Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Politics of the Day
Tragedy, meet farce. Tragedy and farce, meet Bush.
"...The US has 25k people in the zone as potential evacuees; the British 22k, the french 20k.
Oddly enough, you don't see the British or French governments threatening to bill their citizens to evacuate them to a British airbase in cyprus. It's too hot on the ground to move people out by sea or air yet, but it likely will start happening en masse when Israel gives some guarantees.
I can't believe people think it's appropriate to bill people to airlift citizens out of a goddamn warzone. If you don't have the money, then fuck you, you can stay and get bombed. Niice."
Indeed - welcome to the "ownership society".
US citizens resident abroad pay both taxes to both the US and their country of residence - which, in spite of tax treaties, sometimes means that you pay twice on the same dollar (or euro) earned.
I always figured that I was paying US taxes as insurance: if Italy blows up, the Marines will come and rescue me.
Apparently, I was wrong. They might come - but they'll charge me for it.