So typical of how your politicians operate.
They create a bill with the title "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st
Century Act" and include a provision that gives the IRS the power to
keep US citizens from leaving the country if it finds that they owe
$50,000 or more in unpaid taxes no court ruling necessary.
You are governed by over 500 little Stalins that work in Washington,
taking away your liberty one innocently or patriotically-titled bill at
IRS Might Have Stalinist Powers Under New Law
The Republican House of Representatives may soon follow the Democratic
Senate and give the IRS the power to confiscate your passport on mere
suspicion of owing taxes. There's no place like home, comrade.
'America, Love It Or Leave It" might be an obsolete slogan if the
"bipartisan transportation bill" that just passed the Senate is approved
by the House and becomes law. Contained within the suspiciously titled
"Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act," or "MAP 21," is a
provision that gives the Internal Revenue Service the power to keep U.S.
citizens from leaving the country if it finds that they owe $50,000 or
more in unpaid taxes no court ruling necessary.
It is hard to imagine any law more reminiscent of the Soviet Union that
America toppled, or its Eastern Bloc slave satellites.
In his 1967 CBS "Town Meeting of the World" debate with Bobby Kennedy,
Ronald Reagan declared, "we don't want the Berlin Wall knocked down so
that it's easier to get at the throats of the East Germans. We just
think that a wall that is put up to confine people, and keep them within
their own country instead of allowing them the freedom of world travel,
has to be somehow wrong."
Throughout the many decades of the 20th century's Cold War, the freedom
of movement Americans enjoyed as a cherished right was one of our secret
weapons. As the Communists in Moscow promised the world utopia out of
the barrel of a gun, people around the globe noticed that the Soviets
needed walls and barbed wire fences to keep their people in, while in
the U.S. walls were as pointless as a fish's bicycle.
As Reuters reported Monday, overtaxation has led to close to 1,800
Americans living abroad renouncing their U.S. citizenship last year or
turning in their green cards many of them with broken hearts because
of their love for this nation. The record number of former U.S. citizens
is nearly eight times more than those who renounced U.S. citizenship in
2008, and it exceeded 2007, 2008 and 2009 combined.
They did it because of the nightmare the U.S. government puts them and
non-American spouses through, sniffing over any and all of their
There remain few things more prized than American citizenship. Yet now
our ever-expanding leviathan of a government is forcing Americans abroad
out, and it might soon build its own Berlin Wall, restricting our
"freedom of world travel," as Reagan put it, even when there is no
conviction from a court.
If House Republicans pass this assault on our Constitution, their
credibility will be in tatters. And if it is passed and then signed into
law, look for constitutional challenges in federal courts throughout the
land. They should begin the next day.