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Current Events and Continuing Education for October 26 through November 8, 2014

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

-James Madison


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Features in this edition:

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New victories over the tax scam and in hearts and minds:

"I originally read CtC sometime in 2011..."


"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste."

Whiskey and Car Keys


This week's recommended reading:

A Sense of Others


See this one; the benefits of the minimum wage begin to appear; Obamacare is back in the news; more...

On This And That...


The most important question facing Americans today:

What Do The People Do About The Rogue State?


Katie's Corner

Politics v. Principles


Guess what? There are only two possibilities:

You Either Stand Up For The Truth, Or You've Surrendered To The Lie


Spotlights on the past that help bring clarity to the present:

Illuminating Anniversaries for this week


Got something to say?

Your Comments


...and much, much more!


My interview by Lana Lotkeff for Radio 3Fourteen can be found here.


The Fourteenth Edition of CtC is Now Available!

Get The Short, Easy Intro To The Liberating Truth About The Tax


Click here for the current Mid-Edition Update posts

Featured In This Update:

CtC For Dummies


I Just Don't Know How To Deal With This...


American Understanding Of The 16th Amendment At The Time of Adoption


New Resources Posted


The IRS Scam


Snowden Advises Against 'Dropbox' As Insecure


Gun Control Means Voldemort Wins


What Makes YOU A Warrior For The Truth?


Project Paradigm-Shift


Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!


A "Pragmatic" Perspective On The Tax And The Rule Of Law


Your Comments


...and much, much more!


"There are two distinct classes of men...those who pay taxes and those who receive and live upon taxes."

- Thomas Paine


C'mon! CtC can't be right! You're crazy!

If CtC were actually right,

it would mean the government's been concealing and denying the truth for years on end,

and everybody knows THAT would never happen...

(Edward Snowden, come home! It was all just a bad dream; there really is No Such Agency!)



Do you know someone truly steeped in the Kool-Aid?


 I mean someone who finds it easier to believe that the far-better-educated, far-more-suspicious-of-government Americans of a hundred years ago were complete morons who granted authority to the state to take whatever it wished from themselves and their posterity than to imagine that they themselves simply misunderstand the true nature of the income tax? Even while knowing that their beliefs about the tax are derived entirely from the representations of those who profit from those beliefs (like tax bureaucrats and "tax professionals")?


Do you know someone like that? Shake them awake with the latest (fourteenth) edition of CtC!


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You can't understand the present if you don't understand the past...

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

October 26- In 1776, Benjamin Franklin heads for France to enlist its support for the American revolutionaries.  In 1825, the Erie Canal opens between Lake Erie and Albany, New York.  In 1881, there is a gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.  In 1947, Britain removes the last of its military forces from Iraq, 15 years after granting the country "independence".  In 1977, the last naturally-contracted case of smallpox is diagnosed, causing this date to be described as the anniversary of the eradication of this horrific killer (estimated death toll during the 20th century: 300 - 500 million).  However, the United States military establishment (and possibly its Russian counterpart) have maintained live cultures of the virus to this day.  In 2001, the USA PATRIOT Act is signed into law by George W. Bush.

Anniversaries of interest for each day of this week will be found throughout the newsletter below.


"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

-Samuel Adams


"I originally read CtC sometime in 2011..."

New victories over the tax scam and in the hearts and minds of upstanding, rule-of-law-respecting grown-up American men and women.


...At the time I was fighting foreclosure of my house and also several creditors. My business had failed, and I was too overwhelmed to act on it at that time. I had been learning the truth about taxation, so I was convinced there was a solution for me, but had my hands full at the moment.

In April 2014, tired of fighting with the bank over my home, I signed up with a broker to do a short sale. This gave me some free time to go back and pick up CtC again. I knew I had overpaid in 2010 and had been praying for a solution.

RB certainly HAD overpaid, having let a conventional "tax preparer" calculate his liability. He had been led to send in more than $34,000 as tax on his earnings, and the IRS was happy to take his money, even though, as it turned out, RB actually owed $0 on these non-federally-connected receipts.

After reviewing the book, and going through the success stories on the website, I went online and created my 1040x and [California] 540x with rebuttals and cover letters in about 3 hours.

I felt very fortunate that I still had enough time to file my amended return for 2010 since I filed the extension and didn't file the original return until Oct 2011. On [the IRS] website they mention the refund process takes 8 - 12 weeks. I called them at the 12 week point, and they told me it was still in process and to give them another 4 - 8 weeks.

I finally received the refund on or about Oct 17, 2014:

[Click here to see the forms filed to secure this complete refund, and here to see the fussing the IRS did with RB's claim before adding on the $3,428.61 it owed him in interest and issuing the check.]

 This check is a God send, and I am telling all my friends and family about CtC and lost horizons.

Thanks again Pete!


RB's complete refund is an uplifting victory in enforcing the rule of law by insisting that his servant government apply the tax laws as written, instead of as the government would rather misapply them.

It joins the thousand or so examples of the tens of thousands of other such victories by CtC-educated American grown-ups which have been celebrated on this site since they began accumulating in 2003.


I WANT TO SHARE ANOTHER UPLIFTING STORY THIS WEEK, also of a complete victory over the tax scam. This one just hasn't yet produced a refund.

Hi Pete,

I want to say THANK YOU for your work, including the losthorizons website, and the information copies provided by others who filed educated returns. We filed our first educated return this week, requesting refunds of all withheld FIT, SIT, social security and Medicare.

For months I had stressed about doing this but when the time came that I had to do it, the forms were so easy to complete. I used the online fillable forms which made for nice clean copies. Now to wait patiently for the refunds/response... and sending copies for you to post on the website.

I also want to thank you for organizing the July Symposium. There I heard many unfamiliar concepts and realized I needed to learn about the founding of America and the Constitution. ... I also started reading the Bible and every day I look forward to reading from both the Old and New Testaments. It actually makes sense to me!

Early every morning my husband and I sit at the kitchen table, reading to each other and discussing what we are learning. Although he retired from the Navy and knew much of the basics, he also gained significant knowledge about the current state of our country.

Now I understand why I always felt so much frustration, and had a sense that I was being deceived in some way - even as a very small child I felt this. I have now been able to forgive my parents because I realize they were under the same 'spells of deceit' and didn't know the truth of what was going on in the country, they were just following along and trying to do their best.

This has been a very interesting and satisfying summer. I am so very grateful to you because your efforts led to me clicking on a tiny image of CtC on the internet (facebook possibly), and now I am finding peace and purpose and meaning of life that I have been searching for so many years.

With love,

Lori B



Don't you wish everyone would?

Don't you wish every wanna-be "tax honesty guru", troll and moronic pundit and "fair-tax" pusher and everyone else in CtC-denial would stop trying to discourage or prevent people from learning the truth about the tax, thereby setting us all free?

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Whiskey and Car Keys

"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste."

-Rahm Emmanuel

PATRIOT, JOURNALIST AND POSSIBLY SOON-TO-BE-POLITICAL-PRISONER JAMES RISEN makes an insightful observation about the growth of a massive, affluent and influential community of perpetual-war beneficiaries in his brand new book, Pay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War. Risen recognizes that State spending of other people's money is like spreading weed fertilizer over the fruited plain.

For [especially] the last 13 years, cash has sloshed from Washington into the pockets of any slick hack claiming to offer "security" products or services. Just as is the case with every other bucket of pork slopped into the trough, a good bit is then spent back into Mordor-on-the-Potomac to keep the pump-primers in office and the "security hysteria" gravy-train well-oiled and topped-off with fuel.

Endless war is endless good times for this crew, and as time goes on and more of everyone else's money flows their way, they become more deeply-entrenched and better able to control the process. In time (like, by now) the only thing that will root them out is to shut off the money going into the mitts of their generous patrons.

Risen shines a nice light on this symbiotic relationship of two species of parasites helping each other feed off the rest of us, and it's an important light. Endless war means endless bleeding of you and I, and if it isn't stopped it will be the death of us.

SPEAKING OF ENDLESS BLEEDING, the latest "security theater" production-- the Ebola Crisis-- enjoys a little disturbing illumination from the back-splash of Risen's spot-light.

I am not one to argue that the recent outbreak of Ebola is deliberate hobgoblin-flogging, and I am certainly not disputing the seriousness of this disease or of its presence in America (or anywhere else, for that matter). But I can't deny that I find the character of Leviathan's reaction to the situation unsettling.

I can't believe that any official responsible for international flight policies made a good-faith decision that, on balance, the best interests of Americans required continuing flights from afflicted areas of Africa into the USA.

I can't believe that any official responsible for choosing and articulating the  most prudent practices in the face of this disease came to a good-faith conclusion that the virus simply couldn't be transmitted in any way except by gross fluid exchange (instead of by sneeze, cough, or simple miasma). Nor can I believe in a good-faith conclusion that whatever the manner of transmission, it is simply impossible during the time between the introduction of the virus into a host and its multiplication and entrenchment to the point of showing what are currently recognized as symptoms of its infestation.

 No one in his or her right mind would call things this way-- or wouldn't if he or she was going to be sitting on a flight from Liberia for 6 or 7 hours the next day. But as conspiratorial-minded as it may make me look, I think someone who recognizes that his or her power and importance wax and wane as does public resort to the State as savior from a crisis might do so...

At the least, such a person faces perverse incentives, since keeping a crisis from arising in the first place by deployment of common-sense policies, or ending it as quickly as possible, is unrewarding in some senses of the word. Ugly as it is to say so, when money and power accompany a crisis, those to whom they flow may not view the eruption or perpetuation of the crisis in the same way the rest of us do.

OF COURSE, I MAY HAVE THIS ALL WRONG. The idiotic decisions in response to the Ebola outbreak might be the products of simple incompetence.

But I'd be more able to come to a conclusion about mere incompetence versus calculated incompetence if Washington didn't have $3.8 trillion to lavish on whatever institutional entity succeeds in positioning itself as our savior from some crisis de jour-- whether a genuine crisis, a manufactured one, or one simply made into more than it should be by those who benefit thereby.

P. J. O'ROURKE ONCE OFFERED THE PITHY ANALOGY that "Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." The wisdom informing this witticism is manifest in both the Ebola crisis of the day and the "terrorism" crisis of the decade.

Those who govern are inherently irresponsible. It is the whole character of government to excuse from personal responsibility those who operate the levers of power-- the worst that can happen to them is to lose office and thus have the gravy-train ride end earlier than it otherwise might. At the same time, the opportunities for personal aggrandizement and enrichment are endless, as long as the American people keep shoveling our money into their hands.

Our Constitutions are meant to be governors on the "car", keeping us on the road and moving at no more than a prudent speed. Unfortunately, "the boys" have found workarounds, and it may be awhile before us grown-ups restore that safety feature to full working order.

In the meantime, though, don't you think we should cut off the booze?

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins..."

-H. L. Mencken

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A New Book On The Truth About The Tax

TOM BOTTARO, ChFC, HAS JUST PUBLISHED 'SECRETS of the Income Tax Code- What the IRS doesn't want you to know!' Tom's book is a nice, accessible drill-down on several key aspects of the tax. Find it here.

Find many other printables and sharables suited to every different occasion and purpose here.




The Liberating Truth About The 16th Amendment

IF YOU'RE NOT SPREADING THIS LINK with every bit of energy you can, to school libraries, homeschool families and community groups, your neighbors, your family members, your pastors and co-congregationalists, journalists, lawyers, CPAs, members of congress, tax-agency workers, Wikipedia, Anonymous, WikiLeaks, the Tax Foundation, everyone in the "tax honesty" movement, the 9/11 truth movement, other activist movements and everyone else, you have only yourself to blame for your troubles with the tax, and a whole lot else of which you might complain. It's on you.

WRITE A NICE, FRIENDLY AND BRIEF introductory note explaining what will be seen at the link-- cryptic is bad; excited is good-- and then send this WMI (weapon of mass instruction) far and wide.

"I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."

-Thomas Jefferson


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A teacher asked her 6th grade class how many of them were fans of Big Government.
 Not really knowing what a Big Government fan is, but wanting to be liked by the
 teacher, all the kids raised their hands except for Little TJ.
 The teacher asked Little TJ why he has decided to be different...again.
 Little TJ said, "Because I'm not a fan of Big Government."
 The teacher asked, "Why aren't you a fan of Big Government?"
 Little TJ said, "Because I'm a libertarian."
 The teacher asked him why he's a libertarian.  Little TJ answered, "Well, my Dad's a libertarian and my Mom's a libertarian, so I'm a libertarian."
 Annoyed by this answer, the teacher asked, "If your dad were a moron and your mom were an idiot, what would that make you?"
 With a big smile, Little TJ replied, "That would make me a fan of Big Government."


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

October 27- In 1553, Michael Servetus, the first European scientist to describe pulmonary circulation, is burned at the stake as a heretic for disputing the orthodox Christian doctrine of the Trinity.  In 1810, the United States annexes the Spanish colony of West Florida.  In 1904, the New York Subway opens.  In 1958, 20 days after being appointed the enforcer of martial law in Pakistan by President Iskander Mirza, General Ayub Khan deposes Mirza in a coup.  In 1964, Ronald Reagan launches his political career with his 'A Time For Choosing' speech on behalf of "Robert Taft Republican" presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.  In 1997, stock markets around the world crash over fears of a global economic meltdown; the Dow plunges 554.26 before the NYSE is closed early.  In 2004, the Boston Red Sox win their first World Series in 86 years.


Real Americans don't accommodate fog, lies and a sliding scale of adherence to the rule of law. Real American men and women stand up for the truth and the law, come what may, knowing that it is only by setting the bar at the top and enforcing it, come what may, that liberties are secured.


"Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated."

-Thomas Paine




ONLY ONE THING WILL WIN YOU YOUR LIBERTY: Spreading the truth. Accordingly, I've assembled outreach resources into a new, dedicated page. Find it here, and please, USE THESE TOOLS!! I can't do this all by myself. 

"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

-George Orwell

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Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!

CtC Warrior SanDiegoScott has put together a great little 20-question quiz to test your knowledge of the law regarding the United States "income" tax.  Test yourself, test your friends and family!  Test your accountant and tax attorney, and help them learn the liberating truth!!


Click here to take the test


Click here for more Tax IQ tests


“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

-James Madison


How About You?


Are You Governing Yourself?


Get The Knowledge, Reclaim Your Power, And Stand With The Founders




A Sense of Others

by Theodore Dalrymple

Recently I violated my self-imposed code of conduct by appearing on television. It was for a so-called discussion program on which one of the subjects was the overdiagnosis of depression as a medical condition. Of course I knew the futility of such programs, in which a serious subject is discussed by four people (plus the presenter) for a maximum of 10 minutes, so that there can be no consecutive argumentation but only a kind of fruit salad of opinion, with facts thrown in like the chopped basil that is now fashionable in such salad. The question is not who is right, but whose sound bite is best.

My opinion is that depression has been trivialized. It is a long time since I have heard anyone admit to being unhappy rather than depressed, as if not to be happy were in itself pathological, and the normal state of man were contentment; and thus we medicalize life until the world is a great hospital and life itself a medical procedure, to the detriment of our character and the weakening of our understanding.

“So I suppose you think that people ought to pull themselves together,” one of the guests replied (more or less).

Now I had never denied that some people cannot get better by the mere exercise of their own will, determination, and intelligence; but when they can and when they can’t is a matter of judgment. What I found most interesting about the guest’s remark, however, was the cultural shift that it implied, for the notion of pulling yourself together is apparently now applied only in the context of ridicule. A person who calls upon another to pull himself together is thereby showing himself to be a crude, and possibly a vindictive and cruel, person, a kind of psychological primitive whose geographical equivalent would be someone who believed that the earth was flat.


Click here to read the rest of this article and then ask yourself:

Aren't you REALLY, REALLY glad YOU'VE had the fortitude to take control of how much of YOUR WEALTH facilitates Washington's misbehavior?!


If you haven't, what the hell is wrong with you?!

Do you not understand how IRRESPONSIBLE YOU ARE for not having done so?



Even as ardent a statist as Abraham Lincoln, in announcing his willingness to burn the Southern states to the ground in order to keep them paying the tariff for the benefit of Northern interests in his first inaugural address on March 4, 1861, paid at least lip service to the Founders design of leaving control over the fuel available to feed the fires Washington wants to light in the hands of the individual citizenry when he said, "Doing this I deem to be only a simple duty on my part; and I shall perform it, unless my rightful masters, the American people, shall withhold the requisite means..."


Held over:

Disinformation-How it works

by Brandon Smith


'The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude'

by Étienne de la Boétie


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

October 28-  In 1886, the Statue of Liberty is dedicated by President Grover Cleveland.  In 1918, Czechoslovakia is granted independence from Austria-Hungary.  In 1919, Congress passes the Volstead Act over Woodrow Wilson's veto, by which Prohibition would begin two months later.  In 1922, Mussolini's fascists march on Rome and take over the government of Italy.  In 1929, the markets keep falling (Black Monday).  In 1962, US President John F. Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev reach an agreement for the removal of American-targeted nuclear missiles from Cuba, in exchange for a pledge of no American invasion of the island nation and the eventual removal of American missiles targeting the Soviet Union from Turkey and Italy.  In 2005, Lewis (Scooter) Libby is indicted on perjury and obstruction of justice charges over his efforts to shield Bush administration officials from consequences related to the Valerie Plame affair.  Eventually convicted, Libby's prison sentence was promptly commuted by George W. Bush.


Are You Ready For More Power?



"Peter Hendrickson has done it again!  'Upholding The Law' does for individual liberties what 'Cracking the Code' did for tax law compliance: exposes the reader to the unalienable truth!"

-Jesse Herron, Bill Of Rights Press, Fort Collins, Colorado

Click here for more information

And don't miss:

'Was Grandpa Really a Moron?'

picks up where 'Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About The Income Tax' leaves off.


In this new volume, you'll learn about:


  • The in-depth, real story behind the Sixteenth Amendment;

  • A simple little model of just how the "income" tax works;

  • Cognitive stumbling blocks exploited by tax agencies against liberation-seeking Americans;

  • The disturbing relationship between the "income" tax and the Federal Reserve;

  • Why tax reform ideas like the "Fair Tax" are not only unnecessary, but completely counter-productive and even dangerous;

  • Why the "income" tax is what it is, and has to be;

  • The truth about common myths and misunderstandings within the "tax honesty" movement;

  • How to think clearly about the tax, the law in general, and the voracious state;


  • A sordid little passport application scam revealed;

  • How to know if you're in denial about the current crisis in America;

  • Whether the Constitution is going to save you, or is it the other way around?

  • The truth about paper "money; government schools; the Second Amendment...

...and much, much more!

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There is little more important to the long-term health of America than how our children are educated..




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This And That

See this one; the benefits of the minimum wages begin to appear; Obamacare is back in the news; more...

CITIZENFOUR, THE NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT EDWARD SNOWDEN by Laura Poitras opened in select theaters October 24. If it's in your area already, see it. If it's not, call your favorite local theater and demand it.

Please don't ever forget: If you don't celebrate and support those who act on your behalf even at great personal expense, pretty soon none will.


THAT MINIMUM-WAGE MIRACLE HAS BEGUN TO BEAR FRUIT: McDonald's has begun rolling out automated replacements for human cashiers. The mechanical substitutes for increasingly-expensive human workers are being tested for the US market in the company's wholly-owned Romeoville, Illinois location, even while being already rolled out in a big way across Europe.

Panera Bread has already begun the automating process, and Chili's and Applebee's have done the same, coyly starting out with only some kinds of ordering being possible with their table-mounted ordering machines, but with the handwriting on the wall. This by itself tells all anyone really needs to know about minimum-wage lunacy, but those  who want to learn more can click here.


HEY, IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN-- well, not really... On November 15 another "Obamacare enrollment" window opens. Somehow this year's enrollment period isn't 12 months after the last one, as is the case for every other scheduled event of this kind throughout all of time. Instead, this enrollment window opens 13 months after the last one.

We are assured by administration spokespeople that this weird timing is NOT because it pushes this reminder of a statist offense loathed by huge percentage of the American people past the upcoming elections... Right. I'll buy that when these same folks admit the truth about the limited application of the 'Obamacare' mandate...


SPEAKING OF THE CORRUPT, LYING, AND WELL-FUNDED TYRANNICAL POLITICAL CLASS, have you ever given any thought to what will happen when 30 million other Americans-- or even just 3 million-- learn what you know about the "income" tax and begin following your example of acting to protect your own interests and uphold the law?

The political class thinks about it-- a lot.

You should, too, and add vigorous outreach to your activism.

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Are You Ready For "Obamacare"? Not Unless You've Read This...


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

October 29- In 1929, Black Tuesday marks the completion of the manifest onset of the Great Depression-- the first major symptom of the disease known as "The Federal Reserve".  In 1969, the first computer-to-computer link is established in the ARPANET (precursor to the internet).  21-year-old Al Gore, in his third month in the Army, is busy learning to spin stories for 'Stars and Stripes' at the time.

What Do The People Do About The Rogue State??

The most important question facing Americans today

I HAD THIS QUESTION POSED TO ME BY AN EMAIL CORRESPONDENT the other day. I guess this just shows how poor a job I've done at communicating, because I have been trying to shout the answer to this one from the rooftops for a long time.

That answer is simple: The People impose restraint on the rogue state by choosing-- one by one-- to cease voluntarily turning control over their resources to the state, and choosing instead to retain control over those resources. This is done by refusing-- one by one-- to engage in "income tax" excisable activities (and refusing to blindly or fearfully allow their activities to be treated or taken as excisable activities upon which the tax arises, when they really are not).

The refusal of individual Americans to voluntarily engage in excisable activities forces the state to resort to highly-politically-accountable, highly-politically-vulnerable alternatives revenue sources. These include options like direct, apportioned taxes (which will not be tolerated by the people or approved by Congress at $multi-trillion annual volumes), and/or increased revenue tariffs (which can raise amounts adequate for legitimate state needs, but are very self-regulating, since consumers naturally choose domestic product alternatives when higher tariffs raise the prices of imports beyond a certain point).

This solution is precisely the one intended and provided for by the Founders-- who didn't impose the taxation rules in the US Constitution just so they could admire their handwriting. They put those rules in place in direct anticipation of state behavior of the sort with which we are now plagued.

 As even so odious a character as Hamilton pointed out in Federalist #21:

“Imposts, excises, and, in general, all duties upon articles of consumption, may be compared to a fluid, which will, in time, find its level with the means of paying them. The amount to be contributed by each citizen will in a degree be at his own option, and can be regulated by an attention to his resources. ...If duties are too high, they lessen the consumption; the collection is eluded; and the product to the treasury is not so great as when they are confined within proper and moderate bounds. This forms a complete barrier against any material oppression of the citizens by taxes of this class, and is itself a natural limitation of the power of imposing them.”

What we've got today is simply the direct (and perfectly predictable) consequences of NOT adhering to the Founders' plan. As Frederick Douglass trenchantly observed,

“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them."

We've got plenty of injustice and wrong these days. But our fix to the problem was bought for us with blood a few hundred years ago.

All we have to do is stop playing along with the rogue state's false (and rather embarrassingly crude) paradigm  concerning who owns what, and what powers to tax have really been granted. As soon as enough of us quit endorsing that nonsense, it's all good

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A brief look at 100 years of Fiscal Folly; and a nice confirmation of CtC scholarship using four-generation-old data from the IRS itself.


CtC-Educated Lawyers: It's Way Past Time For You All To Queue Up!


[Y]ou really need to familiarize yourself with Pete Hendrickson's absolutely magnificent work at his website and in his book(s).  He has, brilliantly and lucidly, "cracked the code" regarding the federal income EXCISE tax(es)."

-Mark C. Phillips, JD


"...I find your work fascinatingly simple to understand."

-Jerry Arnowitz, JD


"Your book is a masterpiece!"

-Michael Carver, JD


"Received your book yesterday.  Started reading at 11 PM, finished at 4 AM."  "I have 16 feet (literally 16' 4.5") of documents supporting just about everything in your book." "Your book should be required reading for every lawyer before being admitted to any Bar."  "I hope you sell a million of them." 

-John O'Neil Green, JD


“Thanks again for your efforts, Pete. They mean an awful lot to a lot of people.” “…as an attorney, I am humbled by your knowledge and ability in navigating the law.  THANK YOU for your hard work and sacrifice.”

-Eric Smithers, JD


"I am an attorney and want to give a testimonial to your book, which I find to be compelling. I am exercising these rights for myself and my adult children. I'm even considering making this my new avenue of law practice."

Nancy "Ana" Garner, JD


Learn what these colleagues already know, then step forward and become part of a coordinated, mutually-supportive squadron focused on developing strategy and deploying the law in courtrooms across the country.  There's a lot of suing that needs doing right now.


Are you ready for a challenge that'll put some real meaning behind all the effort you went through to get your credentials?  Send me an email. 


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Katie's Corner

Politics v. Principles

by Katie Hendrickson

AN INTERESTING THING HAS HAPPENED in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District this election season.  The Republican Party put forth a primary opponent against their own current Congressman.  The opponent is David Trott, a foreclosure lawyer who dumped approximately $2 million of his own money into his primary campaign.  The current officeholder is Kerry Bentivolio, a former educator and current reindeer farmer who raised a little under $200,000 for his own campaign.  As one can imagine, Trott won the primary.

However, Bentivolio is carrying out a write-in campaign.  Now, many Republicans have been decrying the Representative’s action as a tragedy. They complain that it will surely split the vote on the Republican side and allow the Democratic candidate to win, and is nothing more than the desperate floundering of a sore loser.

BUT THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORY than just the ambitions and interests of two candidates. Like several other Republican office-holders betrayed by their own party during this election cycle (such as Walter Jones in Virginia and Justin Amash in Western Michigan) the Trott-Bentivolio battle features an attack by the Republican Party establishment against one of the few Republican office-holders who actually adheres to the party's written platform, unlike those better-liked by leadership, who are much less likely to do so, and more likely to support the status quo, instead.

Let’s take a look at some of the statements found in the Republican Party Platform, followed by some of the Bills, Resolutions, and Amendments that Congressman Bentivolio has put forth during his time in office thus far.

GOP Platform: “We will serve as aggressive advocates for small businesses.”

GOP Platform: “We are committed to ending homelessness for our veterans. One key is to assist their reentry into the job market as soon as possible after military service ends. A job for a veteran is more than a source of income. It is a new mission, with a new status, and the transition can be difficult. It is a national scandal that veterans are one of the groups with the highest unemployment rates. We urge the private sector to make hiring vets a company policy and commend the many organizations that have specific programs to accomplish this. But the federal government must take the lead by simplifying the paper work required for a tax break for hiring a veteran and by giving vets their assured place at the head of the training and employment line.”

GOP Platform: “That is why we strongly support the work of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, established by Congressional Republicans to advance the rights of persecuted peoples everywhere.”

GOP Platform: “Foreign aid should serve our national interest, an essential part of which is the peaceful development of less advanced and vulnerable societies in critical parts of the world.”

GOP Platform: “Republican Members of Congress have repeatedly tried to reform the budget process to make it more transparent and accountable…”

GOP Platform: “…we…welcome to our ranks all our fellow citizens who are determined to reclaim the rights of the people that have been ignored or violated by government.”

GOP Platform: “We reject the use of taxation to redistribute income, fund unnecessary or ineffective programs, or foster the crony capitalism that corrupts both politicians and corporations.”

GOP Platform: “Today’s education reform movement calls for accountability at every stage of schooling. It affirms higher expectations for all students and rejects the crippling bigotry of low expectations. It recognizes the wisdom of State and local control of our schools, and it wisely sees consumer rights in education – choice – as the most important driving force for renewing our schools.”

GOP Platform: “We will ensure that personal data receives full constitutional protection from government overreach and that individuals retain the right to control the use of their data by third parties; the only way to safeguard or improve these systems is through the private sector.”

Quite an impressive résumé, and these are only the bills Bentivolio himself put forth, not even including those he cosponsored.  Furthermore, Bentivolio has received many awards from conservative organizations, among them the National Federation of Independent Business’ “Guardian of Small Business,” the National Taxpayer’s Union’s “Taxpayers’ Friend Award,” and was offered the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of Enterprise Award,” but turned it down due to the Chamber’s endorsement of Trott.  Still, all of these awards, accepted and refused, are in line with the Republican Party Platform.

And yet, the Republican Party was still dissatisfied enough with his performance in Congress to run someone against him in the primary.  At this point, one has to wonder: is it possible the Party leadership is more concerned with politics than principles?  It would appear so, which is an unfortunate thing indeed considering how much power they have these days.

But from where do these folks gain such power?  From us. We are perfectly capable of taking that power away; all we need to do is vote against them.

A grass-roots rally against Republican Leadership supported David Trott and for Kerry Bentivoloi's write-in candidacy, on October 22 in front of Trott's Birmingham, Michigan office.

Yes, it’s possible-- probable even-- that at least in Michigan's 11th District, that means the Democrat would win.  But which is worse: having a Democrat represent this district for the next two years, or showing the major parties that they can disregard not only the will of their constituents, but even their own platforms, in favor of bought-out puppets to prop up their favorite bills and contributors?

WE ARE AT A CRUCIAL POINT THIS ELECTION.  42% of voters in the U.S. now identify as Independent.  The two-party system is failing, but if we don’t show them our dissatisfaction in more than just poll results, they’ll keep floating along on the status quo we so kindly carry for them, like a litter on the backs of willing slaves.

We must act now.  A vote for a third-party or independent candidate is not a wasted vote, but voting against one’s own principles is.  Show the major parties that we are not blind to their hypocrisy. Show them we will not uphold the status quo any longer.  Show them we are awake.


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

 October 30- In 1922, Benito Mussolini is named Prime Minister of Italy.  In 1938, Orson Welles broadcasts his 'War of the Worlds' hoax about an invasion from Mars causing a certain amount of panic and proving that some people will believe any outlandish nonsense if it's asserted with enough audacity and via established mainstream media channels.


  IGNORANCE TAX: An unnecessary exaction suffered out of ignorance as to its lawful objects and the means of its application by someone too lazy, frightened or misled to learn how it really works and to what it really applies.  See "Income Tax", "Social Security Tax", "Medicare Tax" and "Federal Unemployment Tax".


An Introduction To The Liberating Truth In Ten Easy Segments

Tom Bottaro, ChFC, CtCW, author of 'Secrets of the Income Tax Code- A Guide for Businessmen', has shared another fine outreach effort. Tom has been writing and sending a series of short wake-up and educational essays to friends and family, one by one, for some time. When Tom told me about this, I asked him to compile the pieces and let me post them for everyone to enjoy and share with their own people. Tom, good guy and warrior for the truth that he is, was perfectly agreeable.

Here is the compilation in printable .pdf format. I hope everyone will indeed share it widely. 


"It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error."

-United States Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson





CtC Warrior David Sides says, "Bumper stickers?  Nice, but NOT BIG ENOUGH!"


(By the way, Dave's got it precisely right-- If you want your power to be secure, your neighbors have to be empowered with the same knowledge that you've acquired.  Click here for ideas about spreading the truth-- which include normal bumper stickers available for free, by the way....)




Photographed on 1-70 in Missouri




At a rally outside the Alamo




CtC Warrior Brian H. in Alaska has a great INDOOR approach to spreading the transformational truth. Here's Brian's desk at his workplace:



You notice the big glass container to the right of the CtC in the first pic above? Tasty freebies for Brian's co-workers-- candy and brain-candy all in one:



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More Than Two Thirds Of The Several States That Collect "Income" Taxes Have Now Acknowledged The Truth About The Law As Revealed In CtC, And Have Issued Complete Refunds Accordingly!  See The Following Chart...



Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

October 31- In 1517, Martin Luther posts his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. In 1864, Nevada is admitted as the 36th of the United States of America.  In 1892, Arthur Conan Doyle publishes 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'.  In 1913, the first transcontinental highway in the USA is completed.  In 1968, claiming progress in the Paris peace talks, Lyndon Johnson announces a halt to most military activity in Vietnam in order to improve the electoral chances for the Democratic ticket in the upcoming election.  In reality, the war will go on for another six-and-a-half years.


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“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident.”

-Arthur Schopenhauer


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If You're Not Standing Up, Then You're Standing Down

...and "standing down" means "going down"...


MY FRIENDS, IT IS MY SINCERE BELIEF that this community of activists has been encouraged, inspired, enlightened and expanded over the years by the steady posting here of your ongoing victories on behalf of the rule of law. Certainly, it has been my pride and my joy to help you share with the world your honorable testament to the liberating truth about the tax, widespread knowledge of which is so critical to the well-being of ourselves, our children, and our beloved America.


However, unless YOU send those victories I can't post them. Unless YOU stand up, your courage and commitment can't inspire anyone.


YOU WILL RECALL THAT FOR THE LAST YEAR OR SO I've been telling you that we are in a transformational moment. Look around at what is going on today and recognize the truth of what I say.


More than half the American population views government as a threat. As mainstream a publication as Forbes magazine is posting articles about massive DHS ammunition and armored vehicle purchases. Denunciations of the NSA violations are features in every major MSM organ.


Even before Edward Snowden's documentation of particular crimes being committed against the American people the LA Times, NY Times, Washington Times and other mainstream organs were editorializing about Leviathan having grown too big, and gotten dangerously out-of-hand (see stories at each of the preceding links). In the Spring Rand Paul's filibuster denouncing the lawlessness of Mordor-on-the-Potomac prompted a major buzz across the country, and in July Justin Amash shocked Washington by very nearly defunding a huge portion of the illegal surveillance state's crimes.


Concurrently, this CtC community has been winning legal victories and refunds which are ever-more significant and telling. Consider, for instance, the victories which have qualified for the EWWBL collection. Every one of these is an especially illuminating acknowledgement of the truth about the tax, and now include a very significant two-time victory in a federal district court.


Things are happening!


HOW IT ALL SHAKES OUT is still up for grabs, though. This is not the time for either complacency or paralysis, because both of those don't amount to "doing nothing"-- instead they amount to "standing down". And standing down means conceding the fight, letting all these eleventh-hour sparks of light burn out unnurtured and the moment be a transformation for the worse.


This is not the time for standing down. This is the time for a FULL-COURT PRESS.


This is the time for educated American grown-ups to stand up tall and firm, pulling others to their feet by their very gravity. This is the time for leading the way.


STAND UP! SEND THOSE VICTORIES-- the new ones, and those of the last few years as well. Click here to learn how. Even if you don't have checks to scan, send your testimonials. Learn how to do that here.




The Willingness Of Some People To Trade Liberty For Convenience Is Without Limit

Some Observations About Current Political Efforts To Evade The Truth, Such As The "Fair Tax" Scheme


Regarding "Tax Reform"


"Taxes are not raised to carry on wars, wars are raised to carry on taxes."

-Thomas Paine


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Law Professor James Duane Says: "Don't Talk To The Police.  Period."


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Ever Wonder How Much An Unrestrained FedState Would Like To Tap You For?





Warrior David Larson shares this beautiful little farce, wryly observing that, "Depositors have "..not lost one penny.." - OK we could agree on that simple statement  ..how about the purchasing power of that same penny 'not lost'?"


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics






Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

November 1- In 1604, Shakespeare's 'Othello' is performed for the first time.  In 1611, 'The Tempest' debuts.  In 1765, the British parliament imposes the 'Stamp Act' on the American colonies.  In 1794, the first United States silver half-dollar is minted.  In 1848, the first women's medical school opens.  In 1982, Honda opens the first Asian car manufactory in the USA.


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"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

-Samuel Adams, Architect of the First American Revolution


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About The Author


Pete Hendrickson is possibly the most effective lawyer in history, even while never having set foot in a law school, nor ever being a card-carrying member of "the bar". He is the first American in history to secure a complete refund of Social Security and Medicare ‘contributions’ withheld from his earnings (along with all other property taken for federal taxes); further, since 2003 students of his legal analyses and arguments in ‘Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America’ (CtC), and its sequel, 'Was Grandpa Really a Moron?' have been routinely retaining and recovering billions of dollars which otherwise-- wrongly, but as a matter of course-- would have gone to federal or state government treasuries. This despite concerted efforts by government to suppress his work, and in some cases vigorously oppose the claims by his students.


Hendrickson is also a widely-read essayist on matters of politics, public policy and law; many of these works are collected in his second book, ‘Upholding the Law And Other Observations’.  He is a member of Mensa; an award-winning artist; and has paid his dues as a youth soccer coach.  He is a long-time political activist as well, and has served as co-chair and platform convention delegate of Michigan’s largest county Libertarian Party organization; as a consultant to the National Right to Work Foundation and Citizens for a Sound Economy; as a member of the Heartland Institute; and as a member of the International Society for Individual Liberty.  He is a frequent radio-show guest on stations across the country.


Hendrickson's business career has included nearly a decade-and-a-half at the leading edge of the renewable-energy industry, both as Director of Purchasing and Materials Management and member of the R&D board at Starpak Energy Systems, the mid-west's then-largest solar heating and energy-recovery-and re-utilization company; and as founder and president of AFJ Inc., a high-efficiency lighting design, manufacture and installation firm.


Beginning in the mid-1990s and continuing for the twelve years before his present full-time focus on the restoration of the rule of law in America, Hendrickson directed purchasing activities for the $84 million-a-year multi-family-housing division of the Farmington Hills, Michigan branch of Edward Rose and Sons, with responsibility for 18,000+ apartments, direct supervision of 35 technicians and agents, and incidental authority over several hundred divisional workers.  He also ran the division's 10 cable television earth-station and distribution systems in four states, and designed and administered the company's website.


On rather the other end of the spectrum, amidst these more mundane pursuits Hendrickson co-founded and was the primary creative force behind a small board- and card-game company that enjoyed a modest success for several years.


 Hendrickson makes his home in southeast Michigan, with his wife and two children.  He is currently working on his next book.


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