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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 3 years ago

    Fortunately it was just a couple low-level IRS employees in an office in Cincinnati…………… What? That was a lie to COVERUP THE SCANDAL?

  2. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    People may very well have an actual argument over just how federal tax monies are being spent. That is perfectly legitimate. But to argue, as some do, that the federal government does not have the legal Constitutional right to even tax its citizens, is totally bogus, and even directly against the Constitution, which many of the same anti tax people seem to believe is almost a purely holy document (while not even understanding just what is even in the document itself). An example of this is in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution itself (not even an amendment, an actual part of the original Constitution) as follows:

    “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;”

    This makes it perfectly clear to anybody that can read and understand relatively simple English that the Congress of the US has the legal right to tax the citizens of the US in any way it wishes, and by any amount it wishes also. It also states that Debt service and our military are legitimate expenditures of the federal government. However, almost anything that in any way benefits the “welfare” of the country (and therefore its citizens) is also a legitimate expense of the federal government.

    Now, you might legitimately want to argue that last item if you wish. Indeed you not only have the right to do that, but even the obligations as an informed citizen to do that also. But, in order for any such argument for or against a particular expense to be in any way affective, it must be taken to your elected representatives in Congress. Arguing on forums such as this one might be fun, but it practically achieves almost nothing to actually change things.

    As for the last part, I can well believe that even the most conservative of posters here must admit that the at the very least the IRS does a relatively good job of taxing all of the people of this country evenly, whether or not you live in either California (as I do) or Mississippi.

    For my own part, personally (at least some 40 to 50 years ago) I found that if I have a problem in paying my federal income taxes. that if I humbly take my problem to the IRS office with the attitude that I truly wish to be able to pay my just taxes, that the people in that office (remember that just because you work for the IRS itself, you are not any more exempt from federal taxes than any other citizen) will bend over backwards to help you set up a plan to pay your taxes. And this is not usually the case with private banks or loan agencies. Of course if you go into the IRS with a chip on your shoulder about your federal taxes, (as many do) then you can indeed expect that the same people have the power to ruin you financially!!

    I know this was a relatively long post (even for me), but this is not a “soundbite” sort of issue! So thanks for reading. And Have A Very Good Day!!!

  3. Lynne B

    Lynne B GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    That’s funny, I thought all you extra-conservative types idealized the 1950s – when paying your taxes and being a good citizen were actually considered to be vitally important parts of being part of the US.

  4. Lynne B

    Lynne B GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Interestingly, from what I can find online, the whole reason that the “Tea Party” groups were singled out for special audit was the fact that they were trying to apply for 501©(4) status, which would exempt them from taxes. The crucial part of that status, however, is that it is supposed to be for “social welfare” and not explicitly for the purpose of political lobbying. This being the case, I think that putting in an application to be 501©(4) with “Tea Party” (or the other “Patriot” key phrases in the name actually ought to be audited.

    And absolutely, if there were or are left-leaning groups using that kind of dodge, they should absolutely be audited in excruciating detail as well. I think the problem there is that they don’t have as many “red flag” phrases in the names.

  5. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 3 years ago

    When the IRS audited a church in 2004 because it had someone speak who was opposed to war, it caused an outrage, but only on the left. Now that it’s a Democratic president, both parties are upset. Just sayin’.

  6. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago

    “You, also, were born to be Ruled.”
    As were you, Onguard. The same as everyone else born in this country, to retain your citizenship without going to prison, you must live by the rules and regulations of our federal, state, and local governments. Failure to accept that responsibility can mean relinquishing your rights as a citizen of this country. You are no better and no worse than any of us. If you choose exempt yourself from the rules, expect to be facing a prison sentence. If you want to be the ruler, then by all means run for office. But in the mean time, if you choose to be called “American”, you are to be ruled by the United States government, the same as the rest of us, regardless of who the figurehead (President) is.

  7. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago


    Thank you! I could not possibly have made a better reply myself!!

  8. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    Further, I am personally grateful to all the other reasonable posters on this site that also have defended the US Constitution and government here on this particular thread. Such posters are the true patriots of this country!!

  9. Lynne B

    Lynne B GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago



  10. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @Lynne B

    “The crucial part of that status, however, is that it is supposed to be for “social welfare” and not explicitly for the purpose of political lobbying.”

    Oh yes, as “Organizing for Action” was quickly granted a 501 C:4 status and they are a vehicle for “social welfare?” Add to that the data they were requesting from the conservative groups was outside the criteria of IRS regulation. Politicians have been using agencies like the EPA, the IRS, Homeland Security to push their agendas for decades. This is nothing new…

  11. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago

    OK, I’ll bite.
    How exactly does the Constitution, which is the “highest law of the land”, preclude the government, AKA the body set up by said Constitution to enforce it, from ruling those constituents living within that particular set of laws?
    What is your definition of ruling? What is the purpose of our elected government if not to rule and enforce the Constitution? What is the purpose of a set laws if not to rule over those within the borders of a country?

  12. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    Yes, the more reasonable posters on this site truly do desire to be ruled. Ruled by law and sanity that is. The US Constitution is an expression of that law and sanity that has enabled this democratic republic to not only exist longer than just about any such republic in history, but at the same time grant the greatest amount of freedom to its people in human history as well. If that is what it means to be ruled, then I am more than happy to be so ruled. Heck, I may not like all of the decisions made by the Republican House of Representatives (when they decide to even make any decisions at all), but as they are representing the law of the land I will support them, and that has included paying taxes all of my working life. If that is not something that you wish to do, then please take your so called “freedoms” someplace else!!

  13. Richard

    Richard GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I think you all missed the point.
    Lets go back many many many years ago.
    Does Watergate, the Plumbers ring an ear or two.
    Just another thing the government does. It keeps an eye on things but this IRS and Tea Party is indicating to “directed” by someone. Watergate was to see what the Democrats were going to do in political activities. Not unusual been going on for years. Every conversation in the White House had been recorded since they had the ability to do it. FDR was one. J. Edgar Hoover another. Just never caught at it and made sure nothing “bad” made it to light. Nearly every one in America is on somebody’s list some where. It is just what you do with the information. With Nixon his was to counter ahead of time anything the Dems came up with. He had time to prepare. He did not like surprises. Just denying he knew even remotely about this action is what did him in. He would have never been impeached but he would have never been trusted again. That was what Nixon could not deal with. He would be at the mercy of everyone to do what he wanted them to do.
    I am not a fan of the TEA party. I think they are so far out there most of time they make no sense. They want no Federal government to tell them how to be. They do the same thing about any kind of Government. They are thick here in Texas. I have dealt with them on the road. Always “Cant you find anything better to do than to mess with citizens!” “Sir you were stopped because your head light is out. Just wanted to let you know.” “Why don’t you bother some REAL criminals”
    Its our government. It’s what we got. I have lived elsewhere and was SOOOO thankful when I came back on US soil.
    Complain all you want. Citizens died so you can do that.
    Carry on.

  14. Hap Anderson

    Hap Anderson said, over 3 years ago

    Yeah; Listen to Landers – he knows whereof he speaks.
    It may seem strange to those of us who just want a comic to make us laugh, but bear in mind that it is the “sorry truth” that makes us laugh, if only to keep from crying.

  15. Rickapolis

    Rickapolis said, over 3 years ago

    I love hearing the losers of the right complaining about the IRS (and the iRS IS in the wrong) even as they continue to defend the Bush administration’s use of torture. Torture is a million times worse that these IRS investigations. Until you admit that, GOP, SHUT THE HELL UP. You’ve sacrificed your humanity to defend a politician that allowed people to be tortured. There is NO excuse for that. None at all.

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