I'm Tired

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I'm tired.

I'm tired of
the career politicians who do nothing but deny knowledge and lay
blame on others in an effort to do nothing more than save their
own political skins to the detriment of you and me.

Politicians
like Chris Dodd who said on Tuesday March 17th that he
absolutely had nothing to do with the language in the bailout bill
that allowed AIG bonuses to be paid by Feb. 11th with
bailout money. Then today, March 18th, he appeared on
CNN and in his words: "stepped up to the plate" ( political
talk for doing the right thing, which is a big deal inside the beltway
) and said that "people" from the treasury department
came to him and asked him to add an amendment ( loophole ) to the
AIG bailout bill at the last minute to allow for the payment of
bonuses. When asked who these "people" were he said he
didn't know exact names. He also said that he didn't write the amendment
and didn't know what exactly it said, even though his name was on
it. What a load of bulls**t. Especially considering Sen. Dodd was
the biggest recipient of AIG-related donations in the 2008 presidential
campaign cycle. To his credit he did apologize for the "confusion"
(more political talk for lying and getting caught).

I'm tired of
the federal government, in their holier-than-thou arrogance, prosecuting
people for "lying to federal prosecutors" or "lying
to federal investigators". Are you kidding me? It's logistically
impossible for anyone to lie on a greater scale and with more profound
consequences to our country than what the government engages in
on a daily basis.

I'm tired of
the shenanigans of these bloated politicians assuming that I'm an
idiot and don't get it.

I'm tired of
being told we live in a democracy and can vote for whomever we want
when there are only 2 candidates on my ballot and if I vote for
whom I want, and his name is not on the ballot, then my vote will
not be counted.

I'm tired of
being associated with the herd of sheep mindlessly being herded
towards the slaughter house with the doors wide open and feeling
as if we somehow deserve our oncoming fate.

I'm tired of
reading about how we need more people like Ron Paul in office so
we can make a peaceful change from the inside out. Well Dr. Paul,
bless his heart, has been on the inside for a long time as the government
continues to grow to universal proportions and he continues to be
marginalized.

I was born
in 1963 and my whole life someone has been protesting: the Vietnam
war, President Nixon, stagflation, the Iran contra scandal, the
S&L bailout, slick Willy's hummer in the oval office, G.W.'s
private war and now the socialization of our nation. AND NOTHING
CHANGES.

How many dot
com's are there out there for policing the government? This tax
group and that tax group; this civil rights group and that one.
And for all their well-intentioned, valiant efforts the government
continues to grow in size and power and our civil liberties, our
American dream continues to die.

I'm tired of
working as an indentured slave in order to fund the federal government's
antics with special interests and high-stakes fundraisers.

I'm tired of
the police state coming into my car, my home, my life assuming that
I don't have the common sense that the good lord gave me so they
have to be my moral compass; what a joke!

I'm tired of
the uneducated majority continuing to elect one puppet after another.

It's become
obvious that the time for peaceful measures is long past. No monarchy,
no despot, no tyrannical government has ever been brought down without
blood-shed and ours will be no different. It's time to strike the
federal government at the heart. The problem is that the federal
government is at the top of the social food chain: they have the
military and the money. There's not much we can do about the military
but I propose we do something about the money.

If we just
simply stop funding the vile, infectious vermin in our government
then they will have no choice but to stop doing what they are doing.

My first thoughts
about this were to calculate what my share of a constitutional government
would be and to only pay that amount in income taxes: defense, treasury,
executive, legislative, judicial etc…I rejected that idea though
for the following reasons:

  1. Over the
    course of my working life, I've already paid more than my share
    to fund a constitutionally legal government for the duration of
    my life.
  2. As I mentioned
    earlier: the time for half measures is long past. A measure is
    needed that will actually make a difference and kick these sons-a-bitches
    in the ass.

Therefore,
I have gone to my HR department at work and doubled my allowances
on my W-4 from 5 to 10. I'm going to do whatever I need to do to
make sure that during the year I pay as close to $0 in income tax
as possible. Then in April rather than filing a tax return I'm going
to file my personal declaration of independence from the federal
government. Not a declaration of independence from the United States
but rather from the despotic government that enslaves her.

I realize the
consequences this will mean for me and my family (I have two children
10 and 4), but I'm tired. It will be the most meaningful thing,
the most important thing, the most patriotic thing that maybe I've
ever done. I'm finished being an enabler. I'm doing it for my family
and all the other families that suffer. I'm doing it for the courageous
people that have come before me. People who have had the intellect
and courage to speak regardless of the consequences: Cindy Sheehan,
Ron Paul, Peter Schiff and others.

Shame on us
if we don't do whatever needs to be done to change things. We need
to fight smarter not harder and if we can't outfox the numb-nuts
in congress and B.O. then shame on us.

I'm just tired
of the bulls**t!

March
20, 2009

Don Cooper
[send him mail] is an economist
living and working in Atlanta, Georgia.

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