When Diocletian (284-305AD) came to power after the Great Monetary Collapse of the 3rd Century, he sought to restore the economy even reintroducing silver coins. However, to accomplish that he imposed aggressive taxation and invented passports since you could not travel leaving your town unless you paid your taxes. This is exactly what is in Barbara Boxer’s Transportation Bill that if the IRS “thinks” you ow money, they will revoke your passport preventing any travel until they say you owe nothing. History repeats because the passions of humankind never change and government ALWAYS see the people as the problem, never that they themselves cannot manage anything.
In the United States Congress has been circling the wagons to protect the NSA acting as outright liars pretending this is all about terrorism. It is TAXES and hunting down every penny they can get. The USA has been sending letters to Canadians informing them that since they had one parent that was American, they owed taxes to the USA since they are property of the US government. To the USA, taxes are not your “fair share” of anything – it is what government considers its “fair share” or you total productive capacity.
While Francois Hollande of France has been loud about the NSA spying on European politicians, it has come out that France also taps all phone calls and collects emails of its citizens not for terrorists, but for taxes. The same is going on the UK and just about everywhere in Europe.
This is the Sovereign Debt Crisis. Everything is imploding. We are losing absolutely all freedom because these people who CLAIM to represent us have become the greatest oppressors in history. I have stated many times, there will be NO such thing as HYPERINFLATION for that assumes government will try to be honorable and meet its promises. There is just NO example from history that has EVER shown any government that tried to do so. They have always seen the people as the problem. They never see themselves as the source of any problem. Alan Simpson is a classic example. He had the audacity to call the seniors the greedy generation all because they dared to expect government to honor its promises.
The trillions of dollars of unfunded liabilities will be defaulted upon just as the City of Detroit defaulting upon its pensions. Rome had the same problem. As they attempted to inflate, confidence declined, and government hunted down capital. Everything fell apart right down to the courts. No government has ever survived s debt crisis of this nature. Rome collapsed on the same basis – unfunded pensions.
The fact are the facts. Only a fool will buy this nonsense that the NSA is all about terrorists. This is all about money. Congress cannot see what it is doing to destroy our society and they stack the courts with former prosecutors and have driven their conviction rate up to nearly 99%.
Edward Gibbon, author of the Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire, wrote of the Roman Emperor Commodus a rather good explanation of the view of those in power toward the people or who some have called the “great unwashed.” He wrote that
“distinction of every kind soon became criminal. The possession of wealth stimulated the diligence of the informers; rigid virtue implied a tacit censure of the irregularities of Commodus; important services implied a dangerous superiority of merit; and the friendship of the father always insured the aversion of the son. Suspicion was equivalent to proof; trial to condemnation. The execution of a considerable senator was attended with the death of all who might lament or revenge his fate; and when Commodus had once tasted human blood, he became incapable of pity or remorse”
(Book 1, Chapter 4).
There is no pity or remorse in Washington. The vast majority see no problem and cannot imagine that there will ever come a day a reckoning. Since they see no problem other than we do not pay enough taxes, then there is not even a solution entertained.