I read an interesting story on Yahoo earlier today. The co-founder of Facebook, Eduardo Saverin, renounced his citizenship, packed his bags--and his money--and headed to Singapore.
But the more I thought about it, the names started changing from things like "ungrateful little pissant" to "can't blame you, bud."
His spokesman said it wasn't for financial reasons, which translated, means, "it sure as hell was for financial reasons, namely the tax policies of the United States were sucking him dryer than Johnny Depp playing a bad vampire."
The Treasury Department, in response, released some bullshit statement about how our tax policies aren't complicated and how fair they are.
Like I said, it was a bullshit statement. But what else would you expect from an administration that appoints a known tax-cheat as Secretary of the Treasury and a known race-baiter as Attorney General?
This got me to thinking. . .
The military exposes you to a lot of different parts of the country and the world. I've often thought that if I ever got kicked out of the U.S. or got so disgusted that I decided to pack up and leave (the way Alex Baldwin and Susan Sarandon are always threatening to do, but never follow through), where would I go?
I've always been a fan of the Orient. But Japan is more expensive than New York City and Washington DC combined. I like Korea, but not sure what their policy on private citizens owning firearms is. Probably not good. And, Asian food has way too many unidentifiable vegetables in it.
Switzerland and Finland are both really cool places. In winter, they are really COLD places. But both have good economies and both are gun-friendly. Both have a lot of common sense. When is the last time you heard of the Fins starting a war?
So mark down Finland and Switzerland as definite maybes.
Call me crazy, but I really like the Honduras. Not so crazy about El Salvador and Nicaragua, however. But I really like the Honduras and even Costa Rico, even though it's been discovered by Americans. Spanish is easy to learn and my 401(k) will go a helluva long ways down there--even with the bribes I'd have to pay.
But I really don't want to leave Texas, or even the USA. That's the bottom line.
Didn't we fight a war some two-hundred years ago over these draconian taxes and a stifling, suffocating government that dictated our every move? Didn't we dump a boatload of tea in the harbor up in Boston and tell the Brits to shove it up their ass?
Didn't we use to fly a Gadsen flag that read "Don't tread on me" that translated into today's vernacular would read, "Don't F**k with me."
What happened to us? What the fornication happened that wildly successful young entrepreneurs like Eduardo Saverin would choose to pack up his bags and money and haul ass halfway around the world?
I remember a time when we would've built a monument to him. Now the damned government salivates over the thought of how much money they can bleed out of Saverin and "redistribute."
Bullshit. That is B. U. L. L. S. H. I. T. Bullshit.
What if we'd had today's government back when Henry Ford was setting up his first assembly line? Or Alexander Graham Bell inventing the telephone? Or the Wright Brothers taking flight and building the first airplanes?
They probably would've left the country too.
Our government has even passed some such act, Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which requires foreign financial institutions to start reporting to the IRS on U.S. citizens’ accounts.
Ha. I'm the president of a bank in the Grand Caymans and some numbnuts from the American IRS calls me about my customers, my response is, "Kiss my ass, you yankee government son of a bitch." I then disconnect the phone, head down to the beach and have a rum and coke, only without the rum because it makes me sick.
Who the HELL does our government think it is bullying other governments to snitch off their customers? Is this the same government that wrings its hands and moans and bitches about schoolyard and online bullies?
TSA, Department of Homeland Security, no-knock warrants by stormtrooper police, tax liens, Ruby Ridge, Waco, unconstitutional checkpoints, NSA snooping on your calls, record deficits (thanks George W and Obama both), blah blah blah.
People, we fought a war--a BIG one--a couple of centuries and change ago to escape the exact same tyranny we're now solidly under.
I fear the time for another one is growing nearer with each passing day in which we're tread upon a little harder, taxed a little deeper, and ruled with an increasingly stronger iron fist.
Don't believe me? Well, I suspect this very message will garner me a call or the attention of at least two federal agencies.
I guess I better check the weather in the Honduras, along with real estate prices.