So, you think that the U.S. has "gone farther down the tubes" than the Philippines? That the Philippines (in comparison to the U.S.) is a bastion of moral rectitude, a shrine to free enterprise, and a protector of civil liberties? Elections there are more honest? There is less social unrest? Muslim extremists have less of a foothold there in the Philippines? Acts of terrorism are less frequent? Your 2nd Amendment rights and thus your ability to protect your family in the event of a breakdown of civil order are in better shape than in the U.S.?
Sorry if it sounds like I'm spoiling for a fight, or beating a dead horse, but it's just that countless Freepers (and even others) have, in recent years, been extolling the virtues of foreign lands.
However, if, for you, it's a matter primarily of personal economics (i.e., getting by on a small purse)...
“So, you think that the U.S. has “gone farther down the tubes” than the Philippines?”
You are comparing apples to oranges.
You would say that the Philippines is already down the tubes, but I say that America is rapidly decaying, and no longer resembles the country that I grew up in, and it is going to get worse. I no longer have to make plans and dispose of properties when it becomes too late.
The Philippines is a third world country, and yes there is poverty and corruption.
Philippine politics have little impact on expats, other then those on tourist visas, and for a very small amount of money, one can live a very nice life....a fraction of cost in the USSA. There are months when my wife, child, and myself need over $500 per month, and that includes rent and food. We live on a beach in an apartment with A/C and Sat TV. We have no need or desire for a car. I bicycle to the market every day.
Expats come here to live a life in retirement, not to do business. They are welcomed and live very nice lives here.
Just in my small municipality there are expats from all over the world.
Once on a permanent resident visa, we have little or no contact with the government. The only tax is a VAT tax on what we buy in a store.
I am no longer stuck in the USSA. If SHTF happens here, I can move on, even go back to Europe.
We do not have the government telling us what we must do.
Keep in mind, I do not suggest or recommend the Philippines for American families... husband, wife, and kids.
I rarely even see an American woman here.
For a western man, however, this is paradise.
I know of only one expat, a Swed, married to a local girl from here that was always upset with the culture and the way things were done. He thought Langkawi, Malaysia would be the cat’s meow. Well, he lasted there about a year and got fed up with the Muzies. He is now in the Canary Islands.
As I have posted before, couples would best be suited to think about Central and South America.
There is no heaven on earth, but there sure are some Hells.
America’s illegal immigrant Muzie POTUS will make sure that you live in one.