Democrats Abroad was one step ahead of me. Just a few short hours after I posted last week asking when the US presidential candidates would speak directly about the issues facing Americans abroad, Dems abroad sent me a tweet and said, "We're on it."
Our Candidates Weigh In On Americans Abroad Issues is a Q & A with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Rocky de la Fuente.
Democrats asked all the right questions about CBT vs. RBT, Medicare, Social Security, FBAR, the Same Country Exception, passport revocations (2015 FAST Act) and the Commission on Americans Living Abroad Act. I was fascinated by the answers.
What do I hear in the candidates' responses? A balancing act between the interests of Americans abroad and homelander concerns. Note how both Clinton and Sanders talk about the tax cheats, corporate tax avoidance, and rich Americans emigrating and taking their money with them, and then they assure Americans abroad that they aren't talking about them.
Are we reassured? I think we'd all like to be and yet so many of the issues we are facing today came from this desire to respond to homelander concerns and punish those traitorous tax evaders, with Americans in the homeland applauding the effort. Have they learned that they need to tread a bit more carefully around the casualties (8 million Americans abroad) of the regulatory acid rain falling indiscriminately on the just and the unjust alike? Or, once elected, will they continue to sin first and then ask for our forgiveness in the next election?
I thank Democrats Abroad for their efforts. Well done. The candidates listened and answered. I hope that all of you read the interviews and follow up with emails. If they said something you liked, tell them so. Ditto if they said something you didn't like.
The conversation has begun and the ball is in our court now.