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April 24, 2012

Should the IRS take your passport?

NOTE: Downsize DC President Jim Babka guest hosts a syndicated radio show tomorrow (Wednesday). Details in the P.S.

Quote of the Day: “A free and prosperous society has no fear of anyone entering it. But a welfare state is scared to death of every poor person who tries to get in and every rich person who tries to get out.” – Harry Browne

There’s a new highway funding bill.

It’s full of measures unrelated to highway funding. Some parts are draconian.

This bill, called MAP-21, passed the Senate.

This is exactly the kind of bill that prompted to develop the One Subject at a Time Act (OSTA).

OSTA was introduced in Congress by Rep. Tom Marino and now has seven cosponsors.

I wrote a letter telling Congress to pass OSTA and urge you to do the same.

The hard-wired message says,

I would notice and appreciate your co-sponsorship of the “One Subject at a Time Act” (OSTA), HR 3806.

I added these comments, from which you may borrow or copy…

The “MAP-21” bill (S.1813) is the type of legislation that makes OSTA necessary. OSTA requires that…

* each bill or joint resolution shall embrace no more than one subject.
* the subject of a bill or joint resolution shall be clearly and descriptively expressed in the title.

In contrast, MAP-21 …

* has a title that is as vague and un-descriptive as you can get — “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.”
* is mainly about highway funding, but has other dangerous measures buried in its 1,676 pages.

Such as…

* Authorizing the IRS to confiscate passports from those who ALLEGEDLY owe $50,000 or more in back taxes.
* Requiring all new cars have “black box” data recorders

The passport confiscation (Sec.40304) offends me…

* Confiscating a passport without due process is a violation of the fundamental liberty of the right to move, a violation of the Fifth Amendment; anyone who is NOT charged with a crime should be free to leave the country.
* In a 77,000 page tax code, not even IRS officials can know all the laws or know exactly how much each person owes. (
* This will lead to selective enforcement, such as targeting critics of the Federal State.
* This will create a precedent, where the $50,000 standard will fall to $10,000 and then to $1,000 or less.

The “black box” requirement (Sec.31406) is also disturbing…

* It will jack up the price of cars that don’t already have them.
* It will pretend to protect our personal information – except when the government claims it needs it.

Besides, where does the Constitution say that traffic accidents are a federal responsibility?

Keep in mind…

* The idea of not letting people leave the country is repugnant. Do you share the ideology of those who built the Berlin Wall?
* If black boxes are essential, then auto manufacturers and/or insurance companies would make sure every car had them. The Megastate’s intervention wouldn’t be needed, right?

I demand that you oppose “MAP-21” as presently written, and that you pass the One Subject at a Time Act to prevent bills like it in the future.


You can send your letter using’s Educate the Powerful System.

Jim Babka
President, Inc.

P.S. Tomorrow (Wednesday), I have two guests, both columnists, as I guest-host Straight Talk w/Jerry Hughes, on the Accent Radio Network.

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