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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  

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Crack the Internal Revenue Code

...and help put Leviathan on a starvation diet.  Everything else is just watering the lawn while the house burns down.

Readers of 'Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America' have taken control of their own resources, in accordance with, and respect for, the law. A few of these good American men and women are generous enough to share their victories in upholding the law, for the edification and inspiration of everyone. At the moment the shared refund checks, closing notices, and so forth total


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    Here's a notion that might be of interest to those still going along with the 'income' tax scheme-- that the FICA 'deductions' (Social Security; Medicare) listed on your W-2 should be subtracted from the amount you list as 'gross income' before any other 'income' tax calculations are made. It seems to me that, any other considerations notwithstanding, since that money is never in your possession, or available to you in any way, it can't possibly be counted as 'income'. To include it in the total from which you figure your taxes would be to pay taxes on taxes. You'd be paying taxes on money the government got as 'income', rather than what you had gotten as 'income'.  For a lot of us, 7.2% added to that alleged ‘gross income’ figure is a considerable harm, especially if it's money we never saw.

    Those who benefit from your taxes (or think they do) will point out that Congress, in drafting the Social Security Act, included language specifically stating that FICA taxes could not be excluded from alleged ‘income’ in tax calculations. I wonder why they felt they had to do that?! Apparently from the very beginning the strength and obviousness of the argument I’m making was clear. However, calling a thistle a rose does not make it so, and the Supreme Court has said so pretty clearly.

    In Eisner v. Macomber, the court rendered meaningless any definitions of ‘income’ that might be floated by Congress or the IRS that are creative in character, ruling that:

    The court concluded that in order to be income, a class of receipts had to, among other things, represent profit, and to be under your control for use, disposal, etc..  'Income', the court said, is: "...a gain, a profit,... ... being 'derived'-that is, received or drawn by the recipient (the taxpayer) for his separate use, benefit and disposal..."  Clearly, whatever the FICA taxes paid to the government by your employer might be, either the 7.2% that shows up listed on your pay stub or the 7.2% that your employer is charged for the privilege of employing you, they aren't profit to you, nor available for your use or disposal.   

     Do with it what you will, and at your own risk; but I think if any of you takes the matter up with your accountants or attorneys, you shouldn't settle for anything but a response that really addresses the issue, and makes clear sense, without being based on cowardice, sloth, or their own self-interest.


Disabling 'Cookies'


Now that the FBI has decided that TWA 800 was not an act of terrorism, we expect an immediate and complete repeal of all the changes in, and additions to, air travel regulations which were fastened upon us under the cloak of anti-terrorism in the wake of that tragedy. We're not holding our breath.

One of the things most important to a fully actualized life is riding herd on one's elected representatives in a big way!!  In order to help you do this, click here for a list of U.S. senators with the states they represent, their phone numbers, and e-mail addresses.   (Strangely, seven of these solons lack e-mail)?!


 Subject: Bill of No Rights

I sure wish I could take credit for writing this. Author Unknown.

We, the sensible of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid any more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt-ridden delusional, and other liberal, commie, pinko bedwetters.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that a whole lot of people were confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim that they require a Bill of No Rights.


You do not have the right to a new car, big-screen color TV or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.


You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone -- not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc., but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.


You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful, do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all of your relatives independently wealthy.


You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.


You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we're just not interested in public health care.


You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim or kill someone, don't be surprised if the rest of us get together and kill you.


You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don't be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won't have the right to a big-screen color TV or a life of leisure.


You do not have the right to demand that our children risk their lives in foreign wars to soothe your aching conscience. We hate oppressive governments and won't lift a finger to stop you from going to fight if you'd like. However, we do not enjoy parenting the entire world and do not want to spend so much of our time battling each and every little tyrant with a military uniform and a funny hat.


You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have one, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities in education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.


You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to pursue happiness -- which, by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an overabundance of idiotic laws created by those around you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

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