Vitter Joins Bachmann in Wanting to Ban Remittances

A few weeks ago Michele Bachmann said she wants to ban immigrants from sending money home to their families and now David Vitter has taken a break from pretending to be a family values advocate and visiting hooker to join her call to do exactly that. This was in an interview with Sandy Rios.

When Rios asked the Louisiana senator about remittances, which she feared could be going to “terrorists,” Vitter said he has “a proposal to put an end to that, to either end or put a heavy, heavy fine on those sorts of transfers and dedicate that money, use that money specifically for border or workplace enforcement.”

Vitter told Rios that “if we can effectively crack down on that, that would be very helpful in terms of enforcement.”

He further said that it was wrong for them to be sending American money to foreign countries when that money could be used instead to pay hookers to dress him up in diapers.

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  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com holytape

    Does this include the Barbados, Saint Lucia or Malta?

  • marcus

    He further said that it was wrong for them to be sending American money to foreign countries when that money could be used instead to pay hookers to dress him up in diapers.

    Yeah goddammit, buy American, FFS!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kemibe kevinbeck

    A fair number Kenyan distance runners who stay for periods in the U.S. under work or educational visas send their marathon and other road-race winnings back to Kenya to help feed their families. I wonder what people like Bachmann and Vitter think of this practice, other than its representing the stealing of money earmarked for OUR runners (and whoremongers) by African savages.

  • shouldbeworking

    ‘Fine’ is just a four letter word for the rethuglican’s worst profanity: TAX.

  • cry4turtles

    Head desk, I mean steering wheel.

  • dhall

    Exactly how would such a ban be enforced? Would every piece of mail or package with an out of country address be x-rayed or opened? Or just those with addresses south of Texas? Will postal inspectors be added to do that job? Will postage rates be hiked again to pay those extra personnel?

    Or, as I really suspect, it’s just more idiotic blathering stupidity in an attempt to keep equally stupid followers happy.

  • Chiroptera

    Funny how these people don’t seem all that worried about millionaire’s remittances to their off-shore tax havens.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Does this apply to Indian temporary workers here on H1-B visas?

    How about foreign corporations [1] shipping US receipts back out of country?

    [1] They’re people too!

  • Larry

    Just more red meat to base, nothing to see here.

  • ragingapathy

    My Nigerian wife, and her sister, send money home now and did so before they became US citizens. So would those rules apply to naturalized citizens, too? Or only if they’re from TerrorSponsoringCountries(TM)?

    This is just freaking ridiculous, and definitely is just red meat for the rabid.

  • Francisco Bacopa

    Exactly how would such a ban be enforced? Would every piece of mail or package with an out of country address be x-rayed or opened?

    Remittances to Mexico and central America are mostly handled by Western Union and Moneygram. There are already restrictions on remittances to some countries, so the US govt has ways of tracking payments to at least some countries. In certain parts of the US you will see a poster with the regulations on remittances to Cuba next to the grocery store courtesy booth .

    Stopping remittances would be a terrible idea. If Western Union stepped out of the business, the Golfo and Sinaloa cartels would take over the business. They’d fight over market share in US cities.

  • smrnda

    Some conservative belief in ‘economic liberty.’ I guess it’s only for white people.

  • http://flewellyn.livejournal.com Flewellyn

    Some conservative belief in ‘economic liberty.’ I guess it’s only for white people.

    That IS conservative belief. Liberty is only for white people. White, straight, cisgendered male people who are the right kind of Christian, actually.

  • machintelligence

    Let’s apply that law to corporations as well. Corporations are people too, my friend.

  • Donnie

    @ D.C. Sessions and all.

    Exactly! I am actually all for this. Any money sent outside the U.S. must be taxed at 100%. No exceptions. With tax avoiders and evaders paying their share of American taxes, we could finally reduce the tax burden on low income workers in America. Great idea, but probably Michele Bachmann and David Vitter will have an exception excluding transfers from ‘money earned and handled by rich, white people’.

  • freehand

    People living in the U.S. sent a total $123 billion to friends and family living in other countries in 2012. From:

    http://tinyurl.com/myjyxdk

    .

    A Senate panel said recently that offshore tax havens enable wealthy Americans to avoid paying up to $70b in taxes annually. From:

    http://www.taxbarron.com/articles/tax_evasion_havens.php

    .

    So over one third of the money sent overseas from private US residents is rich people avoiding paying their taxes. Rather than punishing a hard worker sending (already taxed) money back home to his or her family, how about rich tax evaders?

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    dhall: “Or, as I really suspect, it’s just more idiotic blathering stupidity in an attempt to keep equally stupid followers happy.”

    You misspelled “hateful, paranoid, ignorant bigots” as “happy.”