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“The freedom and democracy in this country are top of the world, no question about it.” – An Asian immigrant featured in this video
I am interested in your thoughts on this video. At a minimum, this video does not represent the sentiments of a large number of immigrants. I wonder how many immigrants know about FBAR? I wonder how many of them know that will be permanent “tax slaves” and permanent “form slaves”. (The truth is that the form requirements in “Form Nation” make it very time consuming to be a U.S. person.) Freedom and democracy in the U.S.? I wonder …
The Flow Of Immigration
Immigration is a hot topic the world over. Fareed Zakaria recently produced an excellent show about what the U.S. can learn about immigration from other countries. It is clear that many immigrants to the U.S. are unhappy. There are as many reasons as there are people. But, it is very clear that the IRS treatment of immigrants in the recent FBAR Fundraiser has begun the depreciation of U.S. goodwill the world over. “Depreciation of U.S. goodwill” is a politically correct way to say: generates more anti-Americanism – in it’s various forms.
Of course, there are many people who are leaving just because they can get a better life else where. Check this out:
We are originally from India and we settled in USA for 20 years. As first we were so happy to be there but we saw the decline first-hand year after year. For three years we tried to go back to India but we could not. My husband is an IT pro and despite going on several interviews in India could not land a job. The reason is the massive competition from other NRIs (non resident Indians) from USA trying to do the same thing that we wanted to do. So his American graduate education and experience was not that helpful.
To all the Americanos that think that all Indians are happy in USA, I say KAPPAL, TOBAA, DHURR NE MATEE! (loosely translated it means MY FOOT!) Many NRIs in USA know that the country is headed downward (the smart ones, anyway) but due to various reasons cannot leave.
Anyway, after years of trying we were finally offered a position in Singapore and we took it and moved last year after selling our house in New Jersey.
As you said we are not the only ones. We know of Chinese, Koreans, and others that have gone back, and some to third countries like Canada and Australia. Life in many other countries is now much better than USA. This is a fact. As word gets out more and more will think differently. And, as things continue to get worse in USA and USA government makes it harder to stay American, more will simply give up USA citizenship.
My question is, what is happening to USA? It was the cleanest, richest, freest place. Now it is little more than a third world country in disguise, the disguise being the massive assistance the government gives to the people at large.
I remember going from New York to Hong Kong once many years ago, and then to Singapore and Mumbai. When we first arrived at Hong Kong airport and got out we thought how fortunate we were to live in USA! Hong Kong seemed dirty and old and USA was great. Same thing all over Asia. Then our last trip from USA to Asia before leaving USA for good was in 2005. It was exactly the opposite feeling. The main Asian cities are gleaming and the infrastructure is so good. Coming back to Newark via Los Angeles we felt we were coming back to an underdeveloped country. So many streets are dirty, so many corners are wassey (smelly).
Yes. You are right. USA is on the way down and we are thankful to be out of there for good. And you are also right in that many, many more people than what is reported are leaving for good. Here in Singapore I met another Indian couple that used to live in USA and also gave up their green cards. This is the long term trend.
The U.S. AKA “Form Nation” has turned it’s people into “Form Slaves”. Because there is always another form one does not know of, one is perpetually guilty of “Form Crime”.