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Your Money or Your Life
on November 19, 2005
This book strongly states the need to abolish income tax. Richman drags on about the control the government, especially the IRS, has over our lives by having working people pay them money that they earned. I think he does have a good argument and clearly states what we, as working Americans, are losing because of this tax. However, some of his arguments are a bit over the top and to some one who is not terribly interested in income tax, the book can be a bit boring and confusing at times. I think he rambles on making the same basic points over and over.
He strongly stresses the importance of getting rid of the income tax placed on us. He also helps the reader realize the about of control the IRS has, and how it does not continue the democratic government the settlers wanted in the way that the people control the government. He also points out how the IRS has advantages over us that we can not question or do much about, even in trial. Richman shows the reader how scary it is that the government can raise and lower rates at its own will and there isn't much the working American can say about it. He also makes a good point by saying that the IRS is entitled to all the information it wants about us. However, employees of the IRS have secret identities and we don't even know much about what goes on in the IRS. He also points out how disgusting and un-American it is that the IRS pays citizens to tell on their fellow Americans. For the necessary steps to be taken, he tells why flat rates or any other sort of reform will not work. He believes the only thing to do is to have the Sixteenth Amendment, and all other laws concerning income tax, abolished.
He has a great argument. He supports his ideas very well and makes his beliefs and points relative to the reader. They money we send to the government as income tax is our hard earned money that should be spent how we so choose to do it. His advice to abolish the income tax completely makes the reader feel kind of hopeless after his discussion of the all powerful IRS that controls everything and is impossible to beat. He writes about something that most Americans take as a given. I never thought that income tax was something so horrible until now, I just assumed that as a working American it was my duty. But I also think that if you asked any American if they would like to never have to pay income tax they would say yes. He has good points and presents them clearly, although a little too thorough at times. But his ending isn't motivating enough. It leaves readers with the feeling of "well that sucks."