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Your Money or Your Life: Why We Must Abolish the Income Tax Paperback – January 1, 1999
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The ink had hardly dried on the Constitution when in 1794 Congress passed the so-called Carriage Tax act and President Washington allowed it to become law. In levying the tax, Congress ignored one of the very few constitutional limitations on the government's power to tax: a requirement that direct taxes be "apportioned." Two years later the Supreme Court, in the case, HYLTON VS. U.S., agreed with Congress and unanimously held that this patently unconstitutional tax was constitutional. The HYLTON decision paved the way for the first income tax sixty-five years later at the outset of the Civil War, and it has been all downhill for taxpayers ever since. Richman does a marvelous job in describing the enormous changes in the size of the American government, the concomitant loss of individual liberty and the devastating impact of the income tax on the economy and on the self-reliance of individual Americans. Read this book and weep for America. And read Richman's recent book, AMERICA'S COUNTER REVOLUTION: THE CONSTITUTION REVISITED, to learn how the taxaholic Federalists like Hamilton and Madison outmaneuvered and outfoxed their Anti-Federalist opponents to get the Constitution ratified, thereby creating the mechanism by which the Leviathan state would flourish with virtually no constraint whatsoever on the federal government's power to tax and spend your money.
As Americans, we have been taught that paying our fair share of income taxes is the American way and our patriotic duty. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, the income tax is 100% against the American way and violates our very own Constitution.
This book exposes the complete history of the income tax, and its tyrannical, Gestapo like collection agency, the IRS. The IRS is the most feared organization American has ever known and they operate outside the bounds of the Constitution that is supposed to protect us from tyranny in government. What happened? Read this book to find out all of the sordid details.
Not only is this book a history lesson, but more importantly, it shows that we can survive without the income tax as we did for more than one hundred and fifty years before this form of communism was implemented into our lives.
If every American read this book, there would be a revolution by tomorrow morning.
The income tax required a menacing collection agency, the IRS, through which we've lost not only our property but our privacy. For years, many people have clamored for fundamental reform, suggesting "remedies" like a flat tax or a national sales tax.
But reform is a politician's game, argues Sheldon Richman in "Your Money or Your Life." The only cure for the abuse is to abolish the income tax and replace it with nothing.
The income tax -- or any other draconian tax -- creates permanent antagonism between taxpayers and government. Knowing this, and "wanting to milk [taxpayers] to the maximum without setting off a revolt," government tries to deaden the pain of theft through the ingenious device of tax withholding. For the past 65 years, withholding has helped drive home the idea that government owns our income. How can it be our property if someone else dictates its distribution? It's also prevented taxpayers from holding back their taxes as a form of protest.
When Congress enacted the income tax law in October, 1913 it had a top rate of 7 percent and created a tax liability for only 2 percent of the population. But the top rate shot up to 67 percent in 1917 and 77 percent in 1918, the war years. The state's haul during World War I was more than $1 billion, ensuring its longevity as part of the revenue system.
During World War II the income tax became universal. Fewer than 15 million tax returns were filed in 1940; by 1950, the number was over 53 million. "In 1939 the income tax raised $1 billion. In 1945 it raised $19 billion. The most lucrative revenue pool was not the wealthy -- there weren't enough of them. Middle-class and working-class taxpayers represented the biggest potential for revenue."
What began as a movement to rob the richest Americans has turned into a burden for anyone making a decent living. Isn't it funny how government takes such a "noble" goal and corrupts it for its own purposes.
Richman believes people will need a new "unwritten constitution" before they'll revolt against the tax. "What is needed is the orneriness about intrusions on their liberty that the colonists and first Americans exhibited."
I emphatically agree.
Sheldon Richman, a first-rate researcher and a master of clear writing, has written a powerful monograph. I give it my highest recommendation.
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