In Favor of Retiring in America

By Daniel Nardini

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - CommentaryThere are many business organizations which tell Americans about the advantages of retiring to another country. Business magazines advertise about retiring to Europe and countries like Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Republic of Ireland, Iceland, etc. There are expatriate organizations for those Americans who wish to retire to countries in Central and South America like Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, and Ecuador. My only comment to this is if an individual American wishes to retire to another country, I recommend doing your research, visiting the country for a couple of months to get a feel whether you wish to live in that country or not, and best of luck trying to plan for your future retirement.

For me, I plan to retire in the United States. I wish to stay in the country I was born and raised in. First, as an American national and U.S. citizen, I am entitled to all of the benefits and am quite familiar with the country. Second, this country has a lot to offer in terms of the diversity, natural beauty, and sights for me to explore this great land. More important, I do not need a passport to go anywhere or everywhere in this country. I do not need to learn a new language or what the tax laws are, and I do not have to become a legal permanent resident by investing in anything. Crossing state borders is as easy as going from your front yard to your back yard. In a number of regions the cultural variation could be considerable.

Going from the U.S. Midwest to the U.S. Southwest is almost like going from Canada to Mexico. The cultural and geographical variations of these two parts of America is astounding. This is just one example of what the United States has to offer. I do not argue about what each individual American may want to do for the rest of his/her life. If they will be happy in another country then they should choose what may make them happy and give them a more comfortable life. But here in the United States, Americans have a lot to choose from, and states can vary greatly in what they are and what they have. They can be cheap or expensive depending. In my case, I have chosen to remain for the rest of my life in Illinois. Of course, this is not set in stone, but I have been happiest in this state. Again, I urge my readers to go where they think they may find a good life, and I hope they do. But I also urge them to consider living in America as this is still a great country.

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