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  1. There is another problem distorting the income gap besides the high government salaries. Costa Rica is the number one country based on population in ALL of Latin America for the inflow of illicit money as reported by La Nacion.
  2. I agree with your post. But the legality aspect is really irrelevant to the terms. Regarding the term immigrant: One could be an illegal immigrant or a legal immigrant; legal resident or illegal resident. Both are immigrants/residents Regarding the term expat: One could be a legal expat or an illegal expat (as in a fugitive on the run from their home country). Both are expats Costa Rica is humorously known as the land of the "wanted" and the "unwanted."
  3. The legality issue is irrelevant to the terms expat verses immigrant. Generally speaking, natural-born citizens of the host country tend to see foreigners living and working in their country as "immigrants", not "expats" (regardless of the legality issue). Or put another way, the term "expat" as a manner of speech or concept is rarely if ever expressed by natural born citizens of the host country in referring to foreigners or non-natural born citizens living in their country. They tend to use the term immigrant. It (expat) is a term more often used either by those who are referring
  4. I agree with you Paul, The author, Mr. Koutonin, who is also the editor of the web site where his article is posted, is offering up his own bias and putting it out there as some kind of reality we should all just accept. And what does he offer; what does he cite as evidence, to support his fantasy based conjecture? Nothing. Anyone can write anything and put it on the internet. The fact that he's the editor adds no credibility to what he says, on the contrary, all things being equal, it is less credible since there is no dissenting opinion found on his web site.
  5. Sure, but this is not the off season, or is Santa on strike this year? Merry Christ Mass (oh, wait, is that a religious term?).
  6. Ron, It was the tradition of the Continental Congress to open with prayers and continues today in the Senate and House of Representatives. In the days of the Continental Congress proclamations were made for fasting, prayer, and thanksgiving. The system of the Congressional Chaplaincy (to officiate religious matters such as opening prayers, adding a dimension of faith such as praying to God in Congressional affairs and giving thanks to God, providing religious services to members of Congress and their families, etc. ) was officially begun with the first Congress in 1789. It was
  7. I understand completely. It's often the case that a position seems to make perfect sense until someone replies with a counter argument. As with most things in life, grey is the norm more often than black and white. Out of respect for your decision not to discuss the topic I've also deleted my replies to your posts.
  8. David, To answer your question: My guess is that those individuals and their families (regardless of legal status of residency) who have reported earnings are collecting now, or will eventually collect if they work long enough. I read that about three quarters of the illegal alien population have reported earnings. I suspect that most of those that don’t have an earnings record are the younger ones. SSA uses reported earnings to determine eligibility rather than actual taxes paid. If one can prove that they worked, even after the fact, it is possible to establish eligibility.
  9. David, That's not the point I was making. The point is that the status of the immigrant, being illegal, does not seem to have any bearing on whether or not one collects on the SS benefits. My relations who were all working in the states illegally are actual examples. And I provided a link which explains it. You made that point that illegals were paying into the system but were not receiving the benefits. That statement is not true.
  10. Hi David, I haven't been following the back and forth discussion, but just happened across this one comment about Social Security. I knew that it was wrong because I have relatives on my Tica wife's side of the family that I know were all illegal during their working years in the U.S. They are now collecting Social Security. So that got my curiosity up wondering how they do it. As it turns out according to the link (I haven't done any research on it, just typed in SS benefits for illegals) it's pretty easy as long as you've either saved some evidence of your working history since 2004
  11. I don't know anything about that new law you mentioned (or is that just a rumor?). Anyway I haven't been keeping up on CAJA changes this year. But last year (about this time) there was a change to the CAJA pension computation. I don't claim to understand it (the change) completely, but I think I understand at least part of it. They (CAJA) discovered a big gapping hole (when they cared to look) that over the many years of its existence a big disconnect grew between what independent workers were claiming and paying into their pensions and what they were collecting at the end in the way
  12. What I will actually receive if anything, I'm not quite sure, but according to the CAJA people and the law, I'm supposed to get the minimum, which is currently 128K. The minimum is adjusted every 6 months. But on the other hand, according to my on line account statement, one of the notes reads, "Con 180 cotizaciones proyectadas, alternativamente, podrá obtener una pensión proporcional con un porcentaje de reducción de 40.00%." The problem is that if it is reduced by 40% as noted above, then that would be below the legal minimum. So does that mean I'll get nothing? Or, does it mean I'll ge
  13. As others have written you are automatically not covered by the pension and don't pay for it if you affiliate when 55 or older. But... if you want to affiliate into the pension you can even if you are over 55. If you pay in for 15 years and opted into the pension you can stop paying as long as you are 65 or older and as you stated you'll continue to be covered under CAJA's health care system and you'll collect a pension to boot. The current minimum pension is 128k colones. The pension option is a good deal if you are at the low end of the premium scale. You're going to recoup yo
  14. So if I understand you correctly then, it’s possible to be an “ex” patriot while living in your own homeland, having never moved away provided that you were a patriot at one time and are not now? And, it would also be true therefore that if one never was a patriot to his homeland in the first place then he/she could never become an ex-patriot. Perhaps the term in that case would be non-patriot? And if you are of New England but never a “patriot” are you a New England non-Patriot? And then if you leave New England to live in Costa Rica then you’d be an Ex-New England non-Patriot Expat
  15. The article is describing Costa Rica as anything but a well functioning capitalist society. The author of the article, Juan Carlo Hidalgo, is a member of the CATO Institute which promote libertarian ideals such as limited government, free markets, individual liberty and peace. He states that in developed market based societies one opens a business to get rich. But, in Costa Rica one has to already be rich to open a business. Costa Rica is ranked near the bottom as far as ease in opening and maintaining a business, complying with all the rules, regs, taxation requirements etc.
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