The Real Reason Governments Are Killing Financial Privacy

At a G-20 meeting held in September, central bankers, finance ministers, and an assortment of other central planners touted what they hoped would be a new “global standard” of the automatic sharing of financial information.

The U.S. has taken the lead with the odious FATCA law—the 2010 IRS regulation that requires international financial institutions to begin reporting all financial holdings of U.S. citizens—or face a substantial reduction in earnings on their U.S. investments—and the EU has followed suit with its own version.

Through FATCA and other measures, both the U.S. and the EU are aggressively seeking new ways to undermine financial privacy.

Financial privacy should not be viewed in a negative light, as it is often portrayed. The Swiss view it as a fundamental human right to preserve dignity, akin to medical privacy. How would you feel if the government snooped into your medical records and automatically shared those records with foreign governments?

While it would appear that the primary objective of this new “global standard” is to rake in more money for bankrupt governments, it seems another motive is at play here.

The optimistic estimate for FATCA is that it will bring in around $9 billion over 10 years or $900 million on average per year.

With the deficit in 2013 for the U.S. federal government at $680 billion, the expected $900 million from FATCA is not even a drop in the bucket (a little more than one-tenth of 1%). Even in the unlikely event that the U.S. will continue to reduce its deficit in the future, the revenue from FATCA will remain a pittance in comparison.

So, it begs the question: Why would the U.S. government go through all the enormous trouble of implementing FATCA if it’s going to bring in such a meager amount of money?

If it’s not money, it appears the primary motivation here is control. The new “global standard” is a path that will put governments around the world one step closer to being able to track and control every penny you earn and every penny you spend. It dovetails nicely with the NSA’s modus operandi.

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