What can We The People do to end the pre-emptive wars, the police state, the systemic corruption in every agency and facet of government? Even if we could vote the bums out of congress (and election fraud is a serious impediment to this approach) and replace them with people who actually take seriously their duty to faithfully represent the American people, how long would it take for them to become corrupted?
The U.S. House of Representatives has the power to defund programs which are not in the best interests of the people but it’s a power they rarely invoke to reign in an out of control Executive, and often when it is used it’s only to give their constituents the impression that they’re “doing something about it” knowing the Senate will reject it. One can only assume they rarely use it or use it only to paint themselves in a positive light because the majority of them are actually in support of out of control government. Fortunately, We The People possess the power to defund the Government entirely simply by withholding our financial support. One might argue that they could simply borrow money from foreign governments or borrow money created out of thin air by the Federal Reserve. Although this may be true how long do you think anyone would loan them money without the collateral resources of the American people to pay back the loans? And what else does this tell us? Maybe that taxes are not about generating revenue but about exercising control over the people? How can we, in good conscience, continue to finance the slaughter of innocent men, women and children all over the world to satisfy corporate interests? It’s not in the best interests of the American people and it’s certainly not in the best interests of those who are being slaughtered.
On these issues there are three kinds of Americans, those who don’t even care enough to take the time to learn about it, those who are waiting for someone else to do something about it, and those who are and have been actively, courageously and valiantly opposing it in a multitude of ways. However, swift and effective solutions are virtually non-existent. Which brings me back to hitting them where it hurts by withholding our financial support. What if there was no money to wage immoral, unconstitutional, and illegal foreign wars, or to use drones to kill as many as 50 civilians for every militant killed, or to allow the Department of Homeland Security to purchase massive quantities of weapons and ammunition ostensibly to confront the American People ( DHS is, after all, responsible for domestic security), or to fund the DHS at all for that matter? Of course the list of government bureaucracies and programs which need to be de-funded because they’re not in the best interests of the people is nearly endless.
Ron Paul has said, and I’m paraphrasing, “if the government was the size intended by the constitution income taxes would not even be needed to fund it”. And it’s not as if our income taxes actually pay for government services we can’t live without. Ronald Reagan created the Grace Commission in 1982 to investigate waste and inefficiency in the Federal Government. The final report presented to Congress in January 1984 stated that one-third of all income taxes are consumed by waste and inefficiency in the federal government, and another one-third escapes collection owing to the underground economy. “With two thirds of everyone’s personal income taxes wasted or not collected, 100 percent of what is collected is absorbed solely by interest on the federal debt and by federal government contributions to transfer payments. In other words, all individual income tax revenues are gone before one nickel is spent on the services [that] taxpayers expect from their government”. The national debt at the end of fiscal year 1984 was $1.572 trillion and as I write this in 2014 that figure is $17.52 trillion.
“Income— as the term is used within, and in regard to, the tax code– has a narrow legal meaning confined to the monetary proceeds from the exercise of federally privileged activities, such as holding or administering a government office, or working in one. If you get any of that, the “income” tax applies. Working at common (private sector) occupations is NOT a privileged activity, and is NOT taxable; and no language to the contrary will be found in the law”.
“Wages and self-employment income, as used in connection with any tax statute, form, document, regulation, IRS instruction or publication, etc., are also narrow legal (statutory) terms, meaning remuneration for privileged-based activity, chiefly government employment, and explicitly NOT the proceeds or remuneration from common occupations, which are NOT taxable, and which are explicitly excluded from the law”.
“Employment, employee, and trade or business, insofar as those words or phrases are used in connection with any tax statute, form, document, regulation, IRS instruction or publication, etc., are also narrow legal terms, referring chiefly to government work and workers, and explicitly NOT to private work and workers.
When asked about the source of the current income tax most Americans who are at least somewhat informed would say that the income tax was created by the 16th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This is not the case. “The income tax is just an excise; capitations still require apportionment; and you’ve been taken to the cleaners”. “The (16th) amendment merely overruled a Supreme Court decision that had briefly interrupted the application of the already-long-standing tax (the twice-heard case of Pollock v. Farmer’s Loan & Trust, 157 U.S. 429, and 158 U.S. 601, (both 1895)), while making no changes to its pre-amendment nature”. “From its inception the “income tax” has been an excise that applies only to gains from the profitable exercise of federal privileges (and therefore needn’t be apportioned)”. “The amendment doesn’t transform the “income tax” into a direct tax, nor modify, repeal, revoke or affect the apportionment requirement for capitations and other direct taxes. It simply prohibits the courts from using the overruled reasoning of the Pollock decision to shield otherwise excisable dividends and rents from the tax”.
Despite popular belief We The People are not powerless to reign in our out of control government, but we need to be informed regarding the tools at our disposal to do so. I don’t know of a more effective and expedient way to take back the country that rightfully belongs to us than to defund those who are destroying it. Make no mistake, we are funding our own demise and time is running out.