Entrepreneurial business leaders viscerally understand the tension between vision and results. You start by painting a picture of sunlit uplands just ahead, accessible through the agency of your cool new technology or service. If you are smart, you allow enough data through the reality distortion field to drive vision adjustments as needed.
You see, in the private sector, the voluntary decisions of your customers to "eat the dog food," as we put in here in Nerdville, are the key data points. You certainly don't punish ex-customers--how could you?--you woo them back by doing a better job than your competitors. Customers beginning to flee your platform don't have a problem, you do. They aren't being ungrateful, you just aren't doing your job. The world changes, and smart entrepreneurs adjust the vision-thing to accommodate changed circumstances.
Smart politicians do the same thing. When pondering reelection after the 1994 Republican takeover of the House of Representatives, Bill Clinton famously declared an end to the era of big government and acceded to conservative welfare and budget reforms that invigorated the national economy. Clinton's pragmatic turn allowed him to cruise to a second term, even earning the Big He enough political capital to squeak through impeachment after being caught lying under oath.
By this standard Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer and Bob Casey are anything but smart. Having constructed the inevitable no-growth liberal utopia, conflict between vision and reality is resolved by denying the latter. So, when customers begin fleeing for competing countries, as with nearly 1800 who renounced their U.S. citizenship last year, the response is to punish the customers.
From ABC News:
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has a status update for Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin: Stop attempting to dodge your taxes by renouncing your U.S. citizenship or never come to back to the U.S. again.
In September 2011, Saverin relinquished his U.S. citizenship before the company announced its planned initial public offering of stock, which will debut this week. The move was likely a financial one, as he owns an estimated 4 percent of Facebook and stands to make $4 billion when the company goes public. Saverin would reap the benefit of tax savings by becoming a permanent resident of Singapore, which levies no capital gains taxes.
At a news conference this morning, Sens. Schumer and Bob Casey, D-Pa., will unveil the “Ex-PATRIOT” – “Expatriation Prevention by Abolishing Tax-Related Incentives for Offshore Tenancy” – Act to respond directly to Saverin’s move, which they dub a “scheme” that would “help him duck up to $67 million in taxes.”
The senators will call Saverin’s move an “outrage” and will outline their plan to re-impose taxes on expatriates like Saverin even after they flee the United States and take up residence in a foreign country. Their proposal would also impose a mandatory 30 percent tax on the capital gains of anybody who renounces their U.S. citizenship.
The U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, the most regulated financial markets, escalating personal income tax rates applied on a global basis, staggering sovereign debt, and multiple industries prostrate due to excessive government interference. All this catalyzes a never-ending Great Recession, and the response of the "visionary" ideologues responsible is, like Zimbabwe strongman Robert Mugabe, to punish the miscreants attempting to flee.