I find very little news exciting. Yesterday I shared on Facebook at Citizenship Taxation a Washington Times article reporting that the GOP controlled house was starting impeachment proceedings on IRS Commissioner John Koskinen–this was to say that I hold no idiosyncratic view that the IRS is a criminal organization. Of course I am completely blasé when criminals have turf wars and I am not about to get my hopes up that anything will change: when the war is over, no matter who wins, sociopaths will still be in charge.
Today, my next door neighbour sends me a link to Washington Examiner article which deals with this quarters uptick in reported renunciations. The article embeds a Bloomberg News video which I find all too typical. FATCA cracks down on US tax dodgers who are hiding their assets in foreign banks and they are renouncing because they can no longer “hide their assets overseas outside the Internal Revenue Service”. <sarcasm>Yeah, that’s was what I was doing–I was hiding my assets from the IRS </sarcasm>. The problem is that no one bothers even to do the slightest research into who the renunciants actually are and why they do it. They make assumptions, which if they had even a tiniest intellectual curiosity, they would realize that their sweeping characterizations of people like me and other renunciants are demagogical. But this is the behaviour of sociopaths. Sure if in 2010 they said something like this, they could be excused for their ignorance. But we have informed the US media why we are renouncing and they don’t give damn.
The woman in the red dress asks, “Given all the problems that we have in this country, should we be worried about what 776 people are doing?” Answer, “No we shouldn’t. The problem isn’t people moving overseas; the problem is capital moving overseas.” So the only thing that matters is not people’s lives but money–and more specifically, money moving overseas where it can’t be taxed, and if it can’t be taxed, then people who vote for government entitlements will feel deprived. It doesn’t matter to them who these 776 people are or what drives them to renounce. It only matter to what degree it affects “me, myself and I” (their top three favorite people). This is narcissistic sociopathy at its finest, and it is the US national disease.
While taking our non-USA vacation in August, I met an American woman and shared about it at Citizenship Taxation:
We met a Homelander in Athens a couple of weeks ago, and the conversation was going well until I mentioned the case of accidental Americans living in Canada.
She said that she didn’t like it when people had their babies across the border just so they could be Americans when her Dutch husband had to go the legal route. She said further, that if you are an accidental American caught up in FATCA problems, it is your own damn fault for not keeping abreast of the tax rules. Also, it was your parents’ fault for not keeping track of your citizenship obligations.
I am learning to hate the Homelanders.
Within an hour of starting a conversation with this woman, she had proved herself to be only concerned about herself and her problems and was neither curious nor sympathetic with the concerns of accidental Americans whose lives are being destroyed by the laws that her government is shoving down our throats around the world. She too was afflicted with the national disease of the USA.