• Uncategorized 30.11.2005

    Came across this letter to President Bush while perusing one of the mailing lists that I receive (and occasionally read).
    Dear Mr. President,
    We are writing you today regarding the IRS, the most un-American institution
    of our government.
    We have accessed the IRS website to find a way to speak with a human being
    regarding a tax number for the estate of a family member as it is required
    for estate processing. Using the only number that can be found on the
    website and checked against the records of several legal firms in the area
    as the number to get those answers, all the telephone has done for two days
    is ring busy and after a period of time, disconnect. This is two days of
    labor listening to a telephone ring. This is not the only time I have had
    trouble with the IRS and the first contact was much worse.
    We were in a catastrophic auto accident a few months after I made a mistake
    and had to take money from an IRA. My wife was near death (she has recovered
    to a small degree since) and I was badly broken and we both spent the next
    four months in the hospital. All of that time the IRS was on us and even
    began taking personal property without a hearing. Laying in serious
    condition in the hospital, I spent every available moment attempting to
    mortgage assets to pay the tax bill, as they continued harassment. If I put
    money in my checking account to pay bills, it was confiscated upon deposit.
    Even with verification that we were attempting to obtain mortgages and with
    clear evidence that we were likely (and subsequently were) approved, the
    harassment continued.
    Following release from the hospital, my wife, now paralyzed and in a neck
    and body brace and I, barely able to walk, went to the IRS servive center in
    Saginaw, Michigan, to ask that the IRS back off a little as we worked,
    diligently, to get them paid. They refused.
    I am sure you have heard similar and certainly worse cases than this, but it
    shows me that the third word in the name, service, is not what this agency
    is about unless you attach a perverse meaning to the word.
    We are just regular Americans. We are not criminals and we are right with
    all creditors and have always been so. A quick check by the IRS of our
    credit would have shown that but instead, we were treated like criminals.
    This is a rogue agency out of control.
    Further, the interpretations of tax law are in the hands of the IRS and it
    is the only court in the country that assumes guilt rather than innocence. I
    find no virtue in this supposition.
    Let’s take an example. If I were an accountant and earned only $30,000 for
    my services as such, yet other accountants earn $60,000 for their services,
    the IRS can insist that I, too, earned $60,000 and force me to pay taxes on
    that amount unless that I can prove that I did not receive that amount. How
    can one prove that one did not receive that amount?
    Our tax laws are archaic, burdensome and are completely against the American
    ideal in which you are entitled to the money you earn, all of it, no matter
    how much it is. The graduated income tax is socialistic in nature and
    stifles productivity, right down to the person working overtime and
    determining it is not worth the effort as the government will take the
    rewards for doing so.
    You commissioned a panel led by former elected officials to study the tax
    gathering process in the U.S. with the expectation that they would return to
    you a fair process in which productivity is rewarded, thus enhancing
    business and with which the citizenry would be dealt with in a fair manner.
    They instead returned to you only changes that would keep the current unfair
    and burdensome tax code in place.
    This tax code is no longer in place to gather money from the citizenry but
    rather a method of social engineering and reelection. This is absolutely
    wrong. We don’t need social engineering. We need social responsibility. We
    don’t need people to be reelected through contributions by organizations
    seeking different treatment. We need our lawmakers to be reelected through
    performance. We need a new tax code.
    There is one plan out there that eliminates the pariah, the IRS. It reduces
    the points of income from millions to a much smaller number. It is a radical
    departure from the current tax structure, not allowed by the framers of our
    constitution, to a tax system that was allowed. That tax structure is the
    Fair Tax.
    I am asking you to take the lead here. I am asking you to have the fortitude
    to propose something radically different. I am asking you to back this
    revenue neutral plan to free the American citizen and business to do what we
    do best – produce without penalty. At the same time you will fix Social
    Security without reducing benefits.
    You cannot be reelected. Your two terms are on the wane. You have an
    opportunity to step up and give the American people a much better chance to
    compete, to earn and to save. America is already the place to be on this
    globe. We are running into hard times in competetion with other restrictive
    governments and their manipulations allow their companies to compete, though
    not really in a fair manner. By releasing the tax disadvantages that hamper
    American growth, we will boldly go forth and we will permanently take our
    place as the greatest economy in the world, without challenge.
    Once again, Mr. President, please step up, take the lead, and usher in a tax
    system that is fair, revenue neutral and growth oriented. Please promote the
    Fair Tax from the bully pulpit which you currently control.
    By the way, a really important side benefit would be the elimination of the
    SS style IRS. The American people will love you for it. The American people
    will stand behind you and America will grow once again in a way such that
    you can hardly imagine.
    God bless you, Mr. President, our troops and our nation.
    Sincerely yours,
    Michael L. Spawr and Nancy L.K. Spawr

    Posted by Richard Miles @ 6:03 pm for Uncategorized |

    One Comment to "A letter to President Bush"

    • AARON says:

      A flat tax starting at $40k is good and so it the FairTax. Anything other than the current system would do wonders for economic growth and personal freedom for ordinary Americans.

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