5 THE INTERNATIONAL DRAGNET

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The hard reality is that there’s much effort extant from governments,

and not just our own, as well as from international organizations,

often working in tandem, to tighten the grip on

the citizens of the world for the purpose of increasing taxes and implementing

more effective tax collection measures. In fact, the focus

is tremendous, as is the desire to plug the “loopholes,” as they are

viewed, and to create a “level playing field,” on which to tax everyone

to death. Why? Because they can—or so they would like to think. The

problem with this plan, besides toying with our individual sovereignty,

is that the sovereignty of individual nations is also jeopardized

by other bigger nations, or more hideously, by international organizations

that want to bully the smaller countries into telling them what to

do. By hoping to eliminate tax competition between nations, which

incidentally promotes economies and business for the benefit of these

smaller countries, they are also hoping to reduce or eliminate the opportunities

for their taxpayers to creatively and legally lower their

taxes. Government oppression? Well, effectively, yes.

The United Nations, with its 191 member nations, is supportive of

a global tax organization, presumably to eliminate “unfair tax competition”

as part of their agenda, as if this were a noble cause. If they ever

succeed, one thing will surely happen. Taxes will go up. Why? Because,

there will be nothing to stop them. The sovereignty of individual

nations is gradually being usurped by outside forces with special

agendas, served up by organizations like the Organisation for Economic

Co-operation and Development (OECD) and their redheaded

stepchild, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and many others.

They are beginning to work in concert, trying desperately to get everyone

to comply with their wishes. There is plenty of talk of expandbarbing global democracy and capitalism, free markets, and free trade, all

of which sound great! Doesn’t it? But, the consolidation of power is

likely no matter what you call it, and the downside is potentially horrific.

Imagine a world in which the current discussions to give the UN

the power to create the ultimate global tax-collecting body become a

reality. Imagine a single, worldwide UN-administered IRS, and no

other options. Actually, this very scenario is a possibility, and this one,

like others, is what we need to be thinking about when we blindingly

support initiatives that are being touted as “good for us.”

The big “D” word, “Democracy,” is being peddled all over the

world as the cure-all form of government that every foreign country

should hope to achieve. President George Bush talks about democracy

in general and continual terms, almost as if it were a religious experience.

Why is democracy being trumped so hard on the world stage?

Will fewer people die in wars, will the debt of nations go down, will

the people of the world be freer and happier? Not likely? Well, then,

why not?

Could it be because democracy is a more favorable environment

to increase commerce and productivity worldwide and, in the globalization

crusade, to tax the world? Free markets are music to a capitalist’s

ears, but they should not be attained at the expense of the

sovereignty of nations and the sovereignty of individual human beings.

And, what better way to finance the ultimate plan than through

globalization? Former President George H. W. Bush put it on the table

when he declared it a “New World Order,” but he stopped short of

telling us where that might lead us. These inconvenient details are

often left undisclosed to the populace, particularly in advance of

changes of this magnitude. Only later, through time and tide and our

own reflection, can we perceive the amplitude of the true intentions

and the bigger picture—and often when it’s too late. Did the German

population really know what plans Hitler had for them, and others?

A uniform global tax policy and unified collection methods

will be necessary to fuel the ultimate plan that is not yet revealed to

us. Once again, individual national sovereignties are at stake, and

so is yours.

In this chapter, we review a few pitfalls that are directly related to

anyone going offshore, and that were largely designed to reduce liberties

and increase taxation. The latest tactic in the war on our liberties

is action in the name of “security.” The “anti-money-laundering” laws

that are being passed worldwide are one mechanism to create a strong umbrella of control. We are told these laws are necessary to

stop terrorists and other international criminals, but tax collection

purposes are almost entirely the real reasons for this expansive global

legislative move. The legislators might not actually recognize a terrorist

if they saw one—in fact, all the funds uncovered from terrorist financing

came through OECD member countries or Islamic nations,

not, as the authors of this legislation have tried to imply, through the

“bad boy” tax havens.

In fact, the high-handed tax regimes themselves are to blame, as

they have provided their own citizens ample inspiration to become

more creative and personally respond to this global epidemic. Protection

from persecution at the hands of their own government is why

folks have made tax havens so popular. Corporations have taken the

same measures. Money, like water, still seeks its own level, and it will

seek out safe havens regardless of the state of the world.

What the world governments really need is to have their taxpaying

citizens hold them fiscally responsible. Only then will this spiraling

problem modify and maybe end. Otherwise, the finale will be much

more dramatic and few people will escape its consequences.

Why have tax havens become the brunt of these actions? Supposedly,

they harbor vast amounts of criminal money and protect taxdodgers

of every description. The truth? More money is laundered

through OECD member nations, and an even larger sum through the

United States, than is supposedly laundered in all the world’s tax

havens combined. Laundered criminal proceeds are less easily detected

flowing through huge financial centers like Tokyo, New York,

and London. Curiously, the United States is also the biggest tax haven in

the world, as it provides many tax incentives to foreign investment.

Without this infusion of foreign capital, our economy would be in serious

jeopardy, along with our future. Ironically, this is precisely why,

in 2002, the United States backed off on giving the OECD its support.

The United States could not be party to the idea of global harmonization

as long as the truth is that our nation is greatly benefited by its

status as the largest tax haven of all.