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March 14, 2009 – Comments (6)

The only solution is to stop feeding the beast.  If 20% of patriotic, courageous, angry, nihilistic, taxpaying citizens decide to STOP paying taxes, and if they do it synchronously, on July 4 for example, the beast will die.  Of course, there will be a bunch of dead patriots. I think the critical threshold is 20%.  The IRS and its henchmen do not have the resources to deal with it. It will be like a swarm of killer bees attacking a small calf. 

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#1) On March 14, 2009 at 1:27 PM, BradAllenton (32.14) wrote:

I would think to do that would be too risky for most, but on the same idea: We could all stop spending on anything that isn't a must. I mean a real Must!!  Food, water, shelter, go on a spending strike and that will allow you to work less and pay less in taxes. Protest is great, but you have to stay in bounds, so you don't end up in the can. I know if everyone did what you said, it would work, but people would be too scared follow through.

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#2) On March 14, 2009 at 1:42 PM, GorillaGorilla (< 20) wrote:

It is possible. In the UK Margaret Thatcher brought in the Community Charge - a deeply unpopular tax that made rich and poor pay the same money - in some areas up to 30% refused to pay and it brought down Thatchers government.

In some areas, 30% of former ratepayers defaulted. While owner-occupiers were easy to tax, those who regularly changed accommodation were almost impossible to pursue if they chose not to pay. The cost of collecting the tax rose steeply while the returns from it fell. Enforcement measures became increasingly draconian, and unrest grew and culminated in a number of Poll Tax Riots. The most serious was in a protest at Trafalgar Square, London, on March 31, 1990, of more than 200,000 protesters. A Labour MP, Terry Fields, was jailed for 60 days for refusing to pay his poll tax. This unrest was instrumental in toppling Margaret Thatcher in 1990. 

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_tax

 

rich

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#3) On March 14, 2009 at 2:02 PM, milpo (44.16) wrote:

Brad:

We are not socially prepared to become austere.  We whine if our electric is out for more than an hour. I believe convincing fat and "happy" (the most anxious and depressed people on earth) Americans to become Spartan is much more difficult. 

It would be much easier to initiate and celebrate a "Boycott Paying Taxes" month. The system is incapable of policing it. Regretably, it would take approximately 20 million, educated, hardworking, taxpaying Americans to make it work.

We could have "Boycott Paying Taxes" cookouts. We will call them BPT parties. Everyone loves a party, even the IRS.

Heartfelt best,

Milpo

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#4) On March 14, 2009 at 2:03 PM, milpo (44.16) wrote:

Gorilla,

You're right.  Thank you for the example.

Milpo

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#5) On March 14, 2009 at 2:26 PM, Xciteddon (66.09) wrote:

Maybe quiet protests at the unemployment offices across the US would grab their attention. :) Going to the front lawn of the white house seemed to work for the vietnam protesters. Maybe we should try that...but who could afford to go? Nobody has money for plane tickets. Have a write your representative day where everyone writes a letter to their representatives and overload the postal service.:) Many trucks of mail showing up at the white house would get attention! Imagine the overload in the mail room.. And oh ya don't forget to write the President too.  He needs to get in on the action!

Keep smiling!

D

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#6) On March 14, 2009 at 5:27 PM, rofgile (99.21) wrote:

At first I thought you were referring to the stock market.  
That's what it has felt like to invest lately.. feeding a beast that devours money..

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