posted on May, 19 2011 @ 10:03 AM
This may be unpopular, but if you were born a citizen of the U.S., grew up in the U.S., and have worked legitimatly in the U.S., why not pay taxes?
As long as a person lives on U.S. soil, he/she is under the protection of the U.S. In the most literal sense, we are not being attacked openly
because of our military (asymmetirci terrorism aside); criminals do what they do knowing that the law enforcement infrastructure is ready to deal with
them; complaints aside, we have at least a minimal amount of education with opportunities for those academically inclined to excel; we have paved
roads, sturdy bridges, and interstate system. We have an extensive electrical grid and water pumping and drainage system. We have so many STANDARDS
and INFRASTRUCTURES that some folks take for granted. And so much more. All because of revenue generated by public taxing.
Yes, we can point out all of the flaws in the world, but I believe that no other country with so many people enjoys the benefits that we do. Sure, in
smaller countries with tiny populations, they may enjoy a better overall standard of living. With 300+ million souls in the U.S., we're not doing
badly. Can we improve? Yes. Are there flaws? Yes. But we have OPPORTUNITY here. You make of life what you will. You play your hand to its
fullest here. I would be that America has the largest number of self-made, self-educated millionaires in the world. Rags to riches because a person
had a neat idea. Where else can a company like "Ask a Ninja.com" make multi-millionaires out of "nobodies?" America.
If you live here, then live by the rules --or help change them and EVOLVE them in legal ways. Pay taxes and contribute your fair share to the public
good. If you have a dream toward success, then LIVE it, or do your best to live it (legally and without infringing on others' rights). I just
don't get renouncing citizenship and wanting to remain in America. I have to admit, I don't know much about these people. I don't know if
they've ever been overseas to Spain, England, Korea, Afghanistan or any third-world countries. If so, they might miss the U.S. of A. Until a person
experiences a LACK of the infrastructures possible because of public taxing they just have no idea what they are taking for granted.
Perhaps it should be mandatory for every citizen to work for two years overseas in a third world situation. I say two years because the message will
sink in better if that person doesn't arrive already counting days until he or she leaves. If only for one year, it's just a countdown. For two
years, at least during the first year, they might just focus on where they are (third world poverty) instead of wanting to return home (USA). The
popular American mindset would be dramatically different if we were forced to endure third world conditions for two years at the age of 18. Now, of
course, we would be fully taken care of (clean facilities, food, medical care, military protection, etc.) in that third world country, while building
homes, laying pipes, connecting wires, paving roads, etc. Essentially, it would be a mandatory term of service for HUD and humanitarian projects.
The only way out of this kind of contribution would be volunteering for military service for two years at the age of 18. No exemptions from either
service just because your parents are wealthy or politicians or anything. You serve 2 years overseas in less than ideal conditions making that part
of the world better. Then you come home.
And then, if you don't appreciate "home" anymore, feel free to go to a country of your choice. For some reason, I think there would be far less
complaining after such a life-invigorating experience. What this country needs more from its citizens is CHARACTER and INTEGRITY. Many folks who
complain have never lifted a finger towards serving their country. People tend to appreciate more what they earn. For most, they have all of what we
have and they haven't worked toward the overall good. They've worked only for their personal good.
This won't be popular in this thread, I imagine. I highly recommend actually going overseas and living there for a while before complaining about
how bad we have it here, though.