William G Burmer
One can study the wisdom of Locke, Montesquieu, Adam Smith and others who warned of the sins of excessive taxation. Yet unless heeded has caused the downfall of great civilizations; ours is without exception.
It is clearly inscribed within the Constitution, if we would follow that rule of law, everyone who would be called an American could be very prosperous; not only in terms of money and property, but more importantly, because personal sovereignty would be protected from a large unchecked government. Every Nation would want to follow our example. That rule of law as set forth within the Constitution is born from common law, that is, the laws of nature and God.
Our Liberties are an inheritance from our Founders and the inspiration they received from our Savior. We ought not to treat them lightly less they become irretrievably lost to us. Our current tax system will eventually consume our liberties with its abusive statutes and regulations. It thumbs its nose at due process and makes criminals of its citizens. The IRS claims that our system of taxation is voluntary, then why should we be forced to voluntarily give up our wealth? Government financing is constitutionally defined see Article 1, Section 8; clause 6 and 7, note that it is not voluntary. It must be limited as outlined in Section 9; ours is no longer limited; government must not have power to enlarge the scope of their taxing power, yet the Congress abrogated their constitutional responsibility to the Federal Reserve (not enough people know that the IRS is a collection agency for the FED, AND Neither the IRS nor the Fed are legitimate agencies of the government, THEY ARE PRIVATE CORPORATIONS. They however, now assume they have the power to do whatever they desire. The Congress believes we are sleeping at the voting booth. We should be demanding redress for these abuses from them, and see that they are ousted at the voting booth when they do not comply. You may find this of interest:
"Governments descend to the Level of a mere private corporation, and takes on the characteristics of a mere private citizen... where private corporate commercial paper [Federal Reserve Notes] and securities [checks] is concerned. ... For purposes of suit, such corporations and individuals are regarded as entities entirely separate from government." – Supreme Court decision
Clearfield Trust Co. v. United States 318 U.S. 363-371
What the Clearfield Doctrine is saying is that when private commercial paper is used by corporate government, then Government loses its sovereignty status and becomes no different than a mere private corporation.
The principle of accountability by government comes under the jurisdiction of the Congress; see Section 10 clause 1. Think about it. If a father and husband battles each pay day to balance his limited budget, and sees a tycoon in a resplendent automobile, he may believe that just one of the tycoons’ cuff links would solve all his problems.
Political voices cry out constantly to soak the rich for they make too much, or, they are not paying their “fair share.” Speaking for “Joe six-pack” or “the little guy” again the politicians cry out, “we feel your pain, you have so little, let us help you!” Many blindly believe their rhetoric.
No one tells him (the little guy) that the higher taxes imposed on the wealthy will not come out of their living expenditures. It comes from their investments and savings. Such taxes mean less investment, less production, fewer jobs, and finally higher prices for scarcer goods. As the rich have to lower their standard of living, the struggling husband and fathers’ income will be gone along with his savings and his job.
To many tend to forget, or are so blinded by negative rhetoric aimed at the wealthy, they fail to think of the fact that it is the wealthy which provide jobs, and benefits to those who are employed. Class envy has been and is cleverly used by the politicians to divide people into, upper, upper middle, lower middle, and lower classes. (Even these distinctions have now been relegated to UPPER AND LOWER CLASS in contemporary 2010, I wrote this in 2002). Thus the politician’s power base increases as he makes promises to each, most of which he will never be able to fulfill. We have become so used to the lie that we have learned to accept it as “politics as usual.” Rarely but ever so often a politician does come along who really means what they say and follows through with their promises.
Government spending being at the heart of our economic problems in the 1970’s and early 80’s, dubbed “Reaganomics” by the media, Ronald Reagan during his administration, cut government spending, made large tax cuts for business and individuals, and created incentives (a 25% tax cut for individuals, and faster write offs for businesses) to increase more jobs. He in addition combated inflation by controlling government spending. His efforts received mixed reviews but by 1988 after reducing tax rates, and removing low-income persons from the tax rolls, Reagan practically guaranteed his Vice president would be the next President to occupy the White House. He became the most popular President we have had since John Kennedy. If people read and understood the principles of wealth guaranteed by the Constitution they would not have allowed their legislators to continue soaking them with the tax burdens of the past almost one hundred years.
THE AWFUL TRUTH
“People are often dumbfounded to learn that in a tax dispute, taxpayers who want to go to a regular court have to pay the tax debt, and then sue to get their money back. Whoever would have imagined that in the twentieth century, debtors, in order to have their day in court, would have to pay a disputed debt first, and then sue to get their payment back? The counterpart of this is that you can’t enjoin (prohibit) the collection of an illegal tax. If you can’t pay---if the tax might destroy your business or take away your home or livelihood--- that is too bad. Bankruptcy offers no relief as it does for ordinary debts. So much for Congress Article 1, Sec 8 Clause 4 “To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the Subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States ...”
On top of all this there are over 150 penal provisions to trap and punish you for just about any error or slip-up, no matter how excusable, that you may make in dealing with the vast jungle of rules and regulations every taxpayer is required to know, but obviously doesn’t know. Penalties often exceed the taxes owed. These penalties add a kind of audit terrorism to the system.
The General Accounting Office reports that the IRS cannot manage this vast web of entrapments and that 44 % of all penalties assessed by the IRS are wrong. 13% of these outrageously high percentages of penalties are wrongly assessed, how many are wrongly paid by taxpayers wanting to get the tax man off their back? . . .” (Ital. Added)
The presumptions and stacked-deck procedures in favor of the taxman go against the grain of a democratic (REPUBLIC) society in which all litigants should be equal before the law. All I am proposing is that the tax man should be equal along with the rest of us, rather than more equal as he now is.” (Ital. Added) Come on Congress do your job!
In a speech given before a Press Club in Orange County, California July 28th, 1961 Ronald Reagan said: “We have received this progressive tax direct from Karl Marx, who designed it as the prime essential of a Socialist State . . . There can be no moral justification of the progressive tax.” It, in truth, is an amoral system! 8.
The second plank of the Communist Manifesto reads: “The proletariat (National Leader) will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degree, all capital from the bourgeoisie (working class) to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the State, . . . (by) a heavy progressive or graduated income tax. 9” (Ital. Added)
8. Treasury Department on Tax Reform Volume 1. p 75
9. The Communist Manifesto. p. 13
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“WE THE PEOPLE”
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WILLIAM G. BURMER
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