IRS Documentary Plan

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“At the time, we concentrated single-mindedly on promoting the war effort. We gave next to no consideration to any longer-run consequences. It never occurred to me at the time that I was helping to develop machinery that would make possible a government that I would come to criticize severely as too large, too intrusive, too destructive of freedom. Yet, that was precisely what I was doing.”

--Milton Friedman, Two Lucky People (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1998, p. 123)

  1. Find people who can help make a documentary.
  2. Collect information about how a documentary can help move the world in a positive direction.
  3. Create the story arc. There will likely be several short story arcs, but compiled into a unifying arc.
  4. Identify folks who would make interviewees for those stories.
  5. Create a way for people who want to help financially to do so.
  6. Write a script, or maybe a few, as can be seen in the Freakonomics documentary.
    1. Script One, to educate the audience on a few important things
      1. The editor will choose clips of attractive people asking questions (see proposed questions) about the income tax.
      2. Youtube clips and live interviews will answer questions.
      3. The audience will be encouraged to share their insights and the documentary with authorities, and current and potential government workers.
    2. A Script to Provide Some History
      1. The inventors of a cable grip in 1928, siblings Vivien and Edgar Kellems run a successful business with no interference or worries about any federal tax.
      2. In 1941, Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, creating fertile ground for manipulation of the citizenry.
      3. The Federal government leverages the emotional state of the citizens to get their employers to withhold a part of their paychecks
      4. In 1948, Vivien determines that withholding is unconstitutional and asks to be prosecuted for refusing to do do it.
      5. Unable to cover the ongoing legal costs of trying to get prosecuted as her battle threatens to bankrupt her company and the federal government continues declining to prosecute, Vivien abandons her fight.
    3. A Script Explaining Judicial Review
      1. In 1916, Frank Brushaber sues Union Pacific Railroad Company for withholding federal income tax from dividends owed him because he owns shares of the company's stock, and the case goes all the way to the Supreme Court.
      2. Chief Justice White of the Supreme Court refers to an erroneous assumption about what the 16th Amendment did.
      3. In 1989, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denies Attorney Lowell H. Becraft, Jr.'s argument that what the assumption asserts is false, calling that argument "frivolous."
      4. Attorney Becraft is fined $2,500.
      5. As the case law is now understood, parts of the Constitution of the United States destroy each other, as which Chief Justice White explained when he called the assumption erroneous for that very reason.
    4. A Script Illustrating Profitable IRS Error
      1. In 1978, a legislative draftsman that worked for the treasury department, F. Morse Hubbard, testifies to congress that the income is a tax on certain activities and privileges.
      2. A citizen who wishes to avoid supporting the federal government earns a living without engaging in the activities or using any privilege.
      3. Those who pay him suggest to the IRS that he may owe taxes.
      4. The citizen provides sworn testimony indicating that he avoided the activities and privileges on which the tax falls.
      5. An IRS bureaucrat uses an internal list of frivolous positions that doesn't match the official list, matching the appearance of the sworn testimony to a description of how a form may be filled out.
      6. The bureaucrat enters data into the IRS system that indicates the citizen "assigned or attributed the income to a religious organization."
      7. Evidence of the mistake is presented to [ a judge who ignores it] and makes the citizen pay both a fine and the tax.
  7. Create a budget.
  8. Hire a film crew.

"Throughout history taxation has ever posed the one great question. It has been the goad which has driven oppressed people to free themselves. From taxation have come the longest and bloodiest wars, including our own Revolution. By undermining the rights of private prop- erty, the foundation of civilized government, it has destroyed one civilization after another, and bids fair to finish the one in which we find ourselves."

-- Vivien Kellems, Toil, taxes, and trouble (E. P. DUTTON & CO., INC., 1952, p.7)

An article in the Washington Post describes some misbehavior (find "those new guidelines are not being faithfully followed" near the botton) of the IRS that may be useful.

We are of opinion, however, that the confusion is not inherent, but rather arises from the conclusion that the Sixteenth Amendment provides for a hitherto unknown power of taxation, that is, a power to levy an income tax which although direct should not be subject to the regulation of apportionment applicable to all other direct taxes. And the far-reaching effect of this erroneous assumption ...

-- Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., 240 U.S. 1, 12-19, 36 S.Ct. 236, 239-42, 60 L.Ed. 493 (1916)