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Je suis beau et intelligent. À part cela, je suis juriste helvète, libéral-conservateur, amateur d'armes, passionné d'histoire et de politique. Je suis libéral et capitaliste convaincu car je pense que c'est cela l'état naturel de l'homme. Je parle le "Schwiizerdütsch" avec un accent zurichois, j'adore la bonne musique, la bière et surtout la femme avec qui je vis.

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Sunday, June 03, 2007

Let's rob them a little more

To whom does wealth created by individuals belong to? Does it confer some sort of prerogatives to the Government? Among others, Barack Obama, one of the candidates of the Democratic Party ot the presidential elections in 2008, seems convinced that the state must do everything in order to prevent its citizens to protect their property from partial confiscation and that society has some sort of right that some individuals contribute more than others to the "overall welfare". The "Anti-Tax Haven Jihad" is going on: Senators Levin, Coleman, Obama are doing everything they can to extend State power over honest taxpayers in order to rob them just a little more: The new "Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act" has been introduced:

Every US taxpayer having money in alleged Tax Havens (among which, of course, Switzerland), shall be presumed to evade taxes. This must be countered of course, in the name of more so-called tax justice:
“With a $345 billion annual tax gap and a $248 billion annual deficit,” said Levin, “we cannot tolerate a $100 billion drain on our Treasury each year from offshore tax abuses. We cannot tolerate tax cheats offloading their unpaid taxes onto the backs of honest taxpayers. Offshore tax havens have declared economic war on honest U.S. taxpayers by helping tax cheats hide income and assets that should be taxed in the same way as other Americans. This bill provides a powerful set of new tools to clamp down on offshore tax and tax shelter abuses.”

“It is simply unacceptable that some individuals are using offshore tax havens and secrecy jurisdictions to shelter trillions of dollars in assets from taxation,” said Coleman. “These tax schemes cause a massive revenue shortfall and, sadly, it is the honest American taxpayer who must bear a disproportionate burden of investing in areas like education and health-care. We are introducing this bill to close these loopholes, shut down offshore tax schemes, and ensure that every American pays their fair share of taxes.”

“This is a basic issue of fairness and integrity,” said Obama. “We need to crack down on individuals and businesses that abuse our tax laws so that those who work hard and play by the rules aren’t disadvantaged.”
In reality, all this is about, is of course to raise more funds and to redistribute them. No matter if the individuals'property rights are a little more violated in order to get there.

However, for their brave effort and their contribution to further oppression of honest indivduals, Senators Levin, Coleman and Obama are awarded with the Kim Jong-Il Prize.

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