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Taxed Into Oblivion

In the United States today, we are being taxed into oblivion, yet it is being done so stealthily that most Americans don't even realize what is happening.  Most people are fixated on federal income tax rates, but the federal income tax is only one of the dozens of different taxes that each of us pay each year.  The politicians have learned that people get really upset when income tax rates are raised, so they have found hundreds of other ways to raise taxes on us.  What most taxpayers in the United States today are facing is "death by a thousand cuts".  When you add up all forms of taxation from all levels of government, approximately 40 percent of all the income in the country is taken in as taxes by government.  Large numbers of Americans end up paying well over 50 percent of their income in taxes, and many of them don't even realize that it is happening.  We truly are being taxed into oblivion, and yet the politicians just keep coming back for more.

On all levels, government just keeps growing, and all of this government has got to be paid for somehow.  Politicians have become masters at finding ways to tax us so that we won't even feel it.  They have an endless hunger to spend more money, and they depend on us to feed that addiction.  Today, the combination of federal government spending, state government spending and local government spending now accounts for a larger share of U.S. GDP than at any other time in our history.

Yes, federal income tax rates were significantly higher 30 or 40 years ago.  But virtually every other tax you can think of has gone way up since then or did not exist back then.

Federal income taxes definitely still hurt, but the reality is that where we really get hit is in all of the other taxes that we pay.  American families pay Social Security taxes, Medicare taxes, state income taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, death taxes, various excise taxes, gasoline taxes, tire taxes, utility taxes, liquor taxes, telephone taxes and cigarette taxes just to name a few.  The truth is that there are dozens and dozens of different taxes that most Americans pay each year, and there are a whole bunch of others that get passed on to us through businesses that we deal with.

Speaking of cigarette taxes, there is legislation in Congress right now that would send taxes on tobacco products absolutely skyrocketing yet again.

I don't smoke and I never will smoke, but I find the attack on smokers by our politicians to be seriously offensive.  If smoking is legal, then leave them alone.  Don't tax them into oblivion just because you don't like what they are doing.

An excerpt from S. 1403 (The IDEA Full Funding Act) is posted below.  You will notice that a portion of this legislation even refers to itself as the "Saving Lives by Lowering Tobacco Use Act".  They are openly admitting that they want to make tobacco so expensive that people cannot afford to use it....

SEC. 3. TOBACCO TAX INCREASE AND PARITY.

(a) Short Title- This section may be cited as the ‘Saving Lives by Lowering Tobacco Use Act’.

(b) Increase in Excise Tax on Small Cigars and Cigarettes-

(1) SMALL CIGARS- Section 5701(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking ‘$50.33’ and inserting ‘$100.50’.

(2) CIGARETTES- Section 5701(b) of such Code is amended--

(A) by striking ‘$50.33’ in paragraph (1) and inserting ‘$100.50’, and

(B) by striking ‘$105.69’ in paragraph (2) and inserting ‘$211.04’.

(c) Tax Parity for Pipe Tobacco and Roll-Your-Own Tobacco-

(1) PIPE TOBACCO- Section 5701(f) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking ‘$2.8311 cents’ and inserting ‘$49.55’.

(2) ROLL-YOUR-OWN TOBACCO- Section 5701(g) of such Code is amended by striking ‘$24.78’ and inserting ‘$49.55’.

(d) Clarification of Definition of Small Cigars- Paragraphs (1) and (2) of section 5701(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 are each amended by striking ‘three pounds per thousand’ and inserting ‘four and one-half pounds per thousand’.

(e) Clarification of Definition of Cigarette- Paragraph (2) of section 5702(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by inserting before the final period the following: ‘, which includes any roll for smoking containing tobacco that weighs no more than four and a half pounds per thousand, unless it is wrapped in whole tobacco leaf and does not have a cellulose acetate or other cigarette-style filter’.

(f) Tax Parity for Smokeless Tobacco-

(1) IN GENERAL- Section 5701(e) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended--

(A) in paragraph (1), by striking ‘$1.51’ and inserting ‘$26.79’;

(B) in paragraph (2), by striking ‘50.33 cents’ and inserting ‘$10.72’; and

(C) by adding at the end the following:

‘(3) SMOKELESS TOBACCO SOLD IN DISCRETE SINGLE-USE UNITS- On discrete single-use units, $100.50 per each 1,000 single-use units.’.

You can view the full text of this legislation right here.  Please notice that some of the tax increases are absolutely mind blowing.  For example, the tax rate on pipe tobacco is going from 2.8311 cents to $49.55.

Now that is a tax increase you can really sink your teeth into.

We are seeing "quiet" tax increases like this happen on every level of government all over the United States.

Of course I haven't even mentioned all of the fines and fees and "registration" charges that state and local governments are hitting us with.

Have you gone to renew your car registration lately?  In some states (such as California) the fees have gotten absolutely ridiculous.

Speaking of California, it looks like they are getting ready to target cellphone users once again.

According to USA Today, California is getting ready to seriously jack up the fines for talking on a cellphone while driving....

The state Senate has sent a bill to Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. raising the basic fine for a first automotive offense from $20 to $50, the Sacramento Bee reports. For subsequent offenses, the fine would rise from $50 to $100. That's not the worst of it: by the time state and local assessments are added on, the total for a first offense rises to between $208 to $328. For additional tickets, make that $328 to $528.

Yes, talking on a cellphone while driving is dangerous.  But hitting people with tickets of $300, $400 or even $500 is not about safety.  It is all about revenue generation.

Right now we are seeing an epidemic of speed traps all over the country.  State and local governments are desperate for money, and they see speeders as an easy source of revenue. You can read more about this phenomenon right here.

Speaking of "revenue", that seems to have become Barack Obama's new favorite word lately.  He seems absolutely obsessed with raising more money for the federal government.  The Obamacare law was absolutely packed to the gills with new taxes, but now he wants even more.

Yes, it is true that the wealthy are getting away with murder under our current tax system.  I find it highly offensive that many people that make millions of dollars each year are able to find ways to pay much, much smaller percentages of their incomes in taxes than I do.

But raising tax rates isn't going to solve the problem.  Those that are masters at avoiding taxes are going to continue to do so.  Meanwhile, middle class Americans and small businesses will continue to get bled to death.

Our current tax system is fundamentally broken and needs to be completely thrown out and replaced.

However, no system is going to work until the federal government gets a handle on its spending addiction.

In the past couple of years, spending by the federal government as a share of GDP has been the highest that it has been since World War II.

You would think that there should be plenty of fat to trim, but as the recent debt ceiling deal clearly demonstrated, our politicians do not intend to significantly reduce government spending.

They are just going to keep borrowing, spending and finding more ways to tax us.

All of this nonsense in Washington D.C. is part of the reason why Americans are so displeased with Congress at this point.  According to Gallup, 84 percent of Americans now disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job, which is a brand new all-time high.

The truth is that sending more money to Washington D.C. is not going to "fix" things.

The federal government has multiplied in size over the past several decades, and yet the number of poor people just continues to increase.

Giving the poor more handouts may ease their suffering for a little while, but it is not the solution to their problems.  What they really need are good jobs, but our politicians have very busy setting up unfair trade agreements that allow millions of our jobs to be shipped overseas, and they continue to suffocate businesses in this country with mountains of ridiculous regulations.

No, the people that truly benefit when more money flows to the federal government are the fatcats that live and work around Washington D.C.

The past few decades have been a bonanza for government contractors, lobbyists and lawyers in the D.C. area.

According to the Washington Post, those living in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area now have a higher median household income than anyone else in the country....

Washingtonians now enjoy the highest median household income of any metropolitan area in the country, and five of the top 10 jurisdictions in America — Loudoun, Howard and Fairfax counties, and Falls Church and Fairfax City — are here, census data shows.

The signs of that wealth are on display all over, from the string of luxury boutiques such as Gucci and Tory Burch opening at Tysons Galleria to the $15 cocktails served over artisanal ice at the W Hotel in the District to the ever-larger houses rising off River Road in Potomac.

There is a ton of money in the D.C. area.  I know.  I used to work there.  Approximately one third of the GDP of the region comes from spending by the federal government.  Even during this recent economic downturn, the Washington D.C. region continues to do really, really well.

So, no, raising taxes is not going to fix what ails us.  It would just feed the monster that we have created in Washington.

We are already being taxed into oblivion.  Middle class America can't take much more of this.

We need to change our entire approach to taxation in this country, because right now our tax system is fundamentally unfair and it is not working.

So what do all of you think about our tax system?  Please feel free to post a comment with your opinion below....

 

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  • Joe the plumber

    Property tax pisses me off the most.

  • 99er

    The Tea Party people are well intentioned and make a good case for spending cuts but I think they are, in many ways, misguided. It sounds patriotic vowing to resist any type of tax increase but a lot of these people don’t realize that they’re doing the bidding of a wealthy class that they will never be a part of. The argument that “taxing the job creators will only make matters worse” does apply in some cases but is invalid in many more. Where it does apply the hiring would be a lot more likely to occur if the stranglehold of over regulation was loosened. I think most managers would be happy to trade a few additional percentage points of taxation for an easing of the regulations that hinder growth.

    Then there’s the issue of a tax code that has, by and large, been written by lobbyists who have managed to allow some of their clients to become virtually tax exempt. I have a problem with hedge fund billionaires paying 15% capital gains on market investment earnings while employees or middle managers owe 25% on anything over $34,000. They probably don’t realize it but these are the kind of things the Tea Party regular folks are arguing to protect. There are also a lot of wealthy people who have no interest in creating jobs no matter what their tax rates are. Who is Kobe Bryant or Derek Jeter going to hire? From a personal perspective, I may have turned down overtime when offered but never for the reason that I’d take a bigger hit in the form of a tax rate increase on the additional earnings (even though I hated paying it).There are a lot of Wealthy people who realize that they are under taxed, Warren Buffet and Ken Langone ( Home Depot co-founder) among them.

    http://patrioticmillionaires.org/

    The supply side or “trickle down” economics of the Reagan years worked great in the 80s. If you gave a business a tax cut it would likely be used grow US based operations. Those days are gone for a whole lot of reasons. For one thing, we’ve entered trade agreements that make it much easier for our companies to export jobs and import product. We’re supposed to benefit because it is now easier for us to sell our products abroad. I read recently that our largest export to China is scrap metal. Who’s getting the better end of that bargain?

    Another problem is technology. You can’t stop progress and we shouldn’t want to but some adjustments need to be made along the way if we expect to keep treasury revenues anywhere near adequate. Reagan’s years were prior to the huge advances in technology that has enabled whatever manufacturing that remains to conduct operations using far less tax paying labor.

    Maybe the worst problem is the over regulation that’s driving business out of the country. The ridiculous logic of the NLRB in suing Boeing over opening a plant in North Carolina – a right to work state – comes to mind. Over 1,000 US jobs are in jeapordy because of something called the National Labor Relations Board. How is Boeing’s strategy not infinitely better than exporting work to Mexico, China or any other foreign country?

    Then there’s the EPA, the Dept. of Energy, OSHA, etc all over-reaching into businesses and, consequently into the lives of employees. Members of Congress know they would never be re-elected if they tried to enact the restrictive solutions needed to achieve their view of what the country should look like so they establish these autonomous departments to blame when the people begin to push back. Problem is that we elect Congress to make the laws but we can’t vote for or against department heads or the regulations they implement.

    Bottom line, at least the way I see it, we need a balanced approach that includes both spending cuts and increased revenue combined with far less federal regulation if we have any hope that our fiscal problems will ever be resolved. We prospered as a country in the past with higher tax rates and a fairer tax code so I don’t buy the argument that doing anything on the revenue side will be detrimental.

    Unfortunately, The big question remains: since we have a Congress incapable of addressing these solutions, how does an individual set himself up to deal with the collapse that increasingly appears likely ?

  • George

    I’m 41 years old and I’ve done my own taxes for over 20 years, and I’ve never had a more frustrating year for paying taxes than this year. Everyone like me who had an Adoption Tax credit is being harassed. Some IRS bozo must have decided that all adoptive parents are criminals who need to be audited. First off, they didn’t send tax booklets this year, so I had to scramble to find my own forms. Then the IRS tried to shunt me to e-file, and I played along, but after investing more than an hour of my time, I find out near the end that this electronic filer couldn’t process my return because the IRS hadn’t published the Adoption Tax Credit form for 2010 yet. (Couldn’t they have said something BEFORE I STARTED THE PROCESS??!!??) It was mid-February 2011 before the IRS finally had that form available. I did my own taxes and sent them in and waited. A couple months later, the IRS asks for information. So I sent them the information. A month later, I get 4 copies of a letter from the IRS acknowledging receipt of my information and promising a response IN ANOTHER MONTH. Another month passes, then I get 4 copies of a request for MORE information, because they’re still not satisfied. They totally misconstrue what you send them and raise the most asinine objections,then you gotta wait ANOTHER TWO MONTHS to get any sort of answer. It’s useless to call them because they can’t really DO anything; they can’t connect you to a person who actually worked on your account so you can explain and find out what exactly will satisfy them. All they say is basically just follow the instructions in the letter. (Wow, what a help!) We were promised a response by August 11, but apparently that was total BS. I don’t understand what happened at the IRS. I’ve never had such lousy service. Before, when I’ve had questions they’ve answered them. When I gave them too much money, they sent it back. Apparently it’s not enough to tax the people to death; now these government bozos are making compliance with all the contradictory tax laws such a minefield so that whatever you do will be wrong. How twisted!

    • Michael

      Excellent comment George.

      I think many of us have had some very negative experiences with the current system.

      Michael

  • Toomanyfakeconservatives

    Land of the *fee*, home of the slave.

  • Rob

    This country was founded on a revolt against taxation without representation.
    Now the problem is 100 times worse and few people seem to care!
    The only fair system of taxation is the one where people pay what they choose to pay. All others require force and grow like cancer over time.
    The problem today is that society can’t imagine life without a government that is here to solve every problem. They only picture chaos in its place. We need to understand that we the people are the only legitimate form of government there is. We need to recapture the vision of what we can do when we organize ourselves voluntarily instead of waiting for someone else to do it by force. Sadly that vision is all but lost.

    Where there is no vision, the people perish…

  • Mark

    A national sales tax is a good start. Remove income taxes and property tax for a home or apartment since the people using the living space is paying the sales tax. No rebates for anyone. No more loop holes since there would not be an income tax. All people would have some skin in the game and in turn might care about the huge spending that the government does. The states would be limited to a sales tax also. Business would pay a tax and they would pay property tax. No more IRS for most of us. We would have to have a limit in the constitution on the percent of the sales tax. This would work except that washington will not allow this to happen, for this would remove much of their power. This would also remove the social security tax.

  • Gary2

    Michael-I know you know better. The rich have never had such low tax rates, ever. Hell there was not even an estate tax last year. Their agenda to purchase politicians has been a winning strategy.

    This can simply be Google to see I am correct. Billionaire hedge fund managers only paying 15%? The SSI cap at 106,000 so the rich get off paying a lot less as a % of their income than the poor?

    No my friend the rich need to be taxed hard and the wealth spread around.

    Please correct this post to reflect this reality.

    We need to heavily tax capital and not labor.

    • Mark

      Why should my heirs have to pay a death tax? I have paid taxes on the income all my life. Government has not worked their fingers to the bone as I have inorder to create wealth. Let’s see, if the federal government’s tax is 55% in a couple of years when the existing law sunsets and the state in which I live wants to up the death tax to 20%, that would add up to 75% that government would steal and has done nothing for it. So instead of creating more wealth and in turn helping the economy grow, I am starting to give the max each year to my children. When the government takes more and more, I look at ways to give them less and less. I could buy more rental property, but why bother. If I did and paid more taxes,I would just be helping the government to grow larger.

      • Gary2

        Death tax is right wing rhetoric to make simple minded fools think they will have to pay it.

        It is an inheritance tax to avoid large concentrations of wealth from accumulating. It has obviously failed. Should be MUCH higher.

        You need to pay your dues for living in a country that had the infrastructure so you can get rich.

        Stop whining and pay!

      • Gary2

        PS_the gov needs to close the loopholes that let tax cheats like you avoid paying.

        Tax greedy to help the needy

  • Gary2

    I wonder if the place Clinton is standing is where he was getting his Johnson serviced.

    Johnson has no conscience. Johnson has a one track mind and many males think with the wrong head.

    Ok its late I’ll stop.

  • Gary2

    Hey Michael-what about all the idiots that keep saying 50% of the population does not pay any taxes?????

    I guess you just burst their bubble!

    To all the goofs who keep parroting the right wing talking points you need to bookmark this article. The next time you hear Rush say this you will be able to refer back to this to see he is 100% wrong. I know you have no critical thinking skills or you would not be listening to Rush/fox crap in the first place.

  • Gary2

    Hey I would much rather work for government than the shitty low pay private sector.

    I do not know the correct people as that is the only way to get a government job. Any time they advertised there are 1000 of applicants because the private sector pays so shitty.

    Strong unions=better private sector pay.

  • Mister C

    The power to tax is the power to destroy.
    Reccomended read:”How to be a Successful Tyrant” by Larken Rose

  • tommcd

    In addition to all of the taxes that were mentioned in this article, those of us in Philadelphia get to pay a city wage tax that is currently 3.9 percent. This is in addition to the federal and state income taxes that we also pay. Here is a list of some of taxes that we pay in Philly: http://www.phila.gov/revenue/individual_taxes.html
    That list leaves out the additional sales taxes we pay (on top of the state sales tax), as well as various utility taxes.
    So what do we get for all of those taxes? Well, we get out trash picked up about once a week, we get a few potholes fixed, we have a school system that is so bad that it had to be taken over by the state government, and we get a police force that is more focused on collecting revenue for the city than protecting the public. And we got a mayor who has to tell the wayward youth of this city to pull their pants up and buy a belt!

    • El Pollo de Oro

      Tommcd: I live in Philadelphia (the River Wards, to be exact), and you are absolutely right. This is taxation without representation. The city wage tax is especially odious because it is one of the most regressive taxes in the country. Even if you’re working a part-time minimum job, you get to pay it. And what’s really mind-boggling is when you get a federal tax refund and a Pennsylvania state tax refund but owe the City of Philadelphia money even if your small business had a bad year. I’ve spent a lot of time in European countries where taxes are high, but at least you get something for your money (excellent public schools, excellent infrastructure, efficient firefighters). Here, you get grief.

      That said, I like Philly a lot, problems and all—it’s the city government that’s such a nightmare. So much for Mayor Nutter’s promise to abolish the business privilege tax.

      By the way, I asked a friend in Spain what would happen if some flash-mob cretins decided to bop an 80-year-old woman in Madrid just for the fun of it. Her answer: los policías would probably crack their little heads open.

  • Grumpy

    The Income Tax is a direct result of the adoption of the Federal Reserve system; under a central, non-government owned and run monetary system, every dollar is borrowed into existence and accrues interest for the issuing bank. The Income Tax was implemented so the government could pay the interest on this borrowed, debt-based ‘money’.

    The ONLY long-term, viable solution is a return to a ‘commodity-exchangeable’ currency under government control and oversight (weights and measures standards are the responsibility of the Federal Government. This would obviate the need for an income tax on anyone (persons, corporeal or corporate) as there would be no interest to be paid to a non-governmental entity for the right to use their ‘money’; the income tax could be eliminated and we’d not be a penny poorer for it (and most likely quite a bit richer).

    So, why isn’t this a part of our current reality? Lots of reasons – ‘citizens’ don’t understand how fiat money works in the modern (or historical) world, we live under a fascist, statist system of governance, the idiocy of the ‘left-right’ partisanship (ideology without thought), and many, many more.

    The biggest reason this system is not done away with?

    Social engineering.

    When a tax is levied on specific income classes (such as the current ‘progressive’ income tax system, which is the complete opposite of the definition of the word), it forces people into certain behaviors, and allows one economic class to make demands of another economic class with an onion-skin-thin veneer of moral justification. It keeps those without access to government officials (read: lots of money) from being given equitable treatment under the tax codes. The government thinks you drink or smoke too much? Slap a tax on those activities to watch them diminish (and never mind that it destroys the tax revenue from that particular activity, requiring another tax to eventually take its place).

    All you selfish people out there reading this probably want to breathe, too, don’t you? Well, we have carbon taxes in the works to see that you don’t use more than your ‘fair share’ of air. Drive a car that ‘pollutes’? Make it impossible to use by slapping outrageous fees on a vehicle that uses a particular type of fuel, or of a certain age, or that puts too many of a certain type of emissions into the atmosphere.

    I could sit here literally all night listing different federal, state, and local taxes and the behaviors they influence. But why is it being done?

    Oh, right, social engineering. Welcome to the long-promised ‘progressive liberal’ paradise, and one more thing: do your best to die soon after the point in your life at which you are no longer capable of generating revenue for the government to dispose of at whim – you’ll be less of a ‘burden on the planet’ that way.

  • ßίάЋΣЯЅҜіЃе

    That socialist utopia ain’t cheap is it. Get to work comrades austerity for everyone but unions and dear leader’s sycophants.

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    HERE COME SOME MORE AUSTERITY!!
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  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    I LIKE THIS IDEA!!!Congressional Reform Act of 2011

    1. No Tenure / No Pension.
    A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay
    when they are out of office.

    2. All Senate and House of Representatives members (past, present &
    future) will participate in Social Security.
    All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social
    Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social
    Security system, and all Congress men and women participate at the
    same level as the American people. Funds collected may not be used
    for any other purpose or programs.

    3. Congress men and women can purchase their own retirement plan and will pay the same rates as all Americans do.

    4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional
    pay will be determined by the individual states they represent every
    two years with the raises limited to the lower of CPI or 3%. with no
    special adjustments.

    5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates
    in the same health care system as the states they represent and the
    American people.

    6. Congress will equally abide by all laws they impose on the
    American people. No provisions for special treatment will be
    allowed.

    7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective
    1/1/12.
    The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen.
    Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.
    Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers
    envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s),
    then go home and back to work.

    ;o) add to that Campaign Funding REFORM!

  • Nickelthrower

    Greetings,

    We have the EXACT tax system that corporate America wants. Think about it, if it were in their best interests to have a simple tax code then we would have one tomorrow afternoon – period.

    But, tens of thousands of pages of tax law mean that it is next to impossible for the small business to compete with a multi-national corporation.

    The tax code that we have was written by corporate special interest groups and it, the tax code, serves its creator very well.

    As anyone that studies the game of chess knows, you do not attack the piece you want but the piece protecting the piece you want. Going after government is exactly what the corporate elites want as it take the spotlight off of the true authors and financiers of all these terrible tax laws.

    The enemy is Wall Street pure and simple.

  • Just me

    Nice group picture, 5 presidents, hopefully there will be 6 in 17 months.

  • Macnasty

    Well the government has hired people to sit around a big desk and figure out how to get into your pocket, gotta have a tax for this and a tax for that,a fee for this a fee for that,a license for this a license for that,its not going to stop, EVER,so get used to it my friends, why we’ll just tax ourselves into prosperity.

  • A.S.

    To All Americans: Boycott the federal and state taxes. Don’t file for taxes next year! They cannot possibly audit everyone. Don’t file the following year. Heck, don’t file ever again! What are they going to do: put everyone in prison?

    If you can manage without a car, don’t register your car for the next year. If you are already driving, drive as less as possible. They will not collect so much in gas taxes!

    Make them suffer by not getting revenues! Try to avoid paying any and all taxes by being without certain “necessities.” Time to take a stand!

    • Charles_Texas

      Just how many people do you want to loose their homes and go to jail. This is plain nonsence. If you have nothing and no job go ahead and do this, but if you owe ONE cent they will get you. The Tea Party offers a hope to get rid of unfair taxes. This idea offers jail time.

      • A.S.

        The Tea Party cracked under pressure. Didn’t you see the debt ceiling increase they gave into? The only reason person out there for change is Ron Paul, but he will not win because the Bilderbergs will not let him. The Fair Tax has no chance of passing unless we have a majority of Ron Pauls!

        The only way to change things is to risk one’s well being, one’s life, one’s property, etc., just like the founding fathers did and the many who followed them. If all of us make a stand together, then they cannot audit and jail all of us; they cannot foreclose of all of us.

        Make them suffer by losing revenues. Make them suffer by doing a lot of paperwork that will last for hundreds of years. If someone should lose their home or go to jail, lets all make a pact to save that fellow “True Tea Party member,” “True American Patriot.” That is how you can defeat the evil in government.

        I welcome comments to this plan…

    • mondobeyondo

      Umm, there are repercussions and consequences for doing that.

      The friendly (?) folks at the Internal Revenue Service will be after you like bloodhounds, I mean pit bulls. More likely a hybrid of the two, called a “bloodbull”.

      Not to mention your state and local governments. They are more than happy to lock you up for a few years on a “tax evasion” rap.

      They are relentless and vicious. But if anyone has a suggestion as to how to avoid getting slaughtered, or bitten or stung by them, I’m all ears.

  • http://www.placeofrefuge2012.com Sheila

    Its just one gang enforcing their mark, if the federal government is a gang it sure must be the biggest!

    We are being liquidated!

    Get ready, things are only going to get more interesting in the coming days and weeks.

    http://www.placeofrefuge2012.com

  • David

    I think it’s pretty obvious that the Federal Government no longer works for us. We are working to satisfy their humongous appetite for power and greed. Something’s definitely wrong when every single member of Congress is a multi-millionaire. How did that happen when we are losing our homes, social security benefits, and retirement packages, but yet they get to keep theirs???? And, we’re paying for their luxury, directly or indirectly. Their health care, retirement, social security etc., is in tack and not subjected to the same ilk as ours. If it was, it would be fixed in a heartbeat! I say we abolish the Fed, IRS, go back to the Gold Standard, clean house in Congress and just have a comsumption tax; if you don’t want to pay the tax don’t consume the product. That way we still have what’s left of our freedoms!!!!!!

  • rick

    fraud,rip off,extortion

  • Piglet

    Besides the “explicit” taxes described above, there are also “implicit” taxes. When more money is printed out for the government to spend, it devalues the money you already possess, and effectively this is a tax, too, because it transfers wealth from taxpayers to the government. The government also robs/taxes the future by borrowing, spending future money now and leaving taxpayers with the bill for the principle plus interest.

  • Donald Wilson

    The tax system sucks, last year I and my spouse made 76,000 and paid over 8,000 in various taxes. However, GE made over 15Billion and received a 5 Billion refund what a screwed up system.

  • knightowl77

    Repealing the amendment authorizing an income tax is step 1. Replace it with a national sales tax is Step 2. Requiring a Balanced Budget Amendment that caps spending is Step 3.
    I favor the National Sales Tax in lieu of income taxes as it avoids the loopholes that the rich currently use to avoid paying taxes. Those who buy more (because of higher income levels) pay more.
    Currently I spend a 2 or 3 days every Spring trying to figure out what I owe the fed & state governments which is a complete and total waste of time.
    I want Gov’t reduced greatly. We do not need a Dept of Ed, Dept of Energy, and hundreds of other federal departments, agencies or bureaus. Taxpayers in Alabama or Colorado or wherever, should not be building museums, bridges etc in some other state.
    If the local population wants to build something, that should be taxed or funded at the local level.
    IMHO

  • Rowell

    In regards to increases in fines for using a cellphone while driving….I am 100% all for that. If cellphone use while driving is illegal in your state, and you get caught doing it, you should be penalized heavily. Otherwise, if the fine were $50, you’d probably pay the fine and keep doing it.

    As someone that has had to suffer through months of physical therapy and the loss of a good reliable automobile because the guy that hit my stopped car was too busy on his cellphone to pay attention, I believe that people on cell phones while driving are a menace and should be stopped. They’re as impaired as drunk drivers (and there are studies that show this to be true).

    If people want to talk on the cellphone, pull over where you’re not a menace to others on the road. If they continue to be callous and self-centered, and endanger others, they should feel some pain so as not to repeat the bad behavior.

    [rant finished]

  • FoonTheElder

    The middle class is being taxed into oblivion because the upper classes aren’t paying their share. 50% is way out of whack.

    The top 400 taxpayers only pay a federal income tax average of 18%. Right wingers always look at only the federal income tax because it’s the only tax in the U.S. that even attempts to be progressiv­e. Practically all other taxes are regressive where the wealthy pay a lower percent of their income than the non-wealthy.

    When you look at ALL taxes divided by ALL income, the top 1% pay a lower average percent (30.9%) than the next 19% after that, and not much more than the 20%-80% group.

    For example, the top 1% pay an average of 30.9% in ALL taxes on ALL income. Someone who has $66,000 in income averages 30.0% on ALL income. Practicall­y no difference from the wealthiest­.

    http://www.ctj.or­g/pdf/taxd­ay2009.pdf

    • Gary2

      You are totally correct. My only question: Why are there so many dumb asses on this site and others who can’t figure out what you so eloquently just said?

      They simply repeat the right wing talking points focusing only on the income tax. How can they be so stupid? What you are saying are facts and not someones opinion.

      Its no wonder the country is in a mess. many people lack critical thinking skills, and in fact lack any thinking skills. Anyone with 1-2 brain cells should know what you posted as its obvious common sense. I guess that’s how the tea bagger terrorists were formed.

      A bunch of easily manipulated fools whose utter stupidity is astounding and is getting sickening to hear.

  • Arivernameddenial

    I like the fair or flat tax as long as the greedy little politicians do not raise the percentage every few years. We know that many dollars are paid under the table and illegal monies from druggies could be taxed as well. I sell many things that I am not taxed for, but get taxed when I spend that money. In Arkansas, we get taxed 9% or non foods. Our taxes for food has gone down somewhat. I look at my receipt and I will have tax 1, tax 2 and tax 3 all added into the balance. We pay a tax on our personal property each year. I bought a new car and paid 800.00 in tax. I am sure that there are more taxes-just can’t think of them now.

  • uncurable wound

    Does anyone else feel this in the air?GUT?
    This is getting intense!
    God bless…

  • Ken

    The 1913 income tax brackets if adjusted for inflation of the dollar would exempt every married couple earning less than about $85,000!

    The top bracket kicked in at an amount that would be over $400,000 today.

    It was designed so that the average worker never paid any federal income tax.

    So why is it suddenly immoral NOT to pay it today? Stupid.

    As you say though we ALL pay.

    The same “conservatives” who tell us that “corporations don’t pay taxes, they just channel them” are the ones hyping the “47% don’t pay”. Do they ever think before they talk!

    Thanks for this post.

    • Gary2

      No conservatives are all basically retarded and are unable to think, hence the reason they are conservatives.

      No rational person would have anything to do with republicans and conservatives.

      Who is their new hero-Bachmann (suck off the government while telling the poor they are leaches)

      Perry-mandate HPV shots?

      What fools.

  • JackieR

    Are people aware that when we apply for a job we have to fill out a W-4? This voluntarily gives our hard earned money to the gov. If you file an exemption to tax witholding vs filling out a W-4 you can bypass the tax witholding.
    Also the IRS is an elegal company. It is not part of the us gvt. It officialy resides in Puerto Rico. Look up these things and start fighting for your rights.

  • Rhinehart Fox

    “No, the people that truly benefit when more money flows to the federal government are the fatcats that live and work around Washington D.C.”

    If one studies fascism, you will see that this is exactly the system that has developed here in America. It is an unholy marriage between government and certain big businesses that have curried government’s favor. Those businesses are granted unfair advantages over their competitors until the distinction between government and capitalism disappears. Unfortunately, most see this as a ‘right wing’ phenominon when it is actually an alternate path to Socialism. The end result is unsustanable spending and government intrusion into our privacy.
    The DHS may well be the new gestapo. Watch for the ‘leader’ who demand of us to pledge our personal loyalty to him. We’ve already shredded the constitution in the name of fairness and safety. We can only hope that the coming financial collapse will crush this illegitimate system when it tumbles.

  • DeathSpiral

    This is why I plan to only vote for Ron Paul and 3rd party candidates during the next election cycle instead of the usual Repub or Demo candidates. All of the people in D.C. need to be voted out!! The Dems and Repubs fight in public like Pro Wrestlers but behind the scenes its become obvious they are pandering to the same Special Interests and Big Money! Everything seems to be a drama made up for TV just like the recent budget fiasco.

    Unfortunately, this appears to be the only way to turn this TAXING MACHINE upside down and get them to balance the budget and start reversing bad policies like NAFTA (which has turned into a job killing machine!) Its obvious if left to their own devices things will continue to be the same. We need them to start cracking down on Special Interests, Campaign Contributions!!

  • Ken Keil

    The income tax needs to go and should never been created. Let’s cut our spending by 2 trillion $ per year and go to a national income tax of about 5% on everything except food and medical. Go to http://www.act.com

  • Chris Hahin

    The commentary that people are taxed to “oblivion” attracts readers but is serious distortion. The average person, not the super-rich, is subjected to federal income tax, SSI, Medicare tax, state income tax, property taxes, and state and local sales taxes. The SSI and Medicare taxes are capped at certain income levels, making the wealthy exempt from these income taxes. In addition, capital gains are only taxed at 15%. Many states tax food and medicine, a really regressive and almost criminal taxation on the vital necessities of life. Clearly a wealthy person can eat only so much, so this tax is inconsequential. However, for a family living on Wal-Mart wages who has 3 to 4 children, it is a real tax burden. One of the ways to eliminate many taxes is to eliminate outdated levels of government. For example, we have township government, city or town or village government, county government, and then state and federal government. In many efforts to eliminate township and local governments into large county governments, they often are voted down by the same folks who want less government! Since most people live in metropolitan areas, consoldating garbage, fire, police, electrical power, sewage, telephone & internet communications into a large entity is more effective than small duplicative governmental units that have minimal purchasing power and cannot obtain top flight personnel due to salary limitations. These units were set up in the late 1790-1850s when there were no public roads, poor transportation, communication by letter, with limited public literacy and education. They made sense 150 years ago, but they are inefficient today. Much of our spending will be reduced when our worldwide defense commitments are lessened, and the wealthy start contributing by completely modifying the federal tax code and its myriad loopholes, whereby the general population can be liberated from oppressive taxes as a direct proportion of their income.

    • bobbobbobbob

      good inputs -very informative

    • mondobeyondo

      We ARE being taxed to oblivion.

      Imagine being taxed to fish for trout, bass and catfish, something that many people did for free, for many years. Yes, it’s true. It’s called an “urban fishing license” here in metro Phoenix. The local government is making you pay to fish in an urban lake.

      What the hell?! I might as well go to Wal-Mart and buy some pre-packaged trout.

      P.S. I’d hate to catch a tuna or marlin. The taxes for those would be outrageous – value added tax, import tax and whatnot…hah!

  • Chris

    Speaking of Taxes given out by Law Enforcement…I was given a ticket for a cracked windshield, so I called to find out how much the ticket was…

    Me- Yes, I was given a ticket for a cracked windshield, just calling to see how much the fine is?

    Government employee- The fine for a cracked windshield is $160.

    Me- Do I need to bring something in showing that I replaced my windshield.

    Government employee- No, that’s not necessary

    Me- Well, how do you know that I fixed what I was given a ticket for

    Government employee- Well, if you don’t get it fixed you may be ticketed again.

    Me- Well the officer said it was a safety issue and that’s why I was given a ticket…If its such a safety issue I would expect you guys to want to know that this safety issue had been fixed.

    Government Employee- Like I said sir, if you don’t get it fixed you may be issued another ticket if caught again.

    Me- So, what you’re saying is that you could care a less about my safety or any other persons safety. You’re just after the revenue correct?

    Government employee- Sir, are you going to pay the ticket or not.

    Me- Click

    I paid the ticket.

    It’s the same with window tint laws, My buddy has recieved two tickets for his window tint being to dark and refuses to get it taken off. Yet, the government could care a less if he does take it off, they just want the revenue from the ticket.…My tint is also to dark, but I have never received a ticket. I like my windows being dark, keeps my stuff out of sight for the smash and grab thugs that prowl in parking lots, out of sight out of mind is how I think of it.

    • bobbobbobbob

      i agree with the police u dont need tainted windows its a threat to law enforcers. u want to keep them out put two dirty bloomers on each seat — it really works

  • jd

    Mike,
    Don’t forget one of the biggest, stealthiest taxes: inflation (devaluing our money, reducing our purchasing power and reducing the value of our savings) by printing money

  • anne

    I moved to California a few years ago from Texas and am not trying to figure out how to get out of here. The taxes, fees and laws here ridiculous. Then on top of that the cost of living is ridiculous. Our Car registration costs me almost $300 when I have to SMOG and that is for a 10 year old car. I make alot more money than I did in Texas, but my standard of living is actually poorer (mostly due to cost of living and because I refuse to go into debt $500,000 for what I would call a modest home). The govt is not ever going to reduce it self voluntarily. Not sure what needs to happen, but this indentured servitude where I give them more than 1/2 my money every year has to stop.

  • DownWithLibs

    Off topic:

    The Presidents new buses he is using on his “jobs tour”….Made in Canada!!!!

  • Jeff

    Chris –

    You have wisely figured it out. Tickets are not given out for safety purposes anymore, it’s all about raising revenue to feed the Government Beast.

    Your cracked windshield is hurting no one, but it is a nice source of revenue.

  • Gee

    All governments are designed to steal
    from you the governed.
    They’re very good at it.
    They won’t stop until you’re dead.

    Or they are.

    All the rest is just bitching and moaning.

  • McKinley Morganfield

    At what percentage does the tax rate (all taxes combined) mark one as a serf and not a free citizen? We can all, except anarchists, agree that some level of government is necessary. But at a tax rate of 50+% we are becoming more like serfs than free citizens. We need a 10% flat tax on all forms of income and everyone pays without regard to their level of income. Everyone must have skin in the game. No loopholes, no 50,000 pages of tax code. Government must yield in order to stay within the revenue stream.

  • mrs kotter

    I am a photographer in louisiana, and i was charged something called a moveable property tax.that means i pay a % of everything i use to run my business example:camera ;flash ;computer and even my desk.i already paid sales tax to local and state when i purchased the items in the first place.plus they charge u every year you remain in business.i have also been confronted by local officials when take portraits in “free”public parks;they say i have to pay to take photos usually about $100 each visit(i only charge $40 to shoot) while regular people run around shooting to their hearts content.they say if i’m making money then they should be too.when i wouldnt pay they forced me and my client to leave.it not just taxes its fees and penaties for people trying to provide for themselves.

  • jerry O

    This article is right on. We are being taxed and taxed and taxed. This is what our founding fathers fought against to set this country up in the first place and now we are in the same spot they were in.

    I just read that hidden in the health care bill of all places is a section that will charge a 1% transaction fee on all services that you have at your local bank.

    What does that have to do with health care?

    We are really going downhill fast and we need to prepare ourselves for what is coming.

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  • Highspeed

    Here is a way to raise tons of money for the govnment. Ticket all drivers who travel in the passing lane. Charge them 1,000.00 per offense. Eventually they will get their slow butts out of the passing lane and motorist can get to work on time and much waste will be cut. Production levels will soar and I will personally have much less stress in my life.

    P.S. Hang up and drive.

  • GoneWithTheWind

    If you understand the reason why capital gains are taxed at 15% then you would probably demand they lower it. When you invest in something, lets say a house, and hold it for 20 years the value has probably tripled or even quadrupled. If you bought if for $100k in 1990 and sold it for $300k in 2010 you would pay 15% on the $200k of “profit”. But arguably there was in fact no profit. By that I mean all houses that were worth $100k in 1990 would have appreciated in value to be worth $300k in 2010 most due to inflation. So the investor has actually lost money by selling and paying the tax. If you raise the capital gains tax investors will not invest, at least they will not invest in things which will incur a tax liability. What is it our economy really needs? Investments! The government should be cutting capital gains taxes and income taxes to spur people with money to invest and also to encourage hard working productive people to work even harder. People will work harder if they are allowed to keep more of what they earn.

    The best way to understand the effect of taxes and big government on the economy is to think of taxes and government like a parasite. The tax eats away at the persons/corporations ability to earn and stay alive. If the taxes are raised high enought the person or company cannot survive and will do things to avoid the taxes. Companies move offshore and people stop producing.

    It is a fallacy to believe that increasing tax rates will increase tax revenues. People react to outside influences and will take steps to avoid pain (in this case the pain of taxes). There is an old saying that “if you want less of something tax it” conversely if you want more don’t tax it or lower the taxes. We want more investors. What would a smart and logical person do? And what has our government choosen to do?

    • Gary2

      Your kidding with your nonsensical post correct? You are 100 wrong.

      • Gary2

        This has nothing to do with houses but with billionaire hedge funds only paying 15% on their income, err, capital gains?

        Supply side economics is so discredited and anyone can simply look around and see for them selves it is a failure.

        We need to tax capital gains as ordinary income which it really is. Maybe exempt the first 100,000 so it only hits the rich.

        Tax the greedy to help the needy!

  • chancery

    I can not believe that there are some people still out there that believe we are not taxed enough. What foolish nonsense. In my county we just had the greatest property tax increase in the history of the county. People are mad as hell about it. They remark that their house value has dropped, but their tax bill went up. Of course the county will never cut a damn job it doesn’t need. The monster government will continue to grow and consume until everyone just moves the hell away from it.Then and only then will it shrink. They even are going after another penny in sales taxes in Nov. What arrogant asses they all are.

  • BraneFrees

    “I don’t smoke and I never will smoke, but I find the attack on smokers by our politicians to be seriously offensive. If smoking is legal, then leave them alone. Don’t tax them into oblivion just because you don’t like what they are doing.”

    Actually, smokers are NOT being taxed because The Powers That Be don’t like what they are doing.

    Smokers are being taxed because it’s a VERY reliable source of tax income.

    Smokers, being extreme addicts, are not going to deprive themselves of their drug – no matter what the cost – physically OR financially.

    Count on it.

  • mondobeyondo

    Time to put George Harrison’s masterpiece “Taxman” in the iPod. “One for you, nineteen for me…”

    You’re working not only for your employer, but for the tax man as well.

  • mondobeyondo

    The Government: “We have to impose a Clean Air Tax* on all citizens of this country”

    You: “A Clean Air Tax?”

    The Gov’t: “Yes, for the priviledge of breathing clean air.”

    You: “But it’s our RIGHT to breathe clean air!! If we don’t breathe clean air, we’ll die!”

    The Gov’t. “That’s exactly the point…”

    • mondobeyondo

      * = Emissions Control regulations, at least in Arizona (can’t speak for other states/countries)

      Here in AZ, you have to pay $25.00 to get your vehicle emissions tested. If it fails the test, you must make the necessary repairs to your vehicle to make it pass.

      Now, take a big deep breath of that nice smog filled air.

    • Rev. Reggie Jackson

      What the New World Order International Bankers/Illuminati kingpins are saying is that you have to pay for breathing Gods air!! You must be taxed for breathing, period!! And don’t take their coming mark of the beast chip in your forehead or hand.

    • neos1

      Have you read that the mentally unstable politicians in some areas now have “sugar tax”, a tax on candy bars, soda and whatever else they can add to it. Oh, they try to tell you this is for your own good, so that you don’t eat too much sugar. What it really is, is another way for the mentally unstable politicians to raise money to fund all of their pet projects. Never mind the roads need repairing and the schools need repairing along with the water pipes, the politicians want their name on some building or sign to boast their egos.
      Talking about tax increases, property taxes keep goig up, due to all the illegals going to public schools and now the illegals are demanding FREE college education, hell ,I didn’t know they even knew what a college was! The colleges only have so many openings each semester and the illegals want to be first on the list!
      The cost of license plates goes up ever year and the service at the DMV goes down.
      I’m a non-smoker too, but i read in New York City the taxes on cigarettes brings the price of a pack up to $11 dollars! Holy mackeral!
      On the one hand they want people to quit smoking, but on the other, they need the tax money from cigarettes-so keep smoking!

      • neos1

        The mentally unstable politicians want your money-all of it, leaving you broke, homeless, unemployed, and having to eat dog food just to survive.
        The politicians want your money , all of it, to give to big, billion dollar corporations as subsidies, so the corporations can then give their CEO and ech of the board of directors a $100 million dollar bonus!!

    • PUNKY BREWSTER

      Cute,

      But as a staunch believer in BIG GOVERNMENT, I find this hardly amusing. The size of government is not the problem, it’s the fact that there is far too much corruption in government. Get rid of corruption, all else falls into place.

  • BillyBob

    The Tax Poem

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    > Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table At which he’s fed.

    > Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes Are the rule.

    > Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts Anyway!
    > Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat.

    > Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt.

    > Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he tries to think.

    > Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries, then tax his tears.

    > Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways To tax his ass.

    > Tax all he has Then let him know, That you won’t be done till he has no dough.

    > When he screams and hollers Then tax him more,
    > Tax him till he’s good and sore.

    > Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in Which he’s laid.

    > Put these words Upon his tomb, ‘Taxes drove me to my doom.. . ‘
    > When he’s gone, Do not relax, Its time to apply The inheritance tax.

    > Accounts Receivable Tax
    > Building Permit Tax
    > CDL license Tax
    > Cigarette Tax
    > Corporate Income Tax
    > Dog License Tax
    > Excise Taxes
    > Federal Income Tax
    > Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
    > Fishing License Tax
    > Food License Tax
    > Fuel Permit Tax
    > Gasoline Tax (currently 44. 75 cents per gallon)
    > Gross Receipts Tax
    > Hunting License Tax
    > Inheritance Tax
    > Inventory Tax
    > IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
    > Liquor Tax
    > Luxury Taxes
    > Marriage License Tax
    > Medicare Tax
    > Personal Property Tax
    > Property Tax
    > Real Estate Tax
    > Service Charge Tax
    > Social Security Tax
    > Road Usage Tax
    > Sales Tax
    > Recreational Vehicle Tax
    > School Tax
    > State Income Tax
    > State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
    > Telephone Federal Excise Tax
    > Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
    > Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
    > Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
    > Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
    > Telephone State and Local Tax
    > Telephone Usage Charge Tax
    > Utility Taxes
    > Vehicle License Registration Tax
    > Vehicle Sales Tax Watercraft Registration Tax
    > Well Permit Tax
    > Workers Compensation Tax

    > Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most > prosperous in the world.

    > We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the

    > world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

    > > What happened?

    > Can you spell ‘politicians?’ > > I hope this goes around THE USA at least 100 times!!! > YOU can help it get there!!! > THE HIPPIES WERE RIGHT!!!! > GO AHEAD — BE AN AMERICAN

  • BillyBob

    The Tax Poem

    > Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table At which he’s fed.

    > Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes Are the rule.

    > Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts Anyway!
    > Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat.

    > Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt.

    > Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he tries to think.

    > Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries, then tax his tears.

    > Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways To tax his ass.

    > Tax all he has Then let him know, That you won’t be done till he has no dough.

    > When he screams and hollers Then tax him more,
    > Tax him till he’s good and sore.

    > Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in Which he’s laid.

    > Put these words Upon his tomb, ‘Taxes drove me to my doom.. . ‘
    > When he’s gone, Do not relax, Its time to apply The inheritance tax.

    > Accounts Receivable Tax
    > Building Permit Tax
    > CDL license Tax
    > Cigarette Tax
    > Corporate Income Tax
    > Dog License Tax
    > Excise Taxes
    > Federal Income Tax
    > Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
    > Fishing License Tax
    > Food License Tax
    > Fuel Permit Tax
    > Gasoline Tax (currently 44. 75 cents per gallon)
    > Gross Receipts Tax
    > Hunting License Tax
    > Inheritance Tax
    > Inventory Tax
    > IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
    > Liquor Tax
    > Luxury Taxes
    > Marriage License Tax
    > Medicare Tax
    > Personal Property Tax
    > Property Tax
    > Real Estate Tax
    > Service Charge Tax
    > Social Security Tax
    > Road Usage Tax
    > Sales Tax
    > Recreational Vehicle Tax
    > School Tax
    > State Income Tax
    > State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
    > Telephone Federal Excise Tax
    > Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
    > Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
    > Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
    > Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
    > Telephone State and Local Tax
    > Telephone Usage Charge Tax
    > Utility Taxes
    > Vehicle License Registration Tax
    > Vehicle Sales Tax Watercraft Registration Tax
    > Well Permit Tax
    > Workers Compensation Tax

    > Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most > prosperous in the world.

    > We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the

    > world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

    > > What happened?

    > Can you spell ‘politicians?’ > > I hope this goes around THE USA at least 100 times!!! > YOU can help it get there!!! > THE HIPPIES WERE RIGHT!!!! > GO AHEAD — BE AN AMERICAN

  • jd

    Mike,
    Don’t forget the “inflation tax” – by printing money to pay its own debts, the government devalues the purchasing power of our cash, our savings and our income. It’s at least as bad and stealthy and dishonest as any of the taxes you mentioned – food, gas and other prices are higher than they would be because of it.

  • Stolengoat

    *************** hot dawg n chili, get down,,,,,,get back up again. ************* we live in a society where my neighbor can manually drive fence post all day but for some reason needs a disability check cause he obviously needs a backiautomy… ************* that we were blessed with hundreds of ghettos full of ignorant knuckleheads, breeding day and night so they can get a bigger check on the 1st of the month. You know a rap group named BONE THUGS IN HARMONY even wrote a popular song called wake up it’s the 1st of the month. You wanna know how to starve these people to death???? Its easy just hide there food stamps under there work boots. You guys wanna hear the best part of the deal…… When we are forced to cut all this entitlement Bull XXXX they will probably burn the cities. LMAO after all we should definitely be paying them for all there hard work. Like it or not the great colon cleansing is coming. Get the F outta the cities head for the country or a nice small town. Get a decent rifle and plenty of ammo yada yada yada hey hey hey good bye. This is every americans fault we let our politicians do this. We have lost sight of our constitution. George Washington was against a 2 party system because it gives the illusion of choice. I told my old man that, he said “Bologna.” I pulled it up online he said hmmmmmm thats odd.. Tom Jefferson was a bad mama jama lets take a peak at 10 of my favorite Thomas Jefferson quotes in no paticular order

    1} “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” I can promise all of you that Tom was spot on with that one.

    2} “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.” wow he was a genius

    3} “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” OUCH

    4} “It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”

    5} “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”

    6} “Never spend your money before you have earned it.”

    7} “The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that… it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.” Thats why we cannot allow an assult rifle ban. He did not want us to own guns just so we could shoot bambi.

    8} “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”

    9} “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

    10} “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

  • mondobeyondo

    Your friendly newly formed “Super Congress” will no doubt consider a “Birth Tax”.

    Every newborn’s share of the national debt. What is it now, about $43,000 for every citizen in the country? Come on, babies, pay up. Yeah, you weren’t responsible in the least for being in this situation. Tough cookies. My name is Sam, and I’m your uncle, and I know what’s best for you. Now stop your crying, eat your Gerber’s, shut up and PAY!!

    The doctor slaps them on one butt cheek, and the government kicks them on the other. Just be warned, that 18 or 20 or 25 years from now, when the little cuties will be young men and women and in college… there will be Hell To Pay. “You say you want a revolution…”

    Although I really think things will reach the breaking point in this country long before then.

  • cheapshot

    taxing = stealing
    the world has gone mad…
    steal from peter to pay paul…
    the brainwashed are proud and arrogantly blurt out “i pay my taxes”; hook, line, sinker, as if its something to be proud of by allowing someone else to rob you of your time, labor and wealth, then rationalize it away with assbackwards logic and denial…
    the ignorant and feeble minded ponder “how would we pay for all our stuff/services?”; pay for it your self, or start a voluntary fund, bonds, drives, ect; do you really need all this crap to begin with, is it really that hard to think in this day and age…?
    why should everyone pay to send your kid(s) to a conforming, conditioning, brainwashing public/government overrated school system? so they can end up like you, rinse, repeat?
    they shouldnt…
    do you want the government to wipe your butt and piss you too?

    ron paul 2012 or bust…
    the country is FUBAR…

    What Have We Become…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-gitG32P_U

  • http://globaleconomicwarning.blogspot.com Global Economics

    The Federal Reserve is bankrupting the nation… paper money will become worthless… you have to prepare yourself and your family for the financial crisis ahead.

    (click on my profile name to go to my blog to see full video)

    This is a must see video… you have you prepare yourself and your loved ones before it’s too late.

  • http://www.collapsenet.com/154.html Jonathan Barnes

    Must See Video: Michael C. Ruppert calls upon the world’s artistic and musical leaders to take part in the global generational revolution taking place right now. He pulls no punches as is apparent in the title, “SAY MY FU**ING NAME” …http://goo.gl/2vFgp

  • http://jackt123.blogspot.com Jack

    The bitter fact is that our debt plus our entitlement obligations is an unsupportable oeverhead under our current revenue stream. We will go bankrupt unless something drastic is done quickly. Soaring medical cost is the most conspicuous cause of our financial woes but certainly not the only cause. If I could change one thing about the way medicine is practiced, it would be to do away with both malpractice insurance and malpractice suits. That alone would save American citizens trillions over the next decade. Next I would raise the retirement age. Sorry old folks, if you’ve got a job, keep on working because we can’t afford to pay you what you’ve always been promised. Finally, we need a better taxation system. There are plenty of good plans, but it’s unlikely that anything will change on that front. There’s just too many people who live on it the way it is like sealife in a coral reef.

  • http://www.maxkeiser.com Al Kyder

    “The way to understand all of this is to realize that it’s part of a broader syndrome,
    in which wealthy Americans who benefit hugely from a system rigged in their favor
    react with hysteria to anyone who points out just how rigged the system is.”

    Panic of the Plutocrats
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/10/opinion/panic-of-the-plutocrats.html?_r=4&smid=tw-NytimesKrugman&seid=auto

    Organizer Labels Own Poll Irrelevant After Ron Paul Wins
    (Results only count if establishment Republican is victorious)

    by Paul Joseph Watson
    http://www.infowars.com/organizer-labels-own-poll-irrelevant-after-ron-paul-wins/

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