Robert Wood, posted a “Memorial Day Article” drawing attention to the renunciations of U.S. citizenship. The very first comment was from a Homelander who is an adherent of the “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out” principle. This particular Homelander writes:
Memorial Day is a singularly poor time to get weepy over these ingrate swine. If life is tough on U.S. citizens renouncing their nation for money, too bad.
“Ingrate swine”? This Homelander has got it in reverse. Consider the following:
Thanks for following up. As I suspected your experience living abroad was a very long time ago and predates the assault on Americans abroad that began in 2011 and continues with the world of FATCA (can’t get bank accounts), FBAR (as in the Fundraiser – penalizing people for failure to report when they didn’t even imagine such a law existed), PFICs (how is a poor American abroad supposed to save for retirement), OVDP (okay give us 25% percent of your net worth for the privilege of cleaning up past mistakes). The world you lived in was nothing like the world of today – did you even read Mr. Wood’s article?
Re your comment:
“Just don’t expect others to regard you as freedom fighters devastated by accusations of tax evasion.”
Americans abroad are NOT renouncing citizenship because they view themselves as “freedom fighters” (whatever that means). They are renouncing citizenship precisely because they want to be compliant with both the laws of the United States and the laws of their country of residence. To repeat: it’s the desire to be compliant with U.S. laws that is forcing people to renounce their U.S. citizenship.
To be in compliance with U.S. laws affects Americans abroad financially (double taxation and the costs of compliance), professionally (it’s harder for them to find employment and U.S. citizenship makes businesses reluctant to have them as partners, shareholders or investors), socially (the non-U.S. spouse is reluctant to be tied to a U.S. spouse whose primary obligation is to the U.S. government), in terms of retirement planning (many local retirement planning vehicles are NOT compatible with U.S. tax laws), and in term of quality of life (how would you like to have to worry about the threats of fines, penalties, etc.)
So, instead of calling those who renounce “freedom fighters” (which I suspect you view as a pejorative term, I invite you to see them for who (in most cases) they really are:
People who are trapped in a system that is completely incompatible with attempting to make/live a life outside the U.S.
It’s the desire to obey U.S. law that forces the renunciation and NOT the attempt to avoid any obligations.
In the same way that many Homelanders don’t respect the contributions of it’s Veterans, many Homelanders don’t respect the contributions of Americans abroad. Now, I’m not suggesting that those Homelanders are “swine”. But, they are certainly “ingrates”!