except from Queensryche's "Spreading The Disease"
Fighting fire with empty words
While the banks get fat
And the poor stay poor
And the rich get rich
And the cops get paid
To look away
As the one percent rules America
Spreading the disease
But no one wants to see
The way society
Keeps spreading the disease
Hello again ATS.
The headline on this one is direct from the
and is accurate and plain enough that I opted to simply keep the title.
I would preface this with some sort of statement of shock or indignation but, truth be told, I ( as I think most of us ) have become so enured, so
beaten down by the absolute decay of our system that nothing shocks me anymore. This is simply the latest nugget of truth on Mount Turd. Surprise,
surprise. Not only are mega-corporations experts as avoiding taxes - it turns out that the IRS is helping them accomplish it
That's right. The same IRS that would come and seize your couch, dog and firstborn if you shorted them a few bucks is letting their favored customers
walk out on billions of dollars in taxes.
From the source:
In one case, the IRS was auditing a US company that fraudulently under-reported its profits by nearly $3 billion annually. On behalf of the IRS,
the whistleblower had drafted a detailed report proving the fraud, but the agency “closed its audit without ever asking a question or reviewing the
documents submitted.” As much as $4 billion in taxes were lost.
In another instance, “a solid case” allegedly involving $6 billion of taxes due was “inexplicably shut down” according to IRS criminal
investigation agents. Instead, detailed evidence of fraud and malfeasance “in hundreds to thousands of specific accounts” was ignored. The agent
blamed links between senior IRS executives and outside corporations associated with the case.
In the third case, $3 billion of taxes were allegedly uncollected and now accumulate year after year. The American company claimed to the IRS that it
earns all profits outside the US, which are then invested overseas, while informing foreign jurisdictions that it earns nothing outside the US.
Although US laws tax Americans “on worldwide income,” the IRS simply closed the investigation despite clear evidence of a taxable income.
I cannot type out the words "shaking my head" with enough sludge based apathetic rage. Robin Hood in reverse. But it gets worse:
Bill Henck, who has worked for over 26 years in the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel, agreed. “The senior executives drive the train on all this
and pal around with lobbyists,” he said. “Treasury was involved with both the Elmer’s Glue scam and the black liquor taxability issue. IRS
executives look out for themselves, which usually means protecting corporate interests, since they hire lobbyists and are close to politicians.”
According to Henck, this perspective of collusion between the Treasury, IRS, and corporate lobbies, is widely held by IRS employees: “I’ve talked
to numerous revenue agents and attorneys within the IRS who believe, like I do, that the agency has hit the skids and that senior executives are
That's right. The lobbyists. And we thought they only owned Congress, The White House, and the Supreme Court. I guess owning the entire three branch
system didn't make much sense if you didn't also go for the wallet ( The Fed and the IRS ).
There is a fury that begins to burn within me when I read articles like this. Even with the fact that I've been made so numb by so many issues just
like this one.... Even with the fact that I know how corrupt the system is.... Even in the murky depths of my apathy - I begin to feel the fire rising
in my soul. I sit and watch my homeland fragment into factions who, in turn, all decide to point the finger at one another rather than to stop and ask
the most important question one can ask in this day and age:
Who profits from all this crap???
If your response is "Those bums on welfare begging me for my change when I get a latte in the morning"? I honestly can't help you. There is no
Power Point presentation I can create that will color it any more plainly than this article does.
It is high time we removed the blindfold from Lady Justice just long enough for her to realize that the scale in her hands has tilted ALL the way to
one side and that it is perilously close to falling over completely. We are The People. Not mega conglomerates. Not corporations. Not entities that
have the unmitigated gall to laugh and claim that they are too big to fail.
Too big to fail? I say too dangerous to exist in a free society!
It is clear that those we elect are far too tainted or stupid to understand that our Republic is one of Representation. So why are these officials
representing the rage swelling up in the souls of the citizens of this once great land? Is greed the only objective morality we have left
as a society? Can it be that we are this far gone?
I am sure people will show up and defend these corporations for being smart enough to beat the system - people who see themselves as potential
benefactors of these precedents and the intrenched corruption. To them I say "Congratulations on being in the club - now turn around and look at the
99 people behind you who are paying your way into it. Look into their eyes and tell me... Are you afraid yet?"
The people raping our system like this should be. We The People have had enough.
Thanks for your time ATS.