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Whidbey Island Double Bluff Park, one of the bluffs.

Whidbey Island Double Bluff Park, one of the bluffs.

One thing I did not think about before moving up to Seattle was car registration. I envisioned the process to entail going to the DMV with the title and asking to get a couple Washington plates. I thought it would be easy enough to do via mail.

I was a bit mistaken in that belief.

Registering an out of state car in Seattle (and Washington) is no easy feat. The first difficulty was the emissions test. There was no difficulty in passing the emissions test, I just wished that I could have used my emission test from California in lieu of a new emission test. In particular the testing center recommended driving on the freeway for fifteen minutes before getting the car tested in order to bring it to normal operating temperature.

First I find it off that there is a recommended amount of driving to do before getting an emissions test. Second the test is required every other year, I drove aimlessly on the freeway for fifteen minutes before the test, doing nothing but adding a car to the road for that time. Maybe this is why the traffic is bed in Seattle, people are just trying to warm up their cars for the emissions test.

The second difficulty faced by myself on the other out of state students moving here is the tax required on registration. If the car was purchased recently the person registering needs to pay Washington sales tax (about 10%) on the fair market value of the car. If the car was gifted recently this tax needs to be paid. The exception is if the car has been owned by the driver in another state for over ninety days. I fortunately fall into this category however my friends do not and they will probably be paying somewhere between $400 and $1000 to register their cars. Mostly they have either newer cars (bought just shy of ninety days ago) or they inherited them.

One of my friends, who is not happy with this tax, blames it on Washington being poorly run and out of money. Coming from California I am quite familiar with a state being out of money and trying to find creative sources of new income. However I could not believe that Washington was worse off. Absolutely they are not but per capita the state is actually in a worse shape then California. Based on Google California has a deficit of $1166 per person while Washington has a deficit of $1230 per person. Maybe the car registration tax is an attempt to close that deficit.

That or they just don’t like people moving into their state.

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Cannon Control to Protect Our Monuments!

Cannon Control to Protect Our Monuments!

Politically I tend to lean heavily in the direction of liberal, I also tend to lean towards libertarian as well. While I was in Scotland one of my friends, a member of the Officers Training Corps, tended to bring up gun control in the United States. From his perspective it seemed so strange that it was so easy to buy a functional gun (in the UK you can buy disabled guns). Growing up I did not have any exposure to guns or any real weapons, eventually though my brother became interested in hunting and now there are several guns of various types around the house.

About a year and half ago I asked my brother to take me out shooting with him, the basics of shooting a gun seemed like a good skill to have. We shot clay pigeons on a dairy ranch with some shotguns, I also tried out a handgun and a rifle though not to shoot clay pigeons. It was pretty fun except the part where I forgot to fully brace the shotgun before I fired. That hurt.

In the midst of the presidential campaign I asked myself where I really stand on many of the single issues in case I am involved in a discussion when I get back to school. I surprisingly found myself against most gun control. It is not because I want to have a gun to protect myself and my family from criminals or other people. It is not because I want to become a hunter. Rather I feel that we the people should be armed to protect ourselves from our government. 

One of the ideals that seems to have become lost over the course of American history is that the people should not be afraid of the government, the government should be afraid of the people. 

I still think that we should have strict government control over cannons, I have seen way to many pointed directly at historic and cultural monuments.

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