Taxes Are Taxing Us To Death
It’s April 17th, and this year, you know what that means – it's tax day. The day when you fork over your hard-earned money to some bloated bureaucracy with only the sketchy promise that it will go toward keeping the country running.
The American tax system is not only absurd, it’s also illegal.
And while we're talking about absurdities, try this on for size: the tax code is so complex that I have to pay someone to tell me how much I owe the government. What’s worse is that while I give a quarter of my paycheck to Uncle Sam, rich guys and big corporations don’t have to pay a cent.
Between withholdings, deductions, credits, and deferrals, 26 Fortune 500 companies paid no federal income tax between 2008 and 2011. Because of differential rates for long-term capital gains, millionaire investors have a lower tax rate than the rest of the population. (Frankly, I don’t fully understand that sentence – but my attorney tells me it essentially means that guys who have money to invest in stocks and bonds pay less than guys who work an honest 9-5.)
But, seriously, taxes are illegal in the first place. There is a contradiction in the Constitution. While the Sixteenth Amendment states that “Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes,” the Fifth Amendment (part of the Bill of Rights!) says that Americans cannot be “deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.” What that tells me is that the government can’t take any of my hard-earned income without a trial. After all, what are taxes but an unlawful seizure of property?
That Constitutional evidence is enough for me, but there are even some who say that the Sixteenth Amendment was never legally ratified. The guy in charge of the amendment, with the douchey name Philander Knox, let some clerical errors slip by. This may not seem like a big deal, but without all the dotted Is and crossed Ts, a bill can’t become a law. Because of Knox's many mistakes, the ratification of the Sixteenth Amendment is still being contested in court.
So are you going to pay your taxes today? Please note that, until the U.S. government sees reason, exercising your freedom from taxes will land you in jail.
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