Shades of the prison house 6

The USSR and it satellites, the entire region of the world that lay beyond the Berlin Wall, was one vast prison house until 1991. Nobody – except the tyrants who kept the keys – could leave it at will.

Now there is a plan to let the US government stop Americans leaving their country if the state hasn’t extracted all the money it considers itself entitled to first.

This is from Investor’s Business Daily:

The Republican House of Representatives may soon follow the Democratic Senate and give the IRS the power to confiscate your passport on mere suspicion of owing taxes.

There’s no place like home, comrade.

If it is true that the Republicans are seriously thinking of passing this measure, then we cannot be confident that a Republican victory in November will restore the liberties America has lost under the disastrous rule of the Democrats, or even safeguard those Americans still have.

“America, Love It Or Leave It” might be an obsolete slogan if the “bipartisan transportation bill” that just passed the Senate is approved by the House and becomes law. Contained within the suspiciously titled “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” or “MAP 21”, is a provision that gives the Internal Revenue Service the power to keep U.S. citizens from leaving the country if it finds that they owe $50,000 or more in unpaid taxes — no court ruling necessary.

It is hard to imagine any law more reminiscent of the Soviet Union that America toppled, or its Eastern Bloc slave satellites.

In his 1967 CBS “Town Meeting of the World” debate with Bobby Kennedy, Ronald Reagan declared, “We don’t want the Berlin Wall knocked down so that it’s easier to get at the throats of the East Germans. We just think that a wall that is put up to confine people, and keep them within their own country instead of allowing them the freedom of world travel, has to be somehow wrong.”

Throughout the many decades of the 20th century’s Cold War, the freedom of movement Americans enjoyed as a cherished right was one of our secret weapons. As the Communists in Moscow promised the world utopia out of the barrel of a gun, people around the globe noticed that the Soviets needed walls and barbed wire fences to keep their people in, while in the U.S. walls were as pointless as a fish’s bicycle.

Q: What induces Americans to give up their citizenship and live forever in Foreign Parts?

A: As long as they’re citizens or permanent residents, wherever they live they have to pay US taxes.

Overtaxation has led to 1,800 Americans living abroad renouncing their U.S. citizenship last year or turning in their green cards — many of them with broken hearts because of their love for this nation. The record number of former U.S. citizens is nearly eight times more than those who renounced U.S. citizenship in 2008, and it exceeded 2007, 2008 and 2009 combined.

1,800 is not a lot. But the prevailing principle that any citizen or permanent resident is free to leave, is a vital part of what makes most of them want to stay. A law keeping people in may well have the opposite effect, and cause far more to venture reluctantly out into the wretched Abroad.

  • Frank

    They are also attacking our freedom of speech.

    • George

                             Frank , it’s all over the internet and yet where is the massive public outcry from the Democrats and the Republicans and also the mainstream media ?   Where is the massive public outcry from both the liberals and the conservatives ?    The gullible people voted for so-called “change” and change is what they got alright —-but NOT the change they expected.  We are being oppressed and subjugated one degree at a time –incrementally and the sheeple are still mentally asleep or rather ” mentally ‘ dead” .   Next they will outlaw websites that they don’t like , then they will outlaw posting messages they don’t like ,  and   then they will outlaw any kind of protest anywhere and we will be worse than the communist countries.
                                 This is the same tactic that Hitler engaged in when he took power .  The people were in denial and downplayed his agenda and look what was the aftermath that followed.   Yet we still have stupid people who think it can’t happen here just as people there said it couldn’t happen there.   Our rights are being taken away inch by inch and then mile by mile and then it’s over.   Once ALL our rights are gone we have no recourse to protest or to fight back .   First they take away our first , then second  admendment rights knowing that the people at large are outraged .  This is exactly what Hitler did.  Look around and see how we are being violated each day and what is so disgusting is that the people who are suppose to be protecting our rights are the ones violating them , destroying them  and capitulating to our enemies .  The Republicans have joined forces with the Democrats . The liberals are in bed with the conservatives and  WE THE PEOPLE be damned .   What’s next ?

  • George

                                     I read about this on the internet .  Also , it is amazing how the socialist or communist nations ( Russia ,  China ,et. ) are becoming more and more free and our nation is becoming more and more socialistic and restrictive while moving more and more towards tyranny.     At the pace we’re moving , we will not have an America any more and it will no longer be the “beacon” of hope  and freedom that America  truly stands for.  I’ve said plenty of times before that Democrats and Republicans are simply two sides of the same coin.   Many people are sick & tired of choosing the lesser of two “evils”  as their choices.    I agree with Ralph regarding the alledged assertion by Ron Paul as the proposed border wall just may be a new form of Berlin Wall right here in America not to keep illegal Mexicans out but law abiding American citizens in.   We would be prisoners in our own homel;and .
                                     If we continue at the pace we’re going , more and more Americans will be trying to escape than illegals would be trying to get in and big daddy government officials know it.    Our economy is in shambles, taxes are rising , we’re losing more and more of our rights each day and government is getting bigger and bigger and also stronger and stronger and WE THE PEOPLE  are getting screwed in the a** big time .     There’s your   ” hope and change”    for you , and it’s from the Democrats and the Republicans .   As world society advances more in technology and industry we go backwards in true compassion , concern, civility and respect for our fellow human being . The human race is the most dysfunctional species on earth .   Simply mind-boggling !

    • George

      Correction— I meant to say I agree with Andrew M regarding his comment by Ron Paul concerning the border fence. Look what’s happening around us.

  • Ralph

    In my mind I can still see black and white film of people trying to escape East Berlin in the early 1960s. Guards fired on them while they tried to navigate barbed wire. They risked their lives to escape a worker’s paradise where the wealth had been redistributed.

  • For all of his crazy ideas, Ron Paul was spot-on when he opposed the idea of a border fence along the Mexican frontier. He argued that it wouldn’t be used to keep out illegals, but to keep in legal citizens as the government confiscated more and more of their rights.

    Speaking about that fence, I’d like you to know that your tax dollars are very hard at work. So hard, in fact, that it takes an enormous fifteen seconds for a team of illegals just to plow its way through it!

    Wait, did I say fifteen seconds? Oh yes I did. Penn & Teller hired a group of illegal immigrants to build a standard-issue border fence which took all day only to have them breach it in record-breaking time.

    I don’t want to underscore the very real problem of a cultural paradigm shift in that part of the world, but we are Americans. We can devise a much more creative solution to this problem than “waste our tax dollars to hunt down and kick out those illegals so they can continue breaching our fences”.

    If we don’t, we’ll waste all of our money on those fences and watch them actually repel those who want to cross over it – We the People.