Taxation Must Go Global,” Says German Finance Minister

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Wolfgang Schauble, German Finance Minister

Wolf­gang Schauble, Ger­man Finance Min­is­ter

In one of the bluntest state­ments on the top­ic by any glob­al­ist thus far, con­tro­ver­sial Ger­man Finance Min­is­ter Wolf­gang Schäu­ble (shown) open­ly called for “glob­al stan­dards” and “glob­al gov­er­nance” in tax­a­tion to ensure that gov­ern­ments can con­tin­ue extract­ing huge sums in tax­es from the wealth-pro­duc­ing class in per­pe­tu­ity. In an Octo­ber 30 col­umn, Schäu­ble, who reg­u­lar­ly pro­motes glob­al­ism and domes­tic police-state mea­sures, also tout­ed the glob­al tax-infor­ma­tion regime long pushed by social­ists and glob­al­ists just signed in Berlin between more than 120 gov­ern­ments and regimes.

The Ger­man finance chief, writ­ing for the self-styled “world’s opin­ion page” known as Project Syn­di­cate, lam­bast­ed busi­ness­es for seek­ing to legal­ly reduce their world­wide tax bur­den by “adapt­ing their struc­tures.” Cit­i­zens, too, must pay more tax­es, he argued. In essence, Schäu­ble claimed that because of a glob­al­ized econ­o­my and busi­ness sys­tem, human­i­ty must now sub­mit to a glob­al­ized tax­a­tion regime as well. “Tax leg­is­la­tion has not kept pace with these devel­op­ments,” he wrote, echo­ing calls by glob­al­ists around the world for more plun­der. “They need to be adapt­ed to the eco­nom­ic real­i­ty of dig­i­tal ser­vices.”

With­out a glob­al sys­tem of what Schäu­ble called “work­able rules,” which of course would require glob­al rulers, gov­ern­ments and dic­ta­tors world­wide are “los­ing rev­enue that they urgent­ly need in order to ful­fill their respon­si­bil­i­ties.” He nev­er spec­i­fies what exact­ly he believes those “respon­si­bil­i­ties” of gov­ern­ments to be. In the Unit­ed States, the Found­ing Fathers estab­lished a Repub­lic for the express pur­pose of pro­tect­ing the God-giv­en rights of indi­vid­u­als. By con­trast, count­less oth­er gov­ern­ments around the world have been found­ed large­ly to enslave and plun­der the pop­u­la­tion. Some, such as the Nation­al Social­ist (Nazi) regime that once ruled Ger­many, were cre­at­ed to lit­er­al­ly exter­mi­nate cer­tain class­es of “infe­ri­or” peo­ple.

How­ev­er, based on tyran­ni­cal pro­pos­als Schäu­ble has pushed in the past — rang­ing from extra­ju­di­cial assas­si­na­tion of peo­ple around the world and end­ing inno­cent-until-proven-guilty pre­sump­tions to deploy­ing the mil­i­tary with­in Ger­many to sup­pos­ed­ly fight a ter­ror war — it is not dif­fi­cult to infer some of his views on the “respon­si­bil­i­ties” of gov­ern­ments. In fact, the title of his col­umn offers big hints on his agen­da, too: “Why Tax­a­tion Must Go Glob­al.” Beyond domes­tic issues, Schäu­ble also pub­lished a book out­lin­ing his views on Germany’s role in what he called the “New World Order.”

Unsur­pris­ing­ly, crit­ics of the rad­i­cal poli­cies Schäu­ble has advo­cat­ed with­in Ger­many have brought up the auto­crat­ic machi­na­tions of Hitler’s Nation­al Social­ists (Nazis) and the East Ger­man Com­mu­nist regime’s Stat­si in argu­ing against them. Schäu­ble, how­ev­er, unde­terred by the crit­i­cism, con­tin­ues to advo­cate for crush­ing nation­al sov­er­eign­ty around the world, beef­ing up the police state under var­i­ous pre­texts, and expand­ing “glob­al gov­er­nance” to more and more areas of life.

To bol­ster his argu­ment for a glob­al tax­a­tion regime, Schäu­ble claims that “the num­ber of tax­pay­ers who make an ade­quate con­tri­bu­tion to financ­ing pub­lic goods and ser­vices is decreas­ing.” Nei­ther “ade­quate con­tri­bu­tion” — as in, the amount of wealth he believes sub­jects must sur­ren­der to the state — nor “pub­lic goods and ser­vices” is defined in the piece. Based on his long career on the tax­pay­er dole, though, Schäu­ble believes Ger­mans and oth­ers around the world must pay even more trib­ute for the alleged “goods and ser­vices” pro­vid­ed to them by their polit­i­cal rulers.

In a bril­liant exam­ple of what Orwell called “dou­ble­s­peak,” the Ger­man finance min­is­ter goes on to claim that “ten­sions between nation­al fis­cal sov­er­eign­ty and the bor­der­less scope of today’s busi­ness activ­i­ties can be resolved only through inter­na­tion­al dia­logue and uni­form glob­al stan­dards.” In oth­er words, the man­u­fac­tured “ten­sion” between nation­al sov­er­eign­ty and the inter­na­tion­al econ­o­my can “only” be solved by abol­ish­ing nation­al sov­er­eign­ty in favor of a glob­al regime — or “uni­form glob­al stan­dards,” as Schäu­ble put it. Almost incred­i­bly, he cites the deeply unpop­u­lar, scan­dal-plagued Euro­pean Union — cur­rent­ly deal­ing with mul­ti­ple eco­nom­ic crises of its own mak­ing as cit­i­zens try des­per­ate­ly to extri­cate their nations from Brus­sels’ claws — as an exam­ple of how it could be done.

Beyond tax­a­tion, Schäu­ble insists that the glob­al­ist approach he is advo­cat­ing to wealth extrac­tion “can also serve as a glob­al gov­er­nance mod­el for resolv­ing inter­na­tion­al prob­lems.” Every­thing from finan­cial reg­u­la­tion and the “reg­u­la­to­ry frame­work” for the “dig­i­tal econ­o­my” to plan­e­tary tax­a­tion can be enforced and imposed via what he referred to as “inter­na­tion­al frame­works” con­coct­ed by coali­tions of nation­al gov­ern­ments, which he mis­lead­ing­ly refers to as “coun­tries.” And that is exact­ly what is hap­pen­ing, as The New Amer­i­can has been report­ing for years.

In his col­umn pro­mot­ing glob­al tax­a­tion, Schäu­ble refers to the “Sev­enth Meet­ing of the Glob­al Forum on Trans­paren­cy and Exchange of Infor­ma­tion for Tax Pur­pos­es” then tak­ing place in the Ger­man cap­i­tal. Orga­nized under the aus­pices of the glob­al­ist Orga­ni­za­tion for Eco­nom­ic Coop­er­a­tion and Devel­op­ment (OECD) — essen­tial­ly a car­tel for high-tax gov­ern­ments to bul­ly and crush their low­er-tax coun­ter­parts in oth­er coun­tries — the sum­mit in Berlin this week con­clud­ed with an agree­ment inked on Wednes­day in Schäuble’s “cav­ernous min­istry built for Her­mann Goer­ing under the Nazis,” as the New York Times put it.

In a nut­shell, more than 50 nation­al gov­ern­ments and unsa­vory regimes agreed to put the final nails in the cof­fin of finan­cial pri­va­cy — all of it under the guise of extract­ing more wealth from human­i­ty and grad­u­al­ly dis­man­tling tax com­pe­ti­tion. Tax col­lec­tors and politi­cians world­wide cel­e­brat­ed, with Ital­ian Finance Min­is­ter Pier Car­lo Padoan call­ing the scheme “a pos­i­tive response on a glob­al lev­el to the glob­al cri­sis.” The “glob­al cri­sis” is appar­ent­ly not enough tax rev­enue for bloat­ed and increas­ing­ly out-of-con­trol gov­ern­ments, which in Europe already con­sume about half of GDP.

The Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion did not for­mal­ly join the new OECD plot — yet — but the White House has been cru­cial to every step in the process. “The Unit­ed States has been a very strong sup­port­er of every­thing that we are doing,” OECD boss Ángel Gur­ría, a for­mer Mex­i­can offi­cial with the Social­ist Inter­na­tion­al-aligned Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Insti­tu­tion­al Par­ty (PRI). Social­ist Inter­na­tion­al, of course, which recent­ly had its own sum­mit host­ed by a regime impli­cat­ed in prepa­ra­tions for geno­cide, has been among the loud­est and most pow­er­ful pro­po­nents of the emerg­ing glob­al tax regime going back many years.

While the promi­nent Ger­man politi­cian nev­er men­tioned it in his col­umn, the foun­da­tion for the emerg­ing new world tax regime he was pro­mot­ing and cel­e­brat­ing was actu­al­ly laid by the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion and con­gres­sion­al Democ­rats in 2010. In a lit­tle-noticed pro­vi­sion of a total­ly unre­lat­ed “jobs” bill, Con­gress includ­ed a White House-backed scheme dubbed the For­eign Account Tax Com­pli­ance Act (FATCA).

Under the trans­par­ent­ly fraud­u­lent guise of extract­ing less than $1 bil­lion per year from U.S. tax­pay­ers with assets abroad (enough to run the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment for less than two hours, and less than the half-baked sys­tem will cost), the leg­is­la­tion essen­tial­ly cre­at­ed a de fac­to plan­e­tary tax regime that turns banks around the world into unpaid agents of the state. In addi­tion to dev­as­tat­ing mid­dle-class Amer­i­cans abroad, the FACTA scheme — bla­tant­ly uncon­sti­tu­tion­al from mul­ti­ple angles — was used as the mod­el for the emerg­ing OECD-G20 glob­al tax regime.

Under the CRS [Com­mon Report­ing Stan­dard], tax author­i­ties receive infor­ma­tion from banks and oth­er finan­cial ser­vice providers and auto­mat­i­cal­ly share it with tax author­i­ties in oth­er coun­tries,” Schäu­ble gushed, with­out men­tion­ing the col­lec­tion of gang­ster regimes and implod­ing social­ist autoc­ra­cies that will soon be receiv­ing sen­si­tive pri­vate data on all of their sub­jects from around the world. “In the future, vir­tu­al­ly all of the infor­ma­tion con­nect­ed to a bank account will be report­ed to the tax author­i­ties of the account holder’s coun­try, includ­ing the account holder’s name, bal­ance, inter­est and div­i­dend income, and cap­i­tal gains.” In sim­pler terms: Pri­va­cy rights, as pro­tect­ed in the Fourth Amend­ment to the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion, are a thing of the past.

The new glob­al tax scheme will estab­lish what Schäu­ble called “a reg­u­la­to­ry frame­work for the age of glob­al­iza­tion.” Auto­mat­i­cal­ly vio­lat­ing the pri­va­cy of every per­son on Earth with­out even sus­pi­cion of wrong­do­ing, he con­tin­ued, is “a prag­mat­ic and effec­tive response to the per­ceived lack of glob­al gov­er­nance regard­ing inter­na­tion­al tax issues.” It will also help gov­ern­ments to pro­mote “people’s accep­tance of their tax regimes,” he added, call­ing it a “great suc­cess.” How­ev­er, there is much more to come, as Schäu­ble and his glob­al­ist com­rades in glob­al tax­a­tion made clear.

Ulti­mate­ly, he con­clud­ed, the goal is to essen­tial­ly abol­ish tax com­pe­ti­tion between juris­dic­tions as well — elim­i­nat­ing per­haps the sin­gle most impor­tant check on bad gov­ern­ment and wild tax­a­tion that has ever exist­ed. “A ‘beg­gar-thy-neigh­bor’ tax­a­tion pol­i­cy” by which “one coun­try pur­sues tax poli­cies at the expense of oth­ers,” he claimed, is “dan­ger­ous.” Iron­i­cal­ly, per­haps, pros­per­ous low-tax Switzer­land, which has long been in the crosshairs of the glob­al-tax cabal, was recent­ly blast­ed for its “dan­ger­ous” self-gov­ern­ment by the pres­i­dent of Ger­many.

Sup­port­ers of tax com­pe­ti­tion high­light­ed mul­ti­ple prob­lems with the move toward the plan­e­tary tax regime. “The trend toward glob­al tax­a­tion is designed to ben­e­fit politi­cians at the expense of tax­pay­ers,” observed Andrew Quin­lan, pres­i­dent of the free mar­ket-ori­ent­ed Cen­ter for Free­dom & Pros­per­i­ty. “Their goal has long been the elim­i­na­tion of tax com­pe­ti­tion and its many ben­e­fits for tax­pay­ers and the econ­o­my.” Bri­an Garst, direc­tor of gov­ern­ment affairs for the cen­ter, added: “If the IRS scan­dals have proven any­thing, it’s that exces­sive tax­pay­er and finan­cial sur­veil­lance are incom­pat­i­ble with lib­er­ty. Lack­ing any sort of elec­toral or polit­i­cal account­abil­i­ty, it’s a safe bet the OECD’s scheme will lead to wide­spread abus­es.”

Indeed, if human­i­ty hopes to remain (or become) free and pros­per­ous, peo­ple had bet­ter start pay­ing atten­tion to the behind-the-scenes schem­ing of their would-be plan­e­tary rulers. An auto­crat­ic and tru­ly glob­al tax­a­tion regime is being imposed on the peo­ples of the world right under their noses. And with­out action, the glob­al­ists have no inten­tion of stop­ping there.

Pho­to of Wolf­gang Schäu­ble: AP Images