Actor Wesley Snipes headed to prison for tax evasion

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Mobius2U wrote:

Outrageous!!! Since when do three misdemeanors result in three years in prison. Is this racism or just the tax courts trying to make an example of of a celebrity?

Nov 19, 2010 1:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SteveReal wrote:

debtors prisons are just for Actors, especially black men, in the US not for anybody else,
that is so obvious it’s a politikal gimme.

Nov 19, 2010 1:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ishiexley wrote:

3 years, huh? How long was Paris Hilton in jail again?

Nov 19, 2010 2:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gbx2012 wrote:

When will they start jailing the federal employees who owe billions in income tax?

Nov 19, 2010 2:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ROC20 wrote:

They result in 3 years when you do not pay taxes on 38 million dollars worth of income. White, Black, purple, whatever- you are going to jail if you do not pay taxes on 38 million. What makes Snipes so special that he can break the law??

Nov 19, 2010 3:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
A_Tax_Payer wrote:

Oh yeah, play the race card. This is a guy who didn’t file his taxes. GO TO JAIL, DO NOT PASS GO. No pity from me, a taxpayer who is also paying to prosecute him.

Nov 19, 2010 3:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
glassbuff wrote:

Charlie Rangel stuck with a slap on the wrist censure for avoiding 17 years of taxes? Any “normal” citizen would be thrown under the jail. Snipes got lucky with 3 years (most likely will be out in 18 months). Politics and show business pays off.

Nov 19, 2010 3:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mousing wrote:

Did anyone read why he is going to jail? He screwed the government out of millions in tax money and refused to pay. He got off easy. If it was a regular citizen (You or Me)we would have never made it to trial the gov’t would have immediately froze our accts and taken everything. He had plenty of time to pay up and take the offers. Stars get greedy and think they are above the law. He deserved what has happened to him.

Nov 19, 2010 3:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
reil_od wrote:

how can it be a felony to not pay income tax when THERE IS NO LAW stating you must?

Nov 19, 2010 3:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
thedude111 wrote:

@stevereal Nothing political about it. The law is the law. No special treatment for blacks or celebrities. Go to and you’ll see pages and pages of similar convictions. You only hear about the popular ones. This was clear tax evasion. Wesley knew he’d have to cut a check for millions of dollars each year (as we all do) and the temptation of avoiding it got to him. That’s a Felony and punishable by prison.

Nov 19, 2010 3:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mjvX wrote:

Wow…… 3 years really?
Whether he made 38 million or 38 dollars, that’s just not fair. He paid them up to date and should at least be forced to pay some sort of restitution. Someone could really benefit from the fines he should have to pay. The justice system is lopsided…. you know?

Nov 19, 2010 3:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
stuntpilot wrote:

Why can’t Snipes be censured, like Charles Rangel?

Nov 19, 2010 3:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Comedy wrote:

I really like Wesley Snipes. I think he has been a positive influence on many young men of all colors…however…$38,000,000 of income and failing to pay any taxes?
Any failure to pay taxes have consequences.
His price fits the crime. Good guy or not. If it is a color issue…the color is green. You make green…you have to pay taxes on that green. I’m sorry or I was told not to is weak. With good behavior he will be out sooner than later.

Nov 19, 2010 3:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
crazyivan47 wrote:

Gimme a break! What happened to fines and interest? In the times we live in, get him to pay the back taxes and fines with interest! I don’t want to support this guy for 3 years in a federal jail when he has paid nada? How does this make any sense at all? Great he pays no taxes, now he gets 3 years on you and me, what a stupid judgment.

Nov 19, 2010 3:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
saavedra wrote:

Be real, taxes are for the sucker middle class and blue collar workers, not stud who make $38,000,000 bucks in 10 years.

Free the tycoon class!!!

Nov 19, 2010 3:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
The_Public wrote:

3 years, 38 mil should be 100 years! No need for self grandizing, entitlemnt fostering , morons.

Nov 19, 2010 3:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
cthruu wrote:

How bout Charley Rangle? Why is it that this dirtbag gets to weep his way to a scolding, and Snipes get’s prison? I think Snipes should have to stand on the steps of the Capitol building and get harranged by the hypocrites, that would be funny justice.

Nov 19, 2010 3:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse

No one is above the law. He should go to jail. Don’t you just love these people who don’t pay taxes but have no trouble partaking of services like Medicare, fire and police services, and other government services? People who don’t pay taxes look at the people who do as suckers and we would be to foot their bills for them. It is only fair they pay their bills also.

Nov 19, 2010 4:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
CPA1976 wrote:

Under the Constitution, if a bill is passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President, it is the law. That’s what happened with the Internal Revenue Code, so the Code is the law.

Here is a link detailing the law—-000-.html

Now don’t go and fly a plane or join a militia.

Nov 19, 2010 4:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mwb43 wrote:

Actually it is a felony. – 26 U.S.C. §7202

Any person required under this title to collect, account for, and pay over any tax imposed by this title who willfully fails to collect or truthfully account for and pay over such tax shall, in addition to other penalties provided by law, be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $10,000, or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both, together with the costs of prosecution.

Nov 19, 2010 4:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
amollin wrote:

That is disgraseful! He should just have to pay back taxes with a penalty and publicly apologize, just the way Representative Rangle has been made to do after a more flagrant tax scandal publicly done against the country in the House of Representatives.

Nov 19, 2010 5:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
voulez wrote:

This is why our prisons are overcrowded.
Instead, he should stay home and be forced to clean our streets. This would save money on having to feed him. Let’s think how we can solve this problem of overcrowding of prisons and the even bigger one of unemployment? Please, anyone?

Nov 19, 2010 5:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jaycloquet wrote:

Wesley can’t wait to see your next movie bro…too bad equality doesn’t exist even between broththers like Charlie.

Nov 19, 2010 5:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MyNameisEarl wrote:

SteveReal–> Right, and we’ll never have a black President, either. Time to re-tread your rhetoric. It’s old and stale.

Nov 19, 2010 5:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
C4LCNCPLS wrote:

There will be many more people going to jail. The ocuntry is heading for bankruptcy so, they need your money but, a lot of people have decided to push their W4 to 20 and keep their money while it still has a little value.

They don’t like what the government is doing with their taxes!

Nov 19, 2010 6:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Robertiii wrote:

For those of you who say the government doesn’t use force to collect taxes, see story above : )
When taxes are used as redistribution, it is exactly the same as a man coming up to you on the street, pointing a gun at you, and saying: “give me a percentage of your money!” In this case, the gun is the IRS and the court system.
Cheers / iii

Nov 19, 2010 6:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
007jjb wrote:

What an outrage! There is no justice ESPECIALLY when most of the White House staff and congress DONT pay taxes and get NOTHING done to them. Just ask Charlie Rangle…there is no Justice in this country.

Nov 19, 2010 7:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SanPa wrote:

Wesley “Alfonse Capone” Snipes could have been slapped with 12 years for income tax evasion.

Nov 19, 2010 7:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Martha Stewart paid the piper for what I consider a far lesser crime, so why should Snipes expect leniency? A filthy rich actor is too cheap to pay taxes like the rest of us little peons, even though he drives his Rolls Royce on the same highways that require upkeep? The judge is sending the right message!

Nov 19, 2010 8:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TomMariner wrote:

You guys are getting a false sense of the viciousness of the tax enforcement folks because their boss, the Secretary of Treasury got caught when he was nominated and got to pay it back with 4% interest and an “I forgot”. And a congressman from New York City got to pay back hundreds of thousands of ridiculous deductions and got to get his colleagues say he was naughty.

Normal people have penalties that grow by percentages every month and interest that would make the Mafia blush. A three-year debt can grow by 200%. And things like what Mr. Snipes or Charles Rangel did are presumed to be criminal fraud and you have to prove you are innocent — remember this is tax court, not court court. And yes, they do relish in making examples of famous people on the theory that draconian prosecution will discourage thousands more from even thinking of deducting anything fishy.

Don’t care what your adventuresome friends say — if there is even the slightest chance of error, pay the tax.

Nov 19, 2010 8:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
student1776 wrote:

Actually he got tax advice from his lawyers, obeyed it and the IRS disagreed. Normally in those situations you just negotiate an agreement. In Snipes case the IRS saw a celebrity and went after him. Bad luck. Still, if there is an actor who can manage to have the toughness to survive prison, Snipes is the one.

Nov 19, 2010 9:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
student1776 wrote:

Actually he got tax advice from his lawyers, obeyed it and the IRS disagreed. Normally in those situations you just negotiate an agreement. In Snipes case the IRS saw a celebrity and went after him. Bad luck. Still, if there is an actor who can manage to have the toughness to survive prison, Snipes is the one.

Nov 19, 2010 9:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
student1776 wrote:

Actually he got tax advice from his lawyers, obeyed it and the IRS disagreed. Normally in those situations you just negotiate an agreement. In Snipes case the IRS saw a celebrity and went after him. Bad luck. Still, if there is an actor who can manage to have the toughness to survive prison, Snipes is the one.

Nov 19, 2010 9:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DDRobert wrote:

So it’s okay for Timothy Geitner but not for black actors, got it.

Nov 19, 2010 9:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
beaconfat wrote:

This sorry … can’t pay his bills. He was reported to have made millions, there are people who dont make so much and pay their bills, just because he is a stars he should not get special treatment. He was given enough time to pay his bills.

Nov 19, 2010 10:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SQS wrote:

It is not a law that you have to FILE income taxes but your have to PAY income taxes (the reason why if you are owed a refund and didn’t file you will never get a notice.)
I own a tax business and work with the IRS on a regular basis. If he would have paid up or made payment arrangements, he would never be in this situation. In addition, it reads to me like he was swayed by those people who are antifile. There are many people who have this position and these are the people the IRS goes after the hardest.
I agree with many comments here: average Joe citizen would have alrady served his/her jail time. Why??? Most of us can’t afford the appeals process or lawyers for extended periods of time.No matter who you are, you need to pay taxes period.

Nov 19, 2010 10:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
barndogusn wrote:

Considering the government probably wanted to take most of his 38 million $, I probably would have done the same thing. The IRS sucks, so everyone needs to stop defending our horrible government. Wesley Snipes is the man, I hope he gets out early!

Nov 19, 2010 10:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
htpatty51 wrote:

How come pretty, white celebrities (Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan, etc., etc.) get off with 4hrs jail time for countless DUI’s, MVA’S, drug possession & behavior that can & does harm themselves and others? Wesley Snipes gets 3 yrs for tax problems. I guess it’s OK to tell the world the USA caters to caucasion, attractive, wealthy celebs. However,if you’re a person of color WATCH OUT! FYI, I’m caucasion.

Nov 20, 2010 1:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
jmorse81 wrote:

Last I checked Martha Stewart was WHITE. I’m not saying there’s never any racisim but it goes both ways and this is not a case that has anything to do with race. We all have to pay taxes….you don’t, you pay the consequences. For the comment on there’s no law saying you have to pay….then I hope Mr. Snipes doesn’t use our roads…our schools, our postal service, our sewers or any other state or federal service. Enough is enough.

Nov 20, 2010 8:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
KarlQ wrote:

- Congressman? – pass
- Treasury Secretary? – pass
- Actor? – jail!
- CEO? – jail!

This is what the government means when it says it does not “profile”.

Nov 20, 2010 9:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
jdhawk wrote:

No individual should be imprisoned for not paying taxes. It really is contradictory to do so since while in prison our taxes pay for the imprisonment. It just results in more tax dollars being wasted in this process.

Garnish wages, lock accounts, whatever to get the money. However putting someone in prison for any tax debt lacks common sense.

Nov 20, 2010 10:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
FirstAdvisor wrote:

Now wait a minute. For Reuters, it’s extremely rare for so many commentators to not have the slightest clue what they are talking about. We all hate paying taxes, and we all severely disapprove of many things our governments do with our money. On the other hand, Snipes didn’t pay any taxes, over years, on $48 MILLION. If I need to pay taxes, then so does Snipes. He made repeated public statements, again over years, strongly implying that he was refusing to pay taxes on purpose, because he disliked his federal government, and considered it racist. He never came right out and made a public confession, but some of his answers to questions came pretty close.

Give me a break. Three days don’t go by without my government doing something I dislike, and I can invent any excuse to stop paying taxes off the top of my head, just like Snipes. He is a common criminal, and he’s going to prison exactly like any criminal deserves, who cheats 300 million of his fellow citizens out of that much money.

Nov 20, 2010 10:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
pathceds12 wrote:

This is no “one time chance”. He has been avoiding his taxes for YEARS, despite having the money to pay them!! He has been given numerous chances to settle and pay a settlemen amount BUT HE REFUSES…

ALL YOU YELLING “RACISM” need to get the FACTS!!!

Nov 20, 2010 11:01am EST  --  Report as abuse
Vee_Kay wrote:

To think this can occur during an Obama Administration…. So, I guess they couldn’t play the race card then?

He’s actually an actor I would still watch, he’s paying for his actions, unlike Rangel…

Nov 20, 2010 11:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
bukrane wrote:

Dear Wesley, Sorry you couldn’t have been a member of Congress. Maybe you could find Charlie Rangel’s lost lawyer and make an appeal for CENSURE. For an actor that would probably mean you could only do movies that were rated “G” or “PG”.

Nov 20, 2010 11:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
Old_timer wrote:

I am so happy that they finally caught up with this crook.

Jail is a good place for the likes of him.

Nov 20, 2010 11:58am EST  --  Report as abuse
twic2010 wrote:

Extreme? It seems so. More to the story? Probably. However lets be honest,there is right,wrong,and the way it is.If you make 38million and cannot find a little tax money for the gov and you do not have friends in the right places they are going to get you.Ive never seen anything from Wesley Snipes to make me think he would pander to the idea he is being descriminated against.

Nov 20, 2010 12:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Cru wrote:

It really does seem like he thought his money could hide his skin color.

Yes, money makes a difference, but Snipes should’ve known he wouldn’t get the normal 9 lives with melanin. Especially when he refuses to settle it.

All of you yelling “ALL YOU YELLING “RACISM” need to get the FACTS!!!” Need to take a look at reality a little harder.

Nov 20, 2010 1:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse

“Under the Constitution, if a bill is passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President, it is the law.”

No, at that point it becomes legislation. Legislation is distinct from law, being defined as “that which has the form and appearance of law, without necessarily having the substance”. In order for legislation to also be valid law, legislators passing it must be within the scope of authorities delegated to them by the People. We never gave them the power to make taxes mandatory, and despite that the legislation makes tax avoidance a crime. This is why Mr. Snipes did not pay his taxes even when he had the opportunity; he took a stand against that which he believed was unlawful legislation.

The IRS (which is also the BATF) was established in Puerto Rico because it would be against the law in the Union. It was then reshuffled under the federal government, but that didn’t change. Here’s more information:

The “income” tax is contractual in nature, given the form of involuntary servitude introduced by the 14th Amendment. Here’s what happened:

Note the legal definition of “person” as used in the legislation refers to someone with a specific kind of contractual obligation: voluntary servitude to the U.S. government, as described in the 14th amendment. Courts have long upheld this, and told us that “persons” are not just people or citizens.

Wesley Snipes knew this. The courts know this. The majority of the American citizenry do not. This is the stand Wesley Snipes took, and why he is going to jail; it’s tough to compel a court system to abide by the actual law when most people don’t know what that is. Hopefully Mr. Snipes’ verdict will cause more citizens to learn what the law actually is. If so, his effort will have been effective.

Nov 20, 2010 3:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jscott418 wrote:

Im afraid although I like Mr. Snipes as a actor. To avoid paying the amount owed to the Government is a disgrace. I have no doubt that he had people doing his business and supposedly paying his taxes. But at some point which was long ago he should have known what was going on. He needs to pay his dues and move on.

Nov 20, 2010 3:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bodega wrote:

If they do this to Wesley Snipes, than they should do the same to Charlie Rangle, who is a much bigger crook than Wesley ever thought of being!

Nov 20, 2010 4:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jadams76 wrote:

Too bad Snipes isn’t the Democrat chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Then he could lie and cheat on his taxes all he wants and get away with only a slap on the wrist….and keep a huge government salary and pension to boot.

Nov 20, 2010 5:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Only 3 years prison for willfully avoiding paying taxes on $38MM? Snipes effectively kept close to $12MM or more in his pocket. So he’s effectively being paid $4MM a year to sit in jail. But we know he won’t serve half that much, so effectively he’s getting paid $6MM a year. Nobody should feel anything other than cheated that he gets away with such a light sentence…

Nov 20, 2010 6:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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Nov 20, 2010 9:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Whittier5 wrote:

Wesley, you should have argued, “No taxation without Representation!”

Tell me again how many years Blankfein of Goldman Sachs has be sentenced to? Or the boyz from Lehman, Merrill, Bear, etc., et al??

Nov 21, 2010 12:17am EST  --  Report as abuse

I only have one thing to say to Wesley Snipes, and that is: “And You, Sir, are no Charlie Rangle!”

How ghastly that members of the Political Class do not have to follow the laws the rest of us do. Charlie Rangle and Tim Geithner BOTH knew EXACTLY what they were doing with their tax snafu’s (aka tax crimes) because taxes were their specialty. But will anyone bring criminal charges against a member of the Political Class? Look at former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer, who paid for illegal sex acts for a year before winning a co-host spot on a CNN show because of it. The only thing the Political Class seems to be lacking is shame. And of course, they will never be put in cages (jail) like the rest of us will for the same crimes.

Nov 21, 2010 4:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
leftycommie wrote:

Federal employees owe billions in income tax?? What are you talking about gbx2012?

Nov 21, 2010 9:21am EST  --  Report as abuse
nonno wrote:

This sentence seems a bit harsh to me, considering how the “pretty girl” people who get in trouble get off with a slap. Seems like they could of worked something out. When things get fair for everyone who makes mistakes, I will believe we have evolved.

Nov 21, 2010 9:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
mbgodofwar wrote:

It doesn’t matter what race he is; he’s an American citizen under American laws. Yes, I think he should pay his taxes and the interest on the previous years. Oh man, he should’ve released a new movie recently so he could get out of prison; doing community work instead of going to prison would make more sense.
Enough of playing the race card! Self-pity and demanding pity from others helps nobody!

Nov 21, 2010 10:45am EST  --  Report as abuse
AIRIC wrote:

He won’t make that mistake next time…if he gets the chance…besides he’ll see a lot of his old friends.

Nov 22, 2010 12:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dennispro wrote:

If Wesley is getting three years, how many should Charlie Rangel get? Double standards… but that’s to be expected in politics…. and Hollywood.

Nov 22, 2010 5:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
pnishr wrote:

He’ll be pardoned or have his sentence commuted by our race-baiter-in-chief…

Meanwhile, why did Timmy and Rangel stay out of jail…? And what happened to the other obama appointment who took his name off the list because of tax “discrepancies?”

Nov 22, 2010 5:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
leakbro wrote:

the income tax is slavery….take my money and give it to someone else or causes i do not support….or send me to prison…america, home of the free!

Nov 23, 2010 11:07am EST  --  Report as abuse
Sinbad1 wrote:

Jacob “Kobi” Alexander stole hundreds of millions of dollars, but no jail.
They aren’t even bothering to charge him with tax evasion, just a fine over the thefts.
Of course he is white and Jewish so different laws apply.

Nov 23, 2010 5:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sb0623 wrote:

I agree with reil_od. We have reached the place where our ancestors were when they revolted against England – taxation without representation. When a government can take as much as 40% of your income, that is criminal! We need send most of Congress to jail, put the rest on the social security system, and do away with government pensions for all except the uppermost executive offices. How about all of these illegal aliens not paying federal taxes? We need a flat (fair) tax at the “spending level” so that everyone pays, and everyone pays more if they spend more. But that just makes too much sense . . .

Nov 24, 2010 1:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Wesley Snipes goes to jail for tax evasion…ok he’s wrong but!!!.meanwhile Charlie Wrangle and the rest of the Washington Cronies walk away with millions They laugh while they use Jets Limos and have Fancy Catered Parties on the American workers dime…It’s disgusting..when is this abuse going to end?.

Nov 24, 2010 7:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Just out of curiosity.. why would he owe more than any other citizen.. does he use more of the road or require more representation from his government ? does he require more military to defend his freedom than any of us ? the truth is because you earn large quantities of money you are punished. a practice that will see our best and brightest moved to other shores. taxation should be an equal flat tax. everyone of age should be required to pay or serve in their local community in place of payment. on the other side tax money should be spent frugally with great penalties levied against those who abuse the citizens charity to our government and institutions. the federal government should handle only the defense of the country and large scale projects that enhance our countries ability to compete in the global market. all other programs should be funded from state taxes which allow citizens to choose their own level of taxation based on the services and programs their state requires. this also allows citizens to choose states that support the programs and services they personally require as well as a tax burden they can afford. the tax system has become an incomprehensible and irresponsible tool to hide the movement of large quantities of our money to programs and personal agendas that we never approved of as voters. the theft of money from the social security program is a fine example of what happens when you over complicate and under regulate government. we now pay into a program monies we will most likely never see and yet if you were able to stop paying you would most likely face jail time for attempting to avoid the privilege of being robbed of your hard earned money.

Nov 25, 2010 8:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
BurnerJack wrote:

So, if he does like 1 yr on a 3 yr sentence he’s done? That’s like paying him $10 mil for one yr of taking the space reserved for criminals not safe or fit for public cohabitation. Nice.
If Obama’s government weren’t rife with likewise who not only didn’t pay their fair share but also got to keep their ridiculously overcompensated positions it would be funny. The hypocrisy is absolutely staggering. The thought of a criminal getting early release due to making room for him is outrageous.
Those who prioritize seem utterly incompetent at best.
Oh yeah, one more thing…
Forget the race card. Nobody’s buying it anymore. Black man in the Whitehouse kinda wrecked that one.

Nov 25, 2010 8:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
erchess wrote:

You can refuse to file and pay up to a point and not go to jail. You can, I can, a member of congress can, a treasury secretary can, and an actor can. The way to get out of going to jail is to pay up with penalties and interest when you lose your argument in front of the taxing agencies. If you make them take you to court over your ridiculous arguments you or anyone who does the same will go to jail.

Nov 26, 2010 3:48am EST  --  Report as abuse
Soothsayer wrote:

Satori Tindalos above is absolutely correct, and for many more reasons than given. However, the federal government will never acknowledge that they have been illegally collecting income taxes for nearly one hundred years, and have aggressively stated and demonstrated that anyone who challenges them in court will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of their illegitmate ‘law.’ Note, there are even numerous state supreme court cases, most notably in California and also in Alabama, that actually state that the federal government has no power to tax their citizens. Even so, the states allow it. So there you have it. This should not surprise anyone; I mean, we have been illegally waging ‘war’ since the end of WWII in distinct violation of the Constitution. What about the war on drugs? Why do you think a constitutional ammendment was required to ban alcohol, but yet we persecute drugs without one? Because the constitution is upheld when it is useful and ignored when it is not by those in power. Those in power make the rules, and the people of this country (those not on the inside of the Democratic and Republican parties anyway) have lost the power, due largely their own sloth and stupidity, that they should otherwise rightly enjoy.

Nov 26, 2010 7:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
Justjeffrey37 wrote:

I would like to see Wesley Snipes do a movie with Michael Moore explaining why the American People are not by law obligated to pay taxes…I think it might be interesting…

Nov 28, 2010 2:48am EST  --  Report as abuse
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