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24 Outrageous Facts About Taxes In The United States That Will Blow Your Mind

The U.S. tax code is a complete and utter abomination and it needs to be thrown out entirely.  Nobody in their right mind would ever read the whole thing - it is over 3 million words long.  Each year, Americans spend billions of hours and hundreds of billions of dollars trying to comply with federal tax requirements.  Sadly, it is the honest, hard working Americans in the middle class that always get hit the hardest.  The tax code is absolutely riddled with loopholes that big corporations and the ultra-wealthy use to minimize their tax burdens as much as possible.  Many poor people do not pay any income taxes at all.  The dishonest are rewarded for cheating on their taxes (if they can get away with it) and the ultra-wealthy have moved trillions of dollars to offshore tax havens where they can avoid U.S. taxation altogether.  Our system is incredibly unfair to the millions of hard working people in the middle class and upper middle class that drag themselves out of bed and go to work each day and try to do the right thing.  In addition, the current U.S. tax system is incredibly inefficient, it diverts a tremendous amount of resources away from more valuable economic activities, and it has chased thousands of businesses and trillions of dollars out of the United States.  The U.S. tax code is such a complete and utter mess at this point that it can never be "fixed".  The only rational thing to do is to abolish it completely, and any politician that tells you otherwise is lying to you.

The following are 24 outrageous facts about taxes in the United States that will blow your mind....

1 - The U.S. tax code is now 3.8 million words long.  If you took all of William Shakespeare's works and collected them together, the entire collection would only be about 900,000 words long.

2 - According to the National Taxpayers Union, U.S. taxpayers spend more than 7.6 billion hours complying with federal tax requirements.  Imagine what our society would look like if all that time was spent on more economically profitable activities.

3 - 75 years ago, the instructions for Form 1040 were two pages long.  Today, they are 189 pages long.

4 - There have been 4,428 changes to the tax code over the last decade.  It is incredibly costly to change tax software, tax manuals and tax instruction booklets for all of those changes.

5 - According to the National Taxpayers Union, the IRS currently has 1,999 different publications, forms, and instruction sheets that you can download from the IRS website.

6 - Our tax system has become so complicated that it is almost impossible to file your taxes correctly.  For example, back in 1998 Money Magazine had 46 different tax professionals complete a tax return for a hypothetical household.  All 46 of them came up with a different result.

7 - In 2009, PC World had five of the most popular tax preparation software websites prepare a tax return for a hypothetical household.  All five of them came up with a different result.

8 - The IRS spends $2.45 for every $100 that it collects in taxes.

9 - According to The Tax Foundation, the average American has to work until April 17th just to pay federal, state, and local taxes.  Back in 1900, "Tax Freedom Day" came on January 22nd.

10 - When the U.S. government first implemented a personal income tax back in 1913, the vast majority of the population paid a rate of just 1 percent, and the highest marginal tax rate was just 7 percent.

11 - Residents of New Jersey pay $1.64 in taxes for every $1.00 of federal spending that they get back.

12 - The United States is the only nation on the planet that tries to tax citizens on what they earn in foreign countries.

13 - According to Forbes, the 400 highest earning Americans pay an average federal income tax rate of just 18 percent.

14 - Warren Buffett had an effective tax rate of just 17.4 percent for 2010.

15 - The top 20 percent of all income earners in the United States pay approximately 86 percent of all federal income taxes.

16 - Sadly, as Bill Whittle has shown, you could take every single penny that every American earns above $250,000 and it would only fund about 38 percent of the federal budget.

17 - The United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world (35 percent).  In Ireland, the corporate tax rate is only 12.5 percent.  This is causing thousands of corporations to move operations out of the United States and into other countries.

18 - Some tax havens are doing a booming business in setting up sham headquarters for U.S. corporations.  For example, the city of Zug, Switzerland only has a population of 26,000 people but it is the headquarters for 30,000 companies.

19 - In 1950, corporate taxes accounted for about 30 percent of all federal revenue.  In 2012, corporate taxes will account for less than 7 percent of all federal revenue.

20 - In a previous article, I discussed how many of our largest corporations make huge profits and yet pay less than nothing in taxes....

What U.S. corporations are able to get away with is absolutely amazing.

The following figures come directly out of a report by Citizens for Tax Justice.  These are combined figures for the tax years 2008, 2009 and 2010.

During those three years, all of the corporations below made a lot of money.  Yet all of them paid net taxes that were below zero for those three years combined.

How is that possible?  Well, it turns out that instead of paying in taxes to the federal government, they were actually getting money back.

So for these corporations, their rate of taxation was actually below zero.

If you have not seen these before, you are going to have a hard time believing some of these statistics.....

*Honeywell*

Profits: $4.9 billion

Taxes: -$34 million

*Fed Ex*

Profits: $3 billion

Taxes: -$23 million

*Wells Fargo*

Profits: $49.37 billion

Taxes: -$681 million

*Boeing*

Profits: $9.7 billion

Taxes: -$178 million

*Verizon*

Profits: $32.5 billion

Taxes: -$951 million

*Dupont*

Profits: $2.1 billion

Taxes -$72 million

*American Electric Power*

Profits: $5.89 billion

Taxes -$545 million

*General Electric*

Profits: $7.7 billion

Taxes: -$4.7 billion

Are you starting to get the picture?

21 - Exxon-Mobil paid $15 billion in taxes in 2009, but not a single penny went to the U.S. government.

22 - Many wealthy Americans hide enormous amounts of money outside the country in order to avoid paying taxes.  According to the IMF, a total of 18 trillion dollars is currently being hidden in offshore banks.

23 - The number of traffic accidents spikes each year right around April 15th.  The following is from a recent Bloomberg article....

Deaths from traffic accidents around April 15, traditionally the last day to file individual income taxes in the U.S., rose 6 percent on average on each of the last 30 years of tax filing days compared with a day during the week prior and a week later, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

24 - Most of the tax debate is focused on income taxes, but the truth is that Americans pay dozens of other taxes every single year.  The following are just a few of the taxes that many Americans pay....

#1 Building Permit Taxes

#2 Capital Gains Taxes

#3 Cigarette Taxes

#4 Court Fines (indirect taxes)

#5 Dog License Taxes

#6 Federal Unemployment Taxes

#7 Fishing License Taxes

#8 Food License Taxes

#9 Gasoline Taxes

#10 Gift Taxes

#11 Hunting License Taxes

#12 Inheritance Taxes

#13 Inventory Taxes

#14 IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)

#15 IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)

#16 Liquor Taxes

#17 Luxury Taxes

#18 Marriage License Taxes

#19 Medicare Taxes

#20 Property Taxes

#21 Recreational Vehicle Taxes

#22 Toll Booth Taxes

#23 Sales Taxes

#24 Self-Employment Taxes

#25 School Taxes

#26 Septic Permit Taxes

#27 Service Charge Taxes

#28 Social Security Taxes

#29 State Unemployment Taxes (SUTA)

#30 Telephone Federal Excise Taxes

#31 Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Taxes

#32 Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Taxes

#33 Telephone State And Local Taxes

#34 Tire Taxes

#35 Toll Bridge Taxes

#36 Toll Tunnel Taxes

#37 Traffic Fines (indirect taxation)

#38 Utility Taxes

#39 Vehicle License Registration Taxes

#40 Vehicle Sales Taxes

#41 Workers Compensation Taxes

When you account for all forms of taxation on the federal, state and local levels there are many Americans that pay out more than half of their incomes in taxes.

We are being taxed into oblivion, and yet most Americans do not even realize that it is happening.

It is kind of like being killed by thousands of tiny cuts.

So what do all of these taxes buy us?

They buy us a massively bloated government that wastes money on some of the craziest things imaginable.

Millions of Americans work for the federal government, and yet most of them produce very little of real economic value.  The following comes from a recent National Review article....

By 2005, the federal government employed 14.6 million people: 1.9 million civil servants, 770,000 postal workers, 1.44 million uniformed service personnel, 7.6 million contractors, and 2.9 million grantees. This amounted to a ratio of five and a half “shadow” government employees for every civil servant on the federal payroll. Since 1999, the government had grown by over 4.5 million employees.

According to that same article, when you add in state and local government workers the numbers are even more dramatic....

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 3.8 million full-time and 1.5 million part-time employees on state payrolls. Local governments add a further 11 million full-time and 3.2 million part-time personnel. This means that state and local governments combined employ 19.5 million Americans.

Yes, we do need some government.  For example, without any law enforcement at all our society would descend into complete chaos, and without any military at all we would be completely open to foreign conquest.

In order to have a stable, secure society we do need some government.

However, we definitely do not need the massively bloated government that we have today.

The truth is that most government employees are a drain on the system.  Most of them just push paper around.  I used to work in Washington D.C. so I know what pushing paper around is all about.

And as I wrote about yesterday, there are millions of other Americans that enjoy a comfortable existence at the expense of the federal government without doing any work whatsoever.

Of course the biggest welfare recipients of all are the big corporations.  All forms of corporate welfare should be eliminated immediately.

When are U.S. taxpayers going to get sick and tired of paying for all of this?

Every single year, the federal government, state governments and local governments drain massive amounts of desperately needed money from hard working middle class families.

Then they take that money and spend it on incredibly foolish things.

When are American voters going to stand up and boldly declare that they have been taxed enough already and they aren't going to take it anymore?

The current tax code is completely and utterly broken and it is beyond repair.

Unfortunately, neither the Republicans or the Democrats are proposing that we should get rid of it.

So we are just going to continue to get more of the same year after year, and it is the middle class that will feel the pain.

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  • Steve

    While Wells Fargo may not pay a ton of corporate tax. The tax revenue generated by Wells Fargo and its employees makes up 1/1000 of the entire US tax revenue. So if there where simply 999 other companies that paid this much tax that would be the equivalent of all US tax revenue. We don’t need to tax anyone more, we need to reduce the government to 1/1000 of what it is.

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  • http://none Franklin D. Lomax, Sr.

    WastingtonDC: It is inspiring, at last, to see a respected and unbiased media source addressing even a single excessive regulation aspect of the murderous revenue enhancement savagery with which our revenuers/regulators harm independent truckers, in particular, and raise prices for every consumer of the US GDP worldwide. Tens of thousands of over compensated Public Employee Union, PEU, members “Make Eight” loitering about in air conditioned comfort, with lifetime jobs, collecting 8 hours pay, at higher union rates, every day of our lives. The savagery goes on 24/7/365, extracting billions of dollars from the most vulnerable non-union drivers, and owner operators. Of course this is done with union drivers happy cooperation, throughout the entire GDP service, mining, refining, construction, manufacturing, and transporting industry, since all unions prosper from the trillions of dollars worth of wasted time, fuel, and the added union jobs required to move the freight stranded when independent owner operators are disabled, killed, jailed, or forced out of business, by constant attacks by highly rewarded PEU revenuer teams operating tax, fee, fine, and forced repair enhancement roadblocks, or local DMVs and tax collectors offices. Most of their unconstitutional takings are passed directly onto the industries customers, and thence to all GDP consumers. The larger transport firms, union driven, simply raise their rates, increasing GDP prices, for every consumer of an ounce of the US GDP, worldwide. The harm to the US economy is incalculable. This regressive interstate revenue competition VAT comprises the most incredibly wasteful and murderously effective restraint of virtually every physical ounce of US trade, since that Americans ended when the original Boston Tea Party assisted in our forefather’s dismissal of our English King.
    The cost of collecting the billions extracted in interstate revenue competition is largely wasted, along with most of the enhanced revenues collected, just in employing untold thousands of our 24,000,000 spoiled and too often armed PEU members in taxing Americans without representation. The PEU acronym rhymes with “Phew!”, and that miracle of poetic justice is the only positive return from a VAT collection system that kills an alarming percentage of US taxpayer, every year of our lives. This savagery is justified using the ready excuse of highway safety, with the wealth extraction aided by billions of dollars worth of expensive vehicles, infrastructure and high tech toys, all working every hour, too often, directly to the detriment of actual highway safety. Thousands of sworn law enforcement officers are permanently wasted in assignments to revenuer duties, detracting to some degree from highway safety, with rising fatal and less than fatal accident rates attributable in poorly understood ways, to their absence from law enforcement, and their presence leading interstate revenue competition teams.
    Thousands of pages of complex and draconian revenue driven regulations, allow fines to be collected in a thousand ways, related to commercial driver’s hours of sleep, work, transition to new load locations, and truck title, registration, and weight limits, all taken with every jurisdictions’ most favored, or politically connected, (remember those campaign donations) insurance firm’s harvesting uncompetitive insurance rates, all required, by regulations designed to tilt the playing field for the entire transportation of the US GDP, to the advantage of huge firms employing union drivers.
    Most of us are unaware that union drivers can revel in full pay status, when they are delayed for hours, or even days awaiting a forced local repair, or major part replacement, unlike the hard working small business truck companies, and owner operators, who earn money only when the wheels are turning. Union members not only count on drawing full wages, plus overtime when they attend their truck during those delays, but see their unions job numbers rising, as additional drivers are required to move the freight delayed, or left stranded, by the combined PEU/union truckers excessive benefits. Large firms run 5000 trucks or more, and are often forced to employ union drivers. They can ignore non-competitive insurance rates, by self insuring, simply depositing a nuisance level $5,000,000 bond with DOT, and using staff lawyers to minimize and settle accident litigations. Owner/operators, small firms, and families owning a truck, or a few, pay far too much of that enhanced transport industry tax revenue with their spouses’ earnings, often from minimum wage jobs.
    In my own more fortunate case, during my family firm’s independent operator years, those recurrent wastes came from my wife’s professional salary, and her retirement savings. We paid over half as much as our much used Class 8 tractor-trailer rig cost, just for our ICC Common Carrier operating authority, and state mandated high rate commercial insurance coverage, always harvested, only by state approved vendors, no doubt chosen, and managed by and for local politicians. We were forced in those days to carry along a “bingo stamp sheet”, proving that local insurance campaign contributors were harvesting non-competitive insurance rates from us, for virtually every state we entered. In those days, we paid over $8500 per year, for liability and cargo insurance, all added to $750 some, annual Class 8 truck federal taxes, with similarly maximized state title and registration fees, and sales tax on the truck, all spent, in cash, before earning a single dollar.
    In the seven years before vicious interstate enhanced revenue competition drove us out of the business, the total of revenues extracted and wasted exceeded several times the cost of buying our whole rig, comprised of a 9370 International Eagle, Class 8 Tractor, with two different specialized Car Hauler trailers. For those first seven years after my retirement, from OJCS, as a non union, often activated military reserve officer, and not entirely “civil” servant platform manager, JSOA, RD&A, for some of our special marine and littoral anti-terror teams, our family firm suffered those wastes daily, with near constant and far higher personal risks than I had ever incurred, even on the frightening day I dived into a SEAL team’s mortar pit, to wait out a “short round” 81MM High Explosive shell’s entirely unplanned falling back among us.
    The worst effects of the constant extortion of enhanced fines, fees, and forced repairs, at every jurisdictions border we crossed occurred during the several years when we operated with two kids in Princeton, at the same time. In those days, our entire family business investment, and economic survival, was completely at risk, 24/7/365. I virtually lived in that 15 year old rig. Its 8V92 Detroit got a maximum of 3.5 miles per gallon, as I shopped hard, to pay as little as 85 cents per gallon of diesel, in the last century. Our best year, my hard working spouse, and our company owner, carried $39,000 in fuel and repair costs, even with up to $30,000 monthly truck earnings, always paid too late, by all but our single honest auto transport broker. Complying with operating hours and myriad jurisdictions revenue enhancement regulation scams, in every state, as best I could, I never spent less than 350 days living in that truck, each year. I slept there, ate there, and endured repeated falls, broken teeth, and severe stress, while, driving, resting, repairing, or adding custom equipment, at far away repair shops, almost all of every year. Those risks, driven mostly by interstate revenue competition, included the risk of ending our kid’s educations, keeping our eyes ever focused on the horrific risk of a single “over the top” revenuer competition team preventing both our children’s timely graduations, with honors. The two of them worked harder, even longer hours, than I did, and both won those graduation honors, proving that every mile of those 125 painful trips hauling eight private owners automobiles coast to coast were worth any costs involved, even with every day’s costs maximized by illegal restraints of trade, and taxation without representation. Those wonderful graduations, I never got to attend, ended our need for the truck’s income, allowing us to close our business, and end the constant stress and deadly personal danger inherent in the taxation without representation that we endured and witnessed, every day of those seven plus years.
    Those risks and stresses were raised even higher, in the worst dozen revenue competitor states, some of which I finally simply refused to reenter. The most alarming and stressful incidents occurred during a thousand or more forced passages, by, over, or around any of the more infamously savage revenuer team’s sacrificial alters/anvils. Like most long haul drivers with a half million or more miles in the driver’s seat, I have personally watched far too many Americans die in accidents. I have driven by their ongoing crashes, during their final seconds of life, and have passed many more of their bodies, faces covered in Stoke’s Basket, metal stretchers, later, as first responders sorted out their wrecks. Those witnessed deaths, and serious injuries exceeded all that I ever saw, or my ship, or weapons station crews lived through, in the ten years I served on two aircraft carrier flight decks, and naval weapons stations, transporting thousands of advanced weapons with trucks, forklifts, cranes, aircraft, trains, barges, and even school buses in some odd cases. Those revenuer imposed dangers and years of continuing stresses remain far more personally stressful, after decades, than the well remembered dozens of incredibly dangerous incidents, when I saw multi-ton high explosive bombs bouncing off steel hangar bay decks, ten feet from my person, after they were shook off ship to ship transfer cables by high seas. I have seen them falling out of high doors on aircraft, knocked over on trucks, and even watched tons of thirty foot ancient timbers, blasted from a pier we demolished, as they flew past my personal pickup truck, with one passing between my division officer and me, when our most utterly fearless EOD team member grabbed the Hell Box handle I kept on a lanyard, hanging around my neck, and touched off a huge demolition, with only a single quarter mile of electric blasting cap wire between us, and the explosion. After two of those, I never let Harry get within arm’s reach of that handle again, until I had rolled out a half mile of wire for larger demolition blasts. That sensible approach was identical to my decisions to spend more fuel, and visit the less dangerous revenuers stations, often on high mountain routes, fuel wasting and highly dangerous, but not controlled by over the top revenuers. The additional number of major crashes each long hauler passes, minutes after the disaster, as those covered stretchers are moved about, adds to the horror, long term. That anvil reference came into play, over years, as my carefully maintained albeit older rig repeatedly weathered savage revenue driven inspections, by some of the most skilled and “ravenous for revenue” teams conducting adversarial repetitions of a full annual DOT inspection. Those wasted, trade restraining, and thus illegal repetitive inspections are often conducted to extract still more revenues, from folks unable to vote locally, only five miles/ten minutes from the neighboring state’s identically savage repetition of that same patently illegal, trade restraining local revenue driven inspection. Some nine million commercial drivers are routinely forced to idle in long lines, wasting millions of gallons of fuel, and millions of hours lost productivity each day, awaiting our turns, to undergo up to two dozen long painful repetitions of the same inspections often in a single week, during each cross country leg of every round trip. All at your expense, if you consume any portion of the US GDP.
    There were occasional deadly threats to be heard, when aggressive team’s strutting cowboy style revenuers remembered how many times our custom built, and memorably old, solid reliable rig, and its clearly aged military veteran driver, had gotten through unscathed. They seemed to resent it particularly, when their inspectors had to report “no deficiencies found”. That report was occasioned by my crawling under the rig, to adjust every axle’s brakes personally, several times each trip, and keeping speeds below 60MPH, taken with constant maintenance attention, and that careful operation functioned to limit them to harvesting the usual trade restraint fees, including state fuel fees, or fines extracted in lieu of fuel sales taxes not paid. Remember, as The Tax and Spend conspirators cannot, (no truck owning driver would buy more diesel than we were willing to drink with our daily dollar’s worth of four McDonalds’ heart attack specials), in Ca, NY, La, and other states where increased fuel taxes drive all truckers to schedule their massive fuel buys in those states more aware that Americans react to excessive taxes, in our own best interests, always. Oddly, our forefathers taught our dismissed English King those facts, but American voters cannot teach them to our Congressional Club, wholly owned by higher paid lobbyists, nor The One, now, still, yet, but only until Nov 2012, acting as King of the disloyal majority, wholly dependent on forced union dues pouring into their campaign war chests.
    I was often amazed by revenuers’ repeated sneering threats to crush my ancient, and thus, obviously, non-union truck on their tax anvil, or cut it in half for disposal, on my next appearance at their proud team’s tribute collection facility. Worse, I was truly astounded, when an armed and smiling sworn officer personally came out, and stopped me, after my unit passed repeated revenue driven single axle weight checks with compliant weights on each axle. He continued to hold up a long line of idling revenue enhancement victims while he personally forced me to turn my steering tires, fully, from right hard stop to left hard stop, several times, all in hopes of forcing a single visible drop of power steering fluid out of my fifteen year old hydraulic lines. Had a single drop slipped out of the tortured lines, that revenue enhancement team’s leader, and hero, would have set a fine training example, by demonstrating the harvesting of a heavy fine, and collecting state sales taxes on the several thousands of dollars in repairs required, before my truck could leave his team’s site. There is little doubt that in many such cases where forced repairs are imposed, including major ones requiring a $500 tow truck hook up, and in those days, $5 per mile to the repair shop, that the only local repair shops numbers visible, meaning those allowed to remain taped up in the inspection palaces’ public phone booths, would be the number of a favored local repair shop’s road side callout repair trucks, or shockingly, at least the one truck stop owned by a senior law enforcement official, and using, I swear, trustees from his jail, to over torque the ten lug nuts on my right rear tire. I was used to being savaged by the ravening revenue driven inspection teams constantly repeated annual truck inspections, comprising illegal restraint of trade when repeated without probable cause, or more often than annually. I had never before seen a sworn law officer willing to smile broadly, while he forced me to risk permanently damaging my $1000 worth of huge new steer tires, and the steering gear, as he illegally forced the overstressing of my steering mechanisms. That PEU member was personally putting at grave risk, my life, my business and the lives of any traveler on the same mile of highway, when one or both of those fatally damaged new tires blew apart, during the next high speed run through any of the hot desert sections that we all had to cross, every trip.
    I now realize that the revenue competition team leader’s resentment, and illegal forcing of my tire damage, along with his efforts to create, purely for revenue enhancement, a visible leak, resulting in an instant, red tagged, “Out of Service” fine, was triggered, when he noticed that I had replaced the most often fined, (due to overload), 16,000 pound front axle on any car hauler’s rig. The 20,000 pound cement mixer front axle, and higher load rated springs, with its huge new steer tires, had permanently ended my danger of his revenue teams’ easy hits, on my non union family business rig. Neatly denied their favorite fines, so often collected when heavy luxury automobiles caused one or another car hauler’s axles, particularly the least massive front one, to exceed its allowed weight limit by a few pounds or often a few hundred pounds, the team leader came down hard. He was “Showing me”, personally, and deliberately, the dangers inherent in ending his teams’ easiest revenue harvesting, permanently, by guaranteeing that those tortured new tires would have to be replaced, immediately, before any high speed run across a desert, or they would with near certainty, burst, due to the many internal ply reinforcement fibers broken or pulled loose from their surrounding rubber, during his “Off the rails” outrageous “Showing me”. By his forcing those standing twists, while each $500 steer tire was firmly anchored on his roughened dry concrete, with up to 20,000 pounds of engine, cab, and a heavy Mercedes salon car, perched high above, and extending the legal three feet in front of, my hood ornament, he expected to harvest a greater fine, and far more forced repair costs, regardless of the damage done, or increased risks to the traveling public. His team was spoiled by the ease of forcing most car haulers with a heavy car above their hood, to pay a fine, and to waste endless hard hours moving their 8 car load around, with repeated weight checks, while attempting to meet each axle’s individual weight limits.
    To thwart those “gimme” fines, I had bought a cement truck front axle, that I noticed, about a half a mile from my Grandpa’s small holder farm. Turns out I got it, for lunch money for his crew, a gift, from a man who had sat near me, half a century before, in Mrs. Pemberton’s sixth grade class, in Long Grammar school, after his driver ripped the brand new axle off, driving over a tree stump, at high speed.
    The revenue team leader either resented the ease with which I had ended those quick fines, or feared my constantly spreading the word around, that a massive front axle could earn back its cost, its extra spring’s cost, and their combined extra weights, by ending the easy weight fines. That heavier axle allowed me to instantly throw my heaviest car far forward, and atop the rig, often reducing weights falling on the rest of my rig’s axles, thus avoiding both the competition teams’ favorite overweight axle fines, and the savage labor they often required, in moving multiple cars. Those long exhausting hours of wasted labor were far too dangerous for a 60 year old constantly exhausted driver. I paid one $5000 replacement cost for my new axle, and another far worse, while being “shown” that revenuers frustration, at that tribute station. As I expected after the steering gear overstress test, our family business was savaged by two more costs, in later trips, when I first had to perform an emergency replacement of my overstressed power steering pump’s hose and fittings at King City, Californication by jury rigging on of my rigs hydraulic car lifting rack hoses, to avoid another savaging in the four dozen tribute stations of our most famous bankrupt state. The worst cost came with incredible risks to the traveling public, during hot season crossing of the Arizona desert, when the huge right steer tire burst, ripping off the entire right fender of my ancient rig, and thoroughly frightening both the driver, and every person within sight of that high speed disaster.
    Nobody died, and I cannot prove that a sworn law officer’s “show me revenuer stunt” was the proximate cause, but I can prove that a good part of that year’s profits were stripped away, while the best small business truck shop in Texas rebuilt the entire fiberglass fender, replaced the tire, and cautioned me to risk showing the next over the top revenuer the major repair receipt to prove that twisting even the best steer tires on the market under heavy loads, on dry concrete, may well kill far too many Americans, in the next desert crossing.
    That sickening example of the many risks associated with a surprisingly dangerous, albeit cutely smiling, sworn revenuer officer is on par, with the worst of them I experienced in thousands of forced revenue enhancement interactions over most of the last decade of the last century. I was often verbally abused, and illegally fined, and on one occasion I was cursed, insulted, and assaulted by an even more brazen armed PEU member. That officer threw my license and documents at me, hitting my chest across the room, screaming, “You’re the luckiest SOB in the world, get out of my state, and don’t come back.” I endured that PEU member criminal’s physical and verbal assault, then watched the offending officer run out and jerk another driver out o f a moving private automobile. I realized that obeying that order, at any business cost, could save my business, and perhaps my life from that officers uncontrollable rage. I left the state by the shortest route, and altered my entire business operation areas, barred from entering that state ever again, as I fully expected to be put out of business, physically harmed, or even killed, if that officer, not quite the worst “out of control” infuriated officer I ever encountered, happened to see my rig on the highways, or was ever present when I was forced to risk all, by driving up onto that tribute collection station.
    Honor requires my admitting, with the many better interactions in my long travail, recorded here, that I may have been made the luckiest driver in my recollection, by dozens of competent, honest, and completely decent law enforcement officers who were themselves the most abused victims, in many of the wasteful interactions we were all forced to endure. Many of those fine public servants were victims of their unions’ political masters, and their jurisdictions’ ravenous appetites for enhanced commercial truck revenues, extorted from Americans denied the opportunity to vote the tax and spend rascals out, in local elections. I observed those honorable, and entirely “civil” servants of the American people, and often listened to their expressions of their own personal shame, at being forced into illicit revenue enhancement assignments. In those wasteful interactions, I was courteously inspected, allowed to proceed unmolested, or ticketed to meet local revenue needs, often leaving the scene poorer, but with genuine respect for the patient honesty of many fine, and entirely honorable sworn law enforcement officers sadly wasted in revenuer assignments. Those revenue enhancement incidents ranged nationwide, after starting in my front yard, after an enthusiastic roving midnight revenuer reported my business vehicle’s out of state license plates, on the car I drove to my out of state business location, where it was legally registered. A nicer, even decent officer came by, issued me a high priced ticket, and admitted that the tickets would continue, since it was all about the money. I had to sell the nearly new car, at immense loss. Other wasted incidents, with our commercial rig and some incredibly fine law officers, happened in Texas, CA, and dozens of other revenue competing states. I had incredible experiences, in sometimes dicey situations, like that in which a scary, tough old Texas ranger, near the Mexican border, reined in a local revenue hungry officer, patiently working through my inch thick stack of insurance paperwork, individual invoices for all eight cars on my unit, and even searching my entire rig, with the other revenue driven officer held at bay, but observing closely for any possible revenue opportunities. . The hard cased old ranger’s efforts proved that I was simply and legally trying to make a living, albeit, the hardest way. Our family survived that incident too, and I will always be grateful, for that ranger’s honorable efforts. It appeared that his immense force of personality, and awareness of both their sworn oaths of public service, as opposed to the usual suspect, revenue enhancement, convinced the revenue hungry officer to serve our people, instead of his jurisdiction’s revenue needs. After hours of frightening inquisition, the younger officer grudgingly agreed at last, to leave me unmolested, in earning that hard living, at least in that honorable old ranger’s part of Texas.
    I hope the Washington Times will emulate the wonderful example, of free press exposing, and informed local voters wiping out, Bell City Californication’s political criminals’ tax and spend PEU members, along with their union’s political criminal masters, in the first election after their tax robbery for personal gain was exposed. That free press miracle provided a prime example of how careful, legal, and “enough” taxation, by politicians obedient to their employers, is entirely possible, and takes firm hold, when Washington Times, or any other media vendor exposes the nature and extent of the mindless needs for excessive revenues that are driven by excesses of PEU members’ pay and benefits.
    I hope some of the Bell City criminals are still in jail, today, as a result of the free press exposing their extortion of enhanced taxes that most local politicians are too smart to dare collecting from their own voters. They only fear those voters able to correct their wasteful spending, at their next election. Hence, there is no protection at all, excepting the free press miracle I am challenging Washington Times to perform, for millions of transportation, and industrial working people, always from out of town, and severely victimized by the myriad draconian local revenue enhancement scams set out herein.
    I hope those writing these stories will be shocked, when I relate the quiet, often openly shamefaced, admissions that “It is all about the money”, by honest officers, removed from their sworn duties in law enforcement, and forced by revenue quotas, to ticket me, instead of enforcing the laws to improve public safety. One ticket example, clearly done entirely for revenues, on a remote, empty highway, with a long descending grade, was for going only 7 miles over the posted limit. It was issued after an airplane radioed the 7 MPH over-speed, in a deadly high angle downhill situation where public safety required me to conserve my brakes, prevent burn out, and avoid the hundred MPH run up a high mountain run-a-way truck ramp that would destroy my truck or perhaps kill me, and any travelers between me and that deadly emergency ramp. The ticket stands out in my memory, due to the high personal risk the revenue harvesting officer took, in his kindly handling of me, the victim of a doubtfully provable “pure revenue enhancement” or daily quota ticket. That particular $285 fine occurred in a state famous for posting no speed limits, excepting in those places where revenue enhancement signs were apparently well placed to harvest money from out of state truckers. The victims included any trucker unwilling, and often unable, due to the laws of physics, to try and survive burning out their brakes. We often have to choose one of 18 different gear positions to descend on, and depend on, all the way down the descent, with our “Jake Brake” engine retarders screaming, to keep our forty ton rigs, and the public, safe, even if our rigs creep up, a few miles over the posted limit, momentarily, on one or another ill designed (too steep) section, curve or embankment. In that instance, we were alone, excepting the airplane that claimed to have detected my 7 MPH over speed from miles above me, on an empty twenty miles of remote highway.
    When I asked the honest officer harvesting revenues at the bottom of the hill, if any of his state’s judges would not justly, and correctly, ask him why I had been brought to traffic court, for a 7 MPH violation of the posted limit, he stated: “We know you cannot afford to give up five or ten of your “thousand dollar” working days, and the thousand dollars worth of fuel involved in returning here, to contest a nuisance level $285 fine, regardless of the outcome, or what any honest judge would do. I am sorry, it is all about the money.”
    Like those many honest officers, forced to do the revenue enhancement they despise, Washington Time’s authors can hardly be faulted for failing to know enough about, and adequately address the nature and extent of these well concealed enhanced revenue horrors, and the high costs associated with city, county, state, and federal transport ”revenue enhancement” regulations, or the bloody decreases in public safety on our highways that are driven by the resulting interstate competition for those enhanced revenues. Apparently, almost every tax and spend jurisdiction ignores, or may even deliberately hide the costs in blood and treasure of their revenue enhancement regulations’ compliance costs. How convenient, when the statistics, in general lists, never set out the percentage of highway deaths, injuries, litigation, and destruction of small businesses, families, and non-union trucking firms that occur due to billions of dangerous interactions with interstate revenue competition teams, and almost certainly, too often, occur very close to a revenue competition team’s site.
    You’d have to have survived the last second speed and lane changes that occur, in the deadly traffic melee’s that are inevitable when long lines of high speed trucks approach scale house entry lanes, often with already a dozen trucks idling while the lines extend into the high speed Interstate travel lanes. Every trucker, and the revenuers causing the dangers, are well aware that the “Scale Closed” sign should, by law, and public safety policy, have been activated early on, and must certainly be activated, within seconds, to prevent the inevitable high speed run under accidents proved to have killed so many Americans, as soon as the first idling slow trucks begin to extend into the high speed lanes. Perhaps Washington Times investigators could use the Freedom Of Information Act, to locate the statistics on run under accidents that allowed DOT to require expensive alterations of all our freight trailers, to include heavy run under prevention steel barriers on every trailer. There are incredible costs, for these safety regulations, as they forever reduce the weight of paid freight a trucker can haul, on every compliant trailer, by the weight of the added steel barriers, all to the benefit of union drivers hired to carry that extra freight, in far too many trucks added to the nine million some now infesting our highways. How many of those run under accidents occurred within a few miles of some revenue team’s air conditioned torture palaces, if not actually in those too long approach lines, and why are those statistics not widely reported, annually?
    It would be great fun, and I can probably find a few truckers willing to haul the bravest of Washington Times writers through those terror filled seconds, and even bravely insert their rigs, by choice, for the good of all Americans, behind the last truck in line. There, proven free press journalists could experience, first hand, the terror that the “Tail End Charlie” truckers endure if their frantic lane and speed changes in the last few seconds fail to avoid their rig being stuck in the rearmost position, all for enhanced state revenues, constantly diminishing highway safety, as they are extracted/extorted, from working people from out of town.
    The second the Scale Closed sign lights up, all the following trucks get to roar past at full speed, without risking their whole economic life, to the tender mercy of an experienced revenue enhancement team. The draconian threat signs: “All trucks in approach lanes must cross the scale”, are of course the incentive even for union drivers, to use every trick of the trucking trade, even braking, or using sudden speed and lane changes, in the last few seconds, on approaching the hated revenue palaces, to avoid becoming the last truck in the overlong tribute stations’ deadly slow approach lanes. You can even see truckers pulled over, at high risk of a ticket, or the same sort of “run under accident”, on the highway shoulder, a few miles short of the scale, awaiting a fellow trucker’s radioed “the scales are closed” message. That friend’s report will allow them to speed by, saving an hour’s idling waste of fuel and driver time, and more importantly, for safety, avoiding the incredible increased personal danger inherent in creeping along, as hundreds of sleepy truckers, and totally unawares four wheelers, miss their rear ends, by inches, as we have all repeatedly experienced. Union drivers of course, are free to drift on into the tribute station lines, and get paid full pay, or overtime, harvesting the same wasted labor costs all added to the GDP, as the PEU member revenuers who enjoy the comforts of life time union employment, too often in air conditioned comfort, waste and idleness. It is all part of, and caused by the constitution violation inherent in their trade restraining taxation without representation VAT on all US transportation. It is probably the most regressive tax in the world. Those enhanced commercial truck revenues flow, one way or another, directly into inflating the prices of the GDP, and damage all non union truckers, along with every GDP consumer, particularly those required to spend every dollar they earn on whatever portion of the US GDP they can still afford, to feed and shelter their families.
    Any non-union driver, and those independent owner/operators lucky enough to survive the half million or more long haul trucking miles it takes to learn the horrors inherent in the trucking game would be greatly pleased, to see Washington Times step up to the plate and expose the unbelievable nature and extent of the interstate revenue competition teams, and their ” dirty inside baseball trick approaches”. The PEU revenuers involved may be the proximate cause of a too large percentage of those Americans killed, maimed, and impoverished yearly in truck related accidents, or harmed by small business or family bankruptcies, et al.
    None of the some nine million commercial drivers, or honorable public servants still employed among about two dozen million PEU members, private truck owning farmers, and industrial workers, harvesting enhanced revenues from up to 80,000,000 of US taxpayers living in, on, or from truck related operations could afford to risk their careers, by revealing the horrors they endure, witness, and visit on truck operators from outside their jurisdictions’ voting boundaries, as this large percentage of our GDP is extorted/extracted. The almost entirely wasted Transportation VAT, on all the US GDP, is a perfect example of Taxation Without Representation. It is self perpetuating, and, insanely, repeated dozens of times, on every ounce of the US GDP, every time the same ounce crosses the border of any competing jurisdiction. That is every city, county, state, province, region, or country in NAFTA, where the GDP is transported a single mile, on any truck designated a commercial vehicle.
    There are, of course, long retired, an highly experienced truckers, and honorable public servants retired after wasting their careers in extracting enhanced revenues from the very people they could not protect, who would volunteer to bring Washington Time’s proven journalists up to speed, educating them to the dirty tricks we all endured, and empowering them to expose the mostly wasted NAFTA transport VAT, just as the free press exposed the Bell City tax robbery, in our most bankrupt enhanced transport revenue grasping state, Californication. That benighted and draconian champion of taxation without representation has over four dozen savage revenue extraction stations, all located at highway choke points, to improve the proceeds from their illegal extortion of all Americans hard earned money. Their failing state finances are representative of exactly the attitude that drives tax officials to prey on Americans unable to vote in local elections.
    The important difference is in the trillion dollars per generation of PEU waste inherent in the far larger and far more damaging to highway safety waste that is caused by the incessant revenue enhancement practiced in nearly every taxing jurisdiction in all of NAFTA. We would all, of course, hope for some level of protection of these volunteer journalists sources, since there will be repercussions, if Washington Times exposes the certainly existing percentages of our annual 4000 truck related fatal accidents, and a similar fell percentage of our 40,000 plus annual fatal accidents not attributed to any truck involvement for which interstate competition teams, collecting fines, fees, and sales taxes on forced repairs, may well be the proximate cause. There may be additional tens of thousands of non fatal accidents that maim Americans, end their ability to earn a living, incarcerate some of them, and impoverish their families, that can also be traced back, to the national transport VAT, using existing accident statistics, with an eye to the US taxpayers, against Them Revenuers, that is created by any illicit taxation of dozens of millions of Americans, every working day of their lives. economic lives. It would not be surprising, the total cost in blood and treasure, taken across all the humans placed at risk by this national VAT waste disgrace, exceeds the costs of each of our recent generations wars..
    The draconian savagery continues 24/7/365, with thousands of revenue enhancement operations hidden in plain sight, many conducted by sweet old ladies, ensconced for life, in our local DMV, or tax collectors’ offices, or county, state and federal regulatory agencies. The most easily detectable, albeit, not the worst effects, nor provably those most likely to kill or maim a US taxpayer, are conducted at our hundreds of multimillion dollar trade restraining bureaucratic revenue palaces set one on both sides of every major highway, with an identical pair, entirely wasted, two to five miles away, on each side of most NAFTA state or province borders.
    There may be an entirely separate set of even worse deadly unintended consequences/costs, far worse in the numbers of killed and injured, and litigation, medical, and lost productivity costs, that US taxpayers pay, far beyond the damage of wasting most of the revenues collected, paying for those unneeded air conditioned revenuer palaces, vast individual benefits for PEU members, and their political masters’ slush funds.
    It is a sad fact, that commercial truck revenue enhancement competition effectively prevents millions of the least wealthy, and hardest working Americans dependent on trucks for their living, from ever owning reliable vehicles large enough to protect the public from their outsized loads of materials, machinery, equipment, and their antiquated trailers, on decades old tires, that remain in use because of the costs inherent in reducing, or avoiding the exorbitant enhanced revenues so stringently applied, in the name of highway safety. The five thousand dollars or more wastes our family paid, often taken from my spouse’s salary, over each of seven long years, during some 125 coast to coast round trips, included thousands of hours of idling in long revenue extraction lines, or waiting at roadside rest stops, truck stops, or casinos, for those revenuer station lines to be closed, or, as increasing experience dictated, choosing to drive on perfectly legal, albeit somewhat longer, if much more ruggedly dangerous, back country routes suggested by more experienced drivers. Many of those legal, but costly routes included far less deadly interactions with the most savagely effective states’ champion revenuer teams, and the fuel and time wasted were justified, by the lower total revenues extracted by the often far less vicious revenuers assigned to operate those less profitable minor route inspection/revenue extraction stations. That says nothing of the life saving reduction in driver stress involved in being the only truck passing in an hour, instead of idling in line, an hour, every time you crossed the highest revenue dollar collection sites, that are of course, the highest efficiency revenue competition stations.
    These days, due to the $15,000 to $25,000 annual wasted costs that would equal those we paid those decades ago, subscriptions to sites like http://www.thecoopsareopen.com, provide exacting identification of each state’s total numbers of sworn officers assigned to revenuer teams, their detailed schedules, locations and related costs. For additional costs, Premium Subscribers content apparently includes the site specific legal routing/scheduling advice necessary to allow those wishing to maintain their sanity, and avoid family bankruptcy, to limit their interactions with the most dangerous revenue competition teams, without learning everything the hard way, as admittedly, I, and most new freight haulers have to do. Long before certain states outlawed the use of CB radios as truckers exchange information on surprise ambush teams, at remote highway rest areas, etc, my uncle Ed, a multi-engine military aircraft pilot, and a plane and truck owner, all his life, would wedge his log book against his windshield, after any abusive interaction with local revenuers, thus warning those truckers going toward the trouble he endured to take a nap, and overnight stop, or a less dangerous route. Now, with unlimited texting, et al, taken with sites like the low cost http://www.thecoopsareopen.com one can make a sensible investment in small business highway safety, particularly in Californication, with its Bell City PEU style revenuers ensconced in PEU luxury, at over four dozen tribute collection palaces on profitable interior highway choke points. That excessive taxation, endured, or avoided at greater cost, but with less stress, causes the wasteful burning of millions of gallons of wasted diesel and time, every day of our lives. The danger is borne by the truckers, and the traveling public, but the costs redound to the GDP, for every penny spent by trucks running on the smaller, more dangerous, and slower old freight hauler’s routes. It costs drivers a great deal in fuel and time, but those costs are minor, and controllable, when compared to idling for hours in deadly tribute collection station approach lines, often extending out into the high speed interstate highway lanes. I have passed thousands of my peers, when the scales are forced to light up their “Scales Closed” signs, to avoid legal liabilities involved in keeping a long line of trucks extending into oncoming high speed traffic, , frantically praying to avoid a run under at 65MPH by a four wheeler, while waiting their turn, to have their hair set on fire, by bureaucrats, armed revenuers, and the political relatives, wannabes and “hangars on” that infest the trillion dollar political waste creation machine involved in enhancing local jurisdiction’s commercial truck revenues. Remember, it is mostly extracted from people unable to vote the rascals out, in the next local election, and at least the huge union driven firms simply pass it all on to the end user of the US GDP, US taxpayers, the newest, and most abused of our American minorities.

  • http://www.loseweightfast.co Lose

    There was a lot on your mind Franklin…

  • V

    Items 13, 14 and 22 are in direct conflict with item 15. If the top 20% of income earners are really paying 86% of the taxes (item 15) AND item 13 (top 400 pay 18%) AND item 14 (buffet pays 17.8%) AND item 22 (wealthy hid $18 trillion offshore) are all true, it really shows how totally whacked income inequality is. Free trade has been strongly promoted by BOTH political parties for almost 20 years straight yet it is in direct conflict with the US Constitution regarding the responsibility of Congress to REGULATE trade not DEREGULATE trade. No other country is so stupid and corrupt regarding trade policy… europe has 17% VAT, CHINA has VAT, those are trade tarrifs. But so many in the US scream about ‘protectionism’ because it has been heavily promoted by politicians and the press for so f’ing long I think most who think it is ‘good’ has never heard of fair trade. That’s what 20 years straight of trade propaganda does … brainwashes the masses. Trade deficit with China hit another record in March ($51 billion), how much are we exporting there again? Wouldn’t $50 billion a month INTO our economy (instead of OUT) help some? And that is just communist china whom our politicians have empowered while making America weak and bankrupt.

  • Chip Spradley

    The Fairtax is the answer. HR 25 in the US House has 68 sponsors and 8 in the Senate.

  • somitcw

    “9 -” . . . “Back in 1900, “Tax Freedom Day” came on January 22nd.”

    What happened to income tax starting in 1913?

    • http://www.facebook.com/sal.degeorge.5 Sal DiGiorgi

      Better get your facts straight income tax began in 1913 , you must be talking about some other type of tax check you sources and research and you will see it is correct.

      • somitcw

        Sal DiGiorgi, does that mean that you also question the date in number 9 or that you think that it is correct or something totally different?

        • http://www.facebook.com/sal.degeorge.5 Sal DiGiorgi

          Did you read # 10 personal income tax started in 1913/ april is a good month for april fools.

          • somitcw

            Sal DiGiorgi, if number 10 says what number 10 says then why does number 9 say what number 9 says?

  • Embarrassed: we’re smarter

    Who holds the purse strings and power to keep our current tax system. It is so grossly unfair and costly and we have such a large debt. Ask the people who have not investment in how the tax code changes. This means: not the tax accountants who’s earnings depend on it, not the lobbyists who represent special interests, not investors with greater than 5 million assets. Have a range of economic wealth of citizens with backup support for information of how our money is spent and how it is made (from every source) Certainly we are smart people and can using our money more wisely.

  • Terry

    There is no such thing as a fair tax. Taxing has the power to destroy. NO Federal Income Tax. It pays the Federal Reserve and nothing for the country. A Fair Tax will still go to the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve and their collection agency the IRS need to be abolished.

  • Tim Fuller

    How many times does the dollar get taxed? Infinitely, I imagine.

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