Yesterday, a friend informed me via e-mail that, upon her husband’s retirement from the US Postal Service next January, they will leave the United States to live — permanently — in South America’s Ecuador. As part of their move, they will leave behind their pet cat and a rabbit, the latter the only rabbit remaining from my friend’s now-closed bunny sanctuary.
My friend says their move is prompted by worries about finances in retirement. They have no children. Her husband, a mail carrier of 37 years since 1974, makes a salary of $55,530 a year — which is way more than the 2009 US average per capita income of $27,041, and $5000 more than the 2009 median US household income of $50,221. (You, too, can find out how much your mail carrier is paid by going HERE.)
It is, of course, assumed that although they’ll be living in Ecuador, my friend and hubby will receive his monthly pension checks from taxpayers back in the good ol’ U. S. of A.
My friend is not alone. Whatever data we have indicate that more and more Americans are leaving or planning to or thinking about emigrating from the U.S. homeland.
In his recent book Bad Money, political commentator Kevin Phillips warns that an unprecedented number of Americans, fed up with failed politics and a souring economy, have already departed for other countries, with even larger numbers planning to do so soon.
Exactly how many people are part of this trend is hard to say.
As early as July 2008, an article by Jay Tolson for US News and World Report claimed “a growing trend of leaving America” and that “By some estimates 3 million [US] citizens become expatriates a year, but most not for political reasons.” Pravda has an article dated January 2, 2009, with the title “More Aging Americans Leaving US“. The article, however, does not give figures.
Precise emigration (or out-migration) figures have never been easy to come by in the United States. “It’s been an implicit assumption that people come here to stay, not to come and go,” says Mike Hoefer, head of the Office of Immigration Statistics at the Department of Homeland Security. The government’s last trial effort to count Americans overseas, in 1999, was deemed inordinately expensive. Elizabeth Grieco, chief of immigration statistics at the U.S. Census Bureau, puts it bluntly: “We don’t count U.S. citizens living abroad.”
According to US News & World Report, although the US government is not counting, others are.
Estimates made by organizations such as the Association of Americans Resident Overseas put the number of nongovernment-employed Americans living abroad anywhere between 4 million and 7 million. Excluding households in which any member has been sent overseas either by the government or private companies, a series of 2008 Zogby polls commissioned by New Global Initiatives, a consulting firm, yielded surprising results:
- 1.6 million U.S. households had already determined to relocate abroad.
- Another 1.8 million households were seriously considering such a move.
- 7.7 million more were “somewhat seriously” contemplating it.
More interesting, the biggest number of relocating households is not those with people in or approaching retirement but those with adults ranging from 25 to 34 years old.
My reaction to my friend’s and other Americans’ departure is appall. I was born in a British colony and so never had a country to call my own until the United States of America generously gifted me with citizenship. I will never leave America and, no matter how bad things get, will continue to fight for my country to take it back from the ba*tards. For if all good Americans leave, who will be left to fight for the country for whom our Founding Fathers had shed their blood and sacrificed their lives?
But that’s my opinion and my sentiments.
What would you do?
There’s a good article by Mike Adams, the editor of Natural News, on this subject. He writes: “One of the most common questions I’m asked today from people who are aware of what’s really going on is, ‘Should I leave the USA to get away from the coming police state?’ Three years ago, I would have said YES, but today, after having experienced such an effort myself and now having a clear understanding of the ramifications of such an effort, I must urge people to reconsider. As you’ll read here, you may ultimately be far safer and more successful living right where you are, in your ‘home country,’ even if that home country becomes a police state.
Click here for the rest of the article.