Its like a cancer
My aunt was told her cancer was cured. A few years later, a doctor gave her the bad news: It was back. She died of breast cancer on 11 September 1998.
Some people are suffering a similar fate with another ailment: U.S.A. citizenship. They were told they were cured, under an Act of Congress, by becoming citizens in another country and making the citizenship oath there. A U.S.A. court partially invalidated the statute. The cancer has returned. They never lost their U.S.A. citizenship, so why havent they been filing tax returns with I.R.S. and reporting their bank accounts to the U.S. Treasury all these years? There are criminal charges and devastating monetary penalties for failing to complete burdensome, nosey U.S. Treasury forms, and they dont even live in the United States of America.
Let me put the shoe on the other foot. President Obamas Hawaii birth certificate says his father was born in Kenya. If Kenyan law says President Obama is a Kenyan citizen because of his father, does the Kenyan government have a right to tax him and require him, under penalty of imprisonment, to report his bank accounts to the authorities in Nairobi? Should he be careful to tell the Air Force One pilots to avoid entering Kenyan air space? Should he even submit to an inquiry by a Kenyan court?
In 2013, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz found out he still held Canadian citizenship. He renounced it, effective 14 May 2014. Should the Canadian authorities be able to go after him for taxes and penalties for his U.S.A. income all these years? Should Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen be required to report her income and bank accounts to Havana, Cuba, where she was born? Only Eritrea and U.S.A. impose tax laws on nonresident citizens.
Elizabeth May was born a U.S.A. citizen in Connecticut. She went on to become a Canadian citizen and a member of Parliament. She is the leader of the Green Party of Canada. This means that if the Greens do unexpectedly well in the next Canadian federal elections, she could be in line to be the next Prime Minister. She never went to the U.S.A. consulate to rid herself of the U.S.A. citizenship she felt she had shed by making her naturalization oath to Ottawa. Should she have to avoid entering U.S.A. air space for fear that she will be arrested for failing to file tax returns?
In many cases, the tax returns would not show any tax due to I.R.S., (nobody owes taxes because taxation is stealing) but the victim would be liable for stiff penalties for failing to file, and stiffer penalties for failing to report bank accounts outside the United States of America.
There are a lot of reasons these U.S.A. citizens live somewhere else. People change countries all the time. Consider the reason U.S. Senator Cruz gave, Nothing against Canada, but Iím an American by birth and as a U.S. senator, I believe I should be only an American.
Should Queen Noor of Jordan be subject to a U.S.A. arrest warrant for failing to report her Jordanian bank accounts to the U.S. Treasury all these years? She was born in Washington, D.C. Should she let a U.S.A. court determine whether she properly shed her U.S.A. citizenship?
Should Albert II, the reigning crown prince of Monaco, be subject to imprisonment in the U.S. for failure to report his Monegasque bank accounts to the U.S. Treasury? He was born in Monaco, but his mother, Princess Grace Kelly, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She moved away to marry a prince and live in a palace. Should the question hinge on whether she properly shed her U.S.A. citizenship? You know, U.S.A. citizenship, like cancer, can be passed down to the offspring.
Just because you love your religion or your citizenship does not mean you have a right to inflict it on somebody else who prefers a different religion or citizenship.
Remember, similar victims who are less powerful avoid vacationing, shopping or investing in the United States. They live in fear that U.S. bureaucrats will capture them or their investments. This hurts the U.S. economy.
For each person desperate to shed U.S.A. citizenship, there are at least a hundred more who would rush to the chance to obtain a resident alien card and start living and paying taxes in the U.S.A. There is no risk that any loss of taxpayers will hurt the U.S. Treasury.
You can get a sense of the hostility incited by U.S.A. tax policy if you visit the website of the Isaac Brock Society. If U.S.A. citizens living in Canada can be so hostile toward Washington, imagine the fury in other parts of the world, and the corresponding risk to U.S.A. national security. (On 7 August 1998, persons angry at the U.S. Government bombed the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing hundred of persons.)
There is no excuse for imposing these requirements on U.S.A. citizens who work and reside abroad. The boundaries of the United States are the boundaries of the United States.
Tom Alciere is a resident of New Hampshire and a citizen and national of the United States of America. However, the validity of the Pythagorean Theorem does not depend on anything you can say about Pythagoras.