Government is theft
by Bob Livingston
Government creates nothing and government has nothing except that which it has stolen from the people. And it steals it in myriad ways.
But government and politicians have invented just as many ways to convince the people that it is not theft when it compels people to surrender half or more of their earnings under penalty of fines and imprisonment. In fact, government and politicians are so adept at theft and deception that most people have no idea of the expanse of the government theft system and the criminal Mafioso gang that runs it.
For 100 years or more, Americans have been victimized by a state-sponsored socialist, altruistic, collectivist social and educational system that has produced a popular mentality of diminishing the individual and independent thinker to a collectivist mind (mentality), which can be esoterically swayed, directed and channeled against his own best interest. The virtue and sanctity of the individual person and ego are no more, and anathema to the state.
What does it all mean? It means government has created a state of mind that makes it honorable and necessary to give oneself and one’s production over to the state. Each individual, in order to be a good citizen of the state, must contribute most of his means and be grateful for the services the state returns — whether they are necessary or useful or not. There is never any consideration that perhaps some of the services or programs are neither desirable nor desired, or that someone or something other than the state can provide some or all necessary services more efficiently than can government.
The first and most obvious means of government theft is the income tax system. It is a known fact that at this time in the U.S., 50 percent of the population supports the other 50 percent with their income taxes. The producers support the nonproducers, including the ultimate in nonproducers, the elected and government bureaucrat class. The political class and their propaganda machine push the notions that the producers must “pay their fair share” and “give back” to the community. And then there is that subtle economic class war syndrome that implies that the accumulation of wealth makes one dirty.
“Pay your fair share” is a control phrase created to condition the public mind to a perverted “fairness” that uses an altruistic public to feel obligated morally to pay taxes. It tells the conscious mind to “do the right thing.” This phrase helps extract tax money without allowance for logic or legality.
But the income tax does not fund government — at least not the federal government. Taxes are necessary to fund state and local governments; but with a central bank and the ability to create money at will, they are not necessary to fund federal government. Remember that the U.S. government functioned and was fully funded for more than 100 years without an income tax — except for the period 1861-1872, when Lincoln instituted one to pay for the War Against Separation.
But what about the national debt, you ask? The crowd believes that there is a “national debt.” They believe this for good reason. There is a whole industry of deception in America that is promoting the national debt myth.
What does the national debt really mean? Since U.S. “money” (and the whole world’s money) is bank credit and since bank credit is created by government and commercial banks, then the “national debt” represents bank credit passed or “lent” upon an unsuspecting public for their real assets and labor. Translated, modern money (bank credit) expropriates wealth. In truth, then, the huge reported “national debt” is how much wealth the government has stolen from the American people — not how much the government owes.
The “national debt” propaganda covers the fraud that our real assets and real wealth are flowing to the government in exchange for government created credit.
Yes, indeed, this is witchcraft that reverses our thought processes. And, yes, the national debt is an asset to the government, not a liability. Real assets stolen with bank credit are assets to the government, not debt. Proof: When the local commercial bank “lends” you money (credit) that it creates with a bookkeeping entry, this transaction appears on the bank’s books as an asset (a deposit) to the bank and a liability (debt) to the borrower, who pledged real assets as collateral.
Yes, your debt is the bank’s asset. This same system works with the U.S. monetary system. Do you think that the government and the politicians want to keep this a secret? For some reason, the Federal Reserve spilled the beans in its publication “Keeping Our Money Healthy,” published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in which it said: “(O)ur system works only with credit.” All we have to know then is who creates credit and how is it used?
Wealth always flows to the creators of credit. Government and banks create money (credit) for one purpose, and that is to expropriate wealth. The expropriation of wealth is stealing with no payment intended.
Not only has the government stolen the national wealth and called it the national debt, but it has the people believing that it still owes a national debt. In other words, after being robbed with credit, the “national debt” implies that we owe the amount stolen from us. An entity that creates credit out of nothing and “pays” it for real assets and production is not assuming a debt by any definition. It is stealing and calling the theft debt. The creation and control of all credit in the hands of a central bank (government) is the fifth plank of the Communist Manifesto. Look honestly at the American monetary system, and you are looking tyranny and slavery in the face.
So what is the purpose of the income tax? The federal government uses the income tax to control consumption, redistribute wealth, hand out special favors to certain classes and corporations to buy votes and campaign cash, and to compile a dossier on all Americans.
Finally, let’s consider Social Security. Social Security was ostensibly created to fund the retirement of America’s workers. But the Social Security system is the same system as the income tax. Social Security is paid out of created credit money. It is not in any sort of “trust,” and it is not “funded.”
Although your money is taken from you without your consent and promised to you when you retire, government agents do all they can to make sure you get as little back as possible. This has been so since the beginning. Why do you think they keep raising the age at which full benefits begin and jiggling the numbers to decide that some are too “rich” to deserve to get their money back?
In 1935, when Social Security was first instituted, the full benefit age was 65, and the benefits went only to the primary worker. It was four years later that the law was changed to include survivor benefits for the retiree’s spouse and children. Those who did receive benefits in the early years sometimes got back far more than they paid in.
But most people never received benefits or did so only a few years because the average U.S. life expectancy in 1935 was 59.9 for men. By the time spouses began receiving benefits, their life expectancy was only 65, and for men it was still just 60.
New American workers paying into the system today will get far less in payments than they pay in, even if they reach the average life expectancy of upper 70s for men and low 80s for women. The increased life expectancy of Americans is behind the constant move to raise the age for full benefits. The idea for raising the minimum age is not about “saving the system” as you are told. It’s about getting it to an age where as few people as possible will receive a payout.
For those actually receiving some of their money back that was stolen from them during the course of their working life, government has found another way to make sure you get as little as possible. Government creates inflation (which dilutes the value of your dollars) and hides the inflation with phony measurements. Social Security is indexed to inflation. By keeping the official inflation numbers artificially low, the government gives back as little as possible to Social Security recipients. And the money they receive is worth far less than it was when it was stolen from them.
Social Security benefits were once 50 percent taxable. In other words, the government stole your money through a tax with a promise to give it back, but half of what it gave back was taxed (a portion stolen back) again. Under the current formula, as much as 85 percent is taxable. So government steals your money and calls it a tax, uses your money for its own purposes rather than letting you invest it as you see fit, then gives some of it back but steals some more of what it gives back, calling it another tax — in other words, a tax on taxed money. This makes sense only in the land of government.
The Social Security system is nothing more than biggest Ponzi scheme in history — that and a bait-and-switch scam. The bait is that you’ll have something for your retirement. The switch is that you’ll likely be dead before you’re eligible to get your own money back.
And getting more people paying into the scam is one reason for the big push for amnesty. It’s a plan to get more workers paying into the system in order to offset the falling birth rate of Americans.
Politicians tell us that if we don’t “fix” Social Security, it will go broke. Technically speaking, it is “broke” already, since the funds are used as soon as they are collected, as in a Ponzi scheme. The so-called Social Security Trust Fund exists only in theory. But Social Security will not go broke. “They” can print the money so Social Security will not go broke, but the “money” paid out will go broke in purchasing power.
Yes, government can fund all its activities and programs with money printing, but there is an inherit danger in this. That is why there is a need to steal your money under so many guises.
Production has to be balanced with consumption or the system collapses. Of course, as sick people and old people die, in the last months they produce huge income to the medical establishment. Then when they expire, they come off of Social Security, Medicare and all other government “benefits.”
This represents a big reduction in consumption. Therefore, as the population gets top heavy with the sick and the seniors, more “benevolent” ways must be found to get them off the nonproducing consumption side of the population numbers.
So if you want to do what the government wants you to do, you must expire when you retire. Too many nonproducing consumers will not be allowed. Sorry!