Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Irwin Schiff: Income Tax Rebel

My internet buddy, Tom Knapp, looks at the recent death of Irwin Schiff. Schiff was a long time critic of the income tax and spent much of his life claiming that tax was illegal. I actually agree with Schiff, but think it's much to do about nothing for the most part.

My old Libertarian friend Josh told me years ago he thought Schiff's arguments were correct and we shouldn't be required to pay income tax. To that I agreed, but told him it was a moot point. After all, armed robbery is illegal. If someone came and stuck a gun in your face demanding your money, you'd give it to him, right? You wouldn't try arguing you don't have to comply because he's doing something illegal.

Irwin Schiff made a good example of that. He ended up spending the last years of his life for trying the above.

Taking it further, let's say a high court found arguments of the income tax being illegal were correct. That wouldn't do anything. You can be sure within a week of that ruling congress, acting in a full bi- partisan manner, would pass an income tax law that would meet legal scrutiny. That's just the reality of it.

8 Comments:

At 10:44 AM, Anonymous A Guy said...

Of course there is that pesky Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution. We may not like how the Congress fiddles with the rates and how the IRS collects it, but something that’s consistent with the Constitution is by definition legal, since the Constitution is that standard against which laws are judged.

 
At 11:21 AM, Blogger Jayne Dagger said...

What bothers me most is that the richest people in this country do not pay their fair share. I know it's an old argument, but something needs to be done. The middle class bears the burden of most of the taxes, the poor pay very little or nothing and richest hide their income, because they can. And, furthermore, as a taxpayer I would rather see my taxes go for healthcare and not the war machine. When are people in this country going to get it? The rich are laughing all the way to the bank as they use propaganda campaigns to pit the rest of us against each other. Wake up people - we need a tax revolution!!!!

 
At 11:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 16th is null & void, because it is contrary & repugnant to the constitution.
It's important for citizens to know a bad law when they see it & nullify it in any court hearing.

 
At 11:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's also up to the citizens to demand for the House to nullify by defunding all bad laws that are repugnant to the constitution.

 
At 11:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's also up to each elected official to protect the constitution, or face the consequences which includes impeachment, imprisonment, possibly fines, and more. It is up to the citizens to protect our constitution, the constitution doesn't protect us. The elected protects the constitution, the citizens watch over the elected to assure they protect it. But the citizens dumbed down & now just shrug their shoulders in helpless fashion. Well, not all citizens, but too many.

 
At 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this. RIP.

 
At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right and the 13th Amendment is repugnant to that whole 3/5 of a person thing. The 19th Amendment is repugnant and threatening to the power of white old men. The Constitution can be amended, and when that happens...the Constitution is amended! End of story!

 
At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it's not in keeping with the constitution, it's null & void, repugnant to the constitution. Period.
It's your duty as a juror, to nullify bad laws and unconstitutional laws. It's your duty as a citizen, to demand for the House of Representatives to defund unconstitional laws, acts, treaties, .
It is not your duty to cry and blame others. Protecting the constitution is every citizens duty.

 

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