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Paying Taxes Is Not “Patriotic,” Nor is it “Voluntary”

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About Richard Larsen

AP award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, Idaho, and is a graduate of Idaho State University with a BA in Political Science and History and former member of the Idaho State Journal Editorial Board. He can be reached at [email protected]


  1. “Patriotism” isn’t the first word that come to mind when I think of taxes. Actually, it doesn’t even enter my head. Inevitable or necessary evil generally fill the void. There is more than room for A LOT of improvement in the code. Still, until that can be done, bills still need paying. Reform will take time. The urgency of numerous other issues must be addressed first if we are to even have a country to tax. In the meantime, a great deal of the ‘sting’ could be lessened if our own elected officials and their staff would just pay theirs!!!

  2. I realize you are talking primarily about corporate taxation but I’d like to point out – as a layman -that while I have no ought against paying FAIR taxes and that it could even be an act of patriotism, I have yet to figure out how to pay taxes without the violation of my 4th Amendment Rights!! Before the 16th Amendment, and all of the hidden “permissions” it supposedly gives the Fed. Government, our system of taxes was unapportioned and applied equally to all. If I understand what that means, the Constitutional way to collect taxes was basically a flat tax that did not intrude into anyone’s privacy. The IRS, as well as any of the States that mimic the IRS, is a huge intrusion into our private affairs where the Fed. Gov. has NO CONSTITUTIONAL right to intrude without a warrant!

    Every time I do my taxes it isn’t necessarily the money that deeply bothers me – it has ALWAYS been both the grievous intrusion into my private life AND the horrific complexity (which also steals from my life copious amounts of TIME, for which I am NEVER compensated, and which I will never get back)! It is both an invasion of my privacy and the theft of my ability to pursue life liberty and happiness!

    The 16th Amendment must be stricken (not repealed – striken!). It is an illegal amendment because it fundamentally violates our rights to privacy. The IRS needs to be shut down. Period. Because it not only violates our rights to privacy but is also a tool of BLACKMAIL!

    I am not opposed to taxes. Freedom is NOT free and I would rather pay for freedom with money than with blood! But I tell you; if I have to, I will pay with blood – even my life – to keep my freedom! The Federal Government is charged with protecting our rights. That is the core essence of the Constitution. It is to protect us from enemies both foreign and domestic! How then does it protect us from itself?