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Old 02-19-2015, 08:02 AM
 
Location: LEAVING CD
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If your not happy here LEAVE!
That's the whole point... They're trying to and it's now costing serious dollars to do so. Why in heavens name would anyone want someone who's unhappy here to stay because they can't shell out a ridiculously high fee? It should be free to give up ones citizenship, not happy then have a nice life wherever you choose to go now hand over your passport.

Oh wait... There's the tax loss thing.
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Old 02-19-2015, 11:01 AM
 
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A whole 3,400 people out of 320,000,000?
LOL. This.
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Old 02-20-2015, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Places you dream of
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personally I see just another negative thought making seem like the reason people leave is about the BIG BAD USA-- I can think of a million reasons these few people leave-- to marry- or fall in love with a new culture- or find benefits in being in another country-as citizens - they are FREE -- whoot whoot
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Old 02-20-2015, 01:20 PM
 
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LOL. This.
Yeah, but if you quantify the average IQ level and net worth of the 3K who renounced (and likely THOUSANDS more who relinquished), their loss is nothing to sneeze at.
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Old 02-20-2015, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Chesapeake Bay
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Living in another country is a very good thing for many people. It does give you a different slant on life. I've seriously thought about it and could easily get citizenship. But it would be pretty difficult to match what my wife and I have accumulated and gained in the US over the years. Its a good life for us here.

So, we just go and visit relatives on vacations (when we have the time).

I certainly can understand others making the move though. And there is nothing wrong in that.
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Old 02-21-2015, 02:27 AM
 
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In 2013 the US population was 316,497,531. The percentage of people renouncing their citizenship was .00000948 percent.

In 2014 the US population was 318,857,056. The percentage of people renouncing their citizenship was .00000107 percent.

So actually FEWER people per capita renounced their citizenship. WOOHOOO!
Good numbers Kathryn and points out the need for some to make a story out of basically every non issue.
I believe many in this country are turning into crisis junkies where every issue merits major headlines.
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Old 02-21-2015, 09:05 AM
 
Location: South Seattle Suburbs
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I'd do it if I could. For a number of reasons, I can't.

I see no reason why someone needs to be proud of or love the place they happen to live by accident of birth. There are many good things about this nation, but also many very bad ones. We've betrayed many of the principles we were founded on, and I don't see things getting better.
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Old 02-21-2015, 09:08 AM
 
Location: South Seattle Suburbs
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Costa Rica is a popular destination. No army and no income tax. No hassles either. From those who are leaving, the harassment factor is as big as he economic factor.
That's where I'd go if I had my druthers. No military is one of the biggest reasons why, but it's not the only one.
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Old 02-21-2015, 09:14 AM
 
Location: South Seattle Suburbs
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If your not happy here LEAVE!
Unfortunately, it's not that simple. People have jobs, responsibilities, personal and professional ties, and so on. Could you just up and leave your home if you wanted to for some reason?

But there's another problem with that attitude: It suggests complacency with the way things are. If someone is not happy with the way their country acts, why should they automatically have to leave? Why should they not have the choice to stay and try to make things better?

We get patriotism and nationalism beaten into our heads from day one, and it makes many of us unflinchingly loyal, even when there are things that could and should be changed for the better. In some cases, I've found that those who love their country the most are the ones who are unafraid to criticize it.
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:29 AM
 
Location: zooland 1
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Excellent
Creates more room at the inn!
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