I really hate when Democrats seize on a national outrage and try to legislate around it just to keep those fires of outrage going. Which is what this sounds like to me.
Personally, I didn’t get the big uproar over Eduardo Saverin renouncing his U.S. citizenship to become a citizen of Malaysia or Singapore or whatever the hell it was. Especially after he said he would pay all the U.S. taxes he owes. I mean, I’m as big a tax-loving liberal as you will find, but if some rich dude wants to live in Singapore full time and not America, that’s his business.
According to Wikipedia, Singapore does not recognize dual citizenship. I dunno, it’s Wikipedia, I’m not an immigration attorney, I’ll assume that’s correct until informed otherwise. Also, as I recall Saverin was a naturalized U.S. citizen anyway, born in Brazil or Venezuela or some place like that. It’s not like he grew up with baseball, apple pie and the stars-and-stripes along with his mama’s milk. Whatever, dude.
It’s stupid, this whole American exceptionalism thing. America is a great place but it’s not perfect and there are a lot of great places out there. Norway is awesome. I call it the Promised Land. I’d live there in a heartbeat. Please, Norway, call me. I’ll answer.
Would I renounce my American citizenship to do so? Probably not. My American-ness is as much a part of me as my hair color and my love of dogs and cats and growing up in the ’70s in Southern California and everything else. It’s part of who I am, it’s my cultural identity. But for someone not born here, I can see it not being that big of a deal.
So I really hate it when Democrats climb on board the Republican “America! Fuck Yeah!” bandwagon. That’s a conservative worldview, not a liberal one.
And while I hate it when people throw around comparisons to the Soviet Union and whatnot, and much as it pains me to say this, the Republicans have a really good point on this legislation the Dems are throwing out there. Again, I haven’t read the bill, so I’m just reacting to what people are saying about it, but banning people from ever entering the country again? Seriously? Hell, yeah, that’s what the Soviets did.
I was in the then-Soviet Union in 1982 as part of a college trip. I remember our class got to have a Q&A with Communist Party officials at some official “meet the Americans” gathering. And the first question we asked was, “why won’t you let your citizens leave the country.” Because for you kids who don’t remember, back then we were always hearing about ballet stars and circus performers defecting through great acts of derring-do, you just couldn’t leave Moscow and move to America without causing an international hullabaloo. And what the Soviets told us was, “we have devoted tremendous resources to educating and caring for our citizens and that investment is lost when they emigrate to another country.”
And dang it but that sounds exactly like the argument liberal bloggers were making last week when they went after Saverin. Here he created Facebook using the servers at Harvard and taking advantage of the taxpayer-funded stability and resources of this country and now he’s cashing in and leaving and not paying us what he owes us.
Really? Again, I’m not an expert on this but if you’re emigrating and taking your assets with you, don’t you already pay some kind of “exit tax”? And isn’t money earned in the United States already taxed by the United States, regardless of the earner’s citizenship? Isn’t that how it works? That’s how I read it.
Please don’t make me agree with that fucking sack of lard Rush Limbaugh on this, Democrats. Tell me what I’m missing because on this issue at least, you’ve lost me.
And Republicans: enough with the hissy fits. Aren’t you guys the ones always threatening to “Go Galt” and leave the country over every imagined step towards Socialism/Fascism/Multiculteralism/Pacifism/NotBeingADoucheIsm? Go, then. Buh-bye. You’re still going to have to pay your damn taxes. Now you’ll have to pay it to two countries. Smart move.