October 22, 2014 Greetings: We have all have good days. We all have bad days. For me, yesterday October 21 was an exceptionally good and an exceptionally interesting day.
First the exceptionally good:
The Morning Have you seen the movie “Groundhog Day“? It’s the story of a person who wakes up to a day that is exactly the same as every other day. Well, I had (note the word is “had”) been working with a client for approximately 10 months (not a U.S. person based case). Numerous appearances (seemed like “Groundhog Day”). Numerous roadblocks. But, finally yesterday, we got the result we needed! Great result for the client! He is now “free” to continue the journey of life unencumbered. On a more practical level it’s over – I don’t need to worry about this anymore. (Well his father did share with me that he had a “Green Card” (OMG moment coming?) in the 90s. Without additional comment, I just asked him how he liked living in Canada?)
The Afternoon I was thrilled to receive the message that you met your fundraising goal for October. I emphasize that this is your and only your achievement! Congratulations!
To put this in perspective:
FATCA is a vicious assault on the governments and people of the world. Yet the only “FATCA pushback” (at least to date) is coming from your efforts! You may not have thought of yourselves as world leaders. But, that’s exactly what you are! The ADCS-ADSC.ca FATCA lawsuit began with an idea. Your belief, conviction and funding have transformed the “idea” of organized opposition to FATCA to the “reality” of organized opposition to FATCA.
I noted with interest the following two comments about your fundraising achievement:
First from Trish:
This is simply fantastic! And I hope all the government folks who doubt us and the tax-border folks who would so like to see us fail, are taking this in….. Because I am the treasurer for ADCS ADSC, I see the donations and I have to say, it is overwhelming to realize that this is coming from the “little people” i.e., no big corporate donations (they won’t touch it, I guess) and no “sugar daddies,” Just amazing and not to be dismissed! Way to go! Thank you so much!
And in response to Trish:
These former presidents which embody the spirit of what America was envisioned to be would be shocked to see the America of Barack Obama.
Congratulations and keep up the great work!
Oh and Glen Greenwald has been to Toronto before – I highly recommend you watch the 2014 Munk Debates: