As I look at my career eventually slowing down and consider when I will return
to Canada, I, too, know I will have to renounce my US citizenship, even if I
sell all my assets and earn no further income here. I suppose it's just
part of the deal, although of course I can still come back and visit when I
The article made several excellent points, and I can certainly understand why
some American citizens might wish to transfer their allegiance elsewhere.
However, in many of these cases, the decision is to transfer citizenship to
countries that would not have been free without the assistance of the United
States of America. That gives me powerful motivation to protect my US
citizenship at all costs.
Anyone who gives up one of the greatest blessings that has ever existed in the
history of the world does not deserve to have it in the first place. American citizenship is one of the greatest blessings of my life. This
country IS the greatest country that has ever existed on the face of the earth
and those who established it paid a very high price for it.
" This country IS the greatest country that has ever existed on the face of
the earth "And just exactly why is this, and from what
perspective do you make this claim?You know what's hard for
some to believe is that you can love a person, or a place and not engage in over
the top hyperbole or out right fiction about that person or places qualities.I would guess that such beliefs as, this is the greatest country to ever
exist, are made with little or no studied comparison of other countries or
That is because the America they once loved and prospered in has been
This article is misleading. Of the 2999, I'm guessing the vast majority
were driven for tax reasons. I have lived abroad and the US is the only
developed country to tax its citizens wherever they live. The UK, Canada,
Australia, Western Europe, Japan, etc. do not tax citizens who live abroad -
presumably because those individuals are paying taxes in the countries in which
they live and they are not benefiting from those taxes since they live
abroad.The US is a great country, yes, but the IRS and its tax
regime are beyond out of control. If I had had the choice when I lived abroad,
I would have seriously considered it as well. I'm proud to be an American
some things need to change, and the IRS is one of them.
Thid Barker -" America . . . has been "fundamentally
transformed".Good Point. Right Wing craziness has completely
gotten out of hand.Self-described Conservatives and Patriots try to
subvert the government of this great nation at every opportunity.
@GaryOSelf described Progressives and those who disregard the Constitution
of this great nation subvert the rights of the individual at every
opportunity..There, fixed it for you.
Being free implies the right even to leave your citizenship behind. Apologies to
hyper-patriots not necessary. Hey, the thought of certain candidates as
president would make ME consider leaving.
Sorry Jack, but no one has a right to subvert the government.Mark B
- The "Conservatives" you refer to as "hyper-patriots" are more
accurately known as Pretend Patriots.Their "patriotism" is
almost entirely PRETENSE.
Okay, pragmatistferlife..."I would guess that such beliefs as,
this is the greatest country to ever exist, are made with little or no studied
comparison of other countries or societies."Please tell us which
country (or countries) are the greatest, and what "studied comparison"
can you cite?I personally think Switzerland would be a nice place to
live, but what have they done in the struggle versus the Nazi's and the
Commies....other than profit from it.However, I don't know that
as a male Swiss citizen I'd want to keep an automatic assault weapon in my