It’s moments like these that make me think that, if there isn’t a sense of justice to the universe, it likes to sometimes screw with the right people so the rest of us can laugh.
If you recognize the name Roger Ver, you’re either a libertarian or you’re familiar with libertarian rants. You’ll find his name in conjunction with Bitcoin; in fact, Ver is considered “Bitcoin Jesus,” and is well-known to the Bitcoin community as an entrepreneur and angel investor. He’s funded products including Blockchain, Ripple, and Blockpay. He gave away thousands of the coins for free.
He’s also a tax dodger, and renounced his citizenship to flee to the
Tax Haven of Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, an island in the West Indies. He surrendered his citizenship in February of 2014, a month after moving to the islands.
And now, he’s throwing a temper tantrum on social media because the government won’t let him back in. Ver posted on Twitter that the US government had refused his recent request for a non-immigrant visa, which “effectively locked [him] out of his native USA.”
Good. Good riddance, you tax dodging leech.
Why did the government turn him down? According to Business International, the official reasoning is this:
. . . [H]e doesn’t have sufficient “ties” to his country of residency in the Caribbean and has not demonstrated he has “the ties that will compel [him] to return to your home country after your travel to the United States,” according to a picture he tweeted of a letter that appears to be from the embassy.
In short, US officials are worried that Ver might choose to stay in his native country illegally.
And how, he’s angry because he’s going to miss some speaking arrangements.
This should be SOP for every tax dodger who runs away, renouncing their citizenship, and leaving the rest of us with the burden of paying for the society that they got to live in for free.
h/t Daily Kos