Or those simply that didn't want to live under the tyranny any more, and waste hard earn money on taxes supporting the elite.
Why some of us are here.
@ handdrummer ...... your comparisons are apples to oranges. As an expat, yes, cheaper here. As a local, extremely expensive, considering purchasing power vs hrs worked to have.
Lived in Philly, Memphis, Detroit metro, along with NJ and WV rural. Never an issue for an affordable lifestyle. Land of opportunity for those that apply themselves and take advantage. I could live in the USA with the same standard of living I am living here. Simply chose location wisely, a state that doesn't tax you to death.
Will admit, the bushs, clinton and obama, has sacrificed the middle class for the elite's lifestyle. But the ignorant sheep accepted it, apparently voted for and endorsed their present living state.
I didn't, I left in 2001 when we started invading sovereign countries for corporate profits.