Ron Paul: The “Ex-PATRIOT” Act – America’s Berlin Wall for Tax Refugees

by Ron Paul

The characteristic mark of a tyrannical regime is that it eventually finds it necessary to erect walls to keep people from leaving. This is why we should be troubled by the “Ex-PATRIOT Act,” an egregiously offensive bill recently introduced in the Senate. Following a long line of recent legislation and regulations attempting to expropriate more and more wealth from hard-working Americans, this new bill spits in the face of overburdened taxpayers and tramples on the Constitution.

Current law already dictates that Americans with a net worth of over $2 million who expatriate must be assumed to have sold all their assets and must pay a corresponding punitive exit tax on those assumed sales. The Ex-PATRIOT Act goes even further than current law by assessing a 30% capital gains tax on all future earnings of expatriates. Not content just with this additional tax, the bill also grants the IRS the sole authority to determine whether individuals have expatriated for tax purposes and allows the IRS to bar those individuals from ever re-entering the United States. Finally, the bill blatantly violates the ex post facto provisions of the U.S. Constitution by extending all of these provisions to anyone who has given up their U.S. citizenship within the past decade.

This bill, and other similar legislation, casts a chilling effect on saving, investment, and entrepreneurial activity. The bill was introduced in response to news reports about one of the founders of Facebook who might save millions of dollars of taxes by renouncing his U.S. citizenship. But in their blind envy towards successful entrepreneurs, the bill’s sponsors ignore the fact that they will ensnare many ordinary middle-class Americans who work hard, save and invest wisely, and benefit from rising home values. These Americans may easily find themselves pushing past the $2 million mark by the time they retire, especially as inflation continues to seriously accelerate. If they wish to escape the Federal Reserve’s inflation by emigrating to lower-cost countries so their dollars will go farther, as many Baby Boomers are starting to do, the federal government will penalize them, and continue to penalize them for the rest of their lives as long as they hold any money in the United States.

Unfortunately, the mere consideration of such legislation, even before it has passed, has made American banking customers a potential future headache for banks around the world. They don’t want to deal with the IRS any more than Americans do, and if American account holders become a Trojan horse for the IRS to insinuate themselves into their affairs, there may be more cost than benefit to extending banking services to Americans.

We live under a federal government that has eviscerated our Fourth Amendment rights, that can detain U.S. citizens indefinitely based solely on the President’s word, that assaults toddlers and grandmothers at airports in the name of security, and regulates virtually every aspect of our economic lives. No wonder increasing numbers of Americans feel this government is engaged in outright warfare against its own citizens. Every day the noose grows tighter, yet anyone who sees the writing on the wall and seeks to leave must pay exorbitant taxes just for the privilege of leaving, and increasingly the possibility looms of never fully breaking away from the government’s tentacles no matter where they go. Ultimately, the Ex-PATRIOT Act proposes to control people by controlling their capital, and it has no place in a free society.


  • Of course, Dr. Paul’s mission is more than just the presidency, it’s more about the TRUE essence of the US Constitution, and the TRUE message/principles of LIBERTY.

  • I suppose you’ll have to (as well as other Ron Paul supporters if there are really any) “write him in” now since the mainstream media just declared Romney the official GOP candidate for POTUS. It’s just sickening where this once proud and great nation (USA) is heading towards to (as in Oblivion). For the record, a write-in or independent candidate has NEVER won a US presidential election. Not being a troll, just a pragmatic observer.

  • YOU have not on inch of what true research is and you know nothing of Dr. Paul. Just some of the bullshit you think you know.

  • Where did he say that? Because from what I understand he just does not want states paying for abortions when the majority of the people in that state do not support abortions. Same with gay marriage. He feels the people of the state should be in charge of that. Maybe you need to truly listen to Dr. Paul and not what you THINK you heard or read him saying. I have never heard Dr. Paul say he wants to force women to have kids. He just does not support abortions. But he wont deny it to people.

  • You are living in the past. I learned from it. You know nothing about freedom. Not a inch.

  • Cut government the fuck down.

  • Leave it up to the states, i am not pro life, but a Ron Paul government would not be a Pro life government.
    It would simply give the states the decision, as with many things, like medical cannabis. Rather than leave it up to the corrupt, bloated, oppressive, authoritarian, anti-reality joke of a government the U.S has had for far TOO LONG.

  • Brian Smith

    The problem goes deeper than US citizens that want to leave the United States. I was born in the US but left the US when my two Canadian parents decided to return home to Canada. I have lived in Canada since I was a child, I am Canadian by birth, and considered myself only as Canadian. Last year I was told by the United States that I was still considered to be a US citizen, and being a US citizen I must report to the IRS. I am a Canadian, I work in Canada, I pay taxes in Canada, I was to young to even have a paper route in the US when I was a child, but the IRS thinks I should report to them. I am a middle class Canadian, but I renounced my US citizenship. There are about a million US citizens in Canada, most with only remote ties to the US. The US embassy’s in Canada are becoming backlogged with people that want to renounce. Many in Canada also believe that the true number of people renouncing is being deliberately under reported.

  • True freedom? Ron Paul wants to regulate every pregnancy in the country. He wants govt to have the power to force women to have children. You are the one who knows nothing of freedom.

  • I miss seeing Ron Paul on the campaign trail and the news–and I guess that was mostly Fox, like when he would comment on current events. I bet if he had a video blog people would really flock to it as often as he posts. It wouldn’t have to be daily, just once a week or something like that.

  • Hahaha Ron Paul supporters get fucking owned. Romney is the nominee after cleaning Ron Paul’s clock in his home state of Texas. Fuck you! You suckers! Give him some more of your money. Dumb schmucks

  • Im not an immigrat or a young kid im a american-born young man. XD i know about more freedom than you ever do. thats why i dont trust any politicians. America wasnt feel free to begin with. it only granted freedom only to white men when america was founded

  • What the hell are you talking about? I already know Dr. Paul’s stance on his issues. And also he is not telling me what I WANT to hear he is telling the people what they NEED to hear. You are obviously a immigrant or a young kid just spewing the nonsense of your parents. You know nothing of TRUE freedom. If you did you would support Dr. Paul. W/e. I am done feeding the troll. You generalize too much. Not all people are the same. There are some GOOD politicians.

  • I used to vote democrat. But now Mr Ron Paul you have my vote; I can see all those negative comments are coming from progressive republicans like Mit Romney they’re serving to another group of billionaires he is the well fare for the rich,who wants more of that? Not me.

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  • if you really watch ron paul videos you can he is supposedly anti war and against big government. How can you call yourself a ron paul supporter if you dont know he supposedly against the wars and against big government????? sir you are in denial. Sheep are people that still believe that politicians still care about “we the people”. No politician would ever grant us true freedom. remember all politicians like to say what people “WANT” to hear.

  • hahahaha its funny you still think that politicians still care about the people. you people still trust in politicians because most of all are still sheep. remember man all politicians make promises that would they never come through with. Hell yea i think this man would turn his back in the end just like obama.

  • Someone from america please tell us what’s goin on with mitt being the nominee,please tell me that our media are lying to us ;(UK)

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      French Canadian,
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