The idea of using the issuance of passports or the use of passports to travel outside the United States as a means of collecting money the IRS says they are owed by individuals is not new. It has been floated for several years now. These ideas became a part of Senate Bill 1813, introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer (Marxist/Progressive CA). Mostly the bill was about highway safety, but would also authorize the federal government to prevent Americans from leaving the country if they owe back taxes. One idea is to allow the State Department to revoke, deny or limit passports for anyone the IRS certifies as having a seriously delinquent tax debt in an amount in excess of $50,000.
The IRS has made mistakes in the past. Many of us have received delinquent tax notices from the IRS stating we owe them some outrageous sum of money only to learn it was a mistake the IRS made. In other situations the IRS has interpreted a part of the complicated code in their favor as opposed to the way your attorney, accountant, or perhaps even a court has interrupted the code.
The IRS, is like an agency of a totalitarian state; that is the burden of proof as to what a citizen owes is on the citizen and not the IRS. This is contrary to a free and democratic country where the burden of proof is always on the government. A citizen could be denied a passport and the ability to travel without any due process. If the IRS says you owe the money the state department would have the right to deny your ability to travel.
The odds of a law like this being used for political purposes are very high. The IRS says that Al Sharpton owes over $4 million. Would the Obama regime restrict Sharpton? It is reported that 113,800 government employees owe back taxes, many of these work in the IRS. Would they be restricted from traveling outside the United States?
Those who have promoted and supported this law are the same people who have taken the position that the income of the citizen is really the government’s income and the government is gracious enough to allow us to keep some of the money we earned. Now these same people are using another restriction placed on our freedoms to enforce the confiscation of our personal assets by the government.
This is how we are losing more and more freedom every day; an unrelated restriction on our freedom is placed in some omnibus bill that has support from both sides of the aisle. Nobody notifies the American public and one day an unknowing private citizen learns he cannot board a plane for a long planned trip or some outspoken critic of the regime is notified they are restricted from traveling.
Our government was never intended to function in this manner. Our founders told us the Constitution was an instrument for the people to restrict the government, not for the government to restrict the freedoms of the people. It is critical we Freedom Loving Americans choose a presidential candidate who understands this critical principle.