"The IRS is an extraordinary example of the end justifying the means. The means of this agency is growth. It is interesting that the revenue officers within the IRS refer to taxpayers as 'inventory'. The IRS embodies the political realities of the selfish human desire to dominate others. Thus the end of this gigantic pretense of officialdom is power, pure and simple. The meek may inherit the earth, but they will never receive a promotion in an agency where efficiency is measured by the number of seizures of taxpayers' property and by the number of citizens and businesses driven into bankruptcy."
George Hansen
Congressman and author of "To Harass Our People"
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Get rid of the IRS.
 -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN      
    Rope! More rope!!
     -- David L. Rosenthal , Hollywood     
    Another excellent batch of truth about the most powerful criminal organization in our Republic, brought to us by the Marxists FDR brought into the government in the 30s. Keep up the excellent work.
     -- rick, colorado springs     
    The IRS is not a government agency. Originally it was a corporation hired to assist in tax collections. After it lost its corporate status, it continued as a formidable non-entity in legal limbo and bliss of Congressional ignorance. There is no ‘Enabling Act’ organizing or authorizing an IRS. There is an ‘Enabling Act’ for a Director of Internal Revenue exclusive of any ‘Service’ that performs unlawful economic debauchery. I have personally heard federal judges state that they didn’t care that the IRS wasn’t an official governmental entity, and that they would precede as though it were. For those that continue in naivety, prideful ignorance, and support of socialism and tyranny, Samuel Adams stated: “If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countryman.”
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    rick, colorado springs/Mike, Norwalk: FDR was first elected at the 1932 presidential election. You should check your mythology better (perhaps at the door). If you're going to use names and/or dates you should at least try to be accurate. In 1862, during the Civil War, President Lincoln and Congress created the Commissioner of Internal Revenue and enacted an income tax to pay war expenses. In 1913 the states ratified the 16th Amendment, which removed the requirement that income taxes be apportioned by population. SOME of the blame goes to the pork-'n-perk (perq) that's annually written into the federal budget. WE ... as a nation don't seem to hold our representatives' (that includes the president) feet to the fire on that count because, well, WE - DON'T - CARE! LOL - - Jeesh, it took me a while but I finally figured out that some of the most vehement venom in these blogs has it's genesis in libertarian philosophy not that that's not useful because it is. I just had some difficulty understanding the ground from which it sprang. Please correct me if I've got it wrong.
     -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA     
    What Terry said is accurate almost, but it doesn't affect Congress' lawful need to pass an Enabling Act for any body that will function under the official auspices of government (Amendment or not). Lincoln's Income Tax was found unconstitutional but, with Europe's Socialist fervor, the U.S. felt the need to be accepted and up to date so, in 1913 the 16th Amendment was past along with Socialist Security and the Federal Reserve. Note; the lawful definition in 1913 of 'income' was an excise on corporate profits. Nothing of which has anything to do with what I wrote above. Concerning the 16th Amendment and more: It takes a conservative Republican to implement a liberal Democrat's failed social policy(s). I almost disagree as much with Libertarians as I do the fascists and socialists.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    An enabling act is a piece of legislation by which a legislature grants an entity which depends on it for authorization or legitimacy to take certain action(s). In reference to the admission of new states into the Union, an enabling act is legislation passed by United States Congress authorizing the people of a territory to frame a constitution. The act also lays down the requirements that must be met as a prerequisite to statehood. These Acts have usually been titled "An Enabling Act for a State of (Name)". With respect to Lincoln's "Commissioner of Internal Revenue" (perhaps we should just refer to the IRS as 'The Office of The Commissioner of Internal Revenue' and be done with the semantics. It would be a direct analogy to 'The Office of The Assessor of The County of [insert name here]' on the local level) ... The agency created to enforce these taxes was named for the internal revenue to be collected (and was formerly called the "Bureau of Internal Revenue"), in contrast to U.S. government institutions that collected external revenue through duties and tariffs. The income tax was repealed 10 years later. In 1894, Congress revived the income tax, but the following year the United States Supreme Court ruled, in Pollock v. Farmers' Loan & Trust Co., that taxes on capital gains, dividends, interest, rents and the like were direct taxes on property, and that the statute in question was unconstitutional because it had not apportioned the direct taxes among the states according to population. In 1913, however, the states ratified the 16th Amendment, which removed the requirement that income taxes (whether considered direct or indirect taxes) be apportioned by population. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Internal_Revenue_Service -|- The 16th Amendment: The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration. In Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad, 240 U.S. 1 (1916), the Supreme Court indicated that the Sixteenth Amendment did not give the Congress a new power to tax incomes, as Congress already had that power. Although an income tax on income from property had been deemed (under Pollock) to be a direct tax, and an income tax on wages, etc., had been deemed to be an indirect tax (an excise), the Court in Brushaber decided that, after the Sixteenth Amendment, the Constitution allows Congress to tax any incomes without apportionment (and without regard to any census or enumeration) regardless of "source" -- that is, regardless of whether the particular income tax is deemed direct (such as a tax on income from property) or indirect (i.e., an excise, such as a tax on income from labor). The Sixteenth Amendment made the distinction between a direct tax and an indirect tax constitutionally irrelevant with respect to income taxes. In Brushaber, the Court upheld the validity of the Federal income tax. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sixteenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution -|- Social Security, AKA the "Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance" program (OASDI), in reference to its three components was initially signed into law by FDR in 1935. -|- The other famous 'Enabling Act' was Hitler's Enabling Act : On March 23, 1933, the newly elected members of the German Parliament (the Reichstag) met in the Kroll Opera House in Berlin to consider passing Hitler's Enabling Act. It was officially called the 'Law for Removing the Distress of the People and the Reich.' If passed, it would effectively mean the end of democracy in Germany and establish the legal dictatorship of Adolf Hitler. The 'distress' had been secretly caused by the Nazis themselves in order to create a crisis atmosphere that would make the law seem necessary to restore order. On February 27, 1933, they had burned the Reichstag building, seat of the German government, causing panic and outrage. The Nazis successfully blamed the fire on the Communists and claimed it marked the beginning of a widespread uprising. On the day of the vote, Nazi storm troopers gathered in a show of force around the opera house chanting, "Full powers - or else! We want the bill - or fire and murder!!" They also stood inside in the hallways, and even lined the aisles where the vote would take place, glaring menacingly at anyone who might oppose Hitler's will. Just before the vote, Hitler made a speech to the Reichstag in which he pledged to use restraint. "The government will make use of these powers only insofar as they are essential for carrying out vitally necessary measures...The number of cases in which an internal necessity exists for having recourse to such a law is in itself a limited one." - Hitler told the Reichstag. He also promised an end to unemployment and pledged to promote peace with France, Great Britain and the Soviet Union. But in order to do all this, Hitler said, he first needed the Enabling Act. - http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/timeline/enabling.htm -|- Geez, I feel downright 'unattached'. I'd better go out and pick a philosophical matrix through which to view things.
     -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA     
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
    Not that its not useful because it is, the sequence of Supreme Court decisions quoted by Terry are the same cases, in the same order, that those called tax protestors by the IRS defend themselves successfully against the IRS. The only difference between Terry's version and the successful litigants are the litigants lay a more complete foundation and completely different conclusions are drawn. Knowing the philosophy and ground from which it sprang can be useful. And, I thought Terry's referencing of Hitler and the Commissioner of Internal Revenue's Enabling Acts in the same blog poetic.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- Anonymous      
    "before the 1921 Act this Court had indicated (see Eisner v. Macomber, 252 U.S. 189, 207, 64L.ed 521, 9 A.L.R. 1570, 40 S. Ct. 189), what it later held, that 'income,' as used in the revenue acts taxing income, adopted since the 16th Amendment, has the same meaning that it had in the Act of 1909. Merchants; Loan & T. Co. v. Smietanka, 255 U.S. 509, 519, 65 L.ed. 751, 755, 15 A.L.R. 1305, 41 S. Ct. 386; see Southern Pacific Co. v. Lowe. 247 U.S. 330, 335, 62 L.ed. 114, 1147, 38 S. Ct. 540. " The 16th amendment did not extend the taxing power.
     -- Jason, Baltimore     
     -- Roi, Jamestown      
    I know George personally. He is on point. But remember the IRS is the collecting agency for the Fed notes, and their boss is the Governor of the IMF who holds a defacto office called the Secretary of the Treasury. But it is the federakl reserve treasury. I know as I was declared a non taxpayer in 1998 in administrative litigation with him and with his foreign agents
     -- Albert, Oxford     
    As Albert says we pay the IMF. The tax money you pay does NOT go to build bridges, schools or anything else. It goes to a small group of families who's fronts are the IMF - World Bank - Bank for International Settlements - The Fed - The Banks of Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand...and on and on. Same people. Same Criminals.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Thank goodness for Terry and for facts. People and politicians who use the IRS as a whipping boy for their own political gains are no better than or just the same as Hitler who used the Jews for the same purpose. To beat up and kick someone who is already hated by everyone is the work of cowards. Let me hear from the man or woman who will stick up for those individuals who enforce and adminster the laws, hell that they themselves via their elected reprsentatives wrote and write. The IRS is us and the war is not in Iraq and Afghanistan but on the streets of America where some percentage of folk cheat the rest of us out of 200 to 300 billion a year. Do away with law enforcement? Quit being so ridiculous! The IRS is the only agency of the government that does not cost, it pays. Every dollar allocated to them brings in 10 dollars to the treasury. Mind you these are dollars that should have come in anyway but some folk need a little more prodding. Increase the IRS and cut back on other agencies, bring qualified (accoutants) military officers into the IRS thus reducing military spending and investing the money into something that pays like the IRS, That is the answer. Pay off our debt then if you feel inclined do away with taxes altogether, but we must first take care of what we have neglected for so long, our debts. You guys will follow George because he hates the IRS just like the Germans followed Hitler because he hated Jews.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
     -- Blue      
    Waffler, you compare the IRS to the jews under Hitlers influence. I ask, though not tatooed on yet, who has the number? The IRS or the taxpayer?
     -- Anon     
    Terry's definition of an enabling act is sufficiently accurate for the here subject comments. There is still no enabling act for an IRS. There is an enabling act for the head despot in charge of collecting such larcenous related taxes. No reference in said enabling act is given to authorize an expanded service such as an IRS. Adding to Terry's facts (minus his conclusions), Jason's facts begin to give a fuller understanding as to the original intent and later application of the 16th Amendment. Many years ago I was somewhat involved in taking to court, proof that the 16th Amendment had never been legally ratified. Not one of the independent cases was allowed to pursue their proof against the 16th Amendment. Waffler, you're wrong again; I will follow law, justice, the Constitution, freedom, and liberty because I love Jews, as well as the rest of the Supreme Sovereign's children and the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Waffler, where did you get your facts from. I remember the Grace Commission's findings clear back in Reagan's day where they proved everything after the IRS took theirs went directly to pay interest to the FR. The waste and inefficiency has only gotten worse since.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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