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Why are record numbers of Americans renouncing their citizenship?

FanOreilly 2012/04/17 15:19:58
Record numbers of Americans don't want to be Americans any more.



"'Truth, justice, and the American way' - it's not enough anymore," the comic book superhero said, after both the Iranian and American governments criticized him for joining a peaceful anti-government protest in Tehran.

Last year, almost 1,800 people followed Superman's lead, renouncing their U.S. citizenship or handing in their Green Cards. That's a record number since the Internal Revenue Service began publishing a list of those who renounced in 1998. It's also almost eight times more than the number of citizens who renounced in 2008, and more than the total for 2007, 2008 and 2009 combined."

Why are record numbers of Americans renouncing their citizenship?

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  • Charu ∞ijm♥∞ 2012/04/17 15:35:56
    Charu ∞ijm♥∞
    +20
    I was born an American...raised as an American.....I will always be an American! I will die as an American and not in this faux America we have now!
    tree of liberty

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  • Batman 2012/04/22 07:11:42
    Batman
    in today's world I can see why Superman said that
  • beach bum 2012/04/19 04:37:41
    beach bum
    +1
    i will buy them a one way ticket where this flag does not fly
  • hisomouth 2012/04/18 18:30:00
    hisomouth
    +1
    Since they have to put up with someone like Obama they might as well do it in their home country.
  • firebird 2012/04/18 13:00:27
    firebird
    +2
    Because they no longer want to be " classed" as one of the STUPID Americans that voted for Barack Obama !!
  • Wahvlvke 2012/04/18 12:37:04
    Wahvlvke
    +2
    Three reasons:

    1. obama
    2. pelosi
    3. reid
  • GLaDOS 2012/04/18 12:30:50
    GLaDOS
    +1
    I'm just going to talk about the Superman comic. That bothered me, on a few levels. It certainly shows the patriotism of the writer. Luckily, there was such an awesome backlash against the Man of Tomorrow renouncing his citizenship that DC backtracked and said it was only a "what if...?" type story and that Superman will remain "as American as apple pie."

    I'd say it depends on where they're going. Find those trends to figure out why. Hopefully there is something done to turn things around for the better.
  • Don 2012/04/18 10:59:02
    Don
    +2
    What do they get for their money? The privilege of paying among the highest tax rates in the world - for what?
    They see Empty Suit putting the country into decline.
    Where is the value in that?
  • XZQZQ 2012/04/18 10:12:36
    XZQZQ
    +1
    Just as in England, the uniqueness, and history of the country is not taught and celebrated in the public schools, the Christian religion has been banished from the public square, public corruption has reached incredible levels, with a political elite who have completely betrayed the average American, and are determined to maintain the status quo...
  • Jiorgia 2012/04/18 06:36:15
    Jiorgia
    +1
    america isn't the superpower it once was, there are now opportunities the rest of the world can provide that america cannot.
  • The Gov... Jiorgia 2012/04/18 13:30:11
  • Jiorgia The Gov... 2012/04/18 13:34:07
    Jiorgia
    +1
    depends how you define freedom, australia has more americans then ever and we don't have the 'freedoms' that you guys spout out (free speech, bear arms etc).
  • The Gov... Jiorgia 2012/04/18 13:51:43
  • Jiorgia The Gov... 2012/04/18 13:54:21
    Jiorgia
    +1
    alright deal, lets see who makes it further into the future, my guess is that you guys will either kill yourselves with all of the guns or start WW3.
  • The Gov... Jiorgia 2012/04/18 14:06:53
  • Jiorgia The Gov... 2012/04/18 14:08:44
    Jiorgia
    +1
    yeah, shows what you know of your criminals.
  • The Gov... Jiorgia 2012/04/18 14:11:09
  • Jiorgia The Gov... 2012/04/18 14:13:05
    Jiorgia
    +1
    oh and any of these libs that have ever committed a crime or have a family history of crime unfortunately cannot come to australia (border security, you understand).
  • The Gov... Jiorgia 2012/04/18 14:53:18
  • Jiorgia The Gov... 2012/04/19 01:36:31
    Jiorgia
    +1
    oh no, conservatives want to remove welfare remember.
  • The Gov... Jiorgia 2012/04/19 02:09:59
  • Jacob Mahurien 2012/04/18 05:55:07
    Jacob Mahurien
    +1
    I see what is coming next, the ever encroaching tyranny, and I am afraid.
  • XZQZQ Jacob M... 2012/04/18 10:13:54
  • individualism 2012/04/18 05:54:48
    individualism
    +1
    don't worry guys, there are stupid people eveywhere
  • David Lindner 2012/04/18 05:37:15
    David Lindner
    +1
    one word: obamanation
  • GinaM 2012/04/18 04:40:23
    GinaM
    +5
    There is a side of me that wants to leave our country too.. Not many people are catching on to any legislation.. and how it is supported by both Republicans and Democrats alike.. We are also polarized and taught to fear each other.. Black people vs White people.. Old vs young.. Religious vs those of us who are not.. Some of this is so obvious..like this hispanic that may have killed this black man.. It is funny though.. Most black kill each other and most whites kill other whites.. Most hispanics kill each other.. the statistics are not easily denied..All just about control..
  • wers 2012/04/18 04:40:00
    wers
    +1
    Because their benefits ran out, they helped bankrupt our nation, so now they are going back to Mexico where they came from.
  • GinaM wers 2012/04/18 04:41:56
    GinaM
    +4
    sometimes.. but it is more than hispanics.. we are talking about people that do not want to pay their taxes.. we are not talking about hispanics.. just leaving real citizens are leaving now..
  • GinaM 2012/04/18 04:31:32
    GinaM
    +1
    In order to understand what is going on economically we must look back to NAFTA.. Proposed by Reagan and signed into law by president Clinton JAN 1994.. then look at by 2004 how many of our major companies left our United States.. because we no longer could tax anything that was made over seas.. so Major companies left to places like China because they could get 50 cent an hour wages.. Then look at what signed in with George Bush and now Obama.. the Patriot Act.. which took away privacy.. Now Obama has signed in to law that we can have the military function on our soil..and it just gets worse..
  • big T 2012/04/18 03:54:34
    big T
    +1
    I was born in America I served America well but now th e time has come to give up my citizenship to America why shuold I want to be a American citizen when I can be like turta Rico. I can have more if I am not a American citizen.
  • Metaldane 2012/04/18 03:49:35
    Metaldane
    +1
    I plan on leaving because our two party system sucks it doesn't matter who's ahead the other side just blocks them from doing anything and when the only people running for presidency in the last decade are total morons it's easy to see why so here I come Denmark.
  • charles_1 2012/04/18 03:19:05
    charles_1
    +1
    Because of the IRS.
  • judge 2012/04/18 03:11:57 (edited)
    judge
    +1
    They may be tired of being cannon fodder for those with dual citizenship in our government. dead coming home
    One bullet and you are no longer a citizen.
  • Jim 2012/04/18 03:10:13
    Jim
    +1
    Maybe it's because conservatives are cowards and not true Americans.
  • firebird Jim 2012/04/18 13:03:14
    firebird
    +1
    OR maybe its because DEM AND LIBERALS are promoting Marxism, Socialism, illegal immigration, voters fraud and lying anti-American NON AMERICAN for leader in the White House !!!!
  • Jim firebird 2012/04/18 19:16:41
    Jim
    +1
    Say that to a real Socialist and he'll prove to you that your talking point is as dead as that old drunk Joseph McCarthy.
  • goatman112003 2012/04/18 02:57:15
    goatman112003
    +2
    The most basic reason TAXES. Look the heavyweight financial sites give lists of countries that want rich people to come there and not tax them. The reason for the green card holders again is opportunities and this government is shutting down the capitalistic system. They see the handwriting on the wall.
  • johnc 2012/04/18 02:32:34
    johnc
    +2
    The cancer called greedy government is taking too much, It has been tried and tested, california could be bankrupt any day now.

    Ok for some now, but next is the hamgman coming for you.? where are you on the tatter?

    NOBAMA 2012
  • evangelism_vision 2012/04/18 00:27:33 (edited)
    evangelism_vision
    +3
    BECAUSE THE OBAMA DICTATORSHIP IS COMING! THAT IS WHY I AM RUSHING TO LEARN HEBREW.



    obama dictatorship rushing learn hebrew israel bound dictatorship
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/04/18 00:12:00
    Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆
    +3
    I'll tell you why!

    "Don't try to find me. You won't. Don't cry that I owe you. I don't. Don't cry that you need me. I don't give a fig. Don't cry that you own me. You don't. Don't beg me to come back. I AM ON STRIKE."
  • ed 2012/04/17 23:46:31
    ed
    +4
    I agree with Nana

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