This is FOUR people who you've appointed that can't pay their damn taxes, including your Treasury Secretary?
The latest is that Daschle has withdrawn, of course.
CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN?
I'll tell you what would be change. Since it appears that a huge percentage of the current and former Congressional delegation has cheated on its taxes - after all, what are the odds you only picked the tax cheats, if you want me to believe in your idea of CHANGE you will immediately order all member of Congress in both Houses to undergo full IRS audits all the way back to the Statute of Limitations (three years), along with all of their staff.
You and I know know it won't happen, but I'll tell you what - I keep hearing people say they're going to file absolute crap this year. Utter garbage. "The Dog ate my Schedule C."
If The American People do this, Mr. President, government funding will collapse. The IRS can't possibly audit everyone and we all know it.
Your administration is dangerously close to creating a full-on tax revolt among Americans. You would not believe how often I have heard this among people both online and off in the last couple of weeks. The anger, especially when the people who are cheating are folks like Daschle and Geithner, is VISCERAL - these are the people who both wrote the tax code and were involved in the bailouts and handouts which you expect we the people - ordinary Americans - to pay for.
Here is what Daschle said previously:
"Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. " Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998, p. S4507.
But you, Mr. President, expect Americans to file truthful tax returns and pay their taxes as due?
I file and pay every year exactly what I owe. No cheating, no games, no BS. I spend upwards of a full week preparing and checking my tax return to make sure that I pay every dollar that is due (but not one more!) But now we discover that every day another one of your appointees in your "new day" for Washington DC has cheated on their taxes and in the case of Daschle and Geithner they knew they owed the money and didn't pay until you tapped them?
Against this backdrop you expect ordinary Americans to file and pay for bankster bailouts to cover the fraudulent actions of the banking and securitization industry?
You might want to rethink this one, and I can come up with only two ways to do it:
* Audit EVERY Congressperson and EVERY staffer in your administration, including yourself. Everyone, all the way back to the statute of limitations, with the results of those audits made public.
* Ditch the IRS and the current tax system entirely (mooting the question) and move the nation to The Fair Tax, thereby firing all the tax lobbyists and game-players in DC and elsewhere.
Frankly I prefer #2 but #1 is acceptable.
"Do nothing", on the other hand, may well NOT be accepted by The American people.
If what I hear in my day-to-day the patience of "The People" is about done.
Alright! Time for your good buddy to get into a tax rant:
Before 1913, Americans were NOT taxed. America was a nation where one could come from nothing, yet gain a chance to gain anything one desired.
Ever since 1913, that America has been buried under a number of occurrences...those being:
The Federal Reserve Act;
The original Thirteenth Amendment (known also as the "Titles of Nobility" Amendment;
The anti-American Fourteenth Amendment (it actually relegates U.S. citizens (read: Citizens) to subordinate status under our elected officials);
Corporations being given the "rights" of a "person"
Let's get into a tad more detail:
The Federal Reserve Act was enacted under a recess Congress, and against the will of WE THE PEOPLE. There were two instances of central banks earlier in America's history, and they were both refused by the American people...because of USURY. Amazingly, this iteration of the same crime against WE THE PEOPLE has been allowed to stand for nearly one hundred years.
Take a look at my blogroll - there are a couple of sites which discuss the Thirteenth Amendment - just in case you've no experience at all with this concept, here's the cogent part of the amendment:
"If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive, or retain any title of nobility or honour, or shall without the consent of Congress, accept and retain any present, pension, office, or emolument of any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince, or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them." [Journal of the Senate]
In other words, anyone who acts as an agent of a foreign nation, or against the United States of America, CANNOT HOLD A POSITION IN GOVERNMENT.
During the war of 1812, this amendment was passed, but traitors against WE THE PEOPLE understood its true meaning, and went about to subvert our lawful protections against said traitors.
In 1865, the true, original 13th Amendment was "disappeared" and replaced with the sham that exists to this day, an amendment composed of naught but damning to this nation. Read it for yourself:
Later in 1861, another proposed amendment, also numbered thirteen, was signed by President Lincoln. This was the only proposed amendment that was ever signed by a president. That resolve to amend read: "ARTICLE THIRTEEN, No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State." (In other words, President Lincoln had signed a resolve that would have permitted slavery, and upheld states' rights.) Only one State, Illinois, ratified this proposed amendment before the Civil War broke out in 1861.
Michael Badnarik made a set of videos regarding the mis-reading of our Constitution called Constitution Class 101 - I highly recommend it to you. He discusses the difference between being a citizen of a state, and being a "Citizen of the United States". Watch the videos...you'll learn a huge amount for something you probably take for granted.
But...here's the biggest part of the scumbaggery - the tax burden originally belonged to CORPORATIONS. After all, a corporation uses more resources than a "person" could possibly use. Yet, a corporation has at its disposal many more options available.
Ever try to stage a work stoppage with couple of co-workers? The corporation will have scabs at your desk faster than you can say, "My chair cushion!"
I believe that the corporations, the quislings in our government and the bankers colluded to transfer the tax burden from the corporations to WE THE PEOPLE. Just think...Halliburton had a FIVE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLAR TAX DEBT FORGIVEN? Meanwhile, Bob Lewis gets a garnishment on his salary, because of a lousy thousand bucks?
Where has America's soul gone?
If that isn't enough, remember this: Congress had no power of taxation before 1913...and no amendments granted this power...so, how is it that WE THE PEOPLE are the recipients of an unlawful tax burden?
Wages are what we earn in exchange for labor.
Income is wealth not derived from labor (prizes, lotteries, etc.) - so think about that a little bit, dear readers.
Now...go back and read the preceding article, and ask yourself - how many more of our privileged class (i.e. our elected officials) DON'T PAY TAXES?!?
I anxiously await your responses.
Oh, yes...this has nothing directly to do with the taxation issue at hand...but do these activities bear the mark of a friendly nation?