The Invisible Fence Works as Well as a Real One
The Dollar Vigilante
by Jeff Berwick: There's
You know how
they say history does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme? Well,
it's absolutely true, especially in the case of governments. States
pull the same nonsense repeatedly throughout history, but they don't
do it in exactly the same way, so most of the history-challenged
populace never catches on.
Take the case
of border closures and travel restrictions. The most famous examples
are with the socialist Eastern bloc countries of the 20th century.
East Germany's Berlin Wall was the least subtle means of keeping
the slaves on the plantation. Socialist countries had many other
sneaky means of restricting egress, as well. The administrative
ones were the most formidable, partly because their existence did
not have to be admitted officially. Costs for visas to the West
were high and applications could be hindered, rejected, or simply
The USSA has
its own stew of travel prevention. Back when the USSA was still
the less sinister USA, the state focused on restricting economic
opportunities by hindering the masses of people trying to get in.
The state still considers illegal immigration a problem,
but as the government becomes simultaneously more fascist and more
socialist, a growing number of people are trying to get out. And
the state is already weaving a web to prevent its livestock from
escaping so easily.
Bill 1812, foisted on the world in November 2011 by Senator Barbara
Boxer (D-Los Angeles). The bill's stated purpose was to authorize
Federal aid to highways, but it also contained a provision to deny
passports to US citizens who owed $50,000 or more to the IRS. It
passed the Senate in March, 2012, and is waiting for approval in
the House. So if you become too delinquent with paying your extortion
money to the state, then you will be trapped. Do not be surprised
if over time the threshold for passport denial is lowered from the
owing of $50,000 to a much, much lower figure.
Tax debt isn't
the only kind that can get you stranded in the USSA. Another way
of increasing the number of people who can't leave the USSA plantation
is by expanding the definition of a criminal offense to include
almost anything and everything that one might want to do. In fact,
the system is set-up so there is no way to live without breaking
one of their arbitrary and capricious rules.
of this is by destroying the economy and then making you a criminal
for suffering economically from crises created by the government
and central bank. With the announcement of QE3 expect the Fed to
buy up about $1 trillion in toxic Mortgage-Backed Securities to
bail out the likes of Morgan Stanley and Bank of America. Then expect
the Fed to criminalize delinquency, default and foreclosure. Roughly
20% of home owners would find themselves classed as
criminals. The FHAH could go after so-called strategic defaulters.
Jingle mail mailing the keys back to the bank
and walking away from the house could land you in jail. The
upshot is that those caught up in the central bank-created housing
crisis could find themselves permanently barred from leaving the
And then there
are those caught up in the other impossible-to-escape debt trap:
student loans. The Fed controls the entire student loan market and
it is impossible to get rid of these obligations through bankruptcy.
You'd have more luck convincing the IRS to write off the taxes you
owe. Expect student loan debt to be used just like tax debt to deny
passports to USSA citizens. Nearly 30% of these loans are delinquent
while about half of all graduates can't find work. These people
will be prohibited from ever leaving the United States to seek opportunity
elsewhere. They may actually start to think life in the FEMA camps
the government has prepared for them is their best option. Their
parents may disagree about that, but may also have no choice but
to join them. Parents who cosign for student loans are also on the
hook for repayment and could be subject to the same passport restrictions.
no one will be able to obtain a passport and many of them will even
feel like it is a justified punishment for their transgressions.
In some ways, its a mental Berlin Wall, but because it isnt
physical the US government can point and say, Hey, look, its
not like weve got you caged in."
By the time
all is said and done the USSA will truly resemble the former USSR
in yet another way. None of the slaves will be allowed to leave
and not many of the slaves will even realize why or how they were
trapped or that they are even trapped at all.
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September 22, 2012
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