This graphic shows a grim trend: sharply escalating numbers of American citizens renouncing their citizenship.

This used to be considered an act of treason, but then I suppose it depends on which nation the former American now pledges his loyalty to. It is unsavory, to say the least. The image that comes to my mind is one of rats leaving a sinking ship.

Coming hard on the heels of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the imagery is hard to shake. Such rats leaving an America they perceive is sinking should be a wake up call. At the Wall Street Journal, William McGurn lays the blame on our stupidly complex tax code. And that blaming Barack Obama for the rather sharp upturn in departing rats would be a “cheap answer.”

I suggest that the two are not unrelated. Obama is the kind of leftist who firmly believes in redistribution of money and in big government. The IRS is one of the better agents by which to accomplish both. Consider this cheery piece in the Washington Examiner: IRS seeks 4,000 agents, $303 million for Obamacare.

That, friends, is a perfect storm: the confluence of the tax storm troopers, a heinous piece of socialized medicine, and yet more millions from the public treasury to keep us mere citizens in thrall.

So, if the rats give up their citizenship because of this, how would they ever help to get it fixed? That’s left to those who stay. We have the power, if we but choose to use it. By throwing out of office those of our elected leaders who try their best to make us into a workers’ paradise like Cuba.

The patriot stays here; works within the system; elects leaders who are true Americans. And if we lose, grin and bear it, and give it a go the next election.


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