As you folks know, the IRS decided that since I didn’t fill the first part of my Form 2555 out correctly, that I must owe them a bunch of taxes. And so they sent me a federal tax bill to my Canadian address, disallowing my Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE). Today, at last, after several tries at sending them the properly filled out form, the IRS has decided that I don’t owe them anything after all. I’ve only had to deal with this 2009 tax issue for quite awhile now–readers can retrace the multiple threatening letters and bills that I received from the IRS just by clicking the above link and the links in that link, and the links in those links. The IRS has wasted its time with me. I’ve been wasting my time. I owed no tax. Zero zip nada. I am not a rich tax evader but a Canadian taxpayer and I renounced my US citizenship because I hate the hassles, the threats, and the intimidation that comes part and parcel with being an US person.
Am I filled with love and feelings of patriotism now that the United States has decided I don’t owe anything for 2009? Hardly. Those who think it is worth the hassle of paying for a tax specialist every year and remaining in compliance, instead of relinquishing US citizenship as I did, should consider that the only “service” that US citizens abroad receive in return for their continued patriotic payment of taxes without representation is the “protection” of the United States. We are learning however that even a duly appointed ambassador of the United States, after repeated requests for protection, will not necessarily receive anything, and that the President of the United States is willing to allow an ambassador to be murdered. Kelly O’Donnell writes
Here is a brief description of what we know: US Ambassador Christopher Stevens traveled from Tripoli to Benghazi, Libya. Nervous over rising unrest in this Muslim African Mediterranean nation, Stevens asked repeatedly for more security but was refused. On the day of the attack he’d asked again. He was attacked after dark, and seven hours later he was dead, along with three others. And it now appears the US had notice of the event, time to respond, and resources within reach to mount a counter-assault. What is not clear is why the American military was not sent in to save our Ambassador. (The time-line of the attack is well laid out at Powerline. (Benghazigate: The state of the story)
Now let me ask the question: If the ambassador doesn’t receive protection from the enemies of the United States, than from whom is the US citizen abroad receiving “protection”. The answer: the compliant US citizen abroad is receiving protection, in principle, from the IRS threats of fines and imprisonment. The IRS has become the biggest threat of all to our well-being and security: bigger than the combined threats of Al Qaeda, Russia, China, and Iran, and any other threat you can think of. Thus, this is mafia-like protection money, very similar to the Sopranos criminal racket of protecting business in case a window might get broken, as shown in this scene:
Finally, Hurricane Sandy in the United States promises to do billions of dollars of damage. Will this be the straw that breaks the fragile back of the US economy? The problem is that the debt levels at Federal, state, municipal, corporate, business, and personal levels are so overextended that they have very little flexibility. The US economy is not resilient, as Chris Martenson of Peak Prosperity says. This means that things like hurricanes and droughts may push the US of the fiscal cliff–and spiraling hyper-inflation, when the Feds decide to infuse even more hyperbolic stimulus to try to rebuild what will be destroyed in tonight’s storm.