On the Down Low: Capital Controls Hidden In Employment Stimulus Package

by | Apr 1, 2010 | Headline News | 6 comments

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    For those of you who have been thinking about seeking protection for your wealth and assets outside of the United States, your time is running out. Though it does not directly control the amount of money an investor can send out of the United States, a new law passed by Congress earlier this month makes it much more difficult for you to move your money out of US dollar based assets:

    It couldn’t have happened to a nicer country. On March 18, with very little pomp and circumstance, president Obama passed the most recent stimulus act, the $17.5 billion Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (H.R. 2487), brilliantly goalseeked by the administration’s millionaire cronies to abbreviate as HIRE. As it was merely the latest in an endless stream of acts destined to expand the government payroll to infinity, nobody cared about it, or actually read it. Because if anyone had read it, the act would have been known as the Capital Controls Act, as one of the lesser, but infinitely more important provisions on page 27, known as Offset Provisions – Subtitle A—Foreign Account Tax Compliance, institutes just that. In brief, the Provision requires that foreign banks not only withhold 30% of all outgoing capital flows (likely remitting the collection promptly back to the US Treasury) but also disclose the full details of non-exempt account-holders to the US and the IRS.

    Over the last several decades, government policy has shifted to controlling every aspect of Americans’ lives. What better way to do this then with your time, energy and labor, and thus your money?

    As Zero Hedge points out, they’re not done yet:

    And so the noose on capital mobility tightens, as very soon the only option US citizens have when it comes to investing their money, will be in government mandated retirement annuities, which will likely be the next step in the capital control escalation, which will culminate with every single free dollar required to be reinvested into the US, likely in the form of purchasing US Treasury emissions such as Treasuries, TIPS and other worthless pieces of paper.

    Congratulations bankrupt America – you are now one step closer to a thoroughly non-free market.

    This is just the beginning. At some point in the near future, when the US dollar comes under serious international pressure and foreigners and Americans alike start offloading what is essentially worthless toilet paper, the federal government will likely make it illegal to move money out of the US completely.

    The alarm for serious investors is sounding and it is likely that they will begin to move as many assets off of US shores as possible before it’s too late. Capital flight is a direct effect of the growing restrictions on private property rights. The long-term ramifications will be a lack of desire from foreign investors to move any investment dollars into the US.

    Once again, a brilliant economic move by the US Congress and President.

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      6 Comments

      1. Rick Blaine

        Oh yeah…

        This is all going to end beautifully.

      2. Paul Revere

        And to think of all those fools who endorsed Obama with their precious votes.  I hope they are the ones who get crushed in the coming economic mayhem.  You Democrats wanted change, you got it, compliments of the foreign born, Chicago based thug of your choosing.

      3. cat

        funny how those “useless” canadian coins could possibly be the only thing worth something in the cash drawer!

      4. kobio

        I voted for Obama.  I also bought a bunch of gold coins and long term storage food with the cash from my house that I bought in 97 and sold in 07.  Good luck to you.  This started waaaay before Obama and it will end with you tools voting in a fascist in the name of no fascism. Hahaha!

      5. zukadu

        Revere:   It doesn’t matter where Obama was born.  As long as he was born to an American citizen, either mother or father, anywhere, he is still a citizen and legally entitled to be President. I mention that for all of those out there who think that it makes a difference where he was born. It doesn’t. It only matters to whom he was born. Having said that, I think it is important to get this guy out of power ASAP.

        As for Capital Controls, they have existed for some time, in that transfers of funds offshore are recorded and must be declared and reported by Americans and the corresponding financial institutions. The difference in this legislation is that it appears to try
        to extend American law to foreign institutions.

        This attempt at world government is part of the coming G-20 capital controls and global banking laws that are to be imposed under the auspices of the IMF. Its bad enough that American currency is under control of a Private Cartel at home, but now they want to ship those jobs offshore too! 🙂

      6. Chris C.

        Anyone know why this act was passed? And it’s not to make Americans think twice about leaving in the future – rather the opposite (and much simpler). I have a theory.

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