The Vast Migration
Ironic isn't it, that in this country what many call the wealthiest of all in the world today that so many Americans are saying goodbye to the United States and emigrating to various other countries. The scope of which all this migration is particularly acute. This is especially with the wealthiest Americans. Since 2007 the number of actual millionaires in the United States fell by over 800,000. Yet, the number of new millionaires that exceeded over 3,800,000 who appeared very suddenly in other countries around the globe is testament that something is very amiss here in the United States. American wealth is fast disappearing by the shear magnitude of individuals who are finding greener pastures overseas. Now the question is why so many of our wealthiest individuals are saying so long, especially now? It is not only the wealthy that are leaving in droves but countless others who have found it almost impossible to find work that they are trained in with enough wages to live on. In so many cases because of all the budget cutbacks in states all across the country public sector workers are being laid off all too frequently. Many are teachers whose livelihoods have been totally uprooted now are finding employment opportunities overseas while here in America they continue to find closed doors of opportunity.
We don't have to go too far to find the answers. When the United States has for years has had the most antiquated and unfair tax system where 51% of Americans paid actually no taxes in 2009 leaving the rest of us to shoulder nearly 82% of the federal tax burden. When you have laws like the Patriot Act in place what we get in return is an overbearing government that has the nerve to spy and pry into your private life, a brazen violation of the U.S. Constitution. Compounded to all this is the dollar’s collapse. Which in effect is a hidden tax that has destroyed the average American’s spending power. Since 1913 the decline of the dollar has been so acute and startling that today the value of our dollar is only equivalent to only 10 cents. The decline of Americans spending power in relationship to the value of the dollar since 1913 coincides with the creation of the Federal Reserve that took place at Jackal Island. Coincidence, not when we take into account of all the interest that is paid when the Fed prints more money.
The dollar’s demise has contributed to health care costs jumping 25%, food prices rising more than 14% and the cost of gasoline zooming up from $2 to $3.75 a gallon in the past five years alone. And, the trend is only going to get much worse. All this so that today everything we buy costs more and more every year. It’s estimated that over 6.5 million Americans are leaving (or plan to leave) the country each year. According to a Zogby Research study, a massive and silent migration is already underway. Families are packing their bags and leaving America at the rate of more than 750 per hour. They have realized that the closed doors of opportunity are opening up in other countries. No longer is America the land of plenty, only plenty of lost incomes, more foreclosed homes, and a dramatic rise in their cost of living. In other words so many Americans can no longer afford to live in America.
Many argue that it is the Republican party joined with the Tea Party movement that is a driving force in why so many Americas are leaving America. Still, one of the biggest factors to consider in why the United States is faced with a virtual society that can no longer survive in their own country is the simple fact that America is the only industrialized nation that does not have Universal Health Care for all it's citizens or job protected paid maternity leave by right of law for expectant mothers and fathers. Other factors that play a significant role in why people are migrating away from the United States is the fact that America has become the most crime riddled country of all industrialized nations with more than 2.5 million people incarcerated. This staggering loss of human potential continues to undermine the economic stability of America and contributes to the over-all sense that most Americans don't really feel safe anymore in America today.
It has come down to it that the only way to protect your identity, pensions from wall street bankers, and other crooks is to leave America. The only way to save themselves from medical bankruptcy is to leave America. The only way that individuals can ensure of job security with protected paid sick leave or maternity leave by law is to leave America. Statistically speaking today, the best way to ensure children will be able to graduate from high school and be literate is to leave America. The only way for our children to escape the crushing state and federal deficit that is going to be repaid by our children and grandchildren that by the way continue to pay for the tax cuts that Americans Ultra rich currently enjoy is to leave America for any other major industrialized country in the world. All of this is because our political process has become so embedded with special interest lobbyists leaving millions of those that are still working, the unemployed and the growing number of underemployed Americans with the sense that the only way out for them and their families, like the old pioneers is to settle outside of America.
Today many feel that they are not abandoning America it is quite the contrary. It is America that has abandoned them. For so many the United States today is so unrecognizable as the nation we use to know especially given the rise of the Tea Party. When the Republican party especially Mit Romney said recently of Americas safety net in place to protect Americans form falling into the abyss of economic depravation they failed to realize that if this safety net is so expansive then why do so many millions of Americas are still falling through? A question not one has had an answer. The new economic reality of today is literally forcing millions of Americans to make a definitive choice. And for those millions that choice is like that old pioneer spirit and like Horace Greeley once said" Go west young man" is the harsh reality of today.