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Donald Trump has raised the question about Senator Cruz’s birthplace and his eligibility to be president of these United States, a country as you know that follows the constitution article to article and word for word. Well our present POTUS does not anyhow.   It doesn’t make it right, but it must be in the future.  We really don’t want another Obama.

Below is an excerpt of an article from The Atlantic by David Graham on the matter.


But what won’t prevent Cruz from becoming president is his place of birth. Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, while his parents were living there. His father is now an American citizen, but was not at the time; his mother, however, was born in the United States.

Helpfully, the Congressional Research Service gathered all of the information relevant to Cruz’s case a few years ago, at the height (nadir?) of Obama birtherism. In short, the Constitution says that the president must be a natural-born citizen. “The weight of scholarly legal and historical opinion appears to support the notion that ‘natural born Citizen’ means one who is entitled under the Constitution or laws of the United States to U.S. citizenship ‘at birth’ or ‘by birth,’ including any child born ‘in’ the United States, the children of United States citizens born abroad, and those born abroad of one citizen parents who has met U.S. residency requirements,” the CRS’s Jack Maskell wrote. So in short: Cruz is a citizen; Cruz is not naturalized; therefore Cruz is a natural-born citizen, and in any case his mother is a citizen.


Will that satisfy the question?  Probably not, the Democrats will make an issue of every issue and non-issue.  They will, if they haven’t already toss around that it was a major concern of Republicans, Obama’s birth certificate.   That’s okay, Cruz unlike Obama has not hidden or falsified documents regarding where he was born.

We certainly have the right to question, know the truth, and follow the law.   The only question now may be the interpretation of the constitution.  Will the Democrats place a typical political twist on it and challenge the constitution’s intent?   Someone will!

By the way:  I like Canadians.



Record number of Americans give up citizenship

Record Number of Americans Gave Up Citizenship in 2014

While politicians are focused on all the foreigners who want to become Americans, perhaps they should consider all the Americans who are becoming foreigners.

According to the latest data from the Treasury Department, spotted by Andrew Mitchel at the International Tax Blog, a record 3,415 Americans renounced their citizenship in 2014. That was up from the 2,999 in 2013 and more than triple the number for 2012. You can read the list of individuals who renounced here.

While some may see taxes as the main reason to flee, that’s only part of the story. The big policy change that’s causing people to give up their American citizenship is FATCA, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.

It may sound wonky. But the act requires foreign banks to reveal any Americans with accounts over $50,000. Banks that don’t comply could be frozen out of U.S. markets. And Americans overseas—even those who never lived in the U.S. or have a tangential connection here—are now under far more pressure to file detailed tax returns and pay U.S. taxes on their overseas income. The program was designed to catch more wealthy overseas tax cheats. But one of its unintended consequences is that those Americans are simply giving up on being Americans.

This story from:  http://www.blacklistednews.com/Record_Number_of_Americans_Gave_Up_Citizenship_in_2014/41759/0/38/38/Y/M.html

FACTA also keeps track of fees foreign banks are charging American banks and their customers for transactions such as Letters of Credit.