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    •  according to my brother (whose wonderful (8+ / 0-)

      wife is Swiss), the country is run by the banks there and always has been. He told us tonight that anyone who pays taxes in the U.S. has just had their Swiss bank accounts closed down with no guarantee they'll get the money back (except for those with huge bank accounts, like the Romneys -- for them the Swiss moved the money to off shore accounts). My SIL had her mortgage on her apartment in Switzerland canceled -- just wiped out -- and has been given a month to come up with $100,000 or she loses the apartment. They've owned this apartment for at least a couple of decades (they rent it out when they're not there). Elderly Swiss citizens who live here and have pensions coming from Switzerland are having trouble getting their money.
      So my opinion of the way that country is run isn't quite so hot at the moment.

      We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

      by Tamar on Wed May 09, 2012 at 06:42:57 PM PDT

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      •  We had our Swiss bank account closed (2+ / 0-)
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        The Swiss bank where we had an account (just a few thousand dollars) closed our account and sent us a check. It wasn't a big deal. They sent us a notice along the lines of "Hey, stupid Americans, your country is hassling us about unpaid taxes. Take your money and go away." It was much more polite than that, of course, but they gave us the money right away.

        •  apparently that's not true for all accounts. (0+ / 0-)

          Different banks (and there are a hell of a lot of different banks in Switzerland) handled things differently. The only thing they did in concert was closing down the accounts.

          We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

          by Tamar on Wed May 09, 2012 at 07:38:59 PM PDT

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      •  Does citizenship allow her to have an account now? (0+ / 0-)

        It sounds like Switzerland is no longer friendly to American bank accounts there.  But if she has Swiss citizenship, would some banks be more likely to allow her to keep money there?  Maybe she has some leftover campaign cash to shelter....

        •  nope. My SIL has dual citizenship but because (0+ / 0-)

          she pays taxes to the U.S., she's been shut down.

          We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

          by Tamar on Wed May 09, 2012 at 07:39:34 PM PDT

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        •  p.s., but this citizenship thing was in the works (1+ / 0-)
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          before the account shutdown, so you may be right that it was her plan to do that.  
          Who knows -- she's such a mine of misinformation and foolishness, she might think that Swiss citizenship will protect her from the unAmericans in Congress. It might also be that the Swiss are pretty much white and not fond of immigrants -- so she probably likes that.

          We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

          by Tamar on Wed May 09, 2012 at 07:42:14 PM PDT

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          •  Another Thought (2+ / 0-)
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            Maybe they're looking for somewhere to escape to when America collapses. Somewhere they can hide their money in beforehand, too.

            FOSI: Full Of Shit Information - Both my sister and I are trivia freaks...

            by Spoc42 on Thu May 10, 2012 at 06:11:05 AM PDT

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