The New Berlin Wall IV: A reader’s comment

The United States government is acting like a trapped animal in a desperate attempt to keep capital in the United States.  The New Berlin Wall consists of the various laws, many of them recent, which attempt to force American citizens and companies to keep their capital in the United States.  But instead of having success, these laws will cause many to leave permanently, with no intention of ever returning.  It will eventually result in a mass exodus if the U.S. doesn’t begin to implement measures that tries to entice capital to stay rather than measures that try to stop it from leaving.  The exodus of capital is already occurring.

A reader responded to my first New Berlin Wall with the following comment, which I edited to protect her and myself from a rapacious evil government (I’ve changed the identity of her country to X and omitted her name):

I am in the exact same situation as you. I have lived in X for thirty years. I have been told by the IRS when I call as I have been a stay at home mom of a disable X-IAN child that I did not have to file since I did make enough to file but, that I might want to fine and use my husband *who claims me as a dependent** income, he is X-IAN. I do not have to file her as “American for tax purposes” but, was told I could. Why would I want to do that?

My health is not good and this is such a royal pain. It is exceedingly confusing. This year I inherited some money when my mother passed away. I will of course report it but, it’s right in the middle of this U.S. tax change for citizens residing in other countries.  …

Why should people of lower middle income be subjected to this after living outside the country for so long. I no longer have any desire to be American because of these draconian practices. It puts such hardship on law abiding citizens. I want to renounce. The stress of it all is too much. I am only worried about being able to visit my family in the U.S. occasionally but, have no desire what so ever to EVER live there again.

Shame on you United States for this monetary slavery. We are not rich and my husbands income supports me *I have lupus and RA* AND my son with disabilities. Now you want me to feel like I’m a servant to you though I’ve done nothing wrong. This puts such a hardship on people.

I have already applied for my X-ian citizenship, I want to renounce American citizenship and not be penalized for traveling on my X-IAN passport. Thirty years of not living in the U.S. and we still have to contend with this ridiculousness.

Of course now that I will be travelling on Canadian passport, I can still visit the US but I can’t reside there any more.  But expatriation and the relinquishing of my US citizenship is what I had to do to avoid the stupid and draconian legislation against Americans who live outside the country.  The government is attempting to stop millionaires from expatriating their capital and is instead making life hell for stay-at-home mothers.  Shame on you indeed.

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