Want to know when we became slaves? No later than the time that “revenue” to the US Government became all important. Which started around the time the Government was allowed to greatly exceed the Enumerated Powers granted to it by the Constitution. Which was sometime between 1900 and 1934.
People and businesses are not “sources of revenue for the US Government”. And we are not to manage our lives and our business in a way that “maximizes revenue to the US Government”. I, personally don’t do outside work for cash anymore, nor do I ever seek bonuses at work because the “US Government” gets nearly as much as I do. And it didn’t do a fucking thing to earn that money!
That, in my mind is theft. it’s stealing. So I manage my affairs all the time in ways to MINIMIZE the “revenue of the US Government”. I don’t smoke. Cigarettes are HEAVILY taxed items. That decision alone “deprives the government” of a LOT of revenue. Is that a crime?
Sad to say, I get the impression that someday (soon) it will be:
IRS Goon: “We were informed that you did not accept a job to set up a server for Joe Smith’s Law Office that you could have done in your spare time… We estimate that this deprived the US Government of $500 in revenue… therefore you now owe the IRS $1,000 after interest and penalties…
Think that is far-fetched? It’s Obama’s America now. Christians get thrown in jail for refusing to commit an abomination before God. Video makers get thrown in jail for offending the followers of the FALSE prophet of islam… All because the President likes Sodomy and the followers of that FALSE prophet. That is not how it’s supposed to be. But then, as I started this elaborate rant, we aren’t supposed to be “revenue sources for the US Government” either.
Now for the article that set me off… From Ars Technica:
One tax law professor told Ars that this untapped revenue source could stand to significantly benefit the United States.
“Losing $90 billion of potential tax revenues every year is a very big deal,” Neil Buchanan, a professor at George Washington University, said by e-mail. “That money could be used to reverse recent cuts in Head Start, and/or assistance to state governments to fund education at all levels, or increase the Earned Income Tax Credit, and on and on. Politicians who respond to proposals to fund these programs by saying that ‘we can’t afford it’ are simply saying, ‘I’d rather cut Apple’s tax bill than educate our children.’”
NUTS to you and your government programs. No one has a “right” to other people’s money. You want Head Start, pay for it yourself.