Can the Senate Read These and Fail to Act?

Can the Senate Finance Committee read the submissions on the devastating impact of CBT and FATCA and fail to act?

All I can say to that is how little our submission to the House of Commons Finance Committee made.

I hope it will make a difference. But, I;m not optimistic.

Again, I will quote Will Rogers.

The only difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.

8 thoughts on “Can the Senate Read These and Fail to Act?

  1. Lynne Swansonh Post author

    @Sandra I agree. That is why I mentioned how little impact our submissions to Canada’s Finance Committee had. Heck, they were not even given the submissions before they voted!

    @Patricia. The United States was never the country that was pounded into our heads as kids. Most of the first ten Presidents and several of the Founding Fathers owned slaves. That was all about economics and prosperity for them while a horrendous assault on the human liberties that they espoused.

    Yesterday, I read a quote about the April Baltimore Riots:

    “What did you expect? I don’t know why we are surprised. When you put your foot on a man’s neck and hold him down for 300 years and then let him get up, what’s he going to do? He’s going to knock your block off.”

    Is that from a leader in the African-American community in April, 2015? Nope. It was Lyndon Johnson about Baltimore Riots in April 1968.

    If we don’t learn from history, we are bound to repeat it. History is repeating itself now on so many fronts now–including we are being punished for living outside the U.S., which was the intention of CBT dating back to the Civil War.

    Boris Johnson, a British politician, is being subjected to the same kind of “outrageous” taxation that sparked the Revolutioary War. Actually, this taxation and seizure of our private financial records is far worse than that taxation ever was.

    Iraq and Afghanistan were like Vietnam all over again. Now it’s Syria.

    So, I have to agree Senate is not likely to read these submissions and act to do the right thing.

    Oh, When will they ever learn? Oh, when will they ever learn?

    Five decades later, Peter Paul and Mary along with Pete Seeger, were still asking the same question.

    Apparently, the answer is never.

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  2. PatCanadian

    @Sandra
    Unfortunately, I have to agree with you. In the United States “elected representatives no longer represent the people, but rather the interests of corporations and their enablers.” As well there is that giant US debt resulting in efforts like FATCA to extort funds from Americans overseas. A few of my relatives, who live in the US, realize that it is a country rapidly going downhill and is no longer the great representative of freedom that it used to be. But many still turn a blind eye.

    In the meantime, we who live in Canada and other countries have to do what we can, individually and collectively, to save ourselves and preserve our freedom. Supporting the anti FATCA lawsuit looks like the best collective option to me. The US FATCA steps all over the sovereignty of other nations. On an individual level, renouncing or relinquishing US citizenship can bring great relief depending on one’s circumstances.

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  3. Sandra

    You ask, “can the Senate read these and fail to act?” Unfortunately, I think that the answer is yes. Americans and others should realize that the “elected representatives” no longer represent the people, but rather the interests of corporations and their enablers. The average citizen, and particularly the average citizen living outside the borders of the United States are very far indeed from the interests of the Senate or any other U.S. official. If they can be fleeced and extorted, that’s fine, if they want “justice” or demand that laws permitting their extortion and fleecing are revoked, then they should be ignored or threatened. It’s really that simple. When will the U.S. population wake up and realize this tragic reality? If this weren’t true, do you honestly believe that laws such as FATCA, and how it hurts U.S. citizens living outside of the U.S., would still be on the books five years after it was voted into law? Do you honestly believe if the U.S. were a representative democracy that there would be such a total silence from Senators and Congressmen and women about this injustice? FATCA and any other subsequent laws that are there to extort and steal from the innocent will only be repealed when challenged in the courts, preferably abroad and when U.S. citizens abroad stop playing along and believing in a non-existent form of representative government.

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  4. SwissPinoy

    The Senate read them the last time and failed to act, so I wouldn’t expect for things to be different this time around. But, that doesn’t matter. What matters is that one made the effort, placing the ball into their hands. There is only so much that one can do. Do what one can and make the best out of the situation that one is in. If others play along, then that’s great. If not, then that’s great too. At least one cannot be held responsible for the inaction of others.

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  5. recalcitrantexpat

    I think that you meant to finish the above quote with, “death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”

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    1. Lynne Swanson Post author

      Oops.  I will correct that. Thanks for pointing out my goof.

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