Critical thinking or truthfulness aren't their strong suits.
I really like those on the Left who are constantly running their mouths about how great Europe is, or China, or how we should have Cuban Style Medical Care, or some such crap. I was reading earlier this week how Tina Turner has relinquished her U.S. Citizenship, mostly because she's been living in Switzerland for 20 years. She, in my mind, is one of the smart, thinking entertainment types. She wasn't happy here, so she found a place where the tax laws, and lifestyle were more to here liking.
Unlike the Streisands, Clooneys and Behars of Hollywood / NY, there are people who DON'T like the country or the tax laws, and they LEAVE. I applaud them for it. I hate to see them go, it's people willing to make tough decisions that we'll need to turn this boat around.
This year will set a record for expatriations by U.S. taxpayers, with at least a 33% increase from the previous high in 2011.
The Treasury Department published the names of 560 people who either were U.S. citizens renouncing their citizenship or long-term residents who turned in their green cards during the third quarter.
That brings the total so far this year to 2,369, according to Andrew Mitchel, a tax lawyer in Centerbrook, Conn., who tracks the data. For all of 2011, the number of published expatriates was 1,781, he said.
Taxpayers who expatriate aren't required to give a reason, but experts said the overall increase was likely because of tougher enforcement of U.S. tax laws.
"Nothing has changed in immigration law that would make people want to renounce," said Freddi Weintraub, an immigration specialist and partner at Fragomen Worldwide, a New York-based law firm. "Current or anticipated changes in tax law and enforcement are driving this increase."
.I know a lot of people think these people are 'running away', or 'taking the easy way out', but I'm betting that was also said about many of the people who left WHEREVER to come TO the U.S. And the kind of people who will pull up stakes and start over elsewhere, are usually the smart people, the tough minded people, the hard workers, the builders, movers and shakers of the world.
Unfortunately, they are taking their money and their work ethic, at a time when both are in short supply.
Good luck folks, we'll miss you!