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Old 24.02.2008, 22:31
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Tax Havens under fire

The German tax evasion, courtesy of Lichtenstein, is still with us.
I tend to agree with Nick on http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisf....globaleconomy

It's about time these loop holes are closed.
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Re: Tax Havens under fire

So, if I try to protect what's rightfully mine from being stolen - I'm the criminal?

Right, thank you for clearing that up, Nick. Pathetic.
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Re: Tax Havens under fire

Yes, the British government has a long history of stealing (I assume SWE as South west Engerland?).

Thank you for your educating comment. If your government would have had more money to spend on your education - there would be no end to your wisdom.
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Re: Tax Havens under fire

It seems that the Germans are giving the UK HMRC ideas. How can it be lawful to purchase stolen information, then act upon it?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...=1770&ito=1490
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Re: Tax Havens under fire

seems odd, I agree.

but guess who pays spies to read other people's mail...
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Re: Tax Havens under fire

one of the reports I read today was more along the lines of the German tax inspector handed the info to HM Tax Office for a small contribution, to offset the alleged 5M they paid in the first place.
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Re: Tax Havens under fire

I guess there are always pro's & cons no matter how you look at it.

Acting on stolen info is wrong but then 'hiding' your ill-gotten gains is also wrong. Even if they were not so ill-gotten, maybe if everyone was subjected to the same taxes and no countries made exceptions or strange tax laws, then a number of us would not be relocated to little retirement villages like those in Liechtenstein and here in Switzerland. Maybe tax rates would be more bearable for the rest of us if the wealthy paid their part but I doubt it because we all seem to accept governments that just suck the life-blood right outta you..

The big question is probably - where are they domiciled? If they live in Liechtenstein / Switz then that is one thing but if they live in Germany and are simply hiding the money I guess the centre of vital interest becomes the place where they pay big bucks to snitches for info on who's hiding what money where.

Didn't Valentino Rossi and Boris Bekker get caught for the same thing more or less?

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Re: Tax Havens under fire

It is not just the German government who have a problem applying basic principles of law to their own behaviour. We recently saw a crown prince return from a war to establish "democracy" in a faraway land, and his comment regarding going there to drop bombs on folks was that if someone wants "save lives" by going to bomb folks, then they should be allowed to do it.

In other words, do as I say and not as I do.

The reason our western governments are becoming increasingly bold, and transgressing fundamental principles of law and civil rights with increasing ease, is probably a consequence of the US example. The USA has decided that law is a nice sideline to the main game of power politics. The Bush regime has thrown out the rule book of international norms that has been built up since the last really great, heroic war, and now we face the very real prospect of war in the balkans as Russia wonders where the hell is going to be the next "independent" part of the former soviet bloc.

In this context, the attacks on "tax havens" are neither surprising nor unprecedented. All fascist and quasi fascist regimes want an absolute monopoly of control on private finance. It is called destroying the private liberties and rules of private property that characterize modern societies. Every theocrat and commie dictator has the same ultimate goal, in this respect. They want total control.

What the US has been doing with secret police, secret prisons, renditions and torture is pretty clearly an erosion of civil rights by folks who think they are above the law.

What these self appointed saints in Germany are doing is precisely the same. They have been brazenly breaking the law and daring the judiciary to confront them. The judiciary says nothing. Just as in the USA.

Let us be frank: I have not committed any crimes recently, and so I can hopefully expect to stay out of jail.

Right now, as I type this, numerous people in the German government have committed serious felonies for which you or I would face prison. These include conspiracy to theft, actual theft, bribery and espionage. Civil suits include actions based on a breach of german constitutional law concerning human rights.

Not one of these folks is going to prison for these crimes. We all know they were committed, we all know that if you or I, mere ordinary people, did these things and proclaimed our actions to the world, we would be sitting in a jail cell.

Why?

The only explanation for a lack of universal application of basic laws is that a special class of person has been created by the governing power in the land; a class of person who is above the law that applies to ordinary people.

You can call this what you like. Fascism is as good a term as any.

And finally, for all you folks out there running on envy and hatred, who just love to see the government nail a rich man to the wall, just pause and answer me one fundamental question about the world:

Where in the world would you like to go and live, THAT DOESN"T HAVE THE RULE OF LAW AND PRIVATE CAPITAL MARKETS?

The bottom line is that the people responsible for this illegal aggression against the peaceful and productive state of Liechtenstein must be rooted out, charged, and sentenced to jail. They are emblematic of a philosophical cancer that is spreading in the world, and they pose a very significant danger to our civilization, such as it is.

These people want the law of the jungle. They wish to be the ones who define the law from moment to moment. They will tell us we are in danger and that only they can save us.

It is a crock of shit, and these folks need to go to jail so that our children do not fire up the gas ovens once again, in yet another fit of righteous certainty and aggressive barbarity.
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