I have many friends overseas who are ‘accidental Americans’. A Panamanian, for example, who by accident of birth ended up a US citizen because her father was born in the Panama Canal Zone.
She lives her entire life in Panama… studying, working, building a business. Then one day she receives a note from the IRS demanding money.
They inform her that, as a US citizen, she is required to pay taxes on her worldwide income to Uncle Sam even though she has barely set foot on US soil. Then they command her to settle up.
Even for folks born and raised in the US, tax compliance has become epically aggressive.
The US tax code is among the most complicated on the planet …
For example, Anton Ginzburg was fined $1.5 million by the US Department of Justice in 2011. And frankly he got off easy. He faced up to five years in prison.
What was Mr. Ginzburg’s heinous crime? What nefarious deeds had this criminal mastermind perpetrated against a peaceful society?
He didn’t file a disclosure form to report his Swiss bank account.
Note– Mr. Ginzburg wasn’t accused of tax evasion. He was fully compliant in paying his fair share to the US government. He simply didn’t file a form.
This isn’t how a free society should function.
If a government has to collect taxes by terrorizing its people or sniffing out accidental citizens, something is obviously wrong with the tax policy. AND they way they spend it.
After all, who in good conscience wants to go their entire working lives supporting a government that wastes tax dollars on bombs, drones, spying on citizens, and bankrupting unborn generations?
It’s no wonder why the number of Americans renouncing their citizenship is increasing exponentially… and will likely continue to do so.
Back when Elizabeth Taylor and T.S. Eliot did it, it was so rare there was really no process. And no fee.
In fact, renouncing US citizenship was free of charge until a couple of years ago. Then, overnight, the State Department imposed a $450 fee.
Yesterday they increased it once again– to $2,350. That’s a 422% increase.
In its explanation, the State Department whined that the costs of processing renunciations had simply become too high.
It’s curious that a government which denies inflation even exists would complain about the consequences of it.
— Simon Black (via thinksquad)
As you can see, Blackbird Airpark in Palmdale, California is home to not one, but two Blackbird aircraft. In the first photo, you can see SR-71A #17973 on the left, and A-12 #06924 on the right, which I covered in a previous post (click here to view). On the far right side of the photo, you can see D-21B #525, and U-2D 56-6721 is in the background.
On May 24, 1987, SR-71A #17973 was flying in the RAF Mildenhall Air Fete Airshow, when the pilot, flying too slowly, pulled up just as the afterburner ignited, overstressing the airframe. The aircraft landed safely at RAF Mildenhall, where temporary repairs were made. On June 21, she was flown to Palmdale for permanent repairs, but it was decided that the aircraft was essentially totaled. She was retired with a total of 1,729.9 flight hours, then put on display at Blackbird Airpark in September 1991, alongside A-12 #06924, creating probably the most stunning Blackbird museum display.
According to the Web site of the U.S. Dept. of Labor, “Labor Day” became a national holiday in 1894 in order to celebrate “the union movement.” Not workers, or the work that they have done, or the wealth and prosperity they helped American capitalists to create. By “the movement” is meant, specifically, union bosses, the political impetus behind the creation of labor day in the first place. They sought and got a national holiday to celebrate themselves. So, in the spirit of American unionism, go ahead out and celebrate by setting off a “nail bomb” in the parking lot of a non-union construction site; sabotage the non-union oil refinery in the area; vandalize all the cars of the “scab” workers at the local non-union grocery store; threaten to rape the wives and girlfriends of the hated “scabs”; or maybe just go out with your union brothers and beat the living daylights out of a random non-union “rat” or “scab.”
And don’t worry about the cops. According to the 1973 US. Supreme Court case, U.S. versus Enmons, violence, property damage, and extortion are allowable if they are done in pursuit of “legitimate union objectives.” That’s why professors Armond Thieblot and Thomas Haggard were able to publish a 540-page book under the auspices of the University of Pennsylvania entitled Union Violence: The Record and the Response by the Courts, Legislatures, and the NLRB. The book, write the authors, “is full of examples of murder, assault with intent to kill, destruction of property, arson, sabotage, mayhem, shooting, stabbing, beating, stoning, dynamiting, intimidating, threatening …” All in pursuit of “legitimate union objectives.”
Violence is an inherent feature of American unionism because, as economist Morgan Reynolds explained in is book, Power and Privilege: Labor Unions in America: “A union’s problem is painfully obvious: organized strikers must shut down the enterprise, close the market to everyone else … in order to force wages and working conditions above free-market rates. If too many individuals defy the strikers … then unionists often resort to force … . Unions must actively interfere with freedom of trade in labor markets in order to deliver on their promises.”
And “interfere” they do. According to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NLIRR), since 1975 ,203 deaths, 5,868 incidents of personal injury, 6,435 incidents of vandalism, and tens of millions of dollars in property damage inflicted by unions has been reported by police to the media. About 90 percent of all such incidents go unreported to the media, however, according to the NLIRR.
One year ago, total electronic surveillance was a conspiracy theory only “paranoid” folk like me believed.