Back in the 1990s, a nationwide tax-shelter and investment business named Anderson’s Ark Associates caught the Internal Revenue Service’s attention. Claiming that it was nothing more than a tax-evasion scheme, the IRS indicted those involved — including investors who didn’t know it was a scam and who had lost their investments.
What transpired then has become the focus of several US~Observer investigative reports. With several successes at the hands of the winningest lawyer in America against the IRS, Houston-based Michael Minns, there is one final client who deserves vindication: Dr. Erik Dehlinger.
Splintered, reeling in panic, angry: This is the state of my union, my America. Not the Washington, D.C., world of “reality,” where they pretend to know what the public needs and where their lack of knowledge of the needs of their constituency absolutely astounds me.
Splintered because there are really two Americas. One wants nothing more than a government that leaves them alone. A government that works under the letter of Constitutional law, allowing for the states to make tough economic choices. A government that realizes its public isn’t a bunch of sheep that need to be led or children whose hands they have to hold. They are the responsible America who, in bad times, unite to get things done. They are the ones that you can rely on to search for you if you’re lost or to build you a new home should yours burn down. They are the true community, built from the neighborly way of old, living under the principle of “do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.” Bottom line, they are the doers. They are the ones who work long and hard. The ones who believe capitalism equals inventiveness, creativity and opportunity. They stand for the little guy, weak or injured. They show him how to get back on his own feet, and then they leave him to live his life as he wishes — as long as it doesn’t harm others. This America believes in true justice, based on factual guilt. They believe the pursuit of happiness is something to be worked for, not handed, and that life and liberty are the only things that are “given” and that both are worth dying for.
A good number of people are hailing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) as a way to establish universal healthcare in the United States. Hogwash! These same people are holding up the new bill to tax handgun and ammo sales as a way to curb gun violence. Rubbish! The real reason for these “feel-good” laws has nothing to do with government’s compassion for its citizens. First, government doesn’t feel anything for its citizens. It just is. It does not have feelings. It is not alive. It is, however, comprised of living beings who have separated themselves from the rest of society by passing laws that give them luxury and advantage over the rest. And the one thing those people in government need to do is to find new ways to bring in revenue so their position is never threatened — especially those in high-up positions.
While the rest of us will likely just rely on Social Security, if it still exists, for our retirement, government has its own plan paid for by us. Look at the myriad local-level politicians whose retirement programs are bankrupting their communities. Can anyone say Detroit?
“The Court has carefully considered the filings of the parties as well as today’s hearing and the court finds for purposes of sentencing these defendants that the Government has failed to carry its burden of proof by a preponderance of the evidence, much less by clear and convincing evidence, that the tax loss exceeds zero.” — The Honorable James A. Teilborg, judge
PHOENIX — It is unusual for a reporter to start a story simply quoting the trial court verbatim, but the ruling is the story. This was the sentencing in U.S. v. Kerr and Quiel following a six-week long trial in Phoenix, where the defendants were charged with income tax crimes and were facing 35 years in prison for international tax conspiracies. The story ends with a finding that the government did not prove beyond a preponderance that a tax debt was due and owing.