Monday, November 05, 2012

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Why Don’t You… (go vote)

by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths


“why don't you focus on your own Israeli political problems rather than the US? You don't live in the US.”

Akiva replies…

I am a United States citizen.  Such a status includes rights and, not thought of much nowadays, responsibilities.

Some of the responsibilities are rather annoying:

.. A U.S. citizen must report income and file taxes regardless of where he lives in the world.  While there is an exemption for foreign taxes, any serious foreign amounts earned ARE taxed by the U.S.

.. A U.S. citizen must report any foreign bank accounts who’s contents exceed $10,000.

.. A U.S. citizen should report his whereabouts to the local U.S. embassy.

The United States is the only nation on the planet to apply such responsibilities to it’s citizens.  Fortunately, since “taxation without representation” would be unfair (a founding principle of the United States), overseas citizens are also given the right to exercise their vote.

So not only do I care about what’s happening in the United States, I’m directly affected by it and I exercised by right to vote because of it.

Since the 2000 U.S. presidential election was decided by less than 400 votes, every vote can make a difference.  I urge every U.S. citizen to exercise their right to vote.

1 comment:

  1. Given that, I do not support opening Israel's elections to ex-pats unless they also paid taxes to Israel :-) The logistics to provide that privilege would cost millions of shekels and they should cover that expense too.


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