“The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin”
According to this documentary paying federal personal income tax is a voluntary activity if you live in the US. Voluntary as in you don’t have to pay if you don’t want to. That’s about as voluntary as it gets really. It boils down to the collection of an unhypothecated federal income tax being unconstitutional. So there you have it paying tax is optional. Not that the IRS or the government are letting on.
It got me thinking about tax…no such luck in my country unfortunately we definitely have a law and it is lawful for the government to dip into my income and take a pinch. Basturds! I started thinking about the things my tax compulsorily funds that I wouldn’t pay for if I had the option. Education – yes, but I’d expect a vastly better product, healthcare – yes, social welfare – yes, military – no, road maintenance – yes, new roading – probably not…In the case of my country some of the tax expenditure is pretty descent and I’d pay even if I had the choice not to. For other stuff like mining conservation lands or fracking in suburbs and townships – most certainly not.
Of course in the US case the federal income tax that is currently collected appears to go straight to bankers. Roads, schools and other public funded things are payed out of land tax, fuel tax or other city taxes. The rest of the deal that other western countries get free like healthcare or childcare is user pays so why the heck would you tick that voluntary box and let those fat cat bankers dip their dirty fingers into your hard earned income if you live in the land of the free?
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“Life is simple, but it’s not easy”
It can be annoying when things break or go missing. You’d think the experience would be magnified if you own less, but that hasn’t been my story. When I buy stuff I imagine it broken, lost or stolen right at point of sale. Sometimes this is enough to shake me out of a daydream and get me to wonder why I am wasting my money. The rest of the time it means I can easily cope when things go wrong. Things are just that. Things. They are not my things. They are not part of my being. That detachment means I don’t react like a wounded child if our 2 year old smashes the laptop or if a neighbour crashes into the (‘our’) car. It’s just a laptop. It’s just a car. They will be damaged. Eventually they will be recycled or become landfill.
it’s easy to say this, but in the moment that things happen it’s easy to overreact. Take a breath. Get some space. Find perspective. In 1000 years this won’t be a defining moment in history so best just roll with it and stay mellow. Keep your head in the game and deal with what comes next.
“A rich man can afford to be generous to many”
I’ve previously noted that I don’t think we have any real environmental problems. At the same time I have to confess to having an environmental bent and being deeply concerned about the erosion of the natural environment and the extinction of non-human species at alarming rates.
It’s just that I am over the trivial efforts of global environmental groups and their endless fundraising. While lots of good people pour their heart and sole into these international trusts and agencies they are merely fronts for the oil barons and bankers. The point from their perspective is structured activism is easily managed, its a nice distraction from real issues or change and it’s a handy means to catalyse us around their global elite agenda (centralised power for them).
Think about this.
David Rothschild identifies himself as a passionate environmentalist. If you Google him you will most likely see him in khaki pants standing on a glacier somewhere. This guy has a personal fortune of at least $10 billion. He is also part of a small tightly knit family of global bankers with a familial fortune somewhere between $500 trillion and $1000 trillion. Hypothetically this guy has access to 1 quadrillion dollars! That’s so much money that it sounds like an imaginary word. If you are having trouble visualing a quadrillion dollars look at this page and then try to imagine 1000x more money if you can.
With loose change from his families wealth (like money they found in the couch in one of their mansions) a motivated guy could solve world poverty, all global environmental problems, buy the whole world lunch and still have change. So why does this guy need to continually raise funds from charity for tinpot environmental projects? I’d be speaking to my father, or my uncle or my aunt about getting some play money if I were a ‘passionate environmentalist’.
The environmental problems, like almost all of the other problems in our world aren’t ever going to get solved because they are convenient circumstances that in some way serves the interests of the very richest of the rich men. Face it, many of the environmentally destructive activities of industry would be illegal if it weren’t for the fact that the very same men polluting and pillaging hold the pen of law in most every country. Take a look at who founded and funded the major international environmental groups and animal protection societies. Are you surprised to see oil men, bankers, hunting enthusiasts….so why did they found these bodies. Guilt? Empathy? Genuine concern…
Save your money folks.
“Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today”
The biggest shams they’ve pulled on us are money, politics and religion. Period.
Religious icon’s preach peace and forgiveness from seats of power won on mass genocide. They continue to horde top secret information and sanction the activities of fanatical assassins. While I fully support the intent and positive principles espoused within religion I can’t help but notice the stunning hypocrisies of the organisations that administer religion. Why for instance does the catholic church, which is most likely the richest organisation on this planet, rely so heavily on donations put in the collection plate by regular people that are struggling to make ends meet?
Meanwhile big governments are filled to the brim with senators and MPs that are overwhelmingly christian, but they seem to have no qualms throwing their militaries against each other over trivial deputes that most any man or woman in the street could resolve non-violently. Add in their duplicity, affairs, racketeering (bribes from bankers and corporation) and generally antisocial behaviour and it is just gob-smacking to me that we continue to go out and vote these bank stooges into positions of power.
Meanwhile we have a monetary system, a human invention, that we let totally control our reality. We let bankers tell us when we need to go to war for their profit. We let food spoil in the fields when the bankers turn down the circulation of their currencies. We clash and conflict with people that we would otherwise befriend all for money’s sake. We are bankrupted or unemployed when the banking elite orchestrate market crashes for profit or power gain. But, money is just a piece of paper with no real worth. Tied to nothing but debt. Money is the phony mechanism by which we are coerced into a life of economic slavery that redirects the things of real worth like minerals, property, assets back to the banking families.
Why don’t we oppose stupid things like phony money, false dogmatic religions or corrupt politicians? Well thanks to the banking families ownership of the media sources the most powerful people in the world can assemble in complete secret to perform satanic rituals (most likely involving the murder of women and children) while the front page of western media runs headlines on a selfie of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West eating a lavish lunch.
It’s past due to turn the mothership around. The first step is to realise you are being lied to. The second step is to begin to discover new ways that we can organise life to live harmoniously and sustainable with each other. The final step to start this transition is to realise that change won’t be possible until we collect and oppose the men behind the curtain in this puppet show called life.