Grover Norquist Compares Attempts To Collect Facebook Founder’s Taxes To Nazis

“Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s” – Grover Norquist would have called Jesus a Nazi.

Strange times make strange heroes. Judging by the latest right-wing hero, these days are strange indeed. Facebook cofounder Eduardo Saverin made somewhere between $2 and $4 billion last week when the company went public. In a big F/U to the country that helped him earn his wealth, he plans on skipping the country without paying the taxes, because no one can live on say, $1,700 to $3,400 million, except of course, the next several generations of Saverins, along with a few small cities.

Jewish Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) put forth a piece of legislation that would force Saverin to pay twice the normal tax rate, from 15% to 30% (still lower than many of us pay), should he try dodging Dodge. Current laws would prevent the Saverin from entering the country again.

Anti-taxevangelist, Grover Norquist, along with the entire right-wing is applauding Saverin. On one hand, to the right, it’s shameful that the poorest among us pay no federal income tax (while paying payroll tax, sales tax, property tax, etc). On the other hand, any attempts at collecting taxes from Saverin can be compared to Nazi Germany.

As reported in The Hill:

“I think Schumer can probably find the legislation to do this. It existed in Germany in the 1930s and Rhodesia in the ’70s and in South Africa as well,” said Norquist. “He probably just plagiarized it and translated it from the original German.”

The Nazis infamously implemented a departure tax on Jews who tried to flee Germany before World War II. Schumer is Jewish.

Saverin denies that the fact that he renounced his US citizenship for Singapore, a country with no capital gains taxes, is tax evasion. He was born in Brazil, so it’s only natural, apparently, that he end up around 10,000 miles from his home country.

But why should Saverin pay the United States for his wealth? He’s a self-made man, right? Like all self-made men, it turns out that Saverin is not self-made at all. As wealthy Brazilians, his family left their native country for Miami after learning that there was a kidnapping threat against the family. The US police, along with other government agencies, protected the Saverin family.

Then the young Saverin became rich in no small part because of investments that the US government had made in technology. Saverin also benefitted from the US justice system when he settled a lawsuit against partner Mark Zuckerberg which allowed Saverin to become a billionaire.

Of course, we can’t ignore the infrastructure that allows Facebook employees to get to work and to function each day, including electricity, roads, running water, police and fire protection, public and even private (who still benefit from tax dollars) schools and relatively clean (although still not clean enough) Northern California air.

Read more about What Eduardo Saverin Owes America (Hint Nearly Everything) here.

Schumer might be compared to a Nazi for demanding that Saverin pay his fair share, but is his tax avoidance actually akin to treason? Treason is defined as:

1. the offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign.
2. a violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state.

3. the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.

While Saverin’s actions might not be comparable to an act of war, refusing to pay the money he owes to his country is an attempt to harm, a violation of allegiance and a betrayal of trust. Norquist and the right have no problem with this of course, because the goal of the modern GOP is to destroy the United States by forcing privatization of all services, meaning that only the Saverins of the country will be able to afford the full benefits of being a US citizen.

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