If Atlas Won’t Shrug Fast Enough…

After reading the many stories about the tax situation in this nation the past few days (Utah’s post included), I am back in an “Atlas Shrugged” frame of mind. I start with Obama’s war on “the rich:”

Americans Making Over $50,000 a Year Paid 93.3 Percent of All Taxes in 2010


According to statistics compiled from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by the Tax Foundation, those people making above $50,000 had an effective tax rate of 14.1 percent, and carried 93.3 percent of the total tax burden.

In contrast, Americans making less than $50,000 had an effective tax rate of 3.5 percent and their total share of the tax burden was just 6.7 percent.

Out of the 143 million tax returns that were filed with the IRS in 2010, 58 million – or 41 percent – of those filers were non-payers.

In other words, only 85 million actually paid taxes.

Once it is understood the people who are actually paying the tax burden in this nation are the business owners and highly skilled professionals who make our society work, it becomes painfully clear that this is not only a war on “the rich,” it is a direct assault on capitalism. Setting all the BS and “spinning” aside, this information reveals the most massive distribution of wealth in modern history – if not all of recorded history. And I no longer believe it is a coincidence:

Panetta says he regrets cost of trips home

U.S. sued over Michelle’s secretive ‘family outing’ ‘How much did the American people spend to send the first lady’ on safari?

Issa on Fox News: Obama Administration Knew About GSA’s Wasteful Spending – Part Of A Pattern

Yes, it is undeniably obvious that there is a pattern of utter disregard for the People’s money within the federal government, but it is not the result of simple corruption, it is by design:

Cloward Piven Strategy:


Is It Entirely Possible That Every Move Barack Obama Has Made Has Been Designed To Destroy The United States Of America… A Country He Clearly Hates.

Still, I understand there are people who will tell us that this is just evidence of corruption and incompetence. And people will say that we do need to pay our taxes; that it is our duty and necessary to run the government for the betterment of all. The problem is, this view doesn’t make any sense when you start to see the bigger picture. Start by considering this story:

PRUDEN: The big day for Swiss cheese, or the tax code


Stung by the reluctance of Congress to raise taxes, the Obama administration has obviously set out to use the Internal Revenue Service to do the dirty deed. President Obama has big plans for expanding the federal government once he achieves “flexibility” after the November election. The coming schemes will cost money. Since Congress won’t cooperate and the Treasury is overdrawn at the Bank of China, the only solution is confiscation. There’s still standing room on the necks of taxpayers – even widows, orphans, the disabled and the infirm, some even sick unto death.

The story goes on to say that Congress is going to work with the Administration to close loopholes rather than raise taxes. But if this is true, why don’t they start by simply making the government employees pay the $1 billion in back taxes that they owe?

Sen. Brown: Bill targets tax scofflaws in Congress

The Massachusetts Republican said that a recent report by the Internal Revenue Service showed that in 2010, 98,000 federal employees owed a combined $1 billion in back taxes.
Or how about getting friend of Obama, Warren Buffet, to pay his $1 billion in back taxes:

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Owes Taxes Going Back To 2002

Or maybe we should close this loophole:

Obama Family Tax Shelter
First family transfers wealth, avoids taxes

No, the President won’t go after government employees or political allies, all he wants to do is go after those who create the wealth he hates and wants to redistribute in the name of “fairness” (except when it is his wealth).


Obama and his allies are driving the people who make this nation work out of the country at record numbers:

Special Report: Tax time pushes some Americans to take a hike


Last year, almost 1,800 people followed Superman’s lead, renouncing their U.S. citizenship or handing in their Green Cards. That’s a record number since the Internal Revenue Service began publishing a list of those who renounced in 1998. It’s also almost eight times more than the number of citizens who renounced in 2008, and more than the total for 2007, 2008 and 2009 combined.

But, just like the government did in Atlas Shrugged, when people tried to do something to save themselves from the government’s destructive policies, the government moves to force them to stay within the failing system it created:

Senate Bill 1813: Power to Confiscate Your Proof of Citizenship


What if you had to make a business trip overseas tomorrow only to find out that, even though the IRS does not issue your passport, the IRS has revoked your passport? This is a possible reality if Senate Bill 1813 passes through Congress.

We have also had stories about a 49% tax rate if you try to move large sums of money off shore and of plans to actually tax U.S. companies for off shore profits on top of what is already the highest corporate tax rate in the industrial world. But none of this should be a surprise: when you elect communists, you are going to get communist policies (you should read this – even if only to remind you of how far we’ve traveled down this road):

Ten Planks of the Communist Manifesto

If you have never read Atlas Shrugged, you need to do so. It should be the next book you read because it will help you see the world in which you now live. But if you refuse, or you have forgotten it after many years, let me remind you of what Rand was trying to warn us about:


When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed.



We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.



Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel.



I say, unless you are temporarily among the “chosen few,” you are now chattel, and you let it happen to us all (as did I).

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