posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 03:32 AM
I'll not be going anywhere.
Back when I was doing overseas work, the first substantial chunk of what an American made overseas wasn't taxable, assuming he/she spent enough time
overseas. As I recall, the last contract I checked into was in 2004, and the first 80,000 dollars was not taxed if I stayed continuously outside the
US for 330 days out of the year. Not a problem, the contract was for a year, with 4 weeks R+R that I could take anywhere outside of the host nation -
I didn't have to come back stateside for it. The other 80,000 out of that contract would have been taxable. Again, not a problem. The first half of
it , plus the remains of the 2nd half after governmental vultures got through picking through it would have been more than sufficient.
As it turned out, I turned down that contract (it was in Baghdad), and it was probably one of the better decisions I've made in my days, all things
considered. 8 of the guys who DID go on it found it not even a little to their liking, and came back after only a couple of months. Evidently the
dog-and-pony show was not being properly run. But I digress.
So then, here am I, sitting in the remains of the good 'ol USA. I'll not be going back overseas, ever, for any reason. I've had my run.
Leave because of troubles? Not a chance. I have a personality flaw that generally causes me to run straight INTO trouble. This is my country. It's
where I was born, and appears to be where I'll die. The most recent immigrant in my family was well over 200 years ago. Others, up to slightly over
400 years ago, and yet others were here considerably longer ago than even that, waiting on the newcomers.
I'm a Heinz-57 variety sort of American. Whatever their backgrounds or origins, my ancestors built this country, and I'll be damned if some
piddlin' bunch of politicians will run me off.
I've nearly outlived my usefulness, and had hoped to spend what of it I have left in peace, away from all the ruckus and fighting, but every passing
day it seems that 'they' are not going to allow that. So be it. Bring it on.
I drew my line in the sand here on ATS over a year ago, when I said that they'll not force me into their "health care" *cough - insurance extortion
- cough* ponzi schemes, and I stand by it. I meant what I said. I'll not be participating, and God have mercy on the first few that come to press the
issue, because I won't. There's no deity about me, and I'm not constrained to be nice about it as deities are reputed to be.
The AMOUNT of taxes I've paid have not generally ever been an issue for me. Matter of fact, there have been times when I've insisted that Uncle
Sugar keep more of my income than he claimed was his. It appeared to me that he needed it worse than I did. When I determined that the government was
spending it like a crew of drunken brigands in a roadhouse, I just decided that the easiest way to curb my contribution to that abuse was to simply
have no income to tax, and that's what I've done. I pay local taxes on property, and whatever taxes are due on what few purchases I make these days,
and that's it. I make sure my income never rises to taxable levels, and just cover what I need these days, not necessarily what I just WANT. I don't
deal with banks at all. No need to. I try to do my part to starve the beast.
I see dark days ahead. Given my track record, I'll probably live through them, however regrettable that may be. Whether I do or not, whether I live
or die, it will be here, in my country, in the land of my forebears.
As I said above, this is where I was born, and this is where I'll die. However, I can certainly see the point of those who opt out, and head for
greener pastures. After all, a certain segment of my ancestry came here to begin with to escape just such abuses as I perceive to be looming on the
horizon in the very place they found refuge. Be that as it may, I'll not be among them.
I'll not be going anywhere.
[edit on 2010/4/22 by nenothtu]