Airliner JetBlue has launched a marketing campaign that capitalizes on the upcoming election. The contest, called “Election Protection,” encourages participants to vote on their preferred presidential candidate. If “the other guy” wins, Jet Blue will fly winners out of the country.
It’s a smart campaign that plays on fickle voter behavior. Every four years, there is usually a group of people who threaten to fly to Canada if “x” candidate becomes president. Unfortunately, JetBlue’s only international flights travel to Central and South America and the Bahamas. Sorry, Canada.
So if someone took this contest seriously and decided to say ‘adios’ to America for good, would they be better off?
Maybe if they were rich. According to a Fox News article published in the summer, up to 8,000 U.S. citizens are expected to renounce their citizenship in 2012. Some reasons are truly political, but most are based off of economic reasons such as avoiding the high tax rate imposed on the wealthy.
For the average American, it would not be a wise move. Expatriates are required to pay a 15 percent ‘exit tax’ based off of all their collective assets.
The idea of renouncing one’s citizenship because of temporary domestic issues is a little ridiculous. Any nation is going to have problems. If one were to leave the country every time America had a problem, he or she would be making the trip every other year.
In that time, he or she would probably realize that other countries have problems as well. The European Union is suffering from monetary issues far worse than the U.S. Japan is still dealing with the fallout from Fukushima. China may be an emerging superpower, but the state of their government and infrastructure leaves much to be desired.
Sure, America isn’t perfect. But were we ever perfect to begin with? The rose-colored glasses are finally coming off and we’re seeing the problems that we’re facing as a country. Instead of threatening to run off to another country, let’s face our problems and learn to solve them.