“I wouldn’t join any club that would have me as a member”
Of course, Groucho’s crack was meant to poke fun at his own disreputable persona. But a skyrocketing number of Americans are deciding that they want to leave “Club USA” for good. The country itself is becoming a disgrace and they no longer want to be associated with it.
Indeed, almost 3,000 Americans officially renounced their US citizenship in 2013,
according to Treasury Department records. As you can see in the chart, that’s a 221% increase over the previous year.
They join illustrious ex-Americans such as:
- singer Tina Turner,
- Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin,
- filmmaker Terry Gilliam, and
- songwriter-socialite Denise Rich,
all of whom have renounced their U.S. citizenship in the last few years.
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