Saturday, March 14, 2009

And Here I Thought We Had an April 15 Deadline...

This one'll leave you with jaw agape, I'm sure -- it certainly left me staring blankly at my screen.

No wonder the Democrats don't understand why hard working people get upset to learn that their tax money is being spent frivolously or "redistributed" to those who refuse to contribute to society in any meaningful way. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D - NV) explains here that, in the United States, taxes are VOLUNTARY!

"Now who can argue with that? I think we are all indebted to Gabby Johnson here for clearly stating what had to be said. And I'm glad the children were here today to hear that speech. Not only was it authentic frontier gibberish...but it expressed a courage that is little seen in this day and age."

- David Huddleston as Olson Johnson in Blazing Saddles

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  1. It is voluntary because the IRS allows you to calculate what you owe. If the government calculated it for you, it would be compulsory.

  2. Definition of voluntary: "of your own free will or design; done by choice; not forced or compelled"

    Our tax system may be self-reported, but it is not voluntary. Voluntary taxes would mean exactly that: taxes that are paid voluntarily. You would have the choice either to pay or not to pay.

    And, the IRS DOES calculate your taxes, and if what you report doesn't match what they calculate, you hear about it - and are responsible for the difference.