Petros responds to Barrie McKenna’s new article. He asks Mr. McKenna to change his narrative from, “US taxpayer needing to come clean” to “Profligate government in United States bullies Canadian residents”.
Dear Mr. McKenna:
Thank-you for this article. But I think that as a member of the Fourth Estate, you are nevertheless negligent in your duty to warn Canada of the danger of this invasion by the United States. For one thing, as your reader, Arrow, has said, you continue to approach this problem from the standpoint of a dilemma in the hands of the simple Canadian taxpayer who needs to come clean. These people, your own fellow Canadians or US residents in Canada, who work next to you side by side, are not dirty people, but law-abiding taxpayers who are productive members of our beautiful country.
We are the victims of the United States government’s bullying. Instead of seeing us as needing to come clean, why not approach this from the angle that the IRS has become a rogue criminal agency that is making victims of innocent people? Why indeed, do you continue to view us as having a problem to solve rather than as poor people who are getting our heads bashed in by this abusive government? And don’t you see that as Washington continues down this reckless path, she forces her citizens abroad to decide between retaining their toxic US citizenship and keeping some of their hard earned money that was dearly taxed in Canada, typically exceeding by far what people in the United States pay.
For the US government, in enforcing the FBAR law against Canadian residents, is saying that we could be fined up to 50% of our financial savings (per annum!)–and you almost make the 5% penalty to seem like a good deal! But as I said to you before, how is this fair? How is it fair that we even pay 1 or 2% to this profligate nation that borrows 43 cents for every $1 it spends? Why, as Canadian residents, should we pay anything at all? If we should, could you please tell me where the nearest US unemployment or welfare office is here in the Toronto area, where I can please sign up for food stamps? Oh, that doesn’t exist? Really?
Please, I beg you to change your narrative. This is not a problem for the little guy US citizen resident in Canada to solve but a very big issue that requires our government in Canada to stand up to the bully in the United States and say, “Here is the line! Do not cross this line!”
Peter W. Dunn, http://isaacbrocksociety.com