"Conventional wisdom," even when provably incorrect, is a very powerful thing. People often find it
uncomfortable to question things they have always taken for granted. The sky is blue; one plus two
equals three; and most Americans owe federal income taxes. Everyone knows that.
Contrary to what "everyone knows," the truth of the matter is this: Congress could not, and did not,
impose a tax on the income of most Americans, because of the strict limits on federal power imposed by
the Constitution. Instead, they imposed a far more limited income tax, applicable primarily to income
from certain types of international and foreign commerce, but wrote the law in such a way that it could
easily be misinterpreted. The law itself is perfectly valid and constitutional; it is simply being misrepresented
and misapplied by the tax professionals and government officials. As a result, tens of millions of Americans
now make payments to the IRS based on the false assumption that they are just paying "their taxes." In reality
they are being defrauded via the myth that the income of most Americans is taxable.
From: "larken" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 2003/11/30 Sun PM 03:40:37 EST
Reality, though sometimes difficult to figure out, is not mushy or uncertain. WE may be uncertain about something, but reality is NOT. Reality is concrete. Reality doesn't have varying "opinions" about the size of the earth, or the temperature at which copper melts. What is, IS, whether we understand it or not.
"The law" is something MADE UP by people. It is a collection of artificial concepts, fabricated by human beings (often less-than-virtuous human beings, if you ask me). However, there is STILL a "concrete" component to the law, which is why it is WRITTEN DOWN. If they WRITE THE LAW DOWN so us mere peasants can see what it requires of us, we must be able to rely on what is WRITTEN DOWN to decide what the law requires.
I hear a lot about "res judicata," and frankly, I think it's more of a mental disorder than a principle of law. It basically means "we already ruled on that"; it's when some court makes some declaration about the law, and then after that courts refer back to that "ruling" and accept it as automatically valid, without considering the basis for it.
In a way this serves a purpose, in that it's nice to have some consistency in what the guys who wear black dresses are going to proclaim on any given day. But in a way, it's also utterly insane. In short, the principle dictates that a court today will not consider THE LAW ITSELF to determine something, but will simply blindly accept some PRIOR court "opinion" as being automatically valid.
Imagine how insane that is in any context OTHER than "law." If you and I were discussing the average life span of hermit crabs, and my argument was "oh, I already ruled last week that hermit crabs live an average of two years, so there's nothing to discuss," you'd think I belonged in a looney bin (and you'd be right). Yet this is EXACTLY what the "judges" of the Tax Kangaroo Court (and other, real courts) routinely do. "We already said that's wrong--though we didn't really say why--so we'll just quote ourselves saying that, and that's the end of the discussion." What kind of god-complex lunatic thinks that way?
But there is a level of insanity, now practiced nationwide by the IRS and the DOJ, that is even MORE looney.
As you may recall, at my suggestion a few dozen people (at least) sent letters to Patrick Meehan, the U.S. Attorney "investigating" me, asking him the six "lethal questions" about how to determine one's taxable income. This might ring a bell:
Anyway, I just heard of a response someone got (the only one I've heard of so far), which was a letter back saying that Mr. Meehan's office "does not provide advice on personal tax issues," and suggesting that the person contact the IRS if he has questions.
Never mind for a moment that the questions were about how ANYONE should determine taxable income, not about "personal tax issues." The letter suggests that we ask the IRS, which more than A THOUSAND of us did, without a response. If you ask Congress or the DOJ, they refer you to the IRS; if you ask the IRS, they don't answer. If you ask it in court, they insult you, and don't answer. Who is there left to ask?
So what is more looney than basing a system of law on baseless assertions ("res judicata")? Answer: having a system of law where NO ONE inside the system knows how the law works. It's bad enough to have the public not understand the law, but to have the ENTIRE GOVERNMENT either unable or unwilling to say how their OWN LAWS apply is... I can't think of a word insulting enough. Then to have them "investigating" people for supposedly disobeying a law that the government CAN'T TELL YOU HOW TO OBEY converts them from mere lunatics to insane criminal terrorists.
How many of you, having seen the six "lethal questions," are sure what the answers are? (I am, and I know a lot of you are.) How many of you who are NOT sure continue to sign tax returns SWEARING UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY a statement saying how much "taxable income" you had? Isn't that sort of an odd thing to do? How can you swear how much you owe if you're not sure how to FIGURE OUT how much you owe? "I hereby swear that based on my ignorant wild guess, this is how much I owe..."
But even that is not as odd as having federal thugs THREATENING YOU if you don't, when they also DON'T KNOW HOW to determine what number actually goes there. "You'd better swear that you have a certain amount of taxable income, even though no one in government seems to know how determine how much that would be." When the IRS is out of business, it will be worth laughing about. Right now, for many it's worth crying about.
The misrepresentation and misapplication of the United States federal income tax constitutes the largest
acquisition of wealth by way of deception in history. A handful of government lawyers fabricated an intricate
maze of legalese which created a perfectly Constitutional tax (a tax on income derived from certain types of
international and foreign commerce), but which at the same time could easily be misread to give the impression
that the income of all Americans is subject to the tax.
For decades the American people have been conditioned to believe that the income tax applies to their income,
and have been trained to pay their taxes. All the while, hidden in the labyrinth of statutes and regulations,
the law itself showed that the federal income tax was never their taxesat all. (Insisting that someone pay
an income tax when that person receives no taxable income is equivalent to insisting that someone pay a
whiskey-importing tax when the person does not import whiskey.)
This deception has been so successful for so long that now most people find it difficult to even begin to
doubt the conventional wisdom on the subject. When one first reads this web page he may instinctively
think that can't possibly be true. However, the average citizen will also admit that he surrenders his
hard-earned money to the IRS solely because of an assumption, not because he has ever seen the law for himself.
(Ironically, the flawed conventional wisdom has been greatly strengthened by the so-called tax protestor
movement, which has for decades spread flawed and often nonsensical arguments, usually arguing that there is something
wrong with the law, because they too were ignorant about what the law itself actually says.)
In addition to misleading the public, the government lawyers who orchestrated this scheme also misrepresented
the law to their own subordinates in the IRS, knowingly allowing them to misapply the law, and allowing Americans
who never owed the tax to be harassed, robbed, and even imprisoned. The general public's false assumptions are
shared by the vast majority of IRS employees (who demand money from those who do not owe it), and by the tax
professionals (who incorrectly tell most Americans that they owe the tax). All the while, the few inside the
system who knew the truth allowed the American people to make this trillion-dollar year after year.