The Intolerable Federal Income Tax

Ron Paul, during the 2008 presidential election, campaigned against the IRS and federal income tax. To me, this was a novel suggestion and it sounded crazy. No IRS? No income tax? How would that be possible? After studying the income tax and what he and other libertarians had to say, I believe they are right: the federal income tax is immoral and unnecessary. The fruit of your labor belongs to you. No one, especially the government, has the right to take it from you. If you have to work till May or July to pay for your taxes, how is that different than forced labor? And how is forced labor different than serfdom?

Is it surprising to learn that the income tax is a Marxist idea? In 1848, Karl Marx in his Communist Manifesto listed the 10 Planks of a Communist State. After the first plank of abolishing private property, he listed the second plank as the establishment of “a heavy progressive or graduated income tax.”

The original income tax taxed the very richest Americans at 1-7% tax. Those earning less than $20,000 paid nothing. That was the equivalent of $430,707 in 2009 according to the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank. Even more bizarre, the IRS claims the income tax is voluntary, but every American knows the penalty for not paying is jail or heavy fines. The Treasury calls it “our voluntary tax system,” and the IRS pursues “enforcement programs to promote voluntary compliance” and establishes “strategies to maximize voluntary tax law compliance by emphasizing customer satisfaction.” Customer satisfaction! HAHAHA!

The federal government collects roughly $1,200 billion in federal income taxes and around $3,000 billion in total taxes, but “only” $67 billion is necessary to run the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, including the FBI and the federal court system. Read that again! $67 billion for the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Although life without taxes may be impossible, the federal income tax is not necessary. If the federal government would cut the overseas military empire, it could easily eliminate the federal income tax. However, the political establishment, in fact, uses the tax for social and economic change.

It is a drain on the economy, is time-consuming, confusing and frustrating for most Americans. The tax code consists of 3.4 million words and if printed would fill 7,500 pages. In 2006, the code and regulations together were 66,498 pages long. Americans spent 6.4 billion hours filing their taxes in 2006. In fact, the American “Tax Army” employs 1.2 million people. That’s more than the .9 million armed forces stationed in the United States. The estimated total cost of collecting taxes is $63 billion, just $4 billion short of funding general government and law enforcement ($67 billion)! The IRS itself employs 91,000 and will spend $11.6 billion in 2009 collecting taxes.

We americans need to stop listening to the parasitical politicians and bureaucrats and start thinking for ourselves. Why are we supporting so many troops and bases overseas? Why do we support an overseas empire? Why do we allow the federal government to intervene in the internal affairs of other nations? Why do we submit to this economic slavery? The American Colonists rebelled over miniscule taxes in comparison to our taxes. Our Founding Fathers would be shocked and ashamed of what we put up with and submit to.

“A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.” -Ezra Pound

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