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Early this week NBC created a stir after reporting they had obtained a 16-page memo leaked from the U.S. Department of Justice that revealed new details on President Obama’s controversial “kill list.” Although still leaving many unanswered questions about the Obama administration’s policy on extrajudicial killings of American citizens, it does move this secretive practice further into light.
Americans are again celebrating Independence Day in traditional fashion, enjoying themselves with family and friends, picnics and fireworks. But this joy is tempered by America’s sad political and economic situation.
With elections in the offing, this is the right time to review our republic’s founding principles as articulated in the Declaration of Independence, and to reflect on the document’s relevance today.
On Tax Day 2012 we’re greeted with the news that some 1,800 Americans, a record number, last year renounced their citizenship or turned in Green Cards. The principal reason was to avoid high American taxes. Particularly onerous is the fact that the United States, unique among advanced countries, taxes its citizens on income that they earn while working overseas.