"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.
I just gave you some idea of how the message with be spread. Now, what is IN the message? There are really two parts to answering this:
1) The INFORMATION the viewer will learn.
2) The MESSAGE around it.
Again, information is worthless if it is not in a message that is understandable, memorable, and compelling to the audience. If they hit "stop" or fall asleep, the information is worthless. So after giving a summary of the information in the thing, I'll mention a few things that I think will make the message actually effective.
The INFORMATION revolves around the "income tax" deception. Coming from me, I doubt that's a surprise to anyone. The thing will give just enough of the "nuts and bolts" of the law to show the audience that there is real substance proving the point. It will be enough that they can understand, accept, and remember the "punchline" of the issue, without getting into every little detail (though it gives people a way to look into such things if they want). But unlike "Theft By Deception," this is NOT just an academic look at the law. It deals with government censorship, inability to answer questions, etc. In short, it reports the facts surrounding the issue better than the media ever has (or ever will). If the media was doing its job, this is what they would have done.
That's the raw info, which by itself doesn't look particularly new or thrilling... which brings me to the MESSAGE:
Millions of dollars have been made on remarkable stupid and/or useless products, because of effective advertising (the MESSAGE). For years now
we've had all the INFORMATION we needed, but no way to effectively deliver it to mainstream America. Again, the message (the "propaganda," though that usually has a negative connotation) is everything. I won't bother explaining everything that's in the presentation, but here are a few things that will make this message far more effective than anything I've seen before (including my own video):
1) It will be 20 to 30 minutes long, to keep it within the attention span of the average viewer. (Even 30 minutes would be pushing our luck, if the content weren't compelling... but it is.)
2) The thing will be available in all sorts of formats (mini-CDs, normal CDs, online, DVD, VHS, etc.), so anyone can view it. (We might even make a
3) Instead of being presented by some uncredentialled nobody (like me), we have a dozen or so CPAs and attorneys explaining things. Credentials mean a whole lot to mainstream America (though they mean almost nothing to me). Having a few former IRS and DOJ officials on the thing helps too.
4) The presentation is narrated (not by me) in a friendly and objective way that won't scare off the viewer (like "evangelization" mode does).
5) The visual (and audio) presentation alone gives the thing credibility. This won't be some over-compressed camcorder shot (with bad audio) of some wacko ranting in his basement. This will be something that you can show anyone you know, without a shred of hesitation or shame.
There's a lot more to it, but that should do for now.
I am convinced that NO ONE will be able to watch this thing, and then say "oh, that's nonsense." (Well, a few people might say that if others are
around, but they won't believe it themselves.) I am also convinced that EVERYONE who watches it will understand that something is "rotten in
Denmark." Just telling the story surrounding this issue makes those running the IRS look as slimy as they are.
I confess, this summary of what's in the message looks pretty bland compared to what the message itself looks like. You'll just have to wait to actually SEE the thing, to really know what we're talking about. It will speak for itself. Hey, at least I'm done taunting and teasing everyone about the thing, without telling them anything about it.
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.