In the wake of the ongoing IRS scandal, which used taxation powers to threaten opposing political organizations and individuals, former Congressman Ron Paul on May 20 spoke on this abuse of power, and reiterated that the agency’s actions were not new, and have been used for nearly a century to transfer wealth from the people, and violate the very liberties given to us by the founding fathers.
As scholar Burton Folsom pointed out in his book New Deal or Raw Deal, IRS agents in the 1930s where essentially “hit squads” against opponents of the New Deal. It is well-known that the administrations of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson used the IRS to silence their critics. One of the articles of impeachment drawn up against Richard Nixon dealt with his use of the IRS to harass his political enemies. Allegations of IRS abuses were common during the Clinton administration, and just this week some of the current administration’s defenders recalled that antiwar and progressive groups alleged harassment by the IRS during the Bush presidency.
The very purpose of the IRS is to transfer wealth from one group to another while violating our liberties in the process, thus the only way Congress can protect our freedoms is to repeal the income tax and shutter the doors of the IRS once and for all. – Texas Straight Talk
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was established at the same time the 16th Amendment was passed, allowing for a national income tax to be imposed on the citizens of the United States. Prior to that time, government revenues were accumulated through tariffs, permits and licenses, and other forms of corporate taxation. Subsequently, the Federal Reserve bank was created in the same year, and all three institutions became intrinsically tied to one another, where taxation on the people would go to the privately owned Federal Reserve to be collateral for government borrowing, and the IRS would be the collection arm of this monetary triangle.
In fact, like the Federal Reserve, which is owned by shareholder banks, many of which are foreign based entities, the IRS is believed to be a privately owned corporation, incorporated in Delaware, and run out of Puerto Rico as a holding company.
The power to control money is the power over economies, businesses, and even citizens themselves. As seen throughout its history, the IRS can and has been used by Presidential administrations to coerce, cajole, and even destroy political opposition, or businesses who do not conform to the policies of that leadership. President Richard Nixon was impeached in part due to his abuse of the public through the IRS, and as the growing scandal under President Obama escalates, it appears that the current administration has taken that illegal power to new levels.
Ron Paul knows that the IRS is simply one side of the three way triangle of monetary control tied to the Federal Reserve and the income tax. With all three being formed in 1913, in opposition to the original articles of the Constitution, and with the goal of usurping America through control of its money, the agency has emerged not just as a monetary arm of the executive branch, but as a political one as well.