Record Number Of Americans Abandoning the U.S.

DSCN2019 By: Hugh C. Talley

I have tried to stay away from talking about controversial issues, however there are times I feel the need to comment on some issues that I feel should be addressed. Today is one of those times. There was a news story from the Wall Street Journal posted on Yahoo news yesterday, the title of the story was : “Record Number Of Americans Abandoning the U.S.” I noticed that today the same story has changed the title to : “More Taxpayers Are Abandoning the U.S.”

The part that surprised me was the comments made about this story by the readers. There were many that assumed only rich people were leaving to avoid paying taxes and there were some that feel that anyone that relocates out of the United States should not be able to receive their Social Security payments or benefits . I am showing one of the comments and my reply to this gentleman.

Davy’s Comment :
But how many of them will demand “their” socialist security and marxist medicare the moment they qualify? All of ’em…
What we paid in was immediately laundered and given out to the recipients-du-jour, or used to partially pay for all the programs we wanted. What we get is welfare, no different from any other form, and not a dime of it should go to anybody not in the US. Not a dime of Social Security should go to anyone living outside the US…

My Reply :
Davy, I worked all my life and paid into Social Security, I served 14 years in the United States Army and nobody has a right to tell me where I have to live to get my Social Security. I could never have retired in the United States and have a decent life style. I retired at 62, relocated to Central America, built a home with my 401K savings (which I paid a large amount of tax on when I withdrew it) and live on my Social Security check, tell me where you can do that in the United States. You have no right to tell anyone where they have to live to receive their Social Security checks.

I received mostly thumbs up for my response but I did receive some thumbs down meaning there are people who agree with Davy and for the life of me I do not know how they can feel that way.

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7 comments on “Record Number Of Americans Abandoning the U.S.

  1. Hola Hugh. Guess we’re among the “record number of Americans abandoning the U.S.” and with many good reasons, too! By living a lifestyle of slow travel OUTSIDE THE U.S. we were able to retire early (in my case at age 55). We would not have been able to retire early and stay in the United States because our savings would have been depleted too fast and who can live in the US on just Social Security? Living outside the US allows people like you, us and many thousands of others to enjoy an affordable, quality lifestyle that is not possible in the US. I don’t think that loyalty to one’s country has to equal stupidity! And, by the way, Davy’s an idiot!

    • Hola Anita, thank you so much for your comments. I do not understand how anyone could feel that they have the right to tell someone where they have to live in order to receive Social Security payments or to condemn someone wanting to have a decent lifestyle that they could not afford in the United States. I was very surprised at the number of people that made these rude and hateful comments on these articles on AOL and Yahoo. Yes Davy was an idiot and there were quite a few more idiots that feel the same way. Thank you so much for following my blog and for the comments. I really enjoy your blog also, when you get to El Salvador please let me know maybe we can get together for a meal or something. Take care and enjoy your travels!!

  2. I agree with you that you have a right to retire wherever you want to and still get the bennifits that you deserve. Most especially since you are a veteran. I think it takes guts as well to go to a new country and live there successfully. You are still contributing to the US since you seem to be a good embassador to our country.

    I am due to go there in about ten months. What can you tell me about crime and the targeting of US citizens?

    • Angie,
      Thank you very much for your comments. El Salvador is like everywhere else including the United States, there are problem areas. You did not say where in El Salvador you would be visiting, also would it be with family and friends already here, if so they can tell you what you need to know about the area you will be visiting. One thing I would caution you on is don’t wear expensive jewelry. The main thing is to just be alert and travel with friends. You can also check out the American Embassy web site for El Salvador. Let me know if you need any more information. El Salvador is a wonderful country and I hope you enjoy your visit.

  3. Hugh,
    I can’t understand the response you had from the American wanting to cut off the social security of Americans who have paid their dues and deserve their retirement. I am seeking a place to retire outside the USA. I plan to use my social security as long as it’s around. It belongs to me. To think otherwise seems pretty ignorant. So I’m with you. I love that I found your blog and look forward to reading more. Thanks so much for sharing your life experiences! Alena/DallasTX

  4. Hugh, you are doing exactly what I have been saying to many pp over the last few years: eventually the cost of living in the U.S. will become too expensive, so the adventurous Americans will begin to seek other pastures for retirement. Why not? Withholding Social Security would be an evil way of ensuring we maintain a “captive” consumer economy from seniors. Let’s make sure it never happens! The majority of pp collecting Social Security are honest hard-working Americans. Some of the ‘tea partiers’ may make so much at their jobs (or off the market on investments) that they have no idea what it’s like for the hourly wage worker who cannot save much to supplement social security. If American companies can export jobs out of America and hire foreign labor in America, why can’t we Americans export ourselves into a foreign economy for the same reason the employer hires a non-American – their dollar goes further! I think what you are doing is smart and you should continue to tell others about it and promote the idea!

    • Jennifer, thank you for your comments and you are right. Please keep reading and please send us comments, we are very glad to hear from you. We wish you a very Happy New Year!!

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