will be because hey, let’s face it, who is the better judge of how to spend your money?

That’s right. That person is you. So, generally speaking, republicans are for less taxes, less spending and less regulation. The idea is when these policies are pursued, the economy flourishes. And based on the recent results in Trump’s economy, there are actually more jobs than people looking for jobs. A lot could be said about this low regulation, low tax strategy.

Democrats, on the other hand, say that the reason there are so many billionaires in the United States is because the American system is so awesome and it really would be immoral for the government to stand by and let billionaires like Jeff Bezos make so much money while their employees are barely getting by above minimum wage.

The idea is for the government to step in through taxation to redistribute or equalize the wealth so we live in a more equitable society. The idea of inclusive growth is a very democratic idea.

Keep the differences above in mind if you come across somebody who says that there’s really not much difference between the political parties in the United States. There are actually quite a lot of differences. The policy variances I outlined above actually form just the tip of the iceberg.

Some Digital Devices that can be Found in the White House

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If you’ve been paying any attention to the news, you know that mobile phones are more than welcome in the Trump White House. Otherwise, there’s no way Donald Trump can make all those controversial and popular tweets.

Regardless of your politics, please understand that, since mobile devices have become standard devices in today’s White House, all bets are off.

It used to be that all communications from the White House has to go through a rigid hierarchy. This is how you maintain the integrity of the message. This is how you keep people in line. This is how you make sure that dissenting voices never get an audience.

It worked well for quite some time. But unfortunately, thanks to the rise of modern technology like Twitter, all bets are off.

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Twitter, by its very nature and setup, encourages people to post their ‘hot take’ on anything they are monitoring or tracking. While this is perfectly fine for people tracking a food truck’s route so fans of the food truck can plan ahead, this can be both funny and dangerous when it comes to the President of the United States sharing his thoughts.

With Twitter, you can basically get anonymous tweets from people claiming to be insiders of the Trump White House revealing all sorts of controversies. On top of that, there are all sorts of online forums, message boards, as well as Facebook Pages and Facebook Groups. These create a massive worldwide, borderless, free distribution system for information.

Now, even somebody as lowly as a White House intern or an intern at a White House contractor can get the word out regarding the things they claim to have seen or heard in the White House. This is why the digital devices that can be found in the White House really opens up a new vista in how we are to treat channels of power and how we’re going to process information from those channels.

How exactly can you tell which is official and which is unofficial? How much weight can you give to the word of somebody who claims to have worked in the White House? And just because they had a mobile phone or just because they had some screenshots, is that enough?

It seems that, as technology continues to evolve, it can always be said that human methods of coping with such technology will always remain ten years behind. Remember the Hillary email scandal? Well, this is due to the fact that there are digital devices that can be found in the White House.

Hillary had access to mobile devices. She also had access to laptops. It’s really mind-blowing how certain protocols were not followed. And a lot of this really has to do with the disconnect between what people were used to and how technology has quickly evolved.

The argument could be made that email is not exactly new. After all, email predated the internet by at least a decade. So how can anybody say with a straight face that email technology is still so cutting edge that people using it should be given some sort of pass or at least not be put under such extreme scrutiny?

Well, regardless of where you fall in this controversial issue, the truth is, digital devices that can be found in the White House pose great risks. While it’s easy to see the benefits that they can theoretically bring to the table, we may have a situation where it creates more problems than it solves.

The Issue of Trump Twitter Use

I guess in terms of ideals, what Donald Trump is doing with his Twitter account is the stuff that dreams are made of. For the longest time, there are lots of pundits on TV, radio and elsewhere who are constantly saying, “It would be nice if we get 100% transparency and accountability from the government.” They keep repeating it like it’s some sort of mantra.

Well, how do you think they’re reacting now that we have a president who actually just tweets whatever he’s thinking based on the latest hot button issue on the internet? Well, it’s a mixed reaction. For every person who is glad to see an unprecedented amount of candor and candidness from the most powerful and important person on the planet, there is no shortage of critics.

A lot of people are saying that this is unpresidential. A lot of the stuff that Trump tweets, especially the Charlottesville racial incident, casts the presidency in a bad light. In fact, Trump makes so many off the cuff remarks that a lot of people are saying that his Twitter use has really cheapened the presidency.

They wish he was like Obama. When Obama became president, he didn’t use Twitter as a personal soapbox. Whatever pronouncements came from President Obama had to go through a fixed hierarchy of people.

And even then, people still misspoke. Even then, there was still a need for damage control. Oftentimes, people had to walk back all sorts of statements made by other people that may be loosely connected with the presidency, and it was still a mess.

But then, there was still some sort of semblance of control. Not so with Trump. Accordingly, it’s a very disconcerting. And to many people, desperate times because they think that a madman is running the country.

Well, let’s be clear here. If you were to broadcast everything you thought, I’m sure you would come off as crazy as well. I know I would, and most other people I know.

The truth is, when you’re dealing with something that is as close to unfiltered thought as possible on Twitter, things will not hit the mark from time to time. Things will come off harsh, and things will come off bad. It’s just the way it is because that’s the high price we pay for authenticity, sincerity and candor.

Now, this doesn’t mean that I’m Donald Trump’s number one fan. Far from it. But this does just highlight the intersection of a political discourse and the types of digital devices that can be found in the White House.