All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!


Going Ex-Pat

Taylor Asks:
“Is there any country in the world that has the kind of government that you would approve of?”
Yes, there are quite a few. Most nations are more friendly towards the citizens of other countries than they are towards their native population, including the U.S. That’s why the U.S. offers programs with better tax breaks to foreigners, than our citizens can participate in. For instance, foreign investment isn’t taxed at all or at a much reduced rate, small businesses set up by immigrants aren’t subject to federal income tax for a period of up to 7 years.

Most other nations have similar programs to attract new investment or companies to their shores. The trick is to find the nation that fits you best.

The key to finding freedom in another nation is fitting in and living independently of the social welfare system in that country.

Fitting in means, becoming a member of that society and not sticking out like a sore thumb. Learn the language AND the customs, enjoy and participate in the things that most people in that country enjoy. Be able to make intelligent small talk. Don’t be an ugly American. Dress like they dress, eat what they eat, drink what they drink, be and act like any other member of that country. Under no circumstances should you try to change them to be more “American” or act like the way you did it at home was better.

Living independently means not needing the hosting nation’s social benefits system, and having a source of income. Many nations require you to prove that you have a minimum monthly income before they will allow you to live there full time. There are 3 generally accepted routes to do this:
1. A local company hires you and sponsors you for a “essential worker” visa
2. You’re a investor coming to establish a business
3. You have a independent source of income
If you can live independently and fit in you’ll find most countries are more than willing to let you live in peace. More so than your native land.

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