Monday, January 19, 2009

He's Exempt

During the Medieval period of our history the lords and kings were exempt from taxes. They received them and lived off of them but did not pay them, except to pass on a portion to their liege. During the dark ages peasants were kept in poverty by extreme taxation while the lords didn't worry about taxes as long as they were paid by other people.

This is how feudal society worked. Everything belonged to the lord who collected virtually everything that was produced and redistributed it as he saw fit, largely to himself. In this way it is much like, heck it's identical to, socialism.

Check this out about Tim Geithner, the designated Treasury Secretary, owed a few taxes that were unpaid. They are saying that it's a common and honest mistake. He failed to pay $34,000 on his earnings at the IMF. Because of its nature the IMF does not withhold payroll taxes but it does advise its employees of their tax responsibility. Advice that Mr. Geithner chose to ignore. He did pay them later - - - after he was caught. Several excuses are being offered but such excuses only work if you are one of the power elites.

"I believe that these errors, although serious, do not rise to the level of disqualification. He is an extremely competent man," said Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. "The errors were, in my judgment, honest mistakes. He did not in any way intentionally make those mistakes."

I wonder if he would have felt that way had it been a Bush or Reagan appointee. Stupid question. A Republican owing a nickle is far worse than a Democrat owing thousands or even millions.

He didn't pay taxes because he didn't want to or didn't believe he should have to. I believe it is that simple. See only the little people pay taxes while the lords and ladies of the neo-feudalistic Democratic Party are exempt (unless they're caught). I think we're going to see a lot of this in the future and it won't be how much you owe that matters, it will be whose friend you are.

If someone is in near-poverty or actual poverty and owes a couple of hundred dollars then by all means give them amnesty if they really can't afford it but let's not do this for the rich and powerful, especially when they are the ones eager to tax the little guy into poverty and tax businesses out of existence.

Could any of us get away with a couple of hundred in unpaid taxes? Why should he get away with $34,000.00 in unpaid taxes and say "Oops stupid Mistake!" when caught?

Only the little people pay taxes Leona Helmsley


Blogger Donald Douglas said...

This Giethner guy is a joke. He'll be confirmed anyway, if he wasn't already.

Change we can beleive...

2:54 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

NOTHING, and I repeat, NOTHING will change in this nation until White Collar crimes result in penalties that have convincted persons serving time in standard jails and penitentiaries throughout the United States, with sentences up to and including LWOP -- Life WithOut the possibility of Parole.

Until that day, this is and shall be a country of Nobility and Untouchables.


5:39 PM  
Blogger dmarks said...

Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood were forced out of nomination because of similar crimes.

Why do we lower our standards now? I guess the standards of Bill Clinton are too high for 2009?

8:26 PM  
Blogger Average American said...

This topic really hits home for me. I'm in the middle of an IRS audit right now, God Help Me!!! They don't think I should be able to deduct the motels, meals, and mileage that did so I could earn a living. Screw them. It was all legit and I'll fight them tooth and nail.

4:21 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I wish you good luck, Average American, and I truly mean that!

BZ is right, Shoprat. "Nobility and untouchables." One of them is being crowned today. :(

10:40 AM  
Blogger shoprat said...

I hope and pray that things go OK for you AA.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Ducky's here said...

You forget that in return for the taxes the lord kept a standing army to "protect" the peasantry.

Medieval times were a three way dynamic between lord, church and peasants. In some ways it was an early checks and balances system.

12:24 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

AA- I have never been audited but have gotten letters from the IRS stating that certain duductions that I used were not allowed. It wound up being a software glitch with turbotax that didn't transmit a certain form when I e-filed. I merely sent in the form and got a letter (9 months later!) saying that the issue was resolved and that I owed nothing. If you can prove it's legit there will be no issue. If after the first meeting things don't go your way, get a lawyer.

I hope Giethner does not get confirmed. BZ is right- they have got to stop letting white collar criminal off so easy. Maddow, after stealing billions is still allowed out on bail to wear a tether at home. There has been at least one suicide of a former client, so to me that contributed to a death, but he will get a slap on the wrist when he should get life without parole.

2:01 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

In 1988 I lived at three different addresses and the IRS became convinced that I was two people (who had the same name and social security number) one of whom did not a file a return. Easy to correct once I got a bureaucrat to compare the letters.

Ducky I find it hard to believe that you would speak like that of Feudalism.

3:43 PM  
Blogger christian soldier said...

shoprat-I have often stated that those whom we elect to serve us really believe that they are 'royalty'--- as well as those they appoint and those in bureaucratic positions -ex: the Department of State...
...great historically based post!

8:49 PM  
Blogger a red voice said...

I hope Giethner does not get confirmed, but unfortunately he is a liberal so he will be 'forgiven' for his lie (I mean mistake)..
Yes, I agree too. I do believe that they do believe that they are royalty and that laws do not apply to them. Take Gov. Eliot Spitzer, for example... I could list more examples but there are too many to list, it would take too long.
Keep up the good work!

2:02 PM  

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