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Is There Any Benefit Left To U.S. Citizenship?

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | May 17, 2012 | 11:37 AM EDT

A record number of Americans are renouncing their citizenships. There's even a handy how-to guide online to help you do it.

So, Democrats want to impose one last (30 percent) tax on them for doing it. But, with all the rights and benefits of being here illegally, what’s the incentive for anyone to want to be a taxpayer and citizen?

Today, Senate Democrats are unveiling their Ex-Patriot Act to take one last bite out of people who renounce their citizenships and, thus, become free from the obligation to pay taxes. The measure would impose a 30 percent tax on capital gains of anyone who renounces his citizenship.

But, when you stop to think about it, what’s the advantage of being a citizen these days?

Just look at all the neat stuff illegal aliens can apparently do:

Plus, if you’re not a U.S. citizen, but want to contribute to the government’s coffers, you’re welcome to pay taxes, anyway.

In fact, the IRS is even promoting payment of taxes by illegal aliens as one of the “pathways to citizenship.”

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