I’ve been thinking about this for days now, and I’ve seen a few pro-freedom people touch on it. But Karl Denninger has put it in the best terms I’ve seen (although he will not like my use of his words, should he ever see this).
Denninger has been hammering on the systemic fraud in the financial system for some time now. Of late, he’s also been keeping Mr. Hope and Change’s feet to the fire. Both meld nicely in his current post, Obama: Enough of This Crap. Here’s a taste—all underlines, bold, and whatnot from the original:
I'll tell you what would be change. Since it appears that a huge percentage of the current and former Congressional delegation has cheated on its taxes - after all, what are the odds you only picked the tax cheats, if you want me to believe in your idea of CHANGE you will immediately order all member of Congress in both Houses to undergo full IRS audits all the way back to the Statute of Limitations (three years), along with all of their staff.
You and I know know it won't happen, but I'll tell you what - I keep hearing people say they're going to file absolute crap this year. Utter garbage. "The Dog ate my Schedule C."
If The American People do this, Mr. President, government funding will collapse. The IRS can't possibly audit everyone and we all know it.
Your administration is dangerously close to creating a full-on tax revolt among Americans. You would not believe how often I have heard this among people both online and off in the last couple of weeks. The anger, especially when the people who are cheating are folks like Daschle and Geithner, is VISCERAL - these are the people who both wrote the tax code and were involved in the bailouts and handouts which you expect we the people - ordinary Americans - to pay for.
There’s a bit more, but the essence of his post is clear. Denninger isn’t an anarchist, or anything close to it [during the campaign, he opined that R.P. is a nutjob, or words to that effect], but he does think our banking system is deeply damaged and needs to be rebuilt. He has complained that far too few Americans have stood up in resistance to the bailouts, stimulus plans, and other nonsensical non-solutions the feds are foisting upon us; but he seems to be stuck inside the box when it comes to making changes.
What would be better at capturing the fedgoons’ attention than grabbing them by the balls? Income tax revenue is the equivalent of those sensitive danglies, and the proof of it is shown in the vigor with which the IRS goes after any lowly submitizen who tries to challenge it on any grounds that would have real standing—while every request, even from IRS enforcers themselves, to “show me the law” has gone unanswered.
So, I for one have been purely delighted at the frequency with which His Changiness’ would-be minions are turning out to be tax scofflaws. It lays bare the “us vs. them” nature of this state: the rules are not for the rich or powerful to follow; they exist to keep hoi polloi in their place. Well, fuck that, and fuck them for their callous disregard of so many individuals.
It is off the sweat on our brows, the aching of our backs that the state feeds; it is based on the enduring faith that America has a judicial system based on laws, not men, and a corollary fear of reprisal from the IRS that many choose to keep themselves poor because of the increasing tax burden the parasites have enacted. The truth has been revealed, probably as plainly as it will ever be: however it may have begun, the American state is no longer one of blind justice. The well-connected need never fear the dreaded IRS audit—instead, they get their sins forgiven, poof!, as they continue to climb the power ladder.
They don’t even need to pay to settle the tab! [Not true: but the penalties we would get tend to be waived.] Gosh, folks, them’s all honest mistakes ... except that line is coming from those who make the rules, who’ve enforced them amongst us for years. It’s a very thin gruel, and I ain’t swallowing any of it. Think about it: the current economic system in this country is structured so that the interests of the individual are at cross-purposes with the institutions’. For them to be successful, we’re being encouraged to spend more of what we don’t have—and are increasingly unlikely to ever have, as jobs are lost and on-paper wealth is vaporized. I am not willing to cooperate with that.
If Denninger is correct and mainstream folk are muttering about tax resistance, then this might be our best shot at challenging this coercive state. Congress largely ignored the overwhelming outcry against bank nationalizations, against TARP and the automakers’ bailouts, etc. and ad nauseam. Now the IRS is giving a complete pass to some of them, for actions that would have us—even Hollywood celebrities—facing severe penalties. Their message couldn’t be any more clear: we play, while you pay.
Don’t talk to me about the risks involved; yes, of course there are still risks! But Denninger is right. The IRS has been known to be scattershot in its enforcement for years; a widespread income tax revolt would be devastating, especially now that gov spending has been ramped up. If you aren’t willing to take even a small stand of any sort, here and now, in response to this utterly cavalier attitude, then you might as well pack it in, because I don’t know what it would take for you to rise off your knees. This federal government’s actions have enslaved us; not only will our children be paying, but unless something drastic happens soon, our children’s grandchildren will be beholden to today’s usurpers. I cannot bear to think of that, let alone be complicit with it.
Now is the time.