Sign "O" the Times

The future’s so bright, I gotta bug out and renounce my citizenship:

Last year, almost 1,800 people followed Superman’s lead, renouncing their U.S. citizenship or handing in their Green Cards. That’s a record number since the Internal Revenue Service began publishing a list of those who renounced in 1998. It’s also almost eight times more than the number of citizens who renounced in 2008, and more than the total for 2007, 2008 and 2009 combined.

But not everyone’s motivations are as lofty as Superman’s. Many say they parted ways with America for tax reasons.

All of this — especially the part about an increasingly intrusive and vindictive IRS — was predicted more than a decade ago by James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg. Their 1999 book, The Sovereign Individual, still reads shockingly well today.

I pulled my copy out of storage not too long ago. You might want to pick up your own copy.