Well said, ChurchLaneLad. (Now in Roscommon?)
First, about taxes. I do a lot of work for a translation company in Washington DC and pay US income tax and FICA on my earnings. I also pay tax here in Australia on my earnings here. As you correctly noted, there are tax agreements in place between the two countries to avoid double-taxation.
With reference to so-called exercise of free speech, what I've seen is zenophobia, narrow-mindedness, simplistic solutions to complex problems, ignorance and denial of the rights of others while steadfastly clinging to one's own rights. The words 'Neaderthal', 'mysogyny' and 'reactionary' come to mind. As much as it annoys me and wastes my time to acknowledge, refute and protest those diatribes and their corollaries on this blog, it has to be done. All that is required for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing, someone said. There is still a place for the voice of reason.
One of the bloggers complained I didn't say anything about the RNC, which I watched. Funny thing, that. It was a non-event, black-and-white in a technicolor world. Very telling of the values of the candidates and their supporters. An excellent example of the abuse of free speech was Clint Eastwood's rambling discourse with a chair, in which he not only showed disrespect for the Office of The President of the United States and the man who holds it, but also made a fool of himself before millions in the process, so much the fool that he didn't even know it. That the organizers didn't vet his speech beforehand shows how incompetent the organization is and how dismissive it is of the intelligence and sensibilities of the delegates and viewing audience. I've always admired Eastwood's work but now I see him for what he is: an old man who's past it, who's stepped out of his area of expertise and tried to pass off celebrity as wisdom. You see, when people behave badly, others know it. Often they don't let on, but they recognize a bully, a blow-hard, a person who abuses the platform provided for their free speech. Free speech is like a weapon that can be used for good or evil. It's wise to follow the doctors' oath when opening one's mouth or taking to a keyboard: do no harm.
As for Romney, I declare myself to be 100% anti. He has shown the color of his eyes, meaning that we know from his behavior what his values are. Besides, and for me, most important, he doesn't come across as very intelligent, merely manipulative and clever instead. He has the look of a deer caught in the headlights and his wife came across as a shrill-voiced Barbie doll. I was never going to vote for him, so it doesn't matter what I think of them after their performances last week. If elected, he can be expected to do to the USA what he did to companies he acquired at Bain Capital. After he's finished ripping the guts out of the middle class and the poor, he'll have his big pension, travel benefits etc and live happily ever after, leaving us poor mugs in the dust. I need say no more.
I'll be watching PBS NewsHour again this afternoon (it's on in the daytime here because we are 14 hours ahead of U.S. East Coast time). The way the lead-up has been progressing, I expect to hear a lot of policy in the President's speech.
(not 'Cathy Baby' or 'Dearest Catherine'!)
just plain 'Catherine'