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Lough Erne Declaration: What’s the real scourge?

At the G-8 meeting, perhaps when Obama wasn’t busy condemning Christian parochial schools as ‘encouraging division’ (but he’d never condemn Islamic ones, oh no!), the attendees came up with the Lough Erne Declaration.

It promises powerful action against the terrible ‘scourge’ of tax evasion:

1. Tax authorities across the world should automatically share information to fight the scourge of tax evasion.

4. Developing countries [ed: like Greece, maybe?] should have the information and capacity to collect the taxes owed them – and other countries have a duty to help them.

Now, I’m all in favor of obeying tax law (and I do), and ending ‘free rides’. But isn’t it interesting that the alleged scourge (number one!) is G-8 governments feeling they don’t get enough from their people?

It would never be that governments spend too much – on promises they can’t deliver. Never that governments fail to live within their means. Never that they’re grinding their productive people to death with regulations and mandates.

Never, ever that governments are trying to collect too much tax, which kills the economy and which people are morally right to dislike and, to some extent, resist.

Remember, when you earn money, it’s your money. Or it should be. It only exists (for government to tax) because you took the initiative to earn it. You can prove it easily, by just not earning. Quit your job and live off the dole – as many people do.

Greedy governments drive their citizens into off-tax activity by claiming too much of what citizens earn. That’s the real scourge.

And what the G-8 really promise, in the quote above, is to share their surveillance of you – the better to fleece us all. Big Brother just got a little bigger. Who knows, perhaps we’ll find out in the next Obamascandal that the NSA and IRS share surveillance information – about everyone, and with foreign governments as well as each other.

Via Zero Hedge.

UPDATE: Don’t think government is greedy? Think again. Merely by cutting his $100 million Africa travel budget by a few million, Obama could have restored White House tours.

From the comments: As Jane Austen puts it:

It only took a century for our country to get from no federal income tax to a place where it is considered the government’s right to extract as much personal income as they possibly can from those who earn it…

Now here we are…organizations like ICIJ claim to protect “integrity” by exposing tax evaders, as if it is not their money and governments have a right to confiscate large portions of private citizens’ incomes.

Something has gone seriously wrong.

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8 Comments

  1. G-8 member Germany, for one, is very unhappy with the NSA’s activities. I don’t believe Obama is earning any Teutonic love with his latest idea.

    Comment by Blair Ivey — June 20, 2013 @ 1:41 am - June 20, 2013

  2. Per Twitter, Obama said in Berlin: “We need to listen to the people who disagree with us”.

    The NSA surveillance revelations give that an odd sound. Wonder how the Germans took it?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 20, 2013 @ 1:49 am - June 20, 2013

  3. I just loved yesterday’s Tea Party protest in Washington over the IRS scandal that targeted them. It does appear that people on both sides of the aisle don’t like what the IRS did in this matter.

    Comment by SC.Swampfox — June 20, 2013 @ 8:03 am - June 20, 2013

  4. The Europeans complain about universal communications surveillance, yet at the same time want universal financial surveillance. It’s just a ploy to open our financial transactions to global-tracking by the IRS of our personal and business transactions, cross-referenced against our tax records.

    First they came for my e-mails, and I wasn’t a terrorist.
    Then they came for my internet browsing, but I wasn’t a pervert.
    Then they came for my phone calls, but I call Mother regularly.
    Then they came for my medical records, but I wasn’t sick.
    Then they came for my checking and credit card records, but I paid in-cash.
    Then they outlawed cash transactions over 20$, and now I’m screwed.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — June 20, 2013 @ 10:10 am - June 20, 2013

  5. Repeat after me: The white man is evil. The white man is the cause of all that is wrong in the world today. The Pilgrims were illegal aliens. The Pilgrims never showed their passports to the Indians. The Pilgrims stole land from the Indians. The white man stole the southwest from Mexico. The southwestern states belong to Mexico The white man is the illegal alien in the southwest.

    All of the above is free speech, if it were shouted from the rooftop, or walking down the street saying it hrough a bullhorn, or even publishing it in a blog. But it is not free speech when the speaker received a $212,000. fee from the the government for a seminar administered to, I believe it was either HHS or HUD, for what was laughingly called sensitivity training.

    As each new scandal becomes known , analysts and commentatos talk about the outrage and how it violates the Constitution. The common thread in all of the scandals is money. I wonder if anybody is tabulating how much of our gay gold has been misspent and misused for fun, ames, ridiculous seminars, and undeserved bonuses. It is probably in the billions.

    Let´s hope that yesterday´s TEA Party demonstration marks the beginning of the end of the IRS, and paid leaves for the violators within. It seems that a government job is better than hitting lotto. Let´s urge our legislature to abolish this giant amoeba and implement the FAIR (consumption) Tax.

    Comment by Roberto — June 20, 2013 @ 1:09 pm - June 20, 2013

  6. The G-8 conference did a lot of good. The financial markets are tumbling again today. How much longer can we have such low interest rates as our government prints more money to fund its expansion? When interest rates begin to rise, the deficit will skyrocket.

    Comment by SC.Swampfox — June 20, 2013 @ 2:44 pm - June 20, 2013

  7. It only took a century for our country to get from no federal income tax to a place where it is considered the government’s right to extract as much personal income as they possibly can from those who earn it. I read recently that when income tax was made constitutionally valid, there was some serious debate about putting a cap on the tax (at some low target of 12%). People who wanted to do that were laughed at by “progressives”, who claimed it would never go that high.

    Now here we are… organizations like ICIJ claim to protect “integrity” by exposing tax evaders, as if it is not their money and governments have a right to confiscate large portions of private citizens’ incomes.

    Comment by Jane Austen — June 20, 2013 @ 2:57 pm - June 20, 2013

  8. Jane, this is the 100th anniversary of the income tax. The first income tax forms were only a couple of pages long with some meager instructions. Today, we have a monster that no one can comprehend. Three years ago I was called on to testify at a Federal Tax trial. The Federal Tax Court has yet to rule on that case.

    Comment by SC.Swampfox — June 20, 2013 @ 3:06 pm - June 20, 2013

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