Travel Tuesday: Jackson Hole, WY


I’ve just returned from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and couldn’t be more thrilled to tell you about my experience there! I was one of many attendees at the inaugural Jackson Hole Summit.

Although it was my second time in Wyoming–my having been to Jackson and Yellowstone National Park nine years ago–I was able to explore the area comprising Jackson Hole a bit more.

Wyoming is best known as the Equality State or Cowboy State, the former nickname awarded to the state for being the first state to allow women the right-to-vote. (Pretty cool!) Wyoming also happens to be the least populous state in the country, boasting fewer than 600,000 people statewide.

Jackson Hole is a renowned ski resort area. It may be small, but it sure is expansive.

En route to Jackson Hole, I had a layover in Salt Lake City. Below is a picture of the Great Salt Lake as one approaches the city:


View of the Great State Lake from the airplane.

Once I got settled in Jackson Hole, I descended 9,100 ft up to a restaurant called The Deck. (FYI: They have a great and cheap Happy Hour menu. If you find yourself in Jackson Hole, go!)



Here’s another picture of the Grand Teton Range from Diamond Cross Ranch. Majestic, right?

grand teton

Albeit being crunched for time – I only had 72 hours in Jackson Hole – I was able to experience some restaurants. Go to the Mangy Moose for some good pub food and to The Spur for delicious cocktails.

Prior to going to Jackson Hole, be prepared for a dramatic shift in altitude. I unfortunately suffered from a bout of altitude sickness and cured it with Advil. (Ibuprofen also works!) If you’re prone or unsuspectingly prone to this kind of dramatic altitude change, come prepared. Otherwise, be on the lookout for some wildlife. Sadly, I didn’t see any bears, elk, or moose but caught a glimpse at some deer.

If curious about this gem in the Mountain West, found out more online, on Twitter, on Instagram, and on Facebook.

Have you traveled to Wyoming as well? Let me know about your experience there!

New Counter Cultured Article: Jackson Hole Summit

I’ve penned a new column about my time at the inaugural Jackson Hole Summit. It centered around monetary policy. Below is an excerpt:

I’ve just returned from the inaugural Jackson Hole Summit. The conference was held from August 27-29, 2015, in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It centered around monetary policy and how to counter the problem of central banking in the present day. The theme of the conference was “Central Banks: The Problem or the Solution?”

American Principles Project (APP) organized this event. Their mission states, “American Principles Project recognizes the dignity of the person as the basis of the founding principles of the United States. We are committed to the declaration made by the Founding Fathers, that we are all created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Additional sponsors included the Heritage Foundation, Atlas Network, and Young America’s Foundation.

Admittedly, I haven’t really focused on monetary policy in my political work thus far. To most individuals, it’s very nuanced, complex, and technical to comprehend. However, this conference gave us attendees a better glimpse into monetary policy and why sound money should be promoted in the public square. Like Millennials, presidential candidates will and should be made to care about the topic.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Cross-posted on Medium.

Raising the Minimum Wage Undermines Free Enterprise

There’s a lot of talk surrounding minimum wage this week. Somehow the issue has become important again…Why? Oh right, because this president always finds a way to deflect from Obamacare’s disastrous roll out.

Are workers being exploited by greedy business owners? Is the free market so oppressive the government has to intervene? Before you reach this foolish conclusion about employment, I encourage you to read about the implications of raising the minimum wage.

Here’s how I feel about the issue:

The crusade for raising the minimum wage is quite laughable. $10/hr, $15/hr, $20/hr? Why not $100K/hr? Do people understand how businesses operate, or are they really convinced money grows on trees? Don’t claim “oppression” or “exploitation” if you aren’t adult enough to work a basic job.

Whenever someone hires and chooses to employ you, you should thank your lucky stars they have given you the opportunity to work and prove yourself. Success doesn’t come overnight. In high school and college, I worked many unpaid gigs and paid internships to end up where I am today – gainfully employed at a respectable organization. Many people follow the same course to achieve success. Whether it’s an entry-level job or working for a fast food chain, make the most out of your experience, work hard for bonuses/promotions, and make as many connections as you can before better opportunities come your way. If you want to be self-made, you must work your way to the top.

Raising the minimum wage sets a dangerous precedent…This policy admonishes hard work, punishes small business owners, and ultimately worsens our economy.

Agree? Disagree? Weigh in below!

My Thoughts on the Payroll Tax on

fox news gabriella

Earlier this week, I was interviewed by reporter Joshua Rhett Miller about the payroll tax hike and its effects on Americans. Today my thoughts were published in this article, “Millions noticing paychecks lighter today, due to payroll tax hike,” which is the number one trending story on right now.

As a recent college graduate and newly employed young person, I will see roughly $700-800 of my paycheck going to the government this year. Why should I – someone who maintains a job and contributes to society – surrender so much of my hard-earned money in taxes? Why should anyone with a job be punished with more taxes?

Here are my thoughts from the article:

Gabriella Hoffman’s paycheck is a little lighter today, thanks to a payroll tax increase that is forcing millions of Americans to make the kind of tough budget cuts their representatives in Washington lawmakers seem unwilling to tackle.

Hoffman, a 21-year-old Virginian who works at a nonprofit, estimates her paycheck will be roughly $30 less this biweekly pay period, or about $780 annually, thanks to the end of a two-year cut on payroll taxes, which fund Social Security. The tax has risen back up to 6.2 percent from 4.2 percent, costing someone making $50,000 annually about $1,000 per year and a household with two high-paid workers up to $4,500.

“As a newly-graduated person, someone coming straight out of college, I don’t like the idea of having less money coming to me due to the selfish interests of people in Congress who don’t have any interest in reducing our financial problems,” Hoffman told “This is an impediment for future economic growth. It’s going to make it harder for young people like myself to get married, find a better job, you name it.”

Hoffman admits the hike won’t completely alter her spending, but the University of California-San Diego graduate said she will definitely have it in mind when it comes to leisure activities and entertainment.

“Although it’s a small quantity on a monthly basis, just having less money going into my paycheck will prevent me from doing things and force me to be more frugal,” she said. “I’ll be more cautious with my spending.”

And I topped off my criticism of this tax  hike with this quote:

Hoffman, meanwhile, said she already has all the answers she needs.

“Any tax increase is not good for young people,” she said. “What it does is diminish your hard work and you’re slapped on the wrist. This administration is punishing people who are making money. They don’t like the concept of free enterprise. They think these problems will be solved in Washington by taking away more of people’s incomes.”


The article was featured as the Drudge Report headline from Friday evening till Saturday afternoon.


UPDATE II: I was also mentioned in and on

Eagle Forum Collegians Summit – July 19-20, 2012 – Washington, DC

Conservative in college? Want to hear from movers and shakers? Attend Eagle Forum’s Collegian Summit in Washington, DC this July 19-20, 2012.

I highly suggest you attend this conference. I had the honor of being one of ten youth panelists at last year’s summit. I got to hear Paul Ryan, Allen West, and many other remarkable speakers. I also got to meet other like-minded college kids and see some old friends.

If you’re looking for a great networking opportunity in an intimate setting, this event is for you!

Here’s the promo video:

Also, here are Allen West’s thoughts on college conservatives:


Register for the event here. Students in the DC metro area can attend the event for free. Those residing outside of the DC metro area can apply for scholarships here.


Ballsy Statement from Congressman Joe Walsh Calling Obama Out

It is time to be ballsy, GOP. Stand up to Obama and expose him for who he is: a Marxist-Leninist community organizer.

Grow a spine and solve our fiscal problems! My generation counts on you guys to lead. Be leaders or expect to be fired.

Watch the video from Congressman Joe Walsh here:

President Obama, quit lying. You know darn well that if August 2nd comes and goes there is plenty of money to pay off our debt and cover all social security obligations.