Dear Eduardo,

I know you’re getting a lot of grief right now from people upset that you’re leaving the country to avoid a huge tax penalty when you cash out on your Facebook stock. People have been calling you some horrible names.

On behalf of all of them, I apologize. I’ve heard some very crazy ideas lately about what it means to be an American. There’s talk about unpaid debts and “fair” share.

I can’t make much sense of any of it. Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin and our other founding fathers had some pretty strong ideas of their own about being burdened with imaginary and involuntary debt.

It was kind of a flashpoint for the creation of our entire country.

Yet others have forgotten this. Even though you’ve already paid far more in taxes than most of us will in our lifetimes – easily more than all your most vocal critics combined – they still feel that you owe more. This is nonsense.

You’ve followed the law. You’ve paid what you were legally obliged to. Now you’re free to go wherever you and your money will be more welcome.

You paid your taxes and even more important, you risked your own money to help create a little thing called Facebook which has changed the lives of billions. For this I thank you and salute you.

Whether your citizenship is Brazillian or Singaporean, you know more about the American ideal than any of the people trying to tear you down.

Best,

Andrew
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