Friday, February 15, 2013

Is It Time to Pack Your Bags America?

Dave Hodges, Contributor
Activist Post

Would you renounce your U.S. citizenship if it meant you’d be sending less of your hard-earned dollars to Uncle Sam? Do you want affordable health care? Do you desire to live a long and healthy life? Do you want your children to have an affordable college education? Do you want to retire in relative comfort? Do you desire live your life in relative freedom and not have to worry government harassment?

If you answered in the affirmative to most of these questions, it might be time to start packing your bags and looking for greener pastures.

Americans Are Voting With Their Feet

Are you tired of living under relative tyranny where every email is read, every phone call is listened to and your every movement is tracked by a number of electronic devices?

Americans are leaving the country at breakneck speed and the annual rate of expatriation is growing as over 150,000 Americans departed the former land of liberty for greener pastures overseas in the past year. In total, over five million Americans are choosing to live outside the United States. Just why are Americans leaving this land of “freedom” and opportunity in record numbers, with no end in sight?

Unaffordable College Education Costs

The Education Policy Institute assessed the affordability of higher education costs and found that the United States ranks 13th in higher education affordability.

To those who think your children can borrow their way to a degree, think again. Today’s U.S. college loan practices, which serves to underwrite much of the cost of a college education, are the most predatory in the world. As of last year, bankruptcy cannot cancel out a student loan debt, and delinquent college students can now go to jail for nonpayment. In fact, several federal agencies have even “SWAT teamed” many delinquent student loan defaulters. Nowhere else in the world can we find evidence of these types of predatory practices being used against college students as we do here in the United States.

Even if young adults obtain their degree, those who are degreed and/or skilled in fields such as engineering or information technology skills, are really wasting their time working in the United States. Eight of the world’s ten highest-paying countries for information technology (IT) managers are in Western Europe, according to a new survey by Mercer Human Resource Consulting. The survey found that Swiss managers are paid the most, followed by those in Germany and Denmark. In fact, IT management is another field where U.S. workers fail to crack the top ten in income, the United States ranks 14th in IT management compensation. Even debt-ridden Spain, Italy and Greece pay their IT managers more than what Americans earn on average.

Americans Retire Comfortably

Nothing could be further from the truth. America, you are not getting the best pension package compared to other Western nations as America ranks dead last in overall pension benefits. And this is in the backdrop of the nothing-to-lose, second term Obama Administration, is preparing to seize your 401k pensions.

America, your money is not even safe in the bank as witnessed by the fact that the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals who just ruled that banks can steal the money of its depositors and it is legal! This would have been a SHTF moment in every other Western country, but Americans are taking this grand theft on their backsides, sipping a beer and rooting for their favorite American Bachelor.

There are no golden years in America unless you are in the infamous 1%.

Americans Have the Most Freedoms

Anyone who believes this fiction needs to turn off their TV and start reading the summaries of Executive Orders and passed Congressional legislation.

With the PATRIOT Acts, the NDAA and several other draconian pieces of legislation designed to protect us from the bogey men we call terrorists, we have lost Habeus Corpus, we are losing our free speech rights to the United Nations and every form of due process that we once cherished under our Constitution. And if you don’t like the unfolding criminal enterprise which suddenly appeared before our collective eyes, the bankers have rolled out a technocratic police state which would make Stalin and Hitler envious. Both the police state and impending martial law are bolstered by the fact that the Department of Homeland Security has purchased 1.6 billion rounds, oops, make that 2.2 billion rounds of high tech bullets engraved with the names of citizens who dare to oppose this tyranny!

America Is Still the Land of Opportunity

First and foremost, Americans no longer live in the highest salary paying country in the world. In fact, the United States does not even crack the top ten list of the highest salary paying countries on the planet in which Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Japan, Norway, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom round out the top ten and pay their workers more than workers in the United States. In fact, the United States only ranks 20th in terms of overall gross pay! One would be very naive to call America the land of opportunity.

The Highest Taxes In the World

Overwhelmingly, the number one reason that Americans are fleeing the country is because of high taxes.The income tax rate rose this year to 39.6% from 35% for individuals earning more than $400,000 a year and married couples earning more than $450,000. As of this year, 77% of Americans will pay higher federal tax rates because the cuts in Social Security payroll taxes expired when Congress passed its tax package on New Year’s Day. The Tax Policy Center estimates that those who earn more than $1 million would pay an average of $170,341 more in taxes.

State taxes are also rising as evidenced by the state of California which enacted Proposition 30, that effectively raised state income tax rates to 10.3% from 9.3% for individuals making at least $250,000 and 13.3% from 10.3% for those earning at least $1 million. Golfer Phil Mickelson publicly voiced his concern over the tax increases and threatened to leave California because of the higher rates.

Expatriation does favor the rich. Consider the following examples. If you are wealthy and make, say, $1 million per year, you would save $396,000 in annual taxes by relocating to Monaco based upon the highest tax bracket of 39.6%. However, if you are a person of average means and only make about $50,000 per year, you would save $12,500 in annual taxes based upon being in the 25% tax bracket. If tax reduction is your primary reason for putting the U.S. in the rear view mirror, you will be financially ahead regardless of your income. Of course, one has to have an income to benefit from a potential move. In other words, if you are the owner of an Obama phone, you are better off staying in the country.

To rub salt in the proverbial wound, the U.S. is one of the few nations that taxes its citizens regardless of where they live in the world. As long as you remain a U.S. citizen, you will be taxed on your income even if you’re living abroad.

At Least We Have Our Health

Our education is substandard, our earning power is substandard, our tax rates are exorbitant and we increasingly live in a rapidly emerging police state. But at least we have our health. Unfortunately, that is not quite true as the United States spends more than the next 12 nations for health care. However, it seems as if we are spending more and enjoying it less as, despite our exorbitant spending on health care, the United States ranks 50th in the world in life expectancy. Cuba, Puerto Rico and Spain have higher life expectancies than the United States. Americans live in the only country in the world where its citizens cannot bargain shop for its medicines in foreign countries because the pharmaceuticals have convinced Congress to establish a pharmaceutical monopoly over U.S. citizens. Death by doctor has increased to 225,000 per year.

And with Obamacare death panels looming on the near horizon, things can only get worse.

Some Things To Consider Before You Leave

As Americans face crushingly higher taxes and increasingly draconian enforcement tactics, an increasingly greater number of Americans are choosing to flee for greener pastures. It is actually fairly easy to renounce one’s own U.S. citizenship.

The U.S. Department of State regulations state that the potential expatriate must “appear in person before a U.S. consular or diplomatic officer, in a foreign country and sign an oath of renunciation. One should consider their renunciation action carefully because it is irrevocable once declared.

However, nothing is quite as simple as it appears when dealing with our criminal government that has been hijacked by the bankers. If you try and leave America, your will be assessed a 15% exit fee. Yes, that is correct, you are penalized for exercising the privilege to leave the country. Do you remember as children we were taught to make fun of the Soviet Union for building fences to keep their citizens in? By the way, Russia has a flat 13% tax rate.

Where To Go?

I predict that under this pathetic president and our insider-trading Congress, millions are going to be looking to leave the country. It is my belief that if the number of expatriates grows much beyond present levels, the government will enact policies to make it increasingly more difficult to leave the country.

Where would you go? What factors would you consider when choosing a relocation country? Leave a comment below and let’s begin a dialogue on if, indeed, it is time to leave the former home of the free?

Dave is an award winning psychology, statistics and research professor, a college basketball coach, a mental health counselor, a political activist and writer who has published dozens of editorials and articles in several publications such as Freedoms Phoenix, News With Views and The Arizona Republic.

The Common Sense Show features a wide variety of important topics that range from the loss of constitutional liberties, to the subsequent implementation of a police state under world governance, to exploring the limits of human potential. The primary purpose of The Common Sense Show is to provide Americans with the tools necessary to reclaim both our individual and national sovereignty.


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Anonymous said...

I have wanted to do leave for some time. Not sure how to even begin. any suggested sites or guides to check out?

Anonymous said...

People, I know this is going to sound crazy but it's not. Think about moving Russia.

13% flat tax for all;
No GMOs allowed;
No war;
Stable government (unless you believe the demonstrations against Putin paid for by the US State Department);
You can collect rainwater and drink fresh milk;
The government has $1.3 trillion in reserves and just 9.3% debt to GDP;
Jim Rogers has turned positive on Russia for the first time in 46 years.

Anonymous said...

We did try to leave the country. We spent 6 months in Australia and 3 months in New Zealand. First of all Melbourne Australia was nice for awhile but we didn't feel like it was where we wanted to call home. We tried Wellington New Zealand which is beautiful but has very windy weather and lots of rain. We ended up leaving New Zealand because the visa laws changed while we were there and the cost of living for both countries was a lot higher than we expected. My husband is self employed and his business wasn't going so well while we were there. You must have a very good well paying job with the right visa in place to make it down under. I still day dream of leaving again as I see the story in the states unfolding. I wonder if things had been different if we had picked a different country where the cost of living is lower.

Anonymous said...

We're planning on having another kid, but i would NEVER have a new baby in the US.

Anonymous said...

Cubans are laughing their butts off. They're watching Americans
float back to cuba on inner tubes.

Anonymous said...

There are several English Speaking countries in West Africa that are more than affordable and small business investor friendly.

A yearly ID card payment,drivering license and work permit renewal amount to $200 non-working and $1200 working.House rent $200 - 400 per month.

Climate sunny and of course tropical rain season.

If you have a skill to put to use its welcome or just retiring - come and enjoy.

Guns - Forget it even most of the police don't carry.

Government interference - For what purpose if you abide by the local laws!!

Don't let the Propaganda of the old Tarzan and Jungle Jim movies that were designed to make one think it was dangerous. Cooking in Pots and jungle savages - another Hollyweird production

Just web brouse and Pack.

PS: Bring all your garage and basement junk, it will sell.

Anonymous said...

Uruagauy looks promising. European atmosphere, laid back government, college educations and clean drinking water.

Anonymous said...

Russia has way more then 1.3 trillion it's diamond market is more then that.

Yea US is getting pushed into some sort of communist style police state, but, not every state is the same.

US really isn't a United anything each state is different. Most want to break away from the GOV.

Problem is bigger then say packing your bags and leaving the US.

Anonymous said...

Many years ago when people were talking about immigrants coming to America due to political or personal freedoms, I asked where will Americans go when we are persecuted for our political and personal beliefs. Fact is, its not where you are but who you are. I am a an 8th generation American. My family has fought to keep American free. I am staying in America no matter the outcome. I will not desert her; I will not deny her; since America is not the enemy of its' citizens, the government is the enemy. And governments come and go. The Hitlers, Stalins, Pol Pots, Idi Amins, etc of the world come and go. Empires come and go. Only the people remains, generation after generation. We will overcome.

Anonymous said...

Anon@8:48, I agree. Why would you want to saddle your newborn with $50,000 and increasing by the minute debt?

Anonymous said...

Bulgaria has nice climate, nature, food, is cheap by US standards, fairly safe. Downsides - rampant corruption and resigned population, membership in EU and NATO, difficult language.

Anonymous said...

please, leave. those of us who stay for whatever reasons have much more to concern ourselves with than whether or not tis a good idea to go traipsing off to parts unknown, the great spirit americana able to sustain you....just go. and don't come back. cowards, all of you. we are better off without such sniveling, vapid and brain dead non-entities.
and besides, where would we go? iraq? how about afghanistan? i hear that's a real party with open arms and everything....
anyway, that's fine. go
america may not survive intact, and there may well be some hell to pay...NEVERTHELESS....the idea, the concept...that is america, no matter what else happens, that will not die. it may be submerged for a time, it may be mocked but just as we remember cultures of old, that are no more, america will not be forgotten

no matter where you go.

Anonymous said...

1 College education costs.
2 Retirement benefits
3 Personal Freedoms
4 Opportunity (high salaries)
5 Taxes
6 Health care

That is the list of reasons why the USA is now a really crappy country to call home. On that list Democrats own #5 lock stock and barrel. Shame on them.
The Republicans and the right own the other five as they have fought those things on behalf of corporate America for decades.
Actually, #3 is a 50-50 split. Still the right wing can thank itself for stupidly swallowing the propaganda that allowed this to happen.

Anonymous said...

Looking to setup an American colony somewhere. Actually, settled on Charlotte, NC for now as housing was not too bad (still costing more and more) and services and jobs pretty good. Checked out Belize but the saying is "You know how to make a small fortune in ____? Start with a large one?" Seemed true to me there. Unless you know how to start a soup-to-nuts manufacturing business since they were taxing imports terrifically. Also would consider Russia as I don't support abortion after the majority birth survival age and other good things coming from there. Mostly would consider a "non-target" location due to risk of epidemic and war. Finally, many USA citizens have already "expatriated" such as those living on welfare, managing their accounts offshore (remember when the top 200 companies moved their accounts offshore and stopped paying taxes?), or otherwise working off the books. By not paying taxes and not showing up on the "lists" they are effectively living under the radar.

b79207e4-558c-11e1-974a-000bcdcb2996 said...

Wow, really? This person is really good at the propaganda they purport to be against. Fact check, the US actually has one of the lowest tax rates in the world. Of the top 18 countries in the world, our effective rate puts us at #5. The author even points out that this is best for people making OVER 200k /yr. The kicker was when he used the term "Obamaphone" . Do some research please, Reagan first created that system, as a way to help people living below the poverty line keep a home phone on. It was expanded under Bush to include cell phones. I also love how almost every commenter wants to remain anonymous. Are you truly that afraid of what they will do to you? Here is another easily researched fact:under the old tax rates of 70% we had more people becoming millionaires then we do now. Also, to be considered "Rich" it now takes a minimum of $50 million. It is such a pity that people choose to ignore the open access to information we have today. This is nothing more than more fear mongering. Maybe if people stay and fight for the rights that have been stripped away, we wouldn't have a country they wanted to leave. We need more Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warrens in this country.

Anonymous said...

I researched the world and then we moved to New Zealand. Clean, beautiful, uncorrupted, perfect.
The cost of living is high but after a few years, you find your feet, open a business and it is smooth sailing.
Best decision we ever made.

Anonymous said...

I immigrated to Russia. I own a small IT company. My taxes in Chicago were about 80% of my income after expenses - $5,000 a year property tax on a $200,00 house, 5% state income tax, 5% local income tax, 8% sales tax, motor vehicle taxes, FICA, federal income tax, and all of the various fees for everything - passport, driver's license, etc.

In my new country, I can choose two flat tax rates for my closely-held corporation (an "OOO", similar to a subchapter-S corporation in the U.S.). I can pay 6% on my gross income, or 13% on my net income. I can change once a year to either scheme. There are no deductions whatsoever. Joint-stock companies (i.e. regular corporations) pay 13% on net income as their only option; the personal tax is a flat 6% for everybody, with no deductions, so that option for a closely-held corporation matches the individual tax rate (and the closely-held variant isn't taxed twice, similar to how it functions in the U.S.).

I don't know how someone else would do what I did. Most of our clients were European, and so the move made sense just to be in the same time zone as our clients. Doing business here is hard, as it works very differently. Cultural differences are hard to accept and go with the flow on. There's language learning involved.

But I no longer live in a police state. My pension here is lower than it'd be under Social Security ($250 a month benefit with a mandatory $200 a year contribution to the fund), but my health benefits are better ($400 a year for comprehensive health insurance, same rate for everyone).

Anonymous said...

Have lived in Uruguay for 3 years. Nicest place I've ever lived (Chicago, Boston, Texas). The "america" I loved was an idea, an idea that has (sadly) died in the Northern Hemisphere. The closest I remember was in (showing my age) the Eisenhower administration, so here, today, Uruguay is just like coming home. People here work to live, not live to work, as they do in "El Norte." Fact is, as I tell my neighbors: 'I didn't leave El Norte, El Norte left me.' My kids live here & love it. B.T.W. (you may want to check this out) friends of child-bearing age have told me that if you have your baby here, parents get residency. Also, as a nation of immigrants, you will "blend in." here, and in the other "Southern Cone" countries as well.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see so many open minded people when it comes to moving. For me the time to bail was 7 years ago when George W was in office. I've visited the US a few times since, but I'll never move back there again. Anyone at the age of having children, do them a favor and give birth in another country. They'll still be US citizens, they'll just be dual citizen with a second passport. It's probably the greatest gift you'll ever give them.

To the people who think expatriating is cowardly, I feel sorry for you. Obviously you havent left the USA much, and you have some misplaced notion of patriotism to your random patch of land on the earth. That piece of dirt isn't yours, and it's not worth fighting for. Pack up, move on, and let the US suffer from massive intellectual capital outflow. Or stay behind with the dummies and everyone else with a double digit IQ.

For those looking for places to go, there are tons of places. Book a multi-leg trip, get out of the tourist circuit, and see how people really live. You can rent a 4000sq foot palace in Ecuador for about $500 per month.

I'd start with these countries
Hong Kong
Costa Rica

All are much cheaper than the US, and the people are self-reliant. You wont see hoards of idiots on black friday murdering each other for an X box. You will see families with chickens in the yard, and clothelines, and neighbors who care about each other, and know how to fend for themselves.

Anonymous said...

Chile is my number one pick. clean air, clean water, first world country, rule of law, on a tourist visa, you can buy land or start a business. 2,600 miles long, 125 miles wide. pick your climate. comparable to tip of Baja all the way to far norther Alaska. their government does not run a deficit. 15 million people, half of them living in Santiago. there is income disparity. average wage is between $700 to $1,500 USD per month, rich is $30,000 per month. they are a happy people, very conservative, very family oriented.

Anonymous said...

For veterans who qualify for the GI BILL please read my article concerning this issue: Thailand a better choice for veterans, is a guide to use your GI Bill benefits in foreign countries, specifically Thailand.


Anonymous said...

I moved to Russia in 1999 and never plan to return to the USA even for a visit.

Anonymous said...

To the first poster, check out Lots of resources for those wanting to move abroad. We are looking at Ecuador.

And yes, I agree with the poster who said this is no longer our country and hasn't been for long time. Tired of my taxes going to support endless wars, big brother, TBTF Wall St, the coming police state and a health care system that values profits more than people's health.

Good luck.

Isis Baha Allah Baha said...

It's gonna get pretty rough on America's soil ...

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. So much for the "land of the free, home of the brave" eh? At last you show yourselves for the cowards you really are.

Anonymous said...

NWO tentacles everywhere - will any effort to relocate be merely a temporary fix? Any area with an abundance of natural resources will be eventually overcome especially one with a corrupt or non-existent government. It leaves one with the question, which brand of tyranny is acceptable?

Anonymous said...

IMO, Iceland is the only country not under control of the globalists.

Australia, New Zealand and Canada are done.
Thailand is firmly under US fascist control, not a good place.
India is under attack by the globalists, but still largely free.
West African nations are being recolonized by the UK, France and Germany. The US with Obama in charge is starting its first wars in Africa having done Libya, now doing Mali.
Latin America is either US controlled or scheduled to be invaded.
Iceland or bust.

And never forget the words of Buckaroo........

Wherever you go, there you are.

Anonymous said...

I emigrated to NZ. Although it is still better than the USA, the above is correct that the globalists will exploit this place exactly like they did to Haiti. The only FREE place (free of the IMF control) is of course Iceland, and Kudos to them for telling the IMF to bugger off.

Anonymous said...

hi guys;im retired 0n app.1100 dollors a month.need some help open to suggestions.also still employible i am 72 years old.have a modest amount of savings.eguator or peru sound grate.

Anonymous said...

I moved to Uruguay one year ago. It is nice except for the following: thick chemtrails
every day, fluoride in salt and water, GMOs
in most products one purchases at food markets.

SuZen said...

I live in Costa Rica. Sold the house in 2004 and never looked back. No chemtrails, no army, simple rural life, incredible fruit, lovely people. It ain't perfect, but best weather in the world every day.

Anonymous said...

I'm leaving on a scouting trip to Costa Rica next week. I laugh at the people who think there is something cowardly about getting in a lifeboat when their ship is obviously sinking; it's called survival. Stubbornly going down with a ship is called stupid.

Anonymous said...

So Canada is a no no then? I was hoping to stay somewhat close to home since our family and friends are all here in America... What's education and cost of living like in Canada anyone know? And how does Canada compare to Iceland or even perhaps the UK, Germany or Russia in these categories? There are lots of places I'm considering for relocation if someone could shed some light on these places that would be great. Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

America has been sinking for a long time now. The problem that Americans may have abroad, is that we will realize very fast how uneducated , rough, unmannered and vulgar we are. We won't do well in Western Europe. We are not civilized enough. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

come to my beloved philippines

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