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April 15, 2009
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The Case Against the Income Tax.

April 15, 2009

April 14, 2009

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Once again, Americans are turning to the calendars and dreading the coming of April 15th. This year, the federal government will reach into our pockets to pay for their unnecessary corporate bailouts, the so-called stimulus, and an escalation of unconstitutional wars overseas.  But even with all this dangerous recklessness, we can have hope in knowing that each day our coalition of freedom-loving individuals grows by leaps and bounds.

In “honor” of April 15th, allow me to share with you excerpts from an article on taxes written by Ron Paul.  It’s called The Case Against the Income Tax.

Could America exist without an income tax? The idea seems radical, yet in truth America did just fine without a federal income tax for the first 126 years of its history. Prior to 1913, the government operated with revenues raised through tariffs, excise taxes, and property taxes, without ever touching a worker’s paycheck….

The harmful effects of the income tax are obvious. First and foremost, it has enabled government to expand far beyond its proper constitutional limits, regulating virtually every aspect of our lives. It has given government a claim on our lives and work, destroying our privacy in the process. It takes billions of dollars out of the legitimate private economy, with most Americans giving more than a third of everything they make to the federal government. This economic drain destroys jobs and penalizes productive behavior. The ridiculous complexity of the tax laws makes compliance a nightmare for both individuals and businesses….

Is it impossible to end the income tax? I don’t believe so. In fact, I believe a serious groundswell movement of disaffected taxpayers is growing in this country. Millions of Americans are fed up with the current tax system, and they will bring pressure on Congress….

And this pressure is building!  Thousands of tea parties and protests will take place tomorrow in opposition to the dangerous policies being pursued by the federal government. If you are attending any of these activities, I encourage you to distribute our educational and action-oriented handouts to fellow citizens also disaffected with the current economic situation.   Additionally, be sure to read some very helpful advice for effective grassroots activity at these events from our very own Adam de Angeli here.

It is critical to make those attending the tea parties aware of the culprit behind our country’s economic woes – the Federal Reserve.  While the elimination of the income tax is a noble and necessary goal, we must understand that our efforts will be in vain if we do not deal with the silent, destructive tax of monetary inflation.   Dr. Paul’s bill, HR 1207, requires a legitimate audit of the Federal Reserve System.  Please sign our petition here to urge your congressman to co-sponsor the Federal Reserve Transparency Act.

Rest assured, with your continued efforts, we are building a coordinated grassroots-oriented network that is becoming more and more effective in standing up for freedom, individual liberty, and the Constitution as envisioned by our Founding Fathers. Together, we will accomplish the goal of making April 15th just another day on the calendar.

For Liberty,

John Tate

President, Campaign for Liberty

P.S.  If you’re attending an event tomorrow, don’t forget to take along some Audit the Fed slimjimspetitionsfliers, and fact sheets to spread the word about HR 1207!

 

Guns, Drugs Seized From Homeland Security Officer

April 15, 2009

“What kind of cliental do you think they hire for a job like Homeland Security? The same that swaggered around as Hitler’s Homeland Security… power freaks, criminals, and scum bags. It’s the only logical job for these anti-social emotional wrecks. Some of our police have the same problem, (relax), just some, not all.”

F.F. 4/14/09

timothy-monroe

Thursday, April 09, 2009 8:10:07 AM

 

Reported By Kelli Cook

PALM BAY — A Homeland Security employee at Orlando International Airport is in the Brevard County Detention Center on numerous drug trafficking and gun charges.

Timothy Monroe, 41, was arrested Wednesday at his Palm Bay home on Coral Reef Road.

According to the Palm Bay Police Department, a three month investigation led them to Monroe.

Monroe was caught with 40 grams of cocaine, 65 grams of marijuana bagged for sale, a shotgun, two pistols, close to 100 rounds of ammunition and more than $6,000 in cash.

He’s being held without bond.

Police are calling Monroe a mid-level drug dealer, and now the real work begins to try and find out who his suppliers are.

Monroe is a security officer for the Transportation Security Administration based at OIA.

The TSA told News 13 they are aware of the situation and said, “TSA takes the allegations very seriously. TSA has initiated an investigation into the facts of this case.  We will take appropriate action to address this situation.”

 

 

http://www.cfnews13.com/News/Local/2009/4/8/guns_drugs_seized_from_homeland_security_officer.html?refresh=1

Congressman To Introduce Anti-Download Cap Bill

April 15, 2009

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By Ryan Singel EmailApril 14, 2009 | 10:46:35 AM

Wired.com

 

Time Warner Cable plans to test its controversial, new scheme to have users pay by the gigabyte in Rochester, New York, but the area’s freshman congressman calls usage caps greedy and plans to introduce legislation to stop it.

New York Democratic Representative Eric Massa called TWC’s proposal to switch its 8.4 million cable broadband customers to metered internet billing an “outrageous plan to tax the American people.”

Massa, a longtime blogger at the liberal site DailyKos, says he will be joined by a “legion of activists” and called the fight against usage caps a “national issue of generational consequences.” However, Massa’s fight will not get far without support from powerful House members,including Virginia Democrat Rick Boucher who now controls a key committee on telecoms and the internet.

Critics say usage caps will cost users more and hurt innovation on the net — especially in new video services, as subscribers begin to calorie-count their internet usage.

TWC’s new tiered pricing structure for its Roadrunner internet service starts with a $15 for 1GB a month usage plan with a overage charge of $2 per GB. The company say that bandwidth hogs need to pay their fair share and that if the company doesn’t get enough money to build new infrastructure, “internet brownouts” will be inevitable.

In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Massa dismissed those arguments, describing TWC as an greedy, unregulated monopoly providing a utility service. His yet-to-be released bill would seek to increase competition among broadband providers and regulate monopolies, he said, though he declined to give specifics.

“They are providing a utility and frankly you should not be able to impose cascading rate increases without justifying them,” Massa said. “What Time Warner is saying is not true and their own SEC filings show that. This is AIG-style greed.”

As Wired.com first pointed outTime Warner Cable’s 2008 annual report shows its high-speed data costs actually declined by 12 percent to $146 million. Meanwhile subscribers increased by more than 10 percent to 8.4 million, and high-speed data revenues climbed to more than $4 billion.

TWC first tested the plans in Beaumont, Texas, and is now collecting usage data in Rochester, NY and the Texas cities San Antonio and Austin, in preparation for an expanded metered billing test later this summer.

The plan has faced intense criticism since the company announced the changes at the beginning of the month. Hoping to mollify its critics, the company modified its tiers last Thursday, increasing the usage caps for each tier and adding a $150 all-you-can download plan.

Nearly all U.S. residential broadband providers sell their services based on bandwidth speeds, with no mention of a usage cap. Experts say that’s in part because there’s little data for the companies to base their pricing on, and because if one company offers unlimited data, the others do as well, at least in markets where there is broadband competition. Broadband usage continues to grow, most recently thanks to an explosion in online video services, but the cost of moving those bits also continues to fall.

Time Warner isn’t alone in its campaign to crack down on heavy net users. AT&T announced last November that it would test monthly bandwidth caps and overage fees. Comcast installed a 250-GB cap last August; Canada’s Rogers enforces a 60 GB limit; and New York-based DSL provider Frontier has a miserly 5-GB limit (though public pressure forced the company not to enforce it).

Timothy Karr, a campaign director at the consumer advocate group FreePress, argues that TWC is unfairly trying to protect its lucrative cable television business from customers switching over to online video.

“Charging consumers penalty fees on top of what they are already paying to download a movie or show will cripple online video,” Karr said last week. “This is a win-win situation for Time Warner. Congress must investigate these anti-competitive practices before they become a nationwide problem.”

TWC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A Massa spokesman said the text of the bill would be ready late in the week.

Graph: Wired.com/Dennis Crothers

http://blog.wired.com/business/2009/04/congressman-to.html