Apparently, Mr. McKenna did not see our press release or chose to ignore it. I have pasted most of it with a link in the comments.
The Constitution of the United States, being the supreme law of the land, defines the powers granted by law to the Federal government. Since the objective of the Founders was to create a nation that operates under a limited government, it was important to them to define as precisely as possible not just the powers of the government, but the limitations to those powers. It is the job of the courts to evaluate new laws that apply or expand Congressional authority, and part of that duty is to ensure that there are clear limits to Congressional power, ie, they seek the Limiting Principle. Theoretically.
This is another great article that gives people a concrete example of what could happen if this nonsense continues. A lot of Europeans I talk to think it’s not really their problem because they are duals or because, even if they did work a few years in the U.S., they argue, “Well what could the U.S. government possibly do to me? I don’t live in the U.S.”
They firmly believe (and I hope from the bottom of my heart that they are right) that their government (France, Germany, U.K. etc.) would stand up for them against the U.S. But are they right to be so confident? Sokol’s article gives a perfectly mundane example of what might happen to a French citizen if the U.S. government decides he or is a U.S. person for tax purposes. And then he follows it to its logical conclusion – the European Court of Justice. Have a read and pass it along to your European friends…
I received this from Just Me:
First of all I am sure you have already seen the spat of stories about the VDP, so won’t belabor it here.. However, earlier today I found some other interesting comments /stories which are below. I conclude with something I posted at the WSJ.
In a previous post I started talking about services. I fail to understand why some folks back in the home country are so insistent that we “pay our fair share” but they don’t have an answer when I reply, “For what?”
Caution to U.S. Citizens and U.S./Canada dual citizens who are residents of Canada about the IRS announcement (IR-2012-5) January 9, 2012, regarding Offshore Voluntary Disclosure
On January 9, 2012, the IRS announced a renewed Offshore Voluntary Disclosure program. This is an IRS program designed to bring tax cheats into compliance. During the last two disclosure programs in 2009 and 2011, a significant number of unsuspecting Canadian residents entered these programs to “make it right” with IRS. We strongly warn law-abiding Canadian residents of the dangers of entering this program which is intended to attract tax cheats who live in the United States but have undisclosed offshore accounts.