By the Left Coast Rebel
Have you heard of SB 1813? If not, you should listen up.
This article highlights a section of the senate "highway safety" bill -- SB 1813 -- and hearkens back to stories of people trapped within the borders of the USSR and East Germany; except in this case the excuse used to disallow a citizen in a sense from leaving this country (revocation of one's passport) is "unpaid taxes":
(CBS) In addition to authorizing appropriations for federal transportation and infrastructure programs, the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” or “MAP-21″ includes a provision that would allow for the “revocation or denial” of a passport for anyone with “certain unpaid taxes” or “tax delinquencies”.
Section 40304 of the legislation states that any individual who owes more than $50,000 to the Internal Revenue Service may be subject to “action with respect to denial, revocation, or limitation of a passport”.
I'm not surprised to read that my authoritarian "yes, ma'am" senator has her grubby-statist fingerprints on this thing too...
Once we give the feds power to revoke a passport because of "unpaid taxes" the floodgate is open to additional infringements (i.e. making sure that you never leave this country).
It's just another step on the slippery slope to a dark, dark place in this country. If only they were this serious about protecting our own borders and stopping the flow of criminals, drugs and illegal aliens into this country.
Think about it and contact your House rep today and tell them to vote against this thing.
Updated: More at RedState on SB 1813.