“Free people don’t fret that they may lose government permission to work and travel.”
One of the problems with big government, welfare-statism, is that it politicizes everything eventually. Government is constantly in one’s business. Nowadays there is no part of life where one can escape government. It is ubiquitous.
Busybodies are attracted to government like June bugs to a bug zapper. The problem is government doesn’t zap the busybodies, it emboldens them. This was not how the USA was supposed to be. We were supposed to be different. But the busybodies badgered everyone into following their rules.
A rule here. A tax there. What’s the harm?
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.