Tax havens: Super-rich 'hiding' at least $21 trillion. Then take every fucking penny they have, hand them a rag, and let them start over.
By the way, that's trillion with a "t." In the U.S., hiding income is fraud and the statute of limitations never ends until the income is finally reported. Huge penalties attach--or should. That's why I hate tax amnesty. Fuck that. The filthy rich who responded got their dicks slapped, but they didn't go to jail or otherwise have to deal with any criminal taint. We know the government is still datamining all ocmmunications in and out of the country. Use that abuse of power for good, for once, and identify who has what where and start arresting them en masse. And take every fucking penny. Problem solved.
Update: At Aljazeera the number got bigger: Super rich hiding up to $32 trillion offshore. Here's the thing, when the rest fo us hear this enough, more of the masses will look for ways to cut corners--I expect more bartering and black market activity. Now the IRS and other tax authorities around the world can go afte some little guy, but it will inflame people who see the rich thumbing their noses at the rest of us, and it will yield very little. But nabbing a few high profile assholes and putting them through the wringer? Eventually even the political whores recognize that you need revenue to run a government, even a corrupt one.