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Taxing Question

Sunday, 01 June 2003 12:00 AM

For over a decade I have been interviewing an eclectic collection of people about assorted tax issues.

Bill Benson (http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/qa/17398.html), Bob Schultz (http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/qa/22255.html), Devvy Kidd (http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/qa/21498.html), Joe Banister (http://www.freedomabovefortune.com) and others have been involved in a jihad against the 16th Amendment (income tax). They claim the 16th Amendment was never properly ratified and is null and void.

Frankly, as a purely academic exercise, the facts collected and documented by Benson demonstrate they are correct. However, the practical reality check is if you don’t pay your income tax, you are subject to a world of hurt from a government intent on compelling you to pay the “voluntary” tax.

Bob Schultz’s organization (http://www.givemeliberty.org) has made significant inroads in exposing the controversy, and the government’s refusal to officially address a long list of specific questions demonstrates both the arrogance and inability of officialdom to quash the tax freedom protesters.

Some have suggested that if Schultz et al. are right, the government could “fix” historic problems with a congressional do-over. But that would require admission of a 90-year government fraud … and that ain’t gonna happen.

I recently spoke again with Banister, the former IRS special agent who resigned in the wake of his moral dilemma over enforcing unconstitutional laws. I told Joe I thought that eventually the 16th Amendment argument would become moot because sooner or later the feds would probably abandon the income tax in favor of some type of national retail sales tax.

Joan Veon, founder of The Women’s International Media Group (http://www.womensgroup.org), claims the recently approved tax package will change our entire tax code to a consumption tax.

I didn’t see that and wasn’t all that concerned until Veon went on to suggest that in the wake of compression of tax rates there would be a transition to a value-added tax.

I am loath to accept her conclusions, but she is smarter than I am and better informed. It is also significant to note that when she asked the secretary of the reasury directly (face to face) if a value-added tax (VAT) is in the offing for Americans, he reportedly refused to answer.

I have interviewed dozens of people on this issue and notwithstanding different solutions, observations and prejudices, the two consistent elements about the tax flap are:

Unfortunately, that dog won’t hunt. To assume that a government transitioning from a 90-year old deception, deceptively finessing a new tax structure, will knowingly and willingly abandon receipt of billions of dollars is frankly assuming facts not in evidence.

At some point in the not-too-distant future the government will kill the 1913 Income Tax structure AND claim bragging rights for having done so. HOWEVER, there “ain’t no way, nohow” it is going to willingly cut spending.

This is a complex issue, and frankly, I have come to believe our would-be/wannabe controllers like it that way. Taxing could and should be simple. However, federal obfuscation has facilitated fraud, deception and manipulation for decades. From the government perspective, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Incrementalism works! Any and all bad government programs have prospered by the analogy of boiling the frog. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

This restructuring of the world's monetary system includes strengthening the United Nations system and empowering that body through a global tax, adding an Economic Security Council and changing the IMF so that it functions as a World Central Bank.

I have always assumed (arguably incorrectly) that global taxation is the one-worlder’s erotic dream and could never happen. However, IF the tax systems of the world were consistent and standard, it would then be a short step to ‘tweaking’ the IMF to function as a World Central Bank.

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