You may agree, or disagree, but on this video, I will breakdown why I’m leaving California for good. It’s no single reason, but rather… oh I’ll just let you watch the video.
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Doing the idiotic thing, because welcome to California…
Police cars roll up on 17th street, East of Petco park. It’s seven in the morning. On a Monday, the sidewalks are a sea of tents officers and city workers begin making the homeless pack up and move out advocates for the homeless. Say the weekly sweeps are an effort to hide the city’s downtown homeless problem. Before out of town, tourists arrive, they say that’s the same reason. Jagged rocks suddenly appeared along a freeway, underpass in the same area, city workers, then you shovels and rakes to clear away belongings and trash left behind the urine and feces that stained the sidewalks and streets.
Yeah. I got to clean up every month and come right back. Like I’ve been doing, it’s just a hassle
By late afternoon, the homeless return. They wheel their belongings back and settle in for another week on July 1st, the California gas tax is going up 3.20 cents. Meaning come Wednesday, we’ll be paying a total of 50.50 cents per gallon at the pump and state taxes. The timing’s bad assembly member. Jim Cooper says the increase is part of an existing law, which basically adjust the tax every year to match inflation, but it happens to be coming at a bad time.
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So Gavin Newsome gave his state of the state address the other day. And in his state of the state of dress, he addressed the fact that California has become the world’s leading center of homelessness, or at least the America’s leading center of homelessness. We have, by the way, something like 65,000 homeless people counted in Los Angeles County alone, like Dodger stadium worth of homeless people in LA County. You cannot walk down the street, any street in Los Angeles, without people engaging in public urination or notification or needle use. And we pay exorbitant taxes in California as a state, we pay unbelievably high taxes, the highest tax rates in the nation, 13.3 top income tax bracket.
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And it kicks in at like, I think a hundred thousand dollars a year or something. It’s it’s very, very low kicking. Anyway, Gavin Newsome gave his state of the state address in what she said. It was a disgrace. We have so much homelessness, conveniently forgetting that he is the governor and was also the mayor of San Francisco and is horrible at both jobs. Let’s call it what it is. It’s a disgrace that the richest state in the richest nation succeeding across. So many sectors is falling so far behind the properly housed heal and humanely treat so many of its own people.
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Every day. The California dream is, is dimmed by the wrenching reality of families, children, and seniors, living unfed on a concrete bed, the Joe Rogan experience. And what’s the story moving I’m out of here. When do you leave soon in Texas or I’m going to go to Texas. I just want to go somewhere in the center of the country somewhere. It’s easier to travel to both places and somewhere where you have a little bit more freedom. Also. I think that where we live right here in Los Angeles is overcrowded.
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And I think
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Most of the time, that’s not a problem, but I think it’s exposing the fact that it’s a real issue. When you look at the number of pieces, people that are catching COVID because of this overpopulation issue. When you look at the traffic, when you look at the economic despair, when you look at the homelessness problem, that’s accelerated radically over the last six, seven, 10 years. I think there’s too many people here. I think it’s not tenable. I don’t, I don’t think it’s manageable. And I think every mayor does a shit job of doing it because I don’t think anybody could do a great job of it.
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I think there’s certain things you’re going to have to deal with when you have a population of what LA is. It’s like 20 million plus people, too many people it’s too many people.
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Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, depending on when you’re tuning in. My name is Jonathan Torres and you are watching or listening to the JTH show today. I’m going to talk about why I’m leaving California, but first roll the intro.
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All right. So no that wasn’t a plug for a merchant. I’m trying to sell you guys. Actually, I just had some of these made. It’s a, they’re kind of nice, you know, they’re kind of cool. Why not? You know where something that you have to promote, you know, your show at the same time. Plus I have an army of promoters between my family and my mom. So, you know, it’s a shout out to the company that made these they’re a fix printing. So I actually put the link down below. It’s not a sponsorship or anything.
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Just the, you know, federal do something nice for, for someone. Oh, and as always remember, you can watch the entire or listen rather, excuse me to the entire podcast, unless you already are listening. So you don’t have to go anywhere if you’re a realist sitting, no worry, but you could listen to the entire podcast on Spotify, Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, or radio public. Okay. So today, today I want to talk with you guys about the fact that I’m leaving California. I know, I know, I know some of you guys are gonna be cheering, cheering of course.
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Cause you’re like, finally you got rid of one more, but for those of you guys who are actually sad, you know, I’m leaving. No, not because I’m tired of the left this community and I’m leaving because I am a, I don’t know, red blooded conservative. No, cause I I’ve been called out already because of guests because of some of the points of use that I’ve shared before. No, I’m actually leaving because of money. Yeah. So I’m actually going to Texas and what I’m doing effectively is saving tons and tons of money.
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Why? Well, let’s start with the fact that this year in taxes, well, I should say for 2019, but I paid him this year. This year alone, I paid you ready? Still hurts me a little bit, $38,000 in taxes. Now the majority of that was still federal taxes and you cannot, you cannot avoid it. Those, unless you leave the United States. But I did pay a little bit over $8,000 just to California. Yeah.
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In taxes. So, you know, no, it wasn’t by the way, something that you’re like, well, you paid him over the year. Right. Union check wrong. That’s actually my business tax. My employee tax is a hold or a topic, a whole other ball of wax. Some of you that may think what would JT, you probably didn’t do them right wrong again. I did do them with, with a professional tax agent. And for that matter, yeah. You know, I’m not gonna be one of those guys trying to explore any kind of like loopholes or whatever.
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I, you know, one thing that I’ve learned is you don’t mess with God and the tax man, you know, if you do well, you know, you heard the stories, right. Wesley Snipes and all these other celebrities, I have gone to prison for messing with their taxes or trying to do something. You know, if finding a loophole now, yes, they are some that you can actually legally go through. And you know, I can try to find out how many corporations I need to open and which ones own, which ones and whatever.
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But I’d rather just relocate to somewhere where I feel, not only am I going to get a big, bigger bang for my buck, but you know, it’s just a overall, I don’t know, give me the piece that I’m looking for. And that is to Texas. So I’m moving to Texas. Now. There’s a couple of reasons, you know, outside of business, for instance, is cost of living overall is a lot cheaper. Some of you guys watching this show either outside of the United States or even, you know, people that are living here in California, they’re like, what are you talking about?
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It’s great. Here. It is great here. What are you talking about? What never leave. I know I said that once too. And then I had three kids and a wife and then relocated once to Oklahoma, I came back to California and I’m like, Oh, Oh damn. Yeah. So, you know, so those of you guys are saying, you know, it’s, it’s, you know, not, not too bad here. Well, it just depends on your circumstance. Right? In my particular circumstance, I am at a point where, you know, I need space. You know, this that I’m doing here, that you right now watching this is helping me because you are helping me.
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So Pat yourself on the back, built by just watching and giving me a light. Cause I know you already did. And you know, sharing it with your friends, it’s, it’s helping me right. Achieve what I, what I desired to do is it for everybody? Of course not. But it’s what I want to do. Right. I want to sit here, not in this particular here, but you know, in a studio doing my videos, doing what I feel that I do best now and we’ll continue to evolve and, and Duetto, maybe at a bigger scale at one point in that you know, for now is from home.
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Now it doesn’t have to be this home. It could be a home in Texas where I’m paying about $1,100 per month, less, which, you know, overall, I mean, it’s over $12,000 a year that I’m going to be saving for a home. That is a little bit, just a little bit bigger than this home that I live in here or currently. So here in California, you know, I’ll tell you I paid 27, 50 per month for a home. That is very nice.
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It’s not the newest, but it’s very nice. So it gives my family what I want. And many of you guys are probably in a similar circumstance where you’re like, Hey, I’m thinking about what my family needs. I’m thinking about what I need. And then you look every month as that check clears or as an autodraft clears on your bank account. And you’re left wondering like, you know, what is, what’s the deal here? Like, you know what, what is beyond this right now? Particularly for me, what is beyond renting is actually buying a home right now.
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Can I do it here in California? Again? Yes. The, the argument is not, can somebody make it in California? The argument is not even, I think, can I make it in California? The argument that I guess I’m making with myself is where am I going to get a bigger bang for my buck? And there’s tons of places throughout the United States. Texas just happens to be one of them where I feel like, you know what? Yeah. If I go out there, you know, pay, you know, confession to this, almost nothing for rent, get the space that I want a little bit more the home to be fair.
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It is quite nice. If I can find a picture of put it like right here somewhere, I don’t know. You know, I already did it once. I already did it once. And you know, it’s, it’s part of my, what I called the Slingshot theory works for me. Okay. And that is to pull back a little bit on what you feel you are comfortable in to allow yourself to just swing forward, you know, shoot forward. And it has, you know, it has done, you know, great things for me. It has worked for me.
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I’m not here to tell you, you should go out and start moving out and thinking about getting your stuff right now and leaving, of course not. You know, do I recommend it well, being that I did it already once. Like I said, yeah, I recommend it to myself, but obviously everybody lives a different, you know, life. Everybody has different circumstances. Even people like myself that have children, they’re in a different circumstance. Now I want to share this video with you guys. It’s not just because of that guy looking at me, I’m moving to another state. My mama. No, no, no, no. I want to go ahead and share this with you guys, because I do believe that there are some people being that actually recently people that know that I was moving already before this video, you know, were telling me, you know, of course their opinion, right?
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What they perceive as the good, the bad that why I shouldn’t, why should leave. And you know, I came to a 2:00 AM. An important conclusion in that is that many times people will, will kind of get in their way and be their worst enemies and find out that they will give, write about Amy skews that you can think of to convince someone else, not knowing that they’re trying to convince himself by the way of why they shouldn’t do something right now.
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I was going to do this move regardless. Right. Regardless of who messaged me, regardless of who told me not to do it. But I, you know, I, the purpose of this channel right, is for me to come on here. And for those of you guys listening, you know, have a conversation with you guys in terms of like, you know, kind of what I’m doing and what I think works and you should try out and if, you know, you’re you happen to be one of those individuals out there, they’re like, yeah, you know, I’ve been thinking about relocating to maybe you’re going to relocate to California.
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That’s perfectly fine. Hey, if, if you are any position financially speaking, that you can, you can do that for you yourself. Go for it. JT is California. Awesome. Yeah. Yeah. It has great weather and everything. The in terms of, you know, I don’t know, political side, you’re going to find everything, you know, don’t go by and by the common narrative that, Oh, it’s a liberal state. There are many people here in California that are very conservative and you know, vice versa is obviously true as well when it comes to weather.
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Yeah. You know, depending on where you’re at and maybe you’re not too high up in California, you know, it, yeah, definitely has great weather traffic. So some people have told me, I don’t care about traffic. It’s actually not a problem for me. Okay. Well, there you go. You, we do have definitely intense traffic, especially in areas like LA, but you know, again, it depends on your circumstance. Right. And you know, one of the things that I look at is how much do I give up? At least in my circumstance, when it comes to me, living here in California with my family, how much do I give up?
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As far as you know, my money for the convenience, how comfortable do I get to the point? Or I’m kind of blinded and I’m getting in my own way, like I just mentioned a minute ago, right? Where I don’t realize that perhaps, you know, I’m getting to the point where I get really comfortable and I’m like, pay my rent, buy my groceries, stay home, you know, talking head here. And then just that’s it rinse and repeat, not knowing that I can maybe do more and I’m not allowed to do more.
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I can’t do more. Well because I have everything very, very budgeted, right? Not to say that I’m hurting. I’m not at all, but what else can I do if I wasn’t paying that extra 1100 more or less bucks a month? No, I’m not going to go ahead and hoard the money. I’m not going to tell you, well, you know, I’m going to have my, a bigger savings. I’m not, I’m gonna, what I’m gonna do is I’m going to reinvest it in something for myself, for this company, right. That I no longer have to pay, just because of the luxury, the comfort of living here in California, some people might tell me you’re crazy.
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Comfort is all that matters. Go live at, you know, wherever the hell you want to live. If that means San Diego, if that means Dubai for you or, or New York. Okay. I mean, that’s perfectly fine. Right? I mean, going back to what I said, circumstance, if you’re a circumstance allows you to, to have that, that comfort in, if that’s kind of what, you know, the life that you want to have then yeah. You should. But for me, for me, it’s not, when I come back, I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t, you know, at this point I can tell you, I think so it’s not in my plans now.
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Like when I left to Oklahoma, you know, I really, I really want to see, you know, what is outside of my usual comfort. I know my comfort zone. Right? Well, what’s out there, you know, I may go to taxes tomorrow and live there for a few years, years, maybe even more couple of decades and then figure it out. You know what I want to go. I don’t know, to Florida who knows. Right. You just never know, you know what, you’re what you’re asking trajectory. Would it be, I mean, you can kind of estimate that.
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You’re like, Oh, I want to go that way. But you never know, great opportunity. Somebody out there wanting to keep my own show. You, you know, anybody who knows. Right. And they’re like, Hey, you want your own show? You’re going to have to live out here. You know, look at what happened to someone like Joe Rogan. You know, California guy has been here for a long time. I’m actually even sure maybe he’s alive. I haven’t actually, I haven’t, I’m not sure, but I know he’s, you know, he was here in California and now he’s like, you know, Spotify was like a, Hey, here’s a little bit of money.
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And in the million supports and that he is like, till Texas, it is, you know, no, I’m not following him. He’s going to Austin. I’m going to complete different place. But you know, that happened. Right. Did he think about that maybe two years ago, three years ago, five years ago? I don’t think so. To be honest with you, but it shows that he was in close right to that, you know, and he’s the guy, you know, that’s, you know, now worth millions, right? So it shows that he wasn’t close to that kind of shift in his life. And that’s one of the things that, you know, I guess want, wanna close out the video with is, you know, what can I shift you feel that you should take in order to accomplish whatever it is that you dream and aspire to at night only, you know, that only, you know, that when you’re sitting there laying there in your bed, I’m thinking, you know, I aspire to things that I have a posted on my ceiling.
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I do. And you know, it’s kind of what I, when I want, you know, and what do I need to do in my life, you know, to accomplish those, those few goals. And does that mean that I have to be a little uncomfortable in terms of like where I live, because I’m not to have those damn carne asada fries anymore. Maybe, maybe, but you know what I did for those of you guys came to Nieto, Oklahoma, what did we do? We broke on a side for us to Oklahoma. I love kindness enterprise. Some of you guys, by the way, I know somebody is coming. Some of you guys watching me from, from, I think it was from Iraq.
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Yeah. I think it was from Iraq or India. You know? W I’ll put a picture now. Yeah. Bill, that’s it. That’s what I love. I know it looks like someone just, you know, maybe somebody else will say this, someone just throw that up. No, it’s great. It’s phenomenal. It’s delicious. You know, I just I’ll do the same out there. Right. Where wherever I’m at other comforts the beach, there’s a look like I go to the beach. This is my natural tan. Okay. Stop it. Yeah. I mean, it’s, you know, you, you can make yourself comfortable right.
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About anywhere. Come on. Let’s be honest. Right. It’s, it’s really up here as being immuno 100% on it. It’s really up here. Are there some areas where like, no, it’s really cold over there. It’s really cold when don’t go there. You know, can you deal with a little cold with a little heat? Yeah. I think most of us can, unless you have like a medical condition, I would say most of us can deal with, with a little cold, with little heat that you’re not used to, or, you know, the climate where wherever it is that you live.
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Right. So anyways, that is it for the show guys. Thank you for, for watching, for hearing me. And you know, if you, all of a sudden see me black, you know, black out as far as my channel and my content, that’s why I know last week, I, or the week before that, I went hard. I’m putting like video after video. And then I, there was all of a sudden I just left for like four days. And it’s because I went to go look for a house. And then not that you guys didn’t really think you guys care anyways. And you know, but I do want to come back and, or one time actually moved and we’re done with all that hassle.
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I’m actually gonna try to commit to a video a day. It’s crazy. I know this is my job. This is what I consider my job now. And I’m going to try to do everything from videos like this, where I try to throw some inspiration in your way for something, anybody that wants to hear to the whole business, you know, advice that I can give you guys as far as how I’m doing it, you know, doing it. And then of course, current events, I love commenting on current events and yeah, so I’ll, I’ll keep doing, you know, that that’s going to be the content of the show.
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Once we are established, you know, in our new home. And you’re going to have a set looks very similar to this and yeah, the video day, Monday through Friday, because I, my boss had, I can take the weekends off. So yeah. All right guys, that’s it for today for real this time, remember to like describe and a ring that notification police, because I know that there were some of you guys are as a scribe hell of a lot of subscribers, by the way. Thank you. But a lot of them does, the analytics tells me that the subscribed description bell is turned off. So please turn on that notification bell, if you don’t mind.
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All right, cool. That’s it. Have a good one. See ya.