France: October 10, 1789 – Ancestor of #OVDP and #FBAR

This appeared in the Toronto Globe and Mail on October 10, 2013.

Fascinating, especially the part about “stumbling over her executioner’s foot”. A reminder of the “Obama Witch Hunt” against Americans Abroad. This should be a reminder to NOT enter OVDP – which reminded me of a Phil Hodgen post:

where he also referenced 18th century France.

The government is not your friend.  In any way whatsoever.  If there is a lesson the world should have learned since the whole Voluntary Disclosure Debacle started in 2009, it is that ordinary people should stay the f— away from it.  The IRS, in its enthusiastic embrace of procedural due process (if we process everyone through the system in the same way, we are being fair) will impose equal penalties on the grandmother living on Social Security and the multimillionaire tax evader.  Because equality matters.

That’s what Anatole France first told us:

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

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