A number of my USA friends around the Taiwan area have commented over the last few years that whenever they have tried to contact a Senator or Representative by email, they always received a reply that said they must indicate their mailing address in that CONGRESSMAN’S DISTRICT, otherwise no answer could be given.
My friends had assumed that when writing about foreign affairs matters, to members of the foreign affairs committee(s) for example, those kinds of restrictions would not apply . . . . but they were sadly mistaken.
This entire subject brings us to the issue of “taxation and representation.” Who represents “overseas USA citizens” in the Congress? We are told that the world is getting smaller and smaller. So many people live in other countries. And we have a number of different concerns from those people who are living within the 50 states . . . . .
But who listens to us? I cannot figure it out. And yet we are still liable for federal taxes on our worldwide income!!!
Does anyone have any insights on how this “taxation without representation” might be construed (under US law) as in any way being repugnant to the Constitution? a violation of our civil rights perhaps??