Slave of the Month – June 2012

Slave of the Month








Occassionally we feature the story of a peaceful person who had half of his entire life’s production taken from him against his will and by force. These people are not African slaves from the nineteenth century, they are modern slaves who live next door to you today.

You likely have seen a chart from the US Treasury that breaks down the federal budget showing where tax dollars go. Here’s an example:

One way of looking at this chart is to divide one tax dollar paid into the various categories and declare that each American’s dollar paid six cents toward interest on the debt and nineteen cents toward defense and so on. That is mathematically valid. But there is another equally valid way to look at how taxes get paid. We could assign individual taxpayers to pay segments of the budget. In fact, since the segments represent  astronomically huge amounts of money it’s also fair to say one person’s lifetime of taxes pay just a tiny portion in one category. Such a person is our Slave of the Month.

Karl Lintzski of Rochester, New Hampshire. Karl was born in 1939 in Rochester and spent his entire life living in the state. His dad was killed in France during WWII and Karl’s family had a tough time getting through the difficult years that followed. Karl’s uncle took him under his wing and taught him the trade of auto mechanics. He left school at sixteen and worked at his uncle’s garage doing oil changes and other light duties. In his mid twenties he was making $5,000 per year.

He married in 1966 and within ten years had a family of three children. By that time he was the service manager at a large auto service center and was earning $22,000 per year. Karl and his wife always struggled with money. Their kids had to learn to go without luxuries other kids seemed to have. They never went to camp or played organized sports because of the expense. When Karl’s mother died he wished he could provide her with a beautiful funeral but the money just wasn’t there. His two daughters needed orthodontic braces but never got them. He never took his wife on a fancy vacation or even bought her a lavish gift.

Throughout all those years Karl paid his taxes diligently, even proudly. And it wasn’t just income taxes; he paid employee taxes, sales taxes, excise taxes on every gallon of gas used in his lifetime, import taxes on the one new car he bought with a loan. He paid taxes on every hamburger he ate, on every case of beer, on every haircut and pair of jeans. He paid his property taxes and the school tax and the half dozen taxes listed on his phone bill. He paid the taxes on the flight he took to Tampa to his uncle’s funeral. He paid the environmental taxes on the tires he bought and the import taxes on the televisions he bought.

Karl could never afford to retire and died at work one Monday at the age of seventy two. Over his long working career Karl managed to generate a total income of $1,621,600. His federal, state, municipal, local and excise taxes, combined with the losses through currency inflation confiscated 50% of his life’s work to support the government, meaning he and his family had $810,801 taken from them.

And what was Karl’s lifetime of tax money used for?

In 2011 the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority gave a subsidy to the Anheuser-Busch company, owned by a Belgian-Brazilian conglomerate, valued at over $100 billion. The subsidy was for twelve million taxpayer dollars and Karl’s lifetime of forced servitude and deprivation was used to pay 6.75% of the total gift given to the billion-dollar beverage company. Fifteen other New Hampshire tax slaves also contributed a lifetime of labor to the company’s subsidy.

Karl Lintzski, lifetime tax slave, R.I.P.

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4 responses to “Slave of the Month – June 2012”

  1. Thank you for another great dose of Wisdom. The “Checks & Balances” in America was invented (in my opinion) to throw the masses off the scent. There is an Island, off the coast of Georgia, called Jekyll Island. I took a boat there many years ago and have since stopped there for weather, at times. The Federal Reserve System was supposedly devised in the Parlor, of the Plantation Home, on the West side of the Island. It is a good lesson in U.S. History to stop in for a visit, if you ever get the chance. But perhaps not the lesson, they want you to believe, judging from the presentations on the wall. What you will read on the walls however, is how the Rockefellers, Pulitzers and a few other wealthy guys, hatched the plan to control the finances in this Country.

    Perhaps this was where their enitire “game plan” was hatched to create such a convoluted mess, of a financial system in America, in order to keep the population so confused, they would have no idea how thing would be structured and if people started to figure out how they all benefitted from these “laws” they would simply re-structure them and keep writing laws, to stay “ahead of the game.”

     ‘There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.’
    -John Adams


    • The Fed is only a part of the problem. When the currency was on the gold standard the damage the Fed could do to the economy was fairly limited. (But still fundamentally immoral.) The biggest issue is the country is set up so that money is taken from individuals by force and pooled in an account that politicians control. That enormous pool of money is then given away to organizations that claim they should get it. Bingo! Over time, more and more organizations appear wanting more and more freeee money. The end result is inevitable – collapse under the weight of parasites. It’s a system that can not be durable. It must fail.

  2. Would love to see one based on Australia’s poorest and how many lifetimes worth of tax it would take to pay only the recent Tasmanian logging industry slush fund payouts totaling $379M…

    • Jarrah, I don’t know the specifics of that situation but what many people don’t realize is how government handouts don’t just go to individuals gaming the system, they also go to large, wealthy companies gaming the system. In both cases it’s a simple matter of persuading (not to say corrupting with votes or contributions) politicians to shovel some taxpayer money your way. Everybody walks away happy – except the taxpayers.

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