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Monday, May 6, 2013

Rand Paul blocks international tax treaties

The Libertarian lawmaker blocks international tax treaties
  • Big Brother Government uses international treaties as a cover to spy on the private financial affairs of Americans overseas without a search warrant.
  • In the olden days before the Marxist income tax, people could go to work, move their money, buy or sell their property without Big Brother snooping 24 hours a day looking to find reasons to steal your money and put you in jail. . . . There was a name for it back then.  It was called Freedom.

The Hill reports that Constitutional Federalist Senator Rand Paul’s efforts to block international tax treaties are making some strange bedfellows between business groups and anti-tax evasion crusaders.

Paul (R-Ky.) has been holding up treaties with Hungary, Luxembourg and Switzerland in the Senate for well over a year now, a turn of events that has angered business interests that have called approval of those sorts of agreements routine.
Liberal groups have more recently joined in the efforts to free up the treaties, which they say would help "smooth the implementation" of a law aimed at cracking down on Americans who use foreign banks to cheat on their taxes.

Translation - The treaties make it easier for Big Brother Government to spy on the private affairs of Americans in violation of the Bill of Rights.

But as of yet, Paul has shown no willingness to budge, and supporters of the agreements say that the Kentucky Republican is refusing to even meet with them.

a Senate aide told The Hill in 2012 that Paul had privacy concerns about the treaties, which the aide said would “allow the government to obtain a wide array of records without evidence that people may be hiding money.”

Paul has expressed his libertarian bent in ways both prominent and more under the radar since joining the Senate just over two years ago, as shown by his efforts against the tax treaties. Other newcomers to Washington, like Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), have also helped to increase the libertarian perspective on Capitol Hill.

“There is no question that Rand Paul is very serious and very committed to libertarian, small government principles,” Daniel Mitchell of the Cato Institute told The Hill.

But both Lowe and Cathy Schultz of the National Foreign Trade Council say that Paul’s holding up of the treaties with Hungary, Luxembourg and Switzerland sets a bad precedent that could leave other countries less likely to enter into information sharing agreements with the U.S.

Read more at:  The Hill

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