This guy has been the most socially divisive governors in Wisconsin history.
I have to say that as a sort of traveling emissary for my old home state I’m periodically embarrassed by Wisconsin’s Governor. No, I’m not going to get political on you; and suffice it to say that Gov. Scott Walker has enough problems putting his own foot in his mouth that I don’t need to help him on that account.
But in light of some of the things he’s done and said of late the question comes to mind: have you ever wanted to leave this country and take up life as an Expatriate somewhere else?
A meeting of ExPats with the US Consul in Panama.
Panama is filled with many scenic beauties
One of our pre-mobility options was just that. We are still content that we didn’t decided to do it — to pick up states and move to another country. There are some pretty attractive locales around the world and some of them are quite content to have your Yankee $$$$$ spent within their boundaries. At the time we were preparing to move and downsizing there was a lot of attention being given in the press to Americans moving to Panama, and I have to say we looked there for a short time.
Fact of the matter is that in spite of all the problems this country has, it’s still a pretty great place to live. And just because a place may be beautiful that does not make it the best place in the world to take up residence. No, finding a different place to live, no matter how frustrated you may be with government, or the lack of government, or the excess of government is no easy matter and for us we’re staying in a country that has been really good to us.
Ahhhhhh…. You knew there was a reason I was dragging out the flag, didn’t you! Yup — It’s tax day for me, my least favorite hours of the year.
Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather have to pay the taxes than not have made the money in the first place but because our tax code is so confusing and I have never been brave about dealing with government in any form — I just hate it. And I bet you are just the same.
If there is anything good about tax time it’s that retirement has made tax season a little less onerous. It’s taking me a while to get used to the idea of which things become income events in retirement and how much money we can make (if we were working) without raising our tax liabilities but I’ll suss it out in time. I’ve never understood money very well anyway. And our legal residence IS in a state that does not tax Pension benefits. And that’s about the end of the good stuff.
If we were any more complicated — as a tax example — I’d be using professionals but for the time being I’m content to do the Intuit Turbo Tax thing, and the fact that it is able to keep all the pertinent stuff — like prior year tax losses straight — has been a life saver for me. So, I set up my ‘puter, and get out my CD ROM reader once a year to load in the new year’s program and I sweat bullets for a few hours and come away not feeling too badly.
That does not mean I feel any better when I see how my Uncle (Uncle Sam, that is) uses my donations to the common good. But I’ve done my share and I can only hope that those who’s lifestyle I’m supporting are going to do theirs. I know I’m the eternal optimist and sometimes they don’t — but hey, you gotta keep a smile on your face even when the world turns upside down.
So — a Sunday fighting with the Tax Man is my day’s prospect and I’m sure I’ll survive. Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll talk with you tomorrow. If I don’t survive, It’s been nice knowing you. 🙂