The new FATCA legislation, signed by President Obama as part of the Hire Act, requires that every person in the world who owns a bank account declare whether he is a US person. Imagine if the Chinese required that every bank account holder in American banks fill out a form declaring whether they are a Chinese person for tax purposes! What would you say? None of their damn business.
Obama must think he is the president of the world.
Isn’t this the way it starts? With great speeches accompanied by ignoble acts of coercion?