US pop legend Tina Turner, who has been living in Switzerland since 1995, will soon receive Swiss citizenship and will give up her US passport, Swiss media reported Friday.
“I’m very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here. … I cannot imagine a better place to live,” Turner told German language daily Blick.
Those of us who lived through this era would be hard pressed to forget her and Ike Turner’s performance of “Proud Mary”. But evidently all the “progress” we’ve made here since then wasn’t enough. Not even the election of Barack Obama was enough to keep her from renouncing her U.S. citizenship and living in what is still a fabulous place.
The truth is that, as those who follow Rubin on Tax know, this country has done just about everything it knows how to make life difficult and expensive for expatriates, which is why the rate of citizenship renunciation has increased of late. As our government closes in on the “one percent” same will find other shores for themselves and their money, so they won’t have to carry the burden of being an “American person”. And those of us left will be the poorer.