A little jwz wisdom:
Any time someone says "that's it, I'm leaving" I ask them whether they'd prefer to live under US domestic policy, or US foreign policy. As bad as things get inside an empire, they're usually worse in the protectorates.
Good point. But I think that one of the main reasons I am interested in leaving the US is to take my tax, economic, and cultural contributions elsewhere. It's not particularly effective, given that the government just borrows money anyway. I guess I am also concerned about being complicit in the whole operation.