This story has been flooding the airwaves and media: Americans feel defriended over perceived Eduardo Saverin tax dodge. Facebook is having an IPO this week, and in anticipation of his $4 billion windfall, it was reported that Eduardo Saverin renounced his U.S. citizenship in order to save on taxes. He’s becoming Singaporean, where he’s surrounded by supermodels and can work on his algorithm to calculate how many Asian girls like Jewish guys. I heard conservative radio talk show host Michael Berry this afternoon using the tax dodge as a means of attacking the United States for its supposedly anti-business tax structure.
I understand that money is important, but something is morally wrong with Saverin’s move. As Mark Cuban tweeted in the article above:
Among them, mogul Mark Cuban who Tweeted a story about Saverin to his more than 1 million followers and added: “This [ticks] me off … If i could realistically stop using facebook, this would be the reason I would. Just wrong.”
According to this article, Saverin was wealthy enough to be unsafe in his native Ecuador, so his family moved him to the U.S. when he was 13.
Case in point, the incredibly ungrateful S.O.B. by the name of Eduardo Saverin. Saverin is child of a wealthy Brazilian businessman. His father was well-enough off in Brazil that young Saverin, at age 13, was on a list of people targeted by Brazilian kidnap gangs, Pando Daily reports.
Seeking safety, Saverin’s father moved the family to the United States. America was willing to take the young boy in, give him a safe home, a home away from kidnap gangs, a home with baseball and apple pie.
Eventually, Saverin wound up at Harvard. His time there wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the United States, for Harvard has long been the beneficiary of not only U.S. dollars, but the best minds America has to offer. One such mind was that of Mark Zuckerberg, an American.
The tax money that Americans pay was used to protect Eduardo Saverin and his family, and the American system allowed him to grow very rich very fast. I think this goes beyond simple patriotism. There’s something wrong when someone takes from America and avoids paying her back.