National vote-by-mail standards needed to avoid election confusion
I’ve lived in two exclusive vote-by-mail states during my time as an eligible voter. My first ballot ever cast was via the mailbox in Oregon. There the ballots are due in the hands of election officials by 8 p.m. on election night to be counted. Now living in Washington, I’ve trained myself not to worry about election results until the Friday following election day due to the state’s postmark deadline eligibility for ballots. I’ve often wondered how the country would react to the Washington experience of not knowing election results for days (if not weeks) until after the election. For better or worse it looks like we are about to find out.Read the entire blog
Can the Government Dictate Our Lifestyle Activities?
Health care spending continues to increase. The political left advocates for either incremental steps toward or complete government-run, socialized medical care in the U.S.
If government bureaucrats control our health care spending through a nationalized health care system, do they then have the right to dictate our lifestyle choices? Seventeen percent of Americans smoke. More than 70 percent of Americans are over their ideal weight and 30 percent are classified as obese.
The government already limits some high-risk activities. For example, most states mandate that motorcycle riders must wear helmets.Read the entire blog
Capital gains income tax background information
As we wait for the Governor’s 2021-23 budget proposal due in December and the 2021 Legislative Session, discussions of imposing a capital gains income tax continue to intensify. Since there appears to be some confusion about what type of tax this is and the motivations for it, here is important background information to consider.Read the entire blog