By Rick Wells
Abolish The IRS and End Income Tax Legislation Introduced in Congress
Three American Congressman are taking a stand for the citizens of this nation and leading an effort to steer us back in line with the Constitutional government as it was given to us by our founders. It is a large step but one that is sorely needed if we are to ever free ourselves from the shackles of our global government protagonists.
Congressman Jim Bridenstine, R-OK, along with Reps. Ron DeSantis, R-FL., and Thomas Massie, R-KY., has introduced House Joint Resolution 104, “an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the 16th article of Amendment.”
Among the arguments made in favor of this legislation is a resolution to the conflict which exists between the 16th amendment and the 4th Amendment protections to be secure in our persons, houses, papers and effects from unreasonable searches and seizures. Bridenstine’s contention is that the methodology of IRS seizures and IRS data-mining in the form of intrusive mandatory tax form submissions violate the fourth amendment protections.
Repealing the 16th Amendment would eliminate the personal and corporate income taxes, the estate and gift taxes and the taxes on investment earnings at the federal level.
The process is not difficult but does require some time and the involvement of the states and citizens. There is a simple three-fourths of the states approval threshold which must be met in order to repeal an amendment.
After ratification, there would be a two-year period which is more than enough time in which to determine a replacement revenue system.
Rothbard’s Words Thunder Through The European Parliament
Austrian School ideas are zipping across the Earth. Watch one of Murray Rothbard’s greatest quotes thunder through the halls of the European Parliament on Nov. 21st. This is Godfrey Bloom MEP, Ind. (Yorkshire & Lincolnshire):
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Blount County Clerk and Dedicated Employees Save Taxpayers a Bundle
As we read from time to time about how friendly some in government may be to interests other than the taxpayers they are elected to represent it is a joy to find and share some positive news.
At tonight’s Commission meeting citizen Richard Hutchens gave County Clerk Roy Crawford his first Statesman Award for his recent effort to provide enhanced service to the citizens of Blount County without raising their taxes. Mr. Hutchens requested the Chairman’s indulgence to give Mr. Crawford a round of applause and Chairman Moon obliged. Mr. Crawford received a standing ovation by the citizens in the audience.
Good News – County Clerk and Dedicated Employees Save Taxpayers a Bundle
The County Clerk’s office is where you go to renew vehicle registrations, get titles to vehicles, get a marriage license, get a business license or submit a passport application. County Clerk Roy Crawford, and his fine employees, set high goals for customer service and efficiency. And, they deliver. When I ask people about the service they experience when visiting the County Clerk’s office, the comments are resoundingly positive. Yet, the Blount County Clerk’s office spends less money than the other similar Tennessee counties. The recent opening of the new, expanded County Clerk’s office in the Foothills Mall show the planning and hard work that go into maintaining these high standards.
Several months ago, Crawford was notified the lease for the small space he used for his Foothills Mall branch office was being terminated. Crawford faced a choice between moving the branch back to the Courthouse or leasing expensive new space. The first alternative was not attractive because it would force citizens to make a special trip to the Courthouse, where they would have to deal with very limited parking. The second alternative would cost the taxpayers thousands in additional rent.
Crawford and his employees got creative. They analyzed the data and found that the office attracted more than 40,000 people each year. They put together a presentation that asked merchants what they would have to spend on advertising to attract 40,000 people. They pointed out how much cheaper it would be for the merchant to donate space for the new office and get those 40,000 visits. Several merchants quickly expressed interest. In the end, the good people who manage Foothills Mall, provided a new, larger space at no cost to the taxpayers. But this is not the end of the story.
The space needed to be fitted out for the new office. The employees of the County Clerk’s office volunteered their time and their spouses’ time to construct the fine new office you see at the Mall. This saved you, the citizens, thousands of your hard earned tax money. Next time you visit the County Clerk’s office at the Mall, be sure to tell the fine people there, that you appreciate their efforts.
Richard Hutchen’s Speech Presenting Statesmen Award to Roy Crawford
For over three years, I have been coming to these Commissioner meetings in the hopes that I could appeal to your higher natures to encourage and inspire you to want to become more than just another self-serving, small-minded, big ego, politician; but instead rise to the level of Statesman and Stateswomen.
Being a politician is easy. However, earning the Title of a true Statesman is hard. An occasional act of Statesmanship here and there does not make a politician a Statesman. It takes years of consistent, dedicated Public Service to earn the Title of Statesman.
One of the distinguishing qualities of a True Statesman is whether he regards and treats the Taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars, as the Sacred Trust that it is. If tax revenues go down, he doesn’t run to politicians asking them to raise taxes; instead he first looks for ways to improve efficiency and effectiveness within his stewardship.
Fortunately, we do have in our County a Public Servant who truly is a Public Servant. This particular individual has consistently run his office and guarded the tax payer’s money as if he was spending his own money.
I have never heard a single taxpayer complain about the way the Blount County Clerk’s office budget is run, but instead is one department whose budget is a shining example of what good government could be, should be, and is meant to be.
Several months ago, when Mr. Crawford was notified that the lease for the Foothills Mall branch office was being terminated. Mr. Crawford faced with a choice of either closing the branch office or pay thousands more tax dollars for an expensive new retail space.
Mr. Crawford and his employees got creative and successfully persuaded Mall management to drive 40,000 customers a year into the mall by donating a new empty retail space to the county at no cost to the taxpayers. In addition, the employees of the County Clerk’s office even volunteered their time to help construct the new office saving Blount County taxpayers thousands of their hard earned tax dollars.
It is with great pleasure that I wish to, at this time, publicly recognize Blount County Clerk Roy Crawford as having officially earned the prestigious title of Statesman.
This certificate reads as follows ….
With the Chairman’s indulgence, I would respectfully ask permission to be able to enter the Board’s area, to personally award Mr. Crawford with this highly covenanted Award, shake his hand, and ask the audience to join with me in giving Mr. Crawford a standing ovation.
*The two italicized paragraphs were omitted for time.
Essential government US Postal worker or just a waste of tax dollars?
I think we have all heard about people working for the government because they could not get a job in the real world. This US Postal worker would be a classic example.
In all fairness, what is perceived as lazy, slow and having no respect for personal property or pride in their work may simply be a case of an individual highly allergic to beautiful weather. Personally, I wouldn’t have this person deliver my pizza or my USPS mail. Do you think a future job with FedEx or UPS is likely, probably not.
What are your thoughts?
By Ron Paul
Internet Sales Tax Could Crush Small Businesses
One unique aspect of my homeschool curriculum is that students can start and manage their own online business. Students will be responsible for deciding what products or services to offer, getting the business up and running, and marketing the business’s products. Students and their families will get to keep the profits made from the business. Hopefully, participants in this program will develop a business that can either provide them with a full-time career or a way to supplement their income.
Internet commerce is the most dynamic and rapidly growing sector of the American economy. Not surprisingly, the Internet is also relatively free of taxes and regulations, although many in Washington are working to change that. For example, earlier this year the Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, more accurately referred to as the national Internet sales tax act. This bill, which passed the Senate earlier this year, would require Internet businesses to collect sales tax for all 10,000 American jurisdictions that assess sales taxes. Internet business would thus be subject to audits from 46 states, six territories, and over 500 Native American tribal nations.
Proponents of the bill deny it will hurt small business because the bill only applies to Internet business that make over a million dollars in out-of-state revenue. However, many small Internet businesses with over a million dollars in out-of-state revenues operate on extremely thin profit margins, so even the slightest increase in expenses could put them out of businesses.
Some businesses may even try to avoid increasing their sales so as to not have to comply with the Internet sales tax. It is amazing that some of the same conservatives who rightly worry over Obamacare’s effects on job creation and economic growth want to impose new taxes on the most dynamic sector of the economy.
Proponents of the law claim that there is software that can automatically apply sales taxes. However, anyone who has ever dealt with business software knows that no program is foolproof. Any mistakes made by the software, or even errors in installing it, could result in a small business being subject to expensive and time-consuming audits.
Some say that it is a legitimate exercise of Congress’s Commerce Clause power to give state governments the authority to force out-of-state businesses to collect sales taxes. But if that were the case, why shouldn’t state governments be able to force you to pay sales taxes where you physically cross state lines to make a purchase? The Commerce Clause was intended to facilitate the free flow of goods and services across state lines, not to help states impose new burdens on out of state businesses.
The main proponents of this bill are large retailers and established Internet business. Big business can more easily afford to comply with a national Internet sales tax. In many cases, they are large enough that they already have a “physical presence” in most states and thus already have to collect state sales taxes. These businesses are seeking to manipulate the political process to disadvantage their existing and future small competitors. The Internet sales tax is a bad idea for consumers, small Internet business, and perhaps most importantly, the next generation of online entrepreneurs.
For more information about the small business program well as all other aspects of the Homeschool curriculum please go here. And to purchase a copy of my new book, The School Revolution: A New Answer for Our Broken Education System please go here.
Fine Whine at the Federal Trough
The folks at the National Institutes for Health are pretty much convinced that the world would stop turning if it was shut down. The medical Brahmans in Bethesda Maryland know that if just enough taxpayer money is thrown at them the world’s ills will disappear eventually. But “eventually” seems to be a very long time.
The federal government has cut funding for some research at the Center for Computational Biology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. One researcher claims that “less science is getting done” and “that means cures won’t emerge. Five years from now, when your aunt gets cancer and you can’t do anything for her, people won’t stop and think, ‘Jesus, if we only hadn’t had the sequester!’” The researcher did not explain why previous billions in previous federal funding had failed to produce a cure for cancer or even the common cold.
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Submitted by Tyler Durden
The Complete Interactive Financial States Of America
Like many Americans since the recession hit, you have likely wondered if relocating to another state would be a good financial move. In this expansive interactive infographic below, we compare just how well each state is fairing in these challenging times. How does your state rank?
The graphic is interactive – choose from across the top indicators of health, and select individual states for more details…
Where does your tax dollar go? (An infographic)
Watch the “net interest” percentage going forward as interest rates rise. That’s going to put a cramp in our lifestyle.
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6 Major Corporations that Profit from U.S. Aid to the Egyptian Military
Our foreign aid programs are big time vehicles for crony capitalism.
One of the biggest beneficiaries of our foreign aid largess (after the ruling classes of the receiving 3rd world countries) is the good old American Military Industrial Complex.
We make a lot of arms in the United States, and the companies which want to sell guns, tanks, and planes make sure countries who want to buy guns, tanks, and planes but can’t afford them are subsidized by the American taxpayer. This is the case in Egypt.
About $1.3 billion is authorized each year to bolster Egypt’s military, one of the most powerful in the Middle East. That aid covers 80% of all of Egypt’s military purchases, according to a recent congressional assessment (pdf). This assistance has totaled nearly $42 billion since 1948, and nearly all of it has gone to buy American weaponry and hardware.
In fact, the appropriated funds never make their way directly to Egypt. “It goes to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, then to a trust fund at the Treasury and, finally, out to U.S. military contractors that make the tanks and fighter jets that ultimately get sent to Egypt,”
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They Call It Socialization – social media edition
“Southern California’s Glendale Unified School District has hired an outside company to spy on their students’ Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube activities, going truly above and beyond in the name of student safety.”
Glendale must be really flush with cash to be able to afford an extracurricular spy operation. Just in case you are curious, they spend about the same as Blount County per student ($8823 vs. $8701*) and are also “below the state average” in California of $9292 (barely higher than Tennessee at $9123). As the cost of living is much higher there than Tennessee, it might be worthwhile to figure out how they pull this off – or you could just keep trying tax increase referendums.
(*=DISCLAIMER: We know this spending number does not include the $15-17 Million per year variable rate demand option debt service on the new school buildings nor their original construction costs, among other things.)
“We monitor only public posts to social networks. We do not monitor privatized pages, SMS, MMS, email, phone calls, voicemails,” Frydrych added.
Well of course not. That would be a waste of money and duplication of effort. We are already paying taxes for other government workers to spy on those things.
Sounds to me like Glendale is just getting a leg up on the Common Core “state” Standards. The federal data mining of “the children” is just getting started (see page 62).
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