“Land of the Free”: “More and More of What We Do Depends on Government Permission”

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More and More of What We Do Depends on Government Permission


‘Do you have permit for that? If you want to keep that permit, you’d better do as you’re told.

Increasingly, that’s the theme of modern America. More and more of what we do is dependent on permission from the government. That permission, unsurprisingly, is contingent on keeping government officials happy. Rub those officials the wrong way and they’ll strip you of permission to travel the roads, leave the country, or even make a living.

That’s not a recipe for a free country.

In February of this year, the IRS began sending the U.S. State Department lists of Americans who have a seriously delinquent tax debt, so that these individuals can be denied the right to travel overseas.

“[T]his only applies to a seriously delinquent tax debt,” cautions tax attorney Robert W. Wood, “more than $50,000. Even so, that $50,000 includes penalties and interest. A $20,000 tax debt can grow to $50,000 including penalties and interest.”

Passport revocation isn’t contingent on criminal conviction, or suspicion of flight. Your travel documents can be yanked just for the outstanding debt—even if you’re already outside the country.

“If you’re already overseas, the State Department may, but is not required to, provide a passport permitting your return home,” writes former federal prosecutor Justin Gelfand. “And a 1952 statute makes it a crime for a U.S. citizen to enter or exit the country without a valid passport.”

That law requiring a passport to cross the border in either direction, combined with the threat to strip passports from alleged tax debtors, effectively makes the country one big debtors’ prison.’

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4 thoughts on ““Land of the Free”: “More and More of What We Do Depends on Government Permission”

  1. A troubling state of affairs, Dave. I just had to get a passport to cross the imaginary line, although now vigilantly policed, into the country that lies just to the north of where I live (Canada)…


  2. I know, Carol! I was in Canada in 1999, and no passport was necessary.

    Until we (humanity) get rid of borders, land owned by a few, nationalism and statism/authoritarianism, nothing will improve for any of us. And if this cannot be overcome, then I believe humanity is doomed.

    Thank you for your comment, Carol! I really enjoyed your post today. As always, what you wrote gave me a rest from all of this turmoil!

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  3. Thank you for your thoughtful reply, Dave. I do always hesitate to post silly poems with too many photos, yet we all need a breather from the never-ending pressure of bad news. (I hope you find Loretta LaRoche’s video funny and laugh. It helps…)

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  4. I will check it out!

    I have an old, old friend, and he is completely oblivious to what is going on in the world. So when we get together we spend a great deal of the time being males “of the species”: telling and laughing at stupid jokes, talking about “the good old days”, etc., etc. What my former wife would have called, “Planet of the guys!”‘-)

    I really need that diversion, as do we all! Thanks again, Carol!

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