TIME Announces New “Person of the Year”…and New Approach if You Disagree with His Election
On Wednesday Time magazine released its pick for 2016 “Person of the Year.”
Trump joins the vaunted ranks of former honorees Obama, Ben Bernanke, Adolf Hitler, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini of Iran, Angela Merkel and The Endangered Earth.
Ali Khamenei succeeded Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini/Khamenei to lead Iran against America/The Great Satan.
Of note, until 1999 the honor was named “Man of the Year.” Even, apparently, in 1975, when the recipient was “American women.”
Mark Weston has an interesting response to Trump’s election: “The approximately 65 million Democrats who voted for Hillary Clinton should pledge that in the future if a Republican wins the presidency with fewer votes than a Democrat for the third time in our era, we won’t pay taxes to the federal government.”
Of note, since the beginning of the “honor” in 1927, every American President has bagged the prize at least once except for Calvin Coolidge, Gerald Ford and Herbert Hoover.
Weston believes the Democrat-voters’ “threat” will put Republicans on notice: they do not have the right to impose a hard-right, second-place presidency on a moderate nation every dozen or so years. If the Republicans won’t help amend the Constitution so that America can resume being a democracy, then Democrats, lacking the representation that supporters of a future popular vote-winner ought to have in the executive branch, should not submit to paying taxes to the federal government.
He is apparently unaware that the IRS of the Federal Government confiscates wages automatically, and can take anything they want without due process. This is similar to the basis of civil asset forfeiture in which people have to sue and prove their police-confiscated property is innocent of a crime.
Police Take Again Because They Can
Always looking out for the little guy, Obama’s attorney general Loretta Lynch temporarily suspended this practice, but had to resume it because governments lost money:
Federal Government Resumes “Equitable Sharing” Funding
Weston may be disappointed with the results of his plan in terms of federal income tax. Because only the rich people voted for Trump and only the poor people voted for Hillary, voters for the latter withholding their Federal income tax may not make much of a dent in the pot of federal money. The top 1% earning Americans paid 45% of the income taxes in 2014, a record percent!
Also, somewhere between 40% and 47% (thanks, Mitt Romney!) of voters pay no income tax at all. Conservative Forbes estimated in 2015 the percent of households that would pay no income tax was 45.3 percent, nearly 5 percentage points higher than [Forbes’] 2013 estimate of 40.4 percent.
Fortunately for the Federal Government, everyone rich and poor alike motivated to do any sort of job in this country (and thereby subsidize entitlements and relinquish those they would be given if they could get through social assistance)–
[A great summary of this conundrum and a better solution by social scientist Charles Murray: http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-guaranteed-income-for-every-american-1464969586]
–gets hit with the social insurance taxes, which the Feds can and do pinch from all, whether you run a laundromat or a lemonade stand.
Forbes: Three-fifths of those who don’t owe income tax work and thus pay Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes.
This graph looks suspiciously easy on them evil corporations if we generalize that rich people pay individual and social insurance taxes and poor people may pay just the social insurance tax. However, if your business makes basically any money at all, the Feds take more than one third after you deduct expenses and the tax breaks your entrenched Washington representative has obtained for you:
Wikipedia: All taxable income is subject to tax at 34% or 35% where taxable income exceeds $335,000.
[One of those deductions is the other half of your payroll tax. For example, if your paycheck reads 7.5% was confiscated for the payroll tax, your employer is paying the same amount to the Feds for every paycheck they write you. Job creation! ]
Maybe we could stop spending trillions and trillions of dollars each year we don’t have each year Taxes will just have to be raised until we pay off the $20 trillion the Feds spent on our behalf.]
Oh, but they have other ways, do the Federal tentacles buried in your marriage, job, house, health care, etc. etc. etc. To name just a few:
Washington cashes in on gasoline, for example. Your price per gallon is 18 cents higher for regular, 24 cents higher for diesel. (States add an average of $0.30 per gallon on top of the federal tax.)
Federal profit on student loans is also pretty sweet. The actual profit appears to vary depending on the source or if you subtract the administrative costs of the loans. However, ultra-conservative Huffington Post ran a good number in 2013: the $1 trillion in debt held by American adult students (because the Federal Government education they received was worthless and everyone must go to college…says the government) is piling up interest for Federal pots:
The federal government is due to book $51 billion in profit [in 2013] off new and existing federal student loans, according to estimates by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The record amount brings the government’s profit haul to nearly $120 billion over the past five years, according to CBO forecasts and Department of Education budget documents.
(While the Federal Reserve artificially manipulates market interest rates for other American loans, the Federal Government gets to set their own student loan interest rate.)
Tax on death is an interesting one. Only 0.2% of the richest dying people have to frantically write checks to family members and “charitable organizations” like the $3.4 billion-endowment Johns Hopkins University as they head for the hospice to avoid a bill from the Federal Government for the privilege of dying. This is because the “estate tax exemption” is $5.45 million ($10.9 million for a married couple). Estate tax got only $19.3 billion for the Feds in 2014. [Individual states that levy the estate tax are the real winners when your rich relatives die, because they set their own (usually lower) exemption. Oregon apparently has the lowest.]
Even the poorest little people are easily kept under the government yoke and insidiously prevented from touching their money before the Federal Government takes their cut. The confiscation starts at 10% for every dollar over $0 and up to $9725…sorry babysitters and dog walkers! The top rate is 39.6% at $415,000 and up. Nothing motivates a rich person to keep creating value for society like telling them, “You are allowed to keep 3 out of every 5 dollars you earn.”
(Some have argued that penalizing hard work decreases overall wealth. But look at all the hard work the Feds motivate low-income, self-employed people to perform by hiding their true income!)
A national tax on consumption, like the revenue-neutral FairTax, would eliminate the IRS and hours of paperwork filing returns for every American. It would also eliminate a monthly transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars from little people to lawyers to discern/best utilize the monstrous Tax Code, which Washington cannot simplify without scrapping all the “special deals” they have with various industries. Like $100 million annually to subsidize tobacco.
Paychecks are docked before people get to cash them, and then the Feds offer “refunds” to whoever they believe these tax breaks, like single mothers. An example is the Earned Income Tax Credit. About 1 in 4 of these refunds are mistakenly given to richer people. Oops:
Weston wants the “I won’t pay taxes because Hillary lost” crowd to stash whatever they would have paid in taxes had Trump not won in a national escrow account, preferably in a well-established Canadian or British bank that is beyond the reach of the U.S. Justice Department, because whoever opens this account probably will be in violation of U.S. law.
The Feds, unlike local governments, do not viciously pursue every dollar of taxes they say citizens owe them:
Another Family Upended for Years by Police
In the check’s memo line, people should write, “Funds to be transferred to the IRS as soon as America resumes being a democracy.”
Because the $11.4 billion budget, automatic-weapon wielding IRS usually relies on voluntary payment of taxes, this should work.
The Internal Revenue Service, with its 2,316 special agents, spent nearly $11 million on guns, ammunition and military-style equipment [2006-2014]:
Gunning For Justice
Weston is careful not to use the word “majority” in describing his discouragement that the popular vote winner was denied the White House. “We should have what the majority wants” would be a fair complaint regarding the Trump popular vote of 46% to Hillary’s 48…if America were a democracy, and not a constitutional republic. The delusional Weston, like many quadrennially incensed, believes “majority rules” and “democracy” are features of the Federal Government.
That’s why the President and his/her buddies on the Joint Chiefs decide as a group who to drone without trial or declaration of war:
Happy Independence Day
President Bill Clinton (Hillary’s husband) won election in 1992 with 43% of the popular vote. He won re-election with 49% of the vote in 1996–still a plurality, not a majority.
This is an important distinction because the two-party duopoly that keeps third- and fourth-party candidates off the national debate stage works well with the Electoral College to throw the election to either the GOP or Democrat candidate. Ross Perot got nearly 20 million votes in 1992 (or 19%) and NO ELECTORAL VOTES. Where’s the Ross representation???
If the Republicans won’t help amend the Constitution so that America can resume being a democracy, [sic] then Democrats, lacking the representation that supporters of a future popular vote-winner ought to have in the executive branch, should not submit to paying taxes to the federal government.
As we have noted previously, the Feds are projected to collect more tax money this year than in any year of American history since the founding of the country. The national debt, as we consistently try to remind people, is also at a record high, approaching $20,000,000,000,000.
Fortunately, the malignant Federal Government is so entrenched and successful at taxation, they get some good revenue from other sources, like one of those evil rich people that never worked a day in their life and have multiple sources of income, like “investments.” (Which are taxed as capital gains.)
Some other ignorant points:
How would the pledge work? First, an online group such as MoveOn.org, Change.org or both, should circulate a petition. The pledge is not just a powerful protest; it is also effortless, requiring no legal or financial sacrifice at all for years, possibly decades.
[Once Change.org is on the scene, you know it’s on. Hold onto your seats, they might even get a GoFundMe to raise money to not pay–wait.]
Some of GoFundMe’s recent “powerful” work:
Americans do love “powerful protests” that are also “effortless.”
Second, the pledge should only apply to federal taxes. We would still pay state, local, sales and property taxes. This is a protest against our 229-year-old system of electoral votes, not against taxation in general.
Wouldn’t want anyone to stop paying local taxes on their property, lottery tickets, alcohol, cigarettes or (in some states like Kansas) food.
Why shouldn’t we instead protest the income tax itself–a big government, citizen-choking policy instituted by the Sixteenth Constitutional amendment in 1913?
Woodrow Wilson (Democrat) won the presidential election of 1912 with 42% of the popular vote before presiding over ratification of the income tax . Majority because democracy! Right Mr. Weston??
Fortunately, this hypothetical, low effort spite show is unlikely by Weston’s own admission:
The beauty of a no-taxation pledge is that it almost certainly won’t have to be carried out. The mere threat could be enough to propel a Constitutional amendment. If millions sign now, Republicans will know that a third modern Republican runner-up presidency is impossible; Democrats will not be cooperative again [??].
Oh no, not a Constitutional amendment! That’s how the liberals overturned Citizens United!
Mr. Weston seems not to care that America was founded based on a tax revolt from Britain (among other things). There is nothing more American, to he and his posse of progressive pricks than the attitude “confiscation of my income is acceptable, but only if my guy/girl is in charge.”
Thanks to our sources:
65 Million Americans Should Threaten to Not Pay Taxes