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stops paying taxes, defies IRS
expected it would come to this, and now it has. My friend Bob
Schulz of sue-the-government fame and reputation has declared that
he will no longer pay his federal income tax.
a letter to the IRS dated yesterday, he called the tax "the
greatest hoax ever perpetrated by government against the working
men and women of America" and said he's all done cooperating.
more, he told me by telephone from his home near Lake George, he
is preparing to lead a national campaign urging others to stop
filing returns. He will hit the road late this week or early next
and drive cross-country spreading the message with the help of
some 600 like-minded "coordinators" who have already
enlisted in the cause.
message is the basic Jeffersonian one of the rights of the People
as opposed to over-reaching government, which has been the
underlying theme of his activities since he was suing New York
state over its devious borrowing practices. It was given new focus
earlier this year at a hearing he held in Washington on the
legality, or illegality, of the income tax.
conclusion of that hearing, you will not be surprised to learn, is
that the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, establishing the tax,
was not properly ratified back in 1913, and the Internal Revenue
Service, therefore, has no good foundation in law. The government
has been conning us all these years.
a cause that Schulz got onto about three years ago, and he has
pursued it since then with the same relentlessness that he
demonstrated when he was badgering New York. Since I talked to him
earlier he has added to it the notion that the Federal Reserve
System is part of the same sinister complex as the IRS.
income tax was instituted to provide lender security and
guaranteed profits to this highly secretive, privately owned and
unaccountable central banking system that has obtained absolute
control over our country and the federal government," he
wrote in his letter, sounding, I must say, as if he's gone over
entirely to the kook wing of American politics.
Americans are in a condition of continual economic peonage and
slavery to the federal government and the privately owned Federal
Reserve System," he postulated. He
said the Federal Reserve thing sounded like a "fringe
issue" to him too when he first heard about it, but his own
research has convinced him it's legitimate.
responding to the perceived conspiracy to deprive us all of our
liberty, he does not spare the rhetoric. "We must resort to
force," he wrote to the IRS, making clear however that by
force he means "a non-violent mass movement."
appeal to force and to the Creator is all that is left to
course this will lead to trouble. "The
civil strife is inevitable," he wrote. "Let it come! Let
he expect to wind up in prison as a result of his new
don't know what to expect," he says, though he obviously does
not shrink from the prospect of a legal fight.
certainly wish him the best with this battle, though in the
meantime I will look to my interests by continuing to pay my own
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