I have to say, this is not an argument that doesn’t have merit.
Consider yourself for a moment. Do you like handing money over to Chimpy so he can transfer it to hisl pals over at KBR? Do you like that this “conservative” has grown the Federal Budget faster than anybody since Lyndon Johnson? Do you like that billions upon billions of the dollars you hand over just disappear, with no effort to even figure out where the money may have gone? Money that wounded and troubled soldiers so desperately need because of the hellhole Chimpy keeps sending them to?
I sure as hell don’t. I never would have consented to giving Chimpy money that he could turn around and let his cronies steal. I don’t like wealth transfers to the rich. I vote my displeasure all the time, but we’ve already seen how much good that’ll do us. Maybe the idea these tax resisters have is the only way to stop funding Chimpy’s War on Iraq, since Pelosi and Reid refuse to stand firm and demand that it be ended. As a matter of fact, if someone would set up an organization to fund the rehabilitation of those GIs that Chimpy is so gleefully busting up, I’d be happy to divert my tax payments to it-and then some. I owe them that, and you do too. I don’t feel like I owe Halliburton and its subcontractors the chance to siphon off a quarter or more of every tax dollar I send in, however. I certainly don’t want to pay for any more of the moronic monkey’s “surges.” I’d like to see my money staying here, helping out those that need the help. Or rebuilding the underpinnings of the country, which are falling apart at a dramatic rate.
I don’t advocate breaking the law, but in this era, where Chimpy ignores any law he doesn’t like, what can I say to these people? They are essentially trying to de-fund a disorganized crime cartel that has been responsible for nothing except chaos, blood, death, misery, and failure. I think I could give the contents of the Treasury to my six year old daughter, and she would get closer to spending the money wisely. The moronic monkey has only one goal for my tax receipts-transfer them to his peers. I don’t pay taxes for that.
What say you?
When the United States invaded Iraq more than four years ago, war opponent David Gross asked his bosses for a radical pay cut, enough so he wouldn’t have to pay taxes to support the war.
“I was having a hard time looking at myself in the mirror,” Gross said. “I knew the bombs falling were in part paid with my tax dollars. I had to actually do something concrete to remove my complicity.”
The San Francisco technical writer was making close to $100,000 a year. He didn’t know exactly how big of a pay cut he would need to fall below the federal tax threshold, but later figured out he would have to make less than minimum wage.
His employer turned him down and he quit. Gross, 38, now works on a contract basis, and last year he refused to pay self-employment taxes.
War tax resistance, popularized by Henry David Thoreau in the 19th Century and by singer Joan Baez and others during the Vietnam War, is gaining renewed interest among some activists.
“Clearly this year we definitely had more people calling, sending e-mails about how they decided to start resisting,” said Ruth Benn, coordinator of the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee in New York.
Based on the committee’s mailing list and reports from numerous groups it works with around the country, Benn estimates 8,000 to 10,000 Americans refuse to pay some or all of their federal taxes over war objections.
Internal Revenue Service officials say they don’t have figures for that specific category, but earlier this year they reported an overall non-compliance rate of 16.3 percent and estimated the annual tax gap at about $345 billion.
Peace activists are considering a mass tax-resistance campaign next April to step up pressure to end the war in Iraq, Benn said.
Gross said he now manages to live on about $15,000 per year by carefully tracking his spending.
He acknowledged the tax resistance movement is too small to stop the war, “but I think what we’re doing is showing the way for people in the anti-war movement,” Gross said.
The IRS said that while taxpayers have a right to express their opinions, they still have an obligation to pay their taxes. Tax resisters place an undue burden on taxpayers who pay their fair share of taxes, IRS spokeswoman Dianne Besunder said.
John Ubaldi, spokesman for Move America Forward, which supports the military and the war on terror, said the government would not be able to function if everyone opposed to a program stopped paying taxes.
“They’re showing the terrorists that America is not committed,” Ubaldi said.
The IRS considers it a frivolous argument when a taxpayer cites disagreement with the government’s use of tax money as the reason for not paying taxes.
A new federal law increases the penalty for frivolous tax returns from $500 to $5,000. The IRS says it investigates promoters of frivolous arguments and refers cases to the Justice Department Justice for criminal prosecution.
Unlike the days when Thoreau was sent to prison in a tax protest against the Mexican-American War, modern war tax protesters rarely go to prison, according to tax resisters. The IRS may take their money from wages and bank accounts — with penalties and interest — after sending a series of letters.
“They’re very polite, which makes it a little boring,” said Rosa Packard of Greenwich, Conn., a longtime anti-war tax protester.