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Arizona Immigration Laws and The United Nations……

In Uncategorized on August 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Hello everyone:
We believe the statements made by Arizona Republican state Sen. Frank Antenorri are right on the mark. Our Secretary of State Hillery Clinton should not have included references to Arizona’s immigration suit in the brief to the United Nations. This country does not need to be paraded in front of nations who are far more damaging to humans rights than ours.
Our record is far cleaner than any one of those that are members of the Human Rights Council of the U.N.
We did our nation a great injustice including references of our beloved state of Arizona in with nations and people who have total disregard for Human Rights.

How much lower does it go – what does it gain us – Ridicule is what it gains us.

We must change this government from what it is to something that will resemble the Republic as it once stood.

Stand up America and honor your neighbor and this country. Lets make it stronger instead of weaker.

God bless America – E Plurubus Unum

Notes from the Field – from Frankfurt, Germany

In Uncategorized on August 30, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Sovereign Man
Notes from the Field

Date: August 30, 2010
Reporting From: Frankfurt Airport, Germany

Though I’m penning this letter to you from the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, I will likely be somewhere over Nova Scotia by the time you receive it. My father is quite ill– so I’m traveling to the United States to see him, as well as attend to some other personal business.

He’s a strong guy and I’m sure everything will be fine, but I think it will do us both some good to spend a few weeks together.

The rather unexpected nature of this trip has led me to think about the nature of family as it relates to expatriation and planting multiple flags.

I have met a lot of people, for example, who remain in a particular location simply because they find it necessary to stay near elderly parents, to be close to the kids, or because the spouse isn’t philosophically ready to take the leap.

I read a few comments about this just in our most recent post from Friday– such as Don’s remarks: “Now if I could just get that one person in my life who’s the hold-up in me getting out of here…”

The reality is that sometimes the people closest to us aren’t on board with the same philosophy… or that we have overwhelming family reasons to stay in our home country.

This is simply a personal choice– people weigh the costs and benefits of staying vs. leaving, and major issues like family will (and should) have a substantial impact on the decision-making process.

For some people, the easy compromise is heading to a nearby country, like Mexico or Panama for North Americans, where they’re only a few hours away by flight. For others, a spouse’s unwillingness to leave, or the need to reside in the immediate vicinity of one’s family supersedes all other priorities.

I realize that I fall into a unique category; I’m happy to hop on a plane when necessary to come visit, but I’d much rather spend the bulk of my time exploring exciting opportunities overseas. I do, however, completely understand the logic of staying near family.

Regardless of personal priorities, though, everyone should still be making basic preparations. We are living in an age of turmoil– economic adversity, constant government bungling, resource shortages, environmental problems, social strife, the steady erosion of civil liberties, etc.

Given the social trends and the historical patterns of elected leadership, it looks like things are going to get much worse for a long time.

Don’t get me wrong– I am not making a prediction for doom and gloom, nor am I trying to stoke fear. You know me well enough by now to recognize that I’m an optimist, and frankly I don’t think that there’s anything to be afraid of in all of the coming chaos… if you’re prepared.

Ultimately, the solution to surviving and prospering in challenging times is to take steps towards becoming more self-reliant. Those who depend 100% on the existing systems– corporate jobs, fiat currency, the pension system, our food transportation network, law enforcement agencies, the government’s ability to ‘fix’ things– may find their lives turned upside down.

Making basic preparations does not have to be complicated, costly, or time consuming… it’s simply a question of putting yourself in the right frame of mind– are you the type of person who will wait for others (the government, employer, police, etc.) to fix everything… or the type of person who will solve your own problems?

With the right attitude, everyone can be the latter– self-reliant, prosperous, and solidly confident about the future… even if family obligations are holding you back geographically.

I’ll have a lot more on this in the coming days– for now, I’ve got to board my plane and go see my father.

Until tomorrow,

Simon Black
Senior Editor, SovereignMan.com

America’s Economy??? What are your thoughts??

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm

The Economy and its direction….

What are your thoughts???? Did you listen to our vice-president the other day extolling the virtues of the “stimulus package” and its wonderful effect on our lives thus far. Did you believe his every word???// Can you believe him and do you find his words consoling????

Again, there are always so many questions that come to the fore during his political speeches – so many questions that are never answered. The mainstream media – the state run media – has no comment except praise for his every word. How can this media be so dumb and who are the leaders that can allow this information to be published in direct contrast to the existing conditions????

Just how do you feel about all this????

Notes from the field….Simon Black

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Sovereign Man
Notes from the Field

Date: August 27, 2010
Reporting From: Vilnius, Lithuania

I’m really excited about something.

While I have no Polish ancestry, I thought it might be useful to you if I found and published a reliable immigration resource while I was in Poland a few weeks ago.

After spending a lot of time interviewing various attorneys and testing their qualifications, I finally found one who 1) had solid English skills, 2) would be willing to do all the administrative legwork, and 3) charge our subscribers less than $1,000.

Great news. The attorney I selected just sent me a nice email saying that he will be confirming Polish citizenship for at least 10 of our subscribers who contacted him. In just a few months time, these members of our community will have Polish passports.

I’m really happy about this and am gratified to have played a role in the process. Most of all, though, it’s great to see people taking action and getting prepared.

As you can see from this success story, it doesn’t have to be hard, and it doesn’t have to be expensive… all you need is the will to act and to make these preparations a priority.

Taking these steps– acquiring a second passport, planting an offshore banking flag, learning valuable skills, developing alternative sources of income, etc.– are all of tremendous importance in this turbulent world.

Each represents a way to reduce your risk on any single government or system, and to increase your level of self-reliance. This leads me to our first question this week:

Ron asks, “Hi Simon- a friend of mine has just gone to the Dominican Republic for economic citizenship and a passport. I bought the Going Global report that you co-authored, and I see that you put DR on a list of countries to avoid for economic citizenship. Can you provide some details?”

Yes, it’s simple. There is no economic citizenship program in the Dominican Republic. Anyone who tells you otherwise is scamming you. Be sure that you don’t confuse ‘Dominican Republic’ with ‘Dominica,’ which has a legitimate economic citizenship program.

If you want to obtain citizenship in the Dominican Republic, it is possible through long-term naturalization. You first have to declare residency there, which can be accomplished through an investment in the country.

After several years of residency in the Dominican Republic, you can apply for naturalization. Given the amount of capital, time involved, and value of the passport, however, I don’t think that this is a good option for most people unless they intend on living in the country.

Much better options exist, including Ecuador and Paraguay. I will be detailing these soon in our forthcoming premium service.

Next, JB asks, “Hi Simon. I was wondering if you could recommend a reliable offshore web hosting company for a simple business website with PayPal functionality.”

If you have an online business, it’s pretty easy to plant multiple flags; you can own the intellectual property in one jurisdiction, host the website in another, and process the payments in another.

For places to base the company, look at common law jurisdictions with strong intellectual property protection that do not tax profits earned overseas. Hong Kong and Singapore are great examples.

For hosting, I won’t comment on specific providers, but you should consider jurisdictions with top quality Internet architecture and English-speaking support. Canada and the US are great examples (though not if you’re from there). Norway and the Baltics are also good choices.

Finally, your payment processor should ideally be in another jurisdiction. In a jam, you -could- use PayPal because they have subsidiaries worldwide. You can establish, for example, a PayPal Singapore account to receive payments, and none of the income would ever touch your home country.

Lastly, Wayne asks, “Simon, what are your thoughts on the organization called GOOOH, or organizations like it that aim to clean out the political system and replace all sitting politicians with fresh blood?”

Look, I agree with their goals, and I think it’s admirable that such organizations really want to make a positive difference. I truly despise politicians and bureaucrats– I think they’re power-hungry sociopaths who enrich themselves by bankrupting the middle class and stealing from the productive.

In theory, replacing all of them sounds like a good idea; I would rather have a team of well-trained monkeys in our capitols than the folks who are there now.

Here’s the thing, though: while the goals of these organizations are admirable, it’s futile to try convincing the preponderance of 300 million Americans / 60 million Brits / 30 million Canadians / etc. that less government is the answer.

“We the people” around the world are getting exactly the sort of leadership and solutions that we’ve demanded– more regulation, more stimulus, lower interest rates, more bailouts, etc.

It’s nearly impossible to win over the people’s hearts and minds to the ideals of limited government when an average Brit believes that taxes should pay for free swim lessons… or when an average American thinks that Obama’s stimulus spending comes from ‘his stash.’

We all have a finite amount of resources– time, money, and energy. Trying to change people’s minds about the political establishment may be morally fulfilling, but it will likely be a waste of these precious resources.

As I travel around the world and I see such a massive transformation underway, I honestly believe that much of what we know today will be virtually unrecognizable in just a few years’ time.

Think of how much the world has changed in the last 10-years… and understand that things are changing even more quickly now.

The fundamental question is– should we be investing our time, capital, and energy to affect a fractured and corrupt political system, and to change people’s minds who frankly don’t want our help? Or should we invest our resources to prepare and safeguard our families, our assets, and ourselves?

I’m curious what you think.

Simon Black
Senior Editor, SovereignMan.com

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8/28/2010 – HONOR – The Restoration…

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2010 at 8:50 am

America – The day is almost here – I hope you are excited as I to see the and hear the program that Glenn Beck has put together. We sure would like to be there in person to experience America’s feelings.

We wish Glenn and his participants well with great things and feelings during the coming hours of Saturday, 28 August, 2010.

God Bless America – The greatest country in the World.

Renewing “Honor” – Washington, 08/28/2010

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2010 at 8:40 am

Are you going to Washington, DC on Saturday?????

We wish we could attend!!!! Maybe next time???

We wish Glenn Beck much luck and good things from his endeavor to engage and enlighten us in the re-making of “Honor” for our great country on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

God Bless America – In God We Trust – Do not let these words disappear.

Have a great day…..

Notes from the Field….Simon Black

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2010 at 8:31 am

Sovereign Man
Notes from the Field

Date: August 25, 2010
Reporting From: Paris, France

It may be a bit ironic that I’m discussing expatriation today from Paris; this city was widely known as the world’s cultural capital for much of the 20th century, and it attracted a large number of intellectual giants who lived here as expats.

Gertrude Stein coined the term “lost generation” to define this group of expats who moved to Paris, most of them at the end of World War I. Many turned out to be incredibly famous– Hemingway, T.S. Eliot, Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, etc., and their time as expats left a profound impact on literature.

Most of the expats were disillusioned by the Great War and felt alienated by the sheepish cultures in their home countries. Paris became the gathering place of their phyle– their group that was based on intellectual and philosophical commonality, not accidents of birth like skin color or national origin.

For this reason, I really respect their movement… and frankly, I expect a similar movement to emerge over the next several years as the disillusioned masses with portable financial and intellectual capital seek greener pastures overseas.

Many people may choose to punctuate this step by renouncing their primary citizenship… either as a political/philosophical statement, or simply to save money on taxes.

I’ve discussed this topic before, but I recognize that there are a lot of misconceptions on the subject, so I thought I would go right to the source and conduct an interview with Mark Nestmann.

Mark is a renowned asset protection lawyer, and part of his business is taking US citizens through the renunciation process. I’ve sat down with him today for a short 25 minute interview in which he discusses the ‘how-to’– why someone would want to do this, what are the benefits, and what are the consequences.

I guarantee that you’ll be surprised by his comments, it’s definitely worth your time to listen.

Afterwards, if you want to learn more, I’d encourage you to check out Mark’s book, ‘The Billionaire’s Loophole,’ which you can find on his website. At $25, it’s incredibly inexpensive considering the first hand, valuable information that he provides, and I know of no greater authority on the subject.

To be clear, this subject (and Mark’s book) are not just for US citizens, so regardless of where you’re from, I think you’ll find the information valuable. Mark’s book, in fact, goes into specific detail about renunciation regimes in other countries.

Until tomorrow,

Simon Black
Senior Editor, SovereignMan.com

Your Vote – Did You Vote?????

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2010 at 6:59 pm

To all you Primary Folks:

I sure hope that consideration was taken and given regarding todays primary elections. Here in Florida the races are especially important since it looks like the results will surely establish some commonality for the future.
We need to change all of the Washington establishment and make the newly elected fully aware of the heavy responsibility on their shoulders.
This nation can no longer sustain folks -quasi leaders- if you will, who do not have the heart and feeling of the folks first and foremost.

If you the reader did not vote today, please do your homework so as to be armed and ready for November. WE need leaders who have our requirements as first priority.

God Bless America…

Charlie Reese Article – from the internet & e-mail

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2010 at 11:50 am

Read this slowly, let it sink in, VOTE in November

This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be please read the entire article.

The article below is completely neutral, not anti republican or democrat.

Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day.

It’s a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!
545 vs. 300,000,000

EVERY CITIZEN NEEDS TO READ THIS AND THINK ABOUT WHAT THIS JOURNALIST HAS SCRIPTED IN THIS MESSAGE. READ IT AND THEN REALLY THINK ABOUT OUR CURRENT POLITICAL DEBACLE.

Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years.

545 PEOPLE — By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does.

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits…. . The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace
545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red ..

If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it’s because they want them in IRAQ If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power..

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees…

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it……… Is up to you.

Sales Tax
School Tax
Liquor Tax
Luxury Tax
Excise Taxes
Property Tax
Cigarette Tax
Medicare Tax
Inventory Tax
Real Estate Tax
Well Permit Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Inheritance Tax
Road Usage Tax
CDL license Tax
Dog License Tax
State Income Tax
Food License Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Gross Receipts Tax
Social Security Tax
Service Charge Tax
Fishing License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Building Permit Tax
IRS Interest Charges
Hunting License Tax
Marriage License Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Personal Property Tax
Accounts Receivable Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What in the hell happened? Can you spell ‘politicians? ‘ I hope this goes around THE USA at least 100 times!!!
YOU can help it get there!!!
GO AHEAD – – – BE AN AMERICAN!!!

PS.

If you do the right thing and pass this on – which is entirely up to you –
please do the right thing and highlight and delete any addresses you receive with it.

Thank You

Sovereign Man in Paris

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2010 at 11:42 am

Sovereign Man
Notes from the Field

Date: August 24, 2010
Reporting From: Paris, France

Yesterday I wrote to you about Sophia Antipolis, a beautiful place in the South of France that’s just about perfect for expats with families who don’t want to make any compromises… what I call the “Internationalists” from the 7 expat categories.

Today I want to tell you about another French-influenced place that’s great for “pioneers” and “expedtioners” who are opportunity-focused but not concerned about being in a developing country. I’m talking about Laos, and the capital city of Vientiane in particular.

Vientiane definitely has a lot of French influence… like Beirut, New Orleans, Shanghai, and Buenos Aires, there are French elements in the architecture, cuisine, and local culture. Unlike those other cities, however, most people have never heard of Vientiane. This is why I want to bring it to your attention.

Given the recent boom that has occurred in parts of Southeast Asia, most notably Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, I think Laos has several of the key ingredients to prosper in the long run.

First of all, it’s already one of the poorest countries in the world. To give you an idea, the top tax bracket in Laos applies to people who make more than $1,800 per year.

It’s hard (though not impossible) for a country to head anywhere but up when it’s sitting at rock bottom. But what really sets Laos apart from other cheap countries is that it is home to massive amounts of the world’s most valuable resource.

No, I’m not talking about oil & gas, or gold for that matter. I’m talking about the stuff we all need to survive– food. Laos is covered with nutrient-rich arable land that is among the most productive on earth… yet only a small percentage of it has been industrialized and cultivated.

I am a strong believer that the growing world population will increase global demand for food, especially in major Asian population centers. This spells rising food prices. Laos is well-positioned to capitalize on that trend because of the combination of low costs and high yields.

Consequently, it won’t be long before both Chinese and western companies start leasing and developing large tracts of land there to cultivate agricultural products. In my experience, anytime foreign companies enter a new market, it creates tremendous opportunities for local entrepreneurs who can facilitate business services.

So what’s it like being in Laos? Well, as the only landlocked nation in Southeast Asia, Laos is not a place to go looking for beautiful beach resorts… but you’ll find 5-star hotels, inexpensive guesthouses, and everything in between.

For businesses, it’s a far cry from the tax nightmares and rising costs in other, more developed countries. Although a one-party Politburo runs the country’s socialist political platform, the bureaucrats are fairly hands-off with foreign companies that create jobs in the country.

They realized years ago that the only way to prosperity was loosening restrictions and adopting a more market-oriented economy. They’re in the middle of that transition right now.

I think there’s ample opportunity in Laos for anyone looking for a crowd-free, low-stress, low-cost place to do live and business. Vientiane would make a great spot to retire, open up a small restaurant or bar, get into the tourism business, or just lay low for a couple years.

The city sits on a bend of the Mekong river, literally a stone’s throw over the water from Thailand. Vientiane is a cozy little town with unbelievable food and a pleasant, laid-back expat atmosphere. It’s distinguished by beautiful Buddhist temples, traditional monasteries, and French colonial architecture.

Vientiane is cheap too. Imagine eating an impressive 3-course French dinner (with wine) at one of the city’s finest restaurants for less than $20. You can also rent a luxury serviced apartment for only $1,200 per month.

One evening on my last visit to Vientiane, I ducked into a comfortable expat-owned pub that was brimming with locals and travelers alike. Sitting at the bar, I met a friendly Australian woman who turned out to be the owner; she’d been in Laos for eight years and absolutely loved her new home and business.

There are hundreds of small foreigner-owned establishments like hers in Vientiane– restaurants, pubs, hostels, and tourism businesses. And as she told me, police officers and government cronies are actually a very rare sight.

With so much available at an incredibly low cost, it makes for a great getaway for expatriates who need an escape from the hustle and bustle. Given the future opportunities that I expect, it’s a solid destination to plant a business flag or start a new life abroad.

Until tomorrow,

Simon Black
Senior Editor, SovereignMan.com

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