"I have sat on many a promotion panel where the first question of panel members was 'How many seizures have you made?' "
by:
Joseph R. Smith
IRS agent for 18 years
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testifying before Congress 
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5 stars for accuracy in describing the IRS's non-publicized mission statement; and, thumbs down for the effect on the individual and society as a whole.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Well, that explains what is really important to the Mission of the IRS. Figures doesn't it.
     -- My Name, Your Town,USA.     
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    Gangsters !!! Nothing but Gangsters.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Some of the folk who work for the IRS are really nice people. Then, I suspect that some of the folk who worked for the Gestapo and the KGB were really nice people, just doing their job.
     -- jim k, austin, tx     
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     -- Logan, Memphis, TN      
    THOMAS JEFFERSON spoke of such IRS capos, inmates like the rest of us who are willing to sell themselves to the system: "We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessities and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, ...our people ...must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give our earnings of fifteen of these to the government, have no time to think, no means of calling our mis-managers to account; but be glad to obtain sustenance by HIRING OURSELVES OUT TO RIVET CHAINS ON THE NECKS OF OUR FELLOW SUFFERERS... And this is the tendency of all human governments ...till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery ...And the forehorse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression." (cited by Joseph Bannister, former IRS-CID agent, ■Investigating the Federal Income Tax,■ 2000. www.freedomabovefortune.com)
     -- Paul, Union, WA     
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    They get bonus bucks for that activity. A lack of terror in a taxpayer's eyes is seen as a failure.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    That is the game. The game is fixed -- with a fiat currency, there HAVE to be losers, and seizures are THE way of transferring real property into the hands of the guys who printed up the money for nothing. Why doesn't this make people mad as hell? Who says you won't be next?
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Paul, good website. I had the opportunity to meet and talk with both Joe Bannister and G. Edward Griffin at the San Jose Ron Paul rally last summer at Google Headquarters. He is a very decent individual, and very intelligent.
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
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    You guys can have a field day whipping and beating up on the IRS. They cannot whip or beat back, they can only keep doing their jobs. Audited citizens can bad mouth the IRS and its lowly Agents all they want, but the IRS by law cannot say anything about the citizen except "see ya in court". Unfortunately the ones who screw up their taxes and wind up getting seized upon usually after ten or fifteen years of stonewalling in the payment of their true taxes are the ones who naively listen to unknowlegeable diatribes like y'all are posting. Dear friends pay your correct taxes and don't let this happen to you.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
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    Lowly agents Waffler? Don't you mean low lives and traitors? If water finds it's own level...these people naturally found their way to the very bottom of the barrel. They work for foreigners and collect graft.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Waffler, the IRS refers to us as inventory, not citizens.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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    Waffler, I am acquainted with a pastor that is IRS during the week and one who gives sermons on Sunday. Because no one can serve to masters, his weekly diatribe is a weird perverted twist on the written word and, he would turn over to his primary god (like you) any lover of decency and the laws of nature and of nature's God that would live a Christian life of liberty and freedom. What do you mean "cannot whip or beat back"? That is one of the things the IRS does best. The ole kids rhyme comes to mind; sticks, stones and the IRS can break your bones, but words (like this blog) can never hurt you.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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