It’s amazing to me that you would have to apply for such a thing in the first place. If you were born here, you get citizenship automatically. You didn’t sign up for it. You didn’t apply for it. So relinquishing it, if you so choose, should be immediate and freely done.
Says Sovereign Man:
Last year nearly 1,600 people gave up US citizenship, up from 1,485 in 2010, 731 in 2009, and 226 in 2008.
While some renunciants have philosophical misgivings about being American, most do it for tax reasons. There’s a growing number of expats who, despite living abroad for years, are still paying huge portions of their income to Uncle Sam.
But in what may be the most distinguishing mark of a totalitarian state, the US government has now officially prevented someone from freely leaving the system. The Soviet Union comes to mind.
It certainly does make one wonder to what desperate lows they will sink to next.
Interestingly enough, did you know that the US is the only country on the planet that claims to be able to tax your earnings from another country?
The Humble Libertarian notes:
Translation: the government is invoking its powers as a slave holder.
Sure seems that way. Welcome to USA Prison, Inc.