The Desperation of an overtaxed Citizen


Introduction by John Charlton

On Feb. 18, 2010, a small plane piloted by Joseph Stack crashed into the Echelon building in N. Austin, TX

(Feb. 20, 2010) — On February 18, 2010, Joseph Stack, a 53-year-old software engineer, committed suicide by slamming his private plane into the IRS building in Austin, Texas. While the man’s actions are universally deplorable, the note he left at his website expresses the desperation of a man who resented to the core of his being what he saw as unjust taxation and unfair tax advantages.

The Post & Email reprints his final statement so that the public can be aware of just what led him to commit his act of desperation: his own psychological inability to endure excessive taxation.

I say excessive, because nowhere in the original U.S. Constitution does the Federal Government have the power to tax individuals. And even the amendment which authorized the income tax gave birth to a Tax Code which defines “income” much more severely for individuals than corporations. Corporations can subtract expenses and capital outlays from their income and declare a reduced income. Private citizens, who should have pre-eminent rights before the law as real persons, cannot.

In medieval times the nobility were, by right, tax-exempt. Taxes were paid in the form of feudal dues by serfs, not freemen. Taxes in ancient times were paid only by foreigners, not citizens, as it says in the Bible. In the name of the modern, liberal democracy which rules in the name of the people, the average citizen in the US pays taxes on a host of things. It is worse in Europe where “citizens” now pay more taxes than medieval serfs.

None of this justifies suicide or murder. But tax rebellions have been the cause of many political upheavals, not the least famous of which was the American Revolution. Those who oppose such protests show how much they have abandoned the cause of the Founders of Our Country. And any attempt they might use of Mr. Stack’s desperate crime to berate the issue is merely a way of distracting the public from their own un-American values.

The Final Statement of Joseph Stack


If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt asking yourself, “Why did this have to happen?” The simple truth is that it is complicated and has been coming for a long time. The writing process, started many months ago, was intended to be therapy in the face of the looming realization that there isn’t enough therapy in the world that can fix what is really broken. Needless to say, this rant could fill volumes with example after example if I would let it. I find the process of writing it frustrating, tedious, and probably pointless… especially given my gross inability to gracefully articulate my thoughts in light of the storm raging in my head. Exactly what is therapeutic about that I’m not sure, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

We are all taught as children that without laws there would be no society, only anarchy. Sadly, starting at early ages we in this country have been brainwashed to believe that, in return for our dedication and service, our government stands for justice for all. We are further brainwashed to believe that there is freedom in this place, and that we should be ready to lay our lives down for the noble principals represented by its founding fathers. Remember? One of these was “no taxation without representation”. I have spent the total years of my adulthood unlearning that crap from only a few years of my childhood. These days anyone who really stands up for that principal is promptly labeled a “crackpot”, traitor and worse.

While very few working people would say they haven’t had their fair share of taxes (as can I), in my lifetime I can say with a great degree of certainty that there has never been a politician cast a vote on any matter with the likes of me or my interests in mind. Nor, for that matter, are they the least bit interested in me or anything I have to say.

Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years) and when it’s time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours? Yet at the same time, the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple, and this country’s leaders don’t see this as important as bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies. Yet, the political “representatives” (thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate the state of the “terrible health care problem”. It’s clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don’t get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in.

And justice? You’ve got to be kidding!

How can any rational individual explain that white elephant conundrum in the middle of our tax system and, indeed, our entire legal system? Here we have a system that is, by far, too complicated for the brightest of the master scholars to understand. Yet, it mercilessly “holds accountable” its victims, claiming that they’re responsible for fully complying with laws not even the experts understand. The law “requires” a signature on the bottom of a tax filing; yet no one can say truthfully that they understand what they are signing; if that’s not “duress” than what is. If this is not the measure of a totalitarian regime, nothing is.

How did I get here?

My introduction to the real American nightmare starts back in the early ‘80s. Unfortunately after more than 16 years of school, somewhere along the line I picked up the absurd, pompous notion that I could read and understand plain English. Some friends introduced me to a group of people who were having ‘tax code’ readings and discussions. In particular, zeroed in on a section relating to the wonderful “exemptions” that make institutions like the vulgar, corrupt Catholic Church so incredibly wealthy. We carefully studied the law (with the help of some of the “best”, high-paid, experienced tax lawyers in the business), and then began to do exactly what the “big boys” were doing (except that we weren’t steeling from our congregation or lying to the government about our massive profits in the name of God). We took a great deal of care to make it all visible, following all of the rules, exactly the way the law said it was to be done.

The intent of this exercise and our efforts was to bring about a much-needed re-evaluation of the laws that allow the monsters of organized religion to make such a mockery of people who earn an honest living. However, this is where I learned that there are two “interpretations” for every law; one for the very rich, and one for the rest of us… Oh, and the monsters are the very ones making and enforcing the laws; the inquisition is still alive and well today in this country.

That little lesson in patriotism cost me $40,000+, 10 years of my life, and set my retirement plans back to 0. It made me realize for the first time that I live in a country with an ideology that is based on a total and complete lie. It also made me realize, not only how naive I had been, but also the incredible stupidity of the American public; that they buy, hook, line, and sinker, the crap about their “freedom”… and that they continue to do so with eyes closed in the face of overwhelming evidence and all that keeps happening in front of them.

Before even having to make a shaky recovery from the sting of the first lesson on what justice really means in this country (around 1984 after making my way through engineering school and still another five years of “paying my dues”), I felt I finally had to take a chance of launching my dream of becoming an independent engineer.

On the subjects of engineers and dreams of independence, I should digress somewhat to say that I’m sure that I inherited the fascination for creative problem solving from my father. I realized this at a very young age.

The significance of independence, however, came much later during my early years of college; at the age of 18 or 19 when I was living on my own as student in an apartment in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. My neighbor was an elderly retired woman (80+ seemed ancient to me at that age) who was the widowed wife of a retired steel worker. Her husband had worked all his life in the steel mills of central Pennsylvania with promises from big business and the union that, for his 30 years of service, he would have a pension and medical care to look forward to in his retirement. Instead he was one of the thousands who got nothing because the incompetent mill management and corrupt union (not to mention the government) raided their pension funds and stole their retirement. All she had was social security to live on.

In retrospect, the situation was laughable because here I was living on peanut butter and bread (or Ritz crackers when I could afford to splurge) for months at a time. When I got to know this poor figure and heard her story I felt worse for her plight than for my own (I, after all, I thought I had everything to in front of me). I was genuinely appalled at one point, as we exchanged stories and commiserated with each other over our situations, when she in her grandmotherly fashion tried to convince me that I would be “healthier” eating cat food (like her) rather than trying to get all my substance from peanut butter and bread. I couldn’t quite go there, but the impression was made. I decided that I didn’t trust big business to take care of me, and that I would take responsibility for my own future and myself.

Return to the early ‘80s, and here I was off to a terrifying start as a ‘wet-behind-the-ears’ contract software engineer… and two years later, thanks to the fine backroom, midnight effort by the sleazy executives of Arthur Andersen (the very same folks who later brought us Enron and other such calamities) and an equally sleazy New York Senator (Patrick Moynihan), we saw the passage of 1986 tax reform act with its section 1706.

For you who are unfamiliar, here is the core text of the IRS Section 1706, defining the treatment of workers (such as contract engineers) for tax purposes. Visit this link for a conference committee report ( regarding the intended interpretation of Section 1706 and the relevant parts of Section 530, as amended. For information on how these laws affect technical services workers and their clients, read our discussion here (


(a) IN GENERAL – Section 530 of the Revenue Act of 1978 is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new subsection:

(d) EXCEPTION. – This section shall not apply in the case of an individual who pursuant to an arrangement between the taxpayer and another person, provides services for such other person as an engineer, designer, drafter, computer programmer, systems analyst, or other similarly skilled worker engaged in a similar line of work.

(b) EFFECTIVE DATE. – The amendment made by this section shall apply to remuneration paid and services rendered after December 31, 1986.


· “another person” is the client in the traditional job-shop relationship.

· “taxpayer” is the recruiter, broker, agency, or job shop.

· “individual”, “employee”, or “worker” is you.

Admittedly, you need to read the treatment to understand what it is saying but it’s not very complicated. The bottom line is that they may as well have put my name right in the text of section (d). Moreover, they could only have been more blunt if they would have came out and directly declared me a criminal and non-citizen slave. Twenty years later, I still can’t believe my eyes.

During 1987, I spent close to $5000 of my ‘pocket change’, and at least 1000 hours of my time writing, printing, and mailing to any senator, congressman, governor, or slug that might listen; none did, and they universally treated me as if I was wasting their time. I spent countless hours on the L.A. freeways driving to meetings and any and all of the disorganized professional groups who were attempting to mount a campaign against this atrocity. This, only to discover that our efforts were being easily derailed by a few moles from the brokers who were just beginning to enjoy the windfall from the new declaration of their “freedom”. Oh, and don’t forget, for all of the time I was spending on this, I was loosing income that I couldn’t bill clients.

After months of struggling it had clearly gotten to be a futile exercise. The best we could get for all of our trouble is a pronouncement from an IRS mouthpiece that they weren’t going to enforce that provision (read harass engineers and scientists). This immediately proved to be a lie, and the mere existence of the regulation began to have its impact on my bottom line; this, of course, was the intended effect.

Again, rewind my retirement plans back to 0 and shift them into idle. If I had any sense, I clearly should have left abandoned engineering and never looked back.

Instead I got busy working 100-hour workweeks. Then came the L.A. depression of the early 1990s. Our leaders decided that they didn’t need the all of those extra Air Force bases they had in Southern California, so they were closed; just like that. The result was economic devastation in the region that rivaled the widely publicized Texas S&L fiasco. However, because the government caused it, no one gave a s*** about all of the young families who lost their homes or street after street of boarded up houses abandoned to the wealthy loan companies who received government funds to “shore up” their windfall. Again, I lost my retirement.

Years later, after weathering a divorce and the constant struggle trying to build some momentum with my business, I find myself once again beginning to finally pick up some speed. Then came the .COM bust and the 911 nightmare. Our leaders decided that all aircraft were grounded for what seemed like an eternity; and long after that, ‘special’ facilities like San Francisco were on security alert for months. This made access to my customers prohibitively expensive. Ironically, after what they had done the Government came to the aid of the airlines with billions of our tax dollars … as usual they left me to rot and die while they bailed out their rich, incompetent cronies WITH MY MONEY! After these events, there went my business but not quite yet all of my retirement and savings.

By this time, I’m thinking that it might be good for a change. Bye to California, I’ll try Austin for a while. So I moved, only to find out that this is a place with a highly inflated sense of self-importance and where damn little real engineering work is done. I’ve never experienced such a hard time finding work. The rates are 1/3 of what I was earning before the crash, because pay rates here are fixed by the three or four large companies in the area who are in collusion to drive down prices and wages… and this happens because the justice department is all on the take and doesn’t give a f*** about serving anyone or anything but themselves and their rich buddies.

To survive, I was forced to cannibalize my savings and retirement, the last of which was a small IRA. This came in a year with mammoth expenses and not a single dollar of income. I filed no return that year thinking that because I didn’t have any income there was no need. The sleazy government decided that they disagreed. But they didn’t notify me in time for me to launch a legal objection so when I attempted to get a protest filed with the court I was told I was no longer entitled to due process because the time to file ran out. Bend over for another $10,000 helping of justice.

So now we come to the present. After my experience with the CPA world, following the business crash I swore that I’d never enter another accountant’s office again. But here I am with a new marriage and a boatload of undocumented income, not to mention an expensive new business asset, a piano, which I had no idea how to handle. After considerable thought I decided that it would be irresponsible NOT to get professional help; a very big mistake.

When we received the forms back I was very optimistic that they were in order. I had taken all of the years information to XXXX XXXX, and he came back with results very similar to what I was expecting. Except that he had neglected to include the contents of Sheryl’s unreported income; $12,700 worth of it. To make matters worse, XXXX knew all along this was missing and I didn’t have a clue until he pointed it out in the middle of the audit. By that time it had become brutally evident that he was representing himself and not me.

This left me stuck in the middle of this disaster trying to defend transactions that have no relationship to anything tax-related (at least the tax-related transactions were poorly documented). Things I never knew anything about and things my wife had no clue would ever matter to anyone. The end result is… well, just look around.

I remember reading about the stock market crash before the “great” depression and how there were wealthy bankers and businessmen jumping out of windows when they realized they screwed up and lost everything. Isn’t it ironic how far we’ve come in 60 years in this country that they now know how to fix that little economic problem; they just steal from the middle class (who doesn’t have any say in it, elections are a joke) to cover their a**** and it’s “business-as-usual”. Now when the wealthy f*** up, the poor get to die for the mistakes… isn’t that a clever, tidy solution.

As government agencies go, the FAA is often justifiably referred to as a tombstone agency, though they are hardly alone. The recent presidential puppet GW Bush and his cronies in their eight years certainly reinforced for all of us that this criticism rings equally true for all of the government. Nothing changes unless there is a body count (unless it is in the interest of the wealthy sows at the government trough). In a government full of hypocrites from top to bottom, life is as cheap as their lies and their self-serving laws.

I know I’m hardly the first one to decide I have had all I can stand. It has always been a myth that people have stopped dying for their freedom in this country, and it isn’t limited to the blacks, and poor immigrants. I know there have been countless before me and there are sure to be as many after. But I also know that by not adding my body to the count, I insure nothing will change. I choose to not keep looking over my shoulder at “big brother” while he strips my carcass, I choose not to ignore what is going on all around me, I choose not to pretend that business as usual won’t continue; I have just had enough.

I can only hope that the numbers quickly get too big to be white washed and ignored that the American zombies wake up and revolt; it will take nothing less. I would only hope that by striking a nerve that stimulates the inevitable double standard, knee-jerk government reaction that results in more stupid draconian restrictions people wake up and begin to see the pompous political thugs and their mindless minions for what they are. Sadly, though I spent my entire life trying to believe it wasn’t so, but violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer. The cruel joke is that the really big chunks of s*** at the top have known this all along and have been laughing, at and using this awareness against, fools like me all along.

I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

Joe Stack (1956-2010)


Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news.  She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.

8 Responses to "The Desperation of an overtaxed Citizen"

  1. NUTN2SAY   Friday, February 26, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    They are not alone, there are others. They are evil because they have knowledge and the ability to help American Citizens defend our U.S. Constitution from this current crop of Constitutional criminal thugs that occupy Washington D.C. but what do they do instead, they aid and abet them allowing them to steal our Constitutional Rights right from under our noses! I would suggest a email writing campaign to these people insisting that they begin addressing the most crucial and important issue which is the violation of ARTICLE 2 SECTION 1! Keep sending emails to them until WE the PEOPLE gain their attention! If it takes days, weeks or a month keep sending them emails! Bombard their mail boxes telling them WE the PEOPLE want to be heard and want ARTICLE 2 SECTION 1 given the proper respect it deserves as the CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS that it is!

  2. jtx   Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    It’s interesting that many people do not know that a progressive income tax (the kind we have had since the RepublicanTaft administration) is actually the 2nd plank of Karl Marx’s Communist manifesto. It will fit right in with the IslamoCommunist’s plans I’m sure.

    If you go to the Mario Apuzzo website and actually read the Initial Appeals Brief of Jan 19, 2010, you’re in for a real eye-opener (as are the DOJ attorneys “defending” Obama using our tax money).

    That’s doubly ironic since these attorneys – and their bosses – took an oath to defend the Constitution from enemies foreign AND domestic but they are now in the position of actually attacking that very document rather than defending it and are trying to get an obviously ineligible man to remain in an office he has never shown himself to be eligible to hold.

    The wonderful Apuzzo Brief is a primer on both Constitutional law, the meaning of it, the Founders’ intent vis-a-vis Article II of the Constitution and a forceful put-down of the lies and misinformation put forth by the Obama Flying Monkeys such as “smrstrauss” and others.

    I’d urge everyone to read the Initial Appeals Brief from Attorney Apuzzo’s website along with the many essays by both Mario Apuzzo AND his Lead Plaintiff, Charles F. Kerchner. While there, it would really help to donate even a small amount to the publicity/education fund presently used only for full-page newspaper ads in the Washington Times National Weekly Edition.

    The Brief gives a very good overview of the original action AND it puts the lie to the many false arguments by the Obot Flying Monkeys about why BHO is either (their words) eligible to hold the office he now occupies OR that it (their words) doesn’t matter that he is not eligible. Your understanding of the relation of the U. S. Constitution to We The People will be forever enlightened.

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  4. Joe The Blogger   Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Take Your Country Back? – Start By Taking Your Money Back! – Here’s How!

    Hi Folks,

    I’ve just watched the video in this Count Us Out post. It is 2 hours and 16 minutes long. It is hard going at times and the presenter, Walter J. Burien, often repeats himself for emphasis – but the time spent studying this is well worth while.

    The first 1 hour 45 minutes was recorded in mid-1998. The last 30 minute add-on was recorded at about the end of 1999. It could not have been more timely, or more appropriate, if it had been produced today. The end part outlines how to force the City, County, State and Federal Government etc. to relinquish most of the revenues and assets that they are controlling – supposedly on our behalf – and to get them to use the revenues and the assets to pay for the services that we need to be paid for (such as for National Defence, in my opinion), to wipe out most, if not all, of our taxes and to pay ‘We The People’ annuities on the surplus.

    It was calculated that the Composite Government in 1998 controlled $60 TRILLION in assets, hidden in full view. The reports are available to the public, but few people realize the full significance. The names of the reports are ‘Comprehensive Annual Financial Report’ (CAFR) or Combined Financial Statement. Every School District, Government owned enterprise, City, County, State and The Federal Government has to produce these every year. Think what $60 Trillion, in 1998, would be worth today – even allowing for the recent crash. We don’t have to consent to ourselves and generations not yet born to being taxed up to the eye-balls, to pay for the bail-outs. The Usurpers – all of them (not just Mr Obama), each for their own reasons, are perpetrating a massive deception against all of us.

    We can take control and use these assets for ‘We The People’, in a transparent way, and stop the bureaucrats and corrupt politicians doing back-room deals for their own personal advantage. This is why they are trying to destroy The Constitution of The USA – The Constitution guarantees that these assets are OUR ASSETS.

    This is going to require hard work – the people who control our wealth are not going to give it up without a bare-knuckle fight. Let’s give it to them.

  5. RJJohnson   Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    This guy wanted everything in the world to work his way. He tried to be a tax cheat and he didn’t get away with it. He blamed all of his problems on everyone else – the IRS, politicians, corporations, probably his ex-wife. He paints a picture of a frustrated self-centered spoiled brat who carried out his final childish tantrum.

  6. Arnie Rosner   Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 2:32 AM

    Congress is responsible for Mr Stack’s tragic death. And there are others who have been abused by this same travesty of justice. At least this is how I view the circumstances.

    To name just a few, Bill Benson, who could prove the 16th amendment was never ratified and consequently is being illegally enforced and Sherry Peel Jackson, an ex-IRS agent who went public.

    Bill Benson was denied the ability to present his evidence and then sentenced by the same court system to prison. Yes, Bill Benson served jail time for what he believed and was never provided due process to prove his innocence.

    Sherry is currently serving jail time on failing to file tax returns. However, if the 16th Amendment is illegally imposed no one should be required to recognize the IRA in its present form. Maybe I am dense but no one would be required to file a tax return unless this unjust pesky bit of sloppy legal paper work was properly resolved and called for the current tax code to be enforced.

    I guess it would be too much to expect the 111th Congress to just do the job for which they have been paid. Instead they are engaged in matters that are clearly not authorized by the Constitution. Instead of addressing the 16th amendment issue they waste time on issues of no-importance to our every day activities. Items like illegal taxation by a government agency that operates with no authority are ignored due to the explosive political nature.

    Well, I expect that is not so surprising after all. The 11th Congress can’t seem to find the intestinal fortitude to even challenge another basic constitutional issue, an issue like permitting what appears to be an undocumented alien to experiment at the helm of the world’s largest economy,

    I suppose we should not expect this same week-kneed body to address a controversial matter like the 16th Amendment being illegally represented as an authorized part of the Constitution. It seems that Congress can not get it right no matter what issue is involved.

    Had the 16th amendment issue been properly addressed then perhaps Mr. Stack would still be with us today. Is this a case where the Congress is responsible for his state of mind and his death?

    In my opinion, absolutely yes!

  7. James   Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 2:11 AM

    This video explains the how, the why and the wherefore. The reason and the solution. A must see –

  8. AttilasDaughter   Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    Thank You for posting that.

    Here is someone who knew him on the Alex Jones Show (yesterday I believe)

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