Why I Really Moved to the Philippines?

Well, I’ve previously stated why I retired early, packed up and moved to the Philippines, but in retrospect, I could have easily included some of the reasons outlined below… Written by a guy that is truely fed up, like most people that flee the country in retirement.  You may or may not of seen this making its rounds on social media, but it is worth repeating. 

IT’S A GOOD READ.

“I’m nearly 73. I’ve worked hard since I was 13. I put in 60-hour weeks, and didn’t call in sick in nearly 40 years. I made a reasonable salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as though retirement was a bad idea, and I’m tired. Very tired.

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use our oil money to fund mosques and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in Australia , New Zealand , UK, America and Canada , while no one from these countries are allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia or any other Arab country to teach love and tolerance.

I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.

I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses or stick a needle in their arm while they tried to fight it off?

I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

I’m really tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.

I’m also tired and fed up with seeing young men and women in their teens and early 20’s be-deck them selves in tattoos and face studs, thereby making themselves unemployable and claiming money from the Government.

I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor”; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers”; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because their “holy” book and Sharia law tells them to.

I’m 73 and I’m tired.”

He also writes that “If you do not forward this you are part of the problem.” (so share!)

While my wife and I did retire early to the Philippines, our reasons were based on the underlying issues of a much bigger picture of an America in overall decline, which I wrote about back in Jan/2013 (America is NOT the Greatest Country Anymore). If you yourself don’t believe in this demise, just Google “Is America in Decline” and you will spend an entire day reading about America’s waning preeminence.

Blade Runner city style, by John Liew.

If you remember the movie Blade Runner (1982), which was a loose adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep which portrayed futuristic scenes played out in dirty and unruly city streets filled with strange, scary, and nefarious looking characters, you will also know that the dystopian future Los Angeles of 2019 depicted in that movie is upon us… almost (and except for the flying vehicles).  It’s not quite the “wretched hive of scum and villainy” found in the out-of-this world dive bar scene on the planet Tatooine in the very first first Star Wars episode, but we seem to be heading in that direction. It would make me nervous to walk the streets in many locales in my home country these days… in the Philippines, not so much.

 

With so much division and multi-cultural unrest in America (and in many other western countries), is it any wonder why so many people are taking their stock and leaving for greener pastures? While 2016 was the single highest year on record for Americans giving up their citizenship, 2017 reflected the second highest year in recorded history. In 2016, the U.S. State Department estimated 9 million U.S. citizens (non-military) were living abroad. There are a wide range of reasons for which Americans might emigrate, but the number one reason is increasingly for economic reasons. According to WikipediA, the following are the top reasons for expatriation:

  • Economic reasons (e.g. inexpensive housing) (me)
  • Family reasons (most common with recent immigrants or permanent residents) (me)
  • Marriage to a foreigner (me)
  • Business opportunities (e.g. American corporations in the Persian Gulf, India and East Asia)
  • Religious reasons
  • Political disenchantment/issues (me)
  • Access to benefits and health reasons
  • Evasion of legal liabilities (e.g. crimes, taxes, loans, etc.)
  • Wanting to experience a new/better culture (me)
  • Individuals living in a diaspora in the United States wanting to go back to their original homelands

As economic considerations might be the number #1 reason for bailing out, new suspicions are that political disenchantment/issues may be another big driving factor. Ah, escaping the policies of the American government… imagine that (my hunch is that the Main Stream Media is a main construct here). Because Americans do not easily have access to any foreign country for the purpose of permanent residence (with certain exceptions such as Jews emigrating to Israel), the American diaspora is relatively small in comparison to the total American population. And while the numbers during the Trump presidency have slowed somewhat, there is still a steady stream of folks looking to bug out.

FYI, the following statistics show the top 5 countries with American populations (taken from WikipediA)

 

  •  Mexico – 899,311 United States-born residents of Mexico (2017)
  •  European Union – 800,000 (2013; all EU countries combined)
  •  Canada – 738,203 (2011)
  •  India – 700,000 according to a press release from the white house on 12/06/2017
  •  Philippines – 600,000 (2015)

And after 6 years of being “Bugged-out,” I’m thinking I will stay bugged-out for a good while longer… Living in the Pacific!