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Should I move to Socal?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by darkshadow, Jan 29, 2006.

  1. darkshadow

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    As some know I just got back from a resent trip to socal.


    My wifes family is from there, and since were a little slow right now at work it worked out for us to take off for two weeks, and while i was there i help my brother in law out at some work of his. Nothing much but got to work at eddie murphy's house and a few other places.

    I have always entertained the thought of moving to the area, but it was never a high priority.

    Well i guess It just moved up a notch, the company my bro in law works for needs a new supervisor, and i could move right in to the position. The work permit is now really a problem, i can get one quite fast, but I am putting togeather some pros and cons, and i need some help.

    I just dont see many pros. besides rust free trucks and warm weather.

    the area is WAY more expencive, I could only afford something small so that meand no driveway let alone a shop, so much for wanting to do fab on the side. let alone buliding a capable rig/dd.

    Not to mention the lifestile is a lot different aswell, i could see my self quickly hating 'fake' type people that seem to be prevalant in the area.


    I would be near most of her family but a whole hell of a trip for an of mine.

    and I know my mom LOVES her grandson, i also dont want Diesel growing up with out knowing his family, on eather side.

    so what do you guys think?

    dave
     
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    Canada rocks!
     
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    i dunno, i hate the traffic here, and the fact that your the minority
    and are expected to know spanish as your first language :)
     
  4. darkshadow

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    I think also as a supervisor I will be soon yelling at a sertin race of people who do a lot of work in the area, for there incompatance.

    I really dont care who you are where your from what color you are or what ever i dont care.

    BUT you must not be an idiot and must work!



    dave



    oh and Canada ROCKS!!
     
  5. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Stay in Canada, no chance of going bankrupt because of one hospital visit...:crazy:

    Better yet, start pricing out decent health care coverage for you and your family down there.

    Rene
     
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    true but i dont really go to doctors anyway.

    I have been twice in the last 6 years, dispite numorus injurys and ilnasses, only because i started to caugh up blood.
     
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    neither do I, but we know what can happen there. :( i'd say stay there, your life would probably be 100X more stressfull out here
     
  8. ryoken

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    i'd rather have a choice than pay 1/2 of what i make in taxes.... in the end, i bet i pay less for health care...

    oh, and we have what is called charity care in this country, where if you don't have the money, you pay a small percentage..
     
  9. tRustyK5

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    I don't pay 50% of what i make in tax's either. Last year I paid $12K in income tax on $61K of income. My monthly medical premiums cost $108 per month for a family of four...for 100% coverage. I do not ever get a doctor's bill.

    Rene
     
  10. Can Can

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    How did you get away with that, Rene? $61K of income should be taxed higher than 20%. I made just shy of $70K and I'm taxed at around 26%, and that's just income tax. Include CPP and EI and you can add another couple percent to the equation.....:confused:

    Regardless, yeah, our health care system rocks. Dave, can you honestly picture living in So Cal? I sure couldn't.
     
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    I say stay there. Canada rocks even if you guys do talk funny:D . If my wife did not hate cold weather I for sure would live up there (if they would have me). Also as far as taxes go I do not pay California state tax only federal as I am in the military and my home of record is Florida. I made 40K 2004 that was taxable after I itemized for my tax return that was down to 19K which worked out to aboot $1000 federal income tax. Gotta love the house payment.:D

    Ira
     
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    Tax deferred investmants...

    Don't forget $60K is the line at the edge of the next tax bracket.

    I will definitely pay more this year, but to get to 50% taxation I'd need to play hockey prefessionally.

    Rene
     
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    well, i'm not sure how you manage that when your countries taxes average 43 to 48%. 14% higher than the U.S.. not mention you have a governmental 7% sales tax...

    i'm sure you'll tell me its not true, but the rediculous waiting periods up there for medical care have been well documented also...

    i'm just tired of hearing all the Canucks badmouth the h*ll out of my country... :(
     
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    One thing I wish is that we could write off mortgage interest and stuff like that. Not too much i can deduct as an hourly employee...the best i can do is dump cash into my retirement savings.

    Rene
     
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    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Wierd, I put about 8 or 9 away into RRSPs every year, and I still pay about 26%. I wonder what the bracket I'm in starts? I thought it was $61K to around $80K.......:thinking:
     
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    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    When will you guys South of us stop believing the crap that a small percentage of my fellow countrymen say about the US????? I'm sick and tired of having to explain that NOT EVERY CANADIAN hates the States!!!!!:shame:
     
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    All my RRSP stuff is taken 'pre-tax', so each year I fill out a form asking to taxed at a lower rate which makes it all work out pretty close at tax time. It saves a ton and makes putting the money away a bunch easier.

    Rene
     
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    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Mine too, brother.
     
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    "all" was a poorly chosen word... my bad... :o

    i don't know if i'd call it a "small percentage" tho :wink1:
     
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    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    BTW, here's the federal income tax breakdown. Obviously, I'm gonna have to talk to HR tomorrow about my deductions last year........

    Federal - Income Tax Rates - 2005
    16% on income less than or equal to $35,595

    22% on income greater than $35,595 but less than or equal to $71,190

    26% on income greater than $71,190 but less than or equal to $115,739

    29% on income greater than $115,739
     

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