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Goodbye USA, Hello ???? Expatriate Now!
Are you still in the formerly United States? Watching your corrupt and incapable politicians destroy the last of the republic? Tired of all the posturing by those incompetents? Fret not, because you are not alone. The Gallup organization’s just-released Annual Governance Survey shows that a staggering 92% of Republicans are dissatisfied with their so called leaders, while only 65% of Democrats feel that way.
Now the real question here is not why such a large percentage are unhappy with their Elephants and Asses occupying the Senate and House, but rather, what is wrong with the 8% of Republicans and 35% of the Democrats that are happy with the status quo? Is this the result of the educational system, which has consistently been dumbing down our best and brightest? After all, you obviously don’t have to be a bright light anymore to become President of the United States. George W. Bush was the best example of that, proudly proclaiming after his selection by the US Supreme Court that there is hope for “C” students. Read the full article
Offshore Banking Issues
Back on 20 September, Bloomberg News reported that eight offshore banks were being investigated by a federal grand jury for facilitating tax evasion by US citizens.
The United States Department of Justice announced on the Tax Division Offshore Compliance Initiative page of the department’s website that 150 investigations into offshore banking practices have been initiated, with clients as well as bankers, lawyers, and advisors being charged.
Obviously, the IRS is on a mission to scare up more tax revenue. The IRS commissioner claims that, since 2009, some 30,000 US taxpayers have taken advantage of a limited amnesty program to disclose their undeclared offshore accounts to avoid prosecution. The Justice Department webpage puts it more dramatically, using the ol’ cold war spy terminology, “come in from the cold” to refer to those who voluntarily disclose their hidden accounts and agree to pay the US Treasury a reduced portion of what they owe. Read the full article
Retiring in Canada
Americans wanting to leave their troubled nation behind, but wishing to continue to enjoy the same high standard of living, or perhaps even better than what they are used to, should look no further that their northern neighbor, Canada.
The second largest country in the world, behind Russia, which is almost double Canada’s size, it shares the world’s largest land border with the USA, much of it along the 49th parallel. It is home to around 35 million people, with a population density of 8.3 per sq mi, about 10 times less than the US. Except for Quebec where French is spoken, it is English speaking, but with both languages being official. Read the full article
Will Libya Open Up to Jobseekers?
As I am writing this, on Sunday evening, October 23, 2011, one of the world’s worst despots in recent times, Muammar Qaddafi’s cadaver is on display to the public in a supermarkets meat locker in Sirte, where he was finally captured like the rat he was, begging his captors, “please don’t shoot.”
Game up at last. It was very unlikely that he would surrender power to the rebels, preferring instead to make sure that as many people as possible would be killed. In the end, in what was called his stronghold, his birthplace of Sirte, virtually his entire cadre consisted of only African mercenaries, who I am certain, are in for a rough time. But as they say, you sleep in the bed you make for yourself! The unfortunate fallout is that the large population of black people in Libya is now being subjected to awkward scrutiny. Read the full article
Il Mezzogiorno: Southern Italy’s Charm
If you are drawn to mild winters and warm people, then southern Italy could be for you. Once you get below Naples and Salerno on the Tyrrhenian Sea or Andria and Bari on the Adriatic Sea, you are in a different Italy that is much more laid back than busy Milano, Rome, and the other industrial centers to the north. Il Mezzogiorno (meaning Midday) as the region is known offers plenty to keep the nomadic expat glued to this historical and scenic area.
Starting in the northern part of this region, we have the picture postcard town of Amalfi, a very popular tourist destination, a fact that somewhat distracts from its natural charm during the high season, what with all the visitors you have to share this UNESCO World Heritage Site with. The Amalfi Coast occupies the southern part of the Sorrentine Peninsula, and is blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate. There is only one way to get here, and it is along the winding Strada Statale 163, 25 miles of breathtaking scenery. While the area offers all the usual tourist services such as hotels and restaurants, it is not really suited for a long term stay unless you are loaded. Strictly commercial would describe it well. Read the full article
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