Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Admire the Guy Who Opted Out

That fortunate guy who renounced his U.S. citizenship for Singapore before reaping the benefits of his Facebook investment deserves respect and applause, and I write that as a guy who for too long respected and strictly obeyed the rules.

That of course was before we had:

           *   A federal government that spent tax money without a plan . . . on autopilot with no budget . . . just continuing resolutions for more than three years.

      *    A treasury secretary who didn’t pay his taxes until he was nominated to that sinecure, a former senate leader who didn’t pay his taxes, a chairman of the tax writing committee of the House of Reprehensibles who didn’t pay his taxes. Remember Leona Helmsley, who went to jail a few decades ago for accurately, though unwisely, publicly stating that “only the little people pay taxes.”

       *   A General Services Administration that throws itself lavish taxpayer funded parties, and federal judges from the 9th Circuit who are planning a sumptuous paid vacation for themselves in Hawaii that will cost the taxpayers some $900,000.

   *  Federal and state governments incurring gargantuan debts that cannot ever be repaid but that will burden all future generations.

The fact is that our system of government has become irretrievably corrupt, and does not deserve support.  The guy who absconded to Singapore was wise enough to recognized and act on that fact.

Senators Charles Schumer and Robert Casey are pushing legislation to make following that worthy’s example more difficult and very expensive. They are proposing a financial version of East Germany’s infamous Berlin wall to maintain their enslaved subjects under the control. Good luck with that!

A few years back Claire Wolfe wrote America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.  Her book, The Freedom Outlaw's Handbook: 179 Things To Do Until the Revolution is well worth reading. It’s fun though probably superfluous.

Despite – or perhaps because of -- the efforts of the likes of Messrs. Schumer and Casey, the system is coming apart like an overripe grapefruit. Like the Soviet Union in its final days, it’s on the brink of, and headed for extinction, collapsing of its own weight.

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