- Apparently without a leg to stand on, the federal government
has decided to take its ball and go home. Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-Maryland),
one of the representatives who helped set up the meeting, now claims that
people from the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department will
not attend, there will be no meeting.
- After more than a year of trying, including a 17 day
fast by Bob Schulz of the We The People Foundation, the meeting was originally
scheduled for September 25th and 26th of last year. Of course, the events
of September 11th canceled that. Recently, the meeting was rescheduled
for February 27th and 28th of this year.
About a year ago, the We The People Foundation was paying for and running
full-page ads in USA Today. Ads that laid out one heck of a case for why
the Internal Revenue Service or the government had no right to collect
a personal income tax or make employers withhold money for such a tax.
Even claiming that the original 1913 legislation for such a tax had never
been properly ratified. Copies of these ads are still available on their
Congressman Bartlett, a man who defines himself as a citizen-legislator
and not a politician, now says that he's upset by the "Don't File
Until The Trial" campaign We The People is currently promoting. As
if a public terrorized by the IRS is suddenly going to develop the courage
to not file their tax returns unless they've got money coming back, of
Come off it congressman. There's nothing in this campaign that wasn't stated
clearly in the full-page ads run by the same organization a year ago. What
is it you're afraid of?
We've got to conclude that the government has no valid defense and would
take any excuse to put the subject to rest, to avoid answering the allegations.
The timing of this meeting still left a month and a half for people to
pay their taxes, to beat the deadline of April fifteenth.
Our governmental servants have lost the battle by refusing to show up.
They have no answer to the charges. Isn't that obvious?
- This is a copy of the letter sent to Mr. Schulz
- January 17, 2002
- Mr. Robert L. Schulz We The People Foundation for Constitutional
Education, Inc. 2458 Ridge Road Queensbury, New York 12804
- Sent Via Fax: 518-656-9724
- Dear Bob:
- I am quite dismayed by the tone of your rhetoric on your
web page-- "Wait to File Until the Trial."
- When I first met you in July of 2001, you seemed to want
answers to questions regarding the legitimacy of the 16th Amendment to
the Constitution. As a congressman who believes and follows the Constitution,
you found a willing ear. In the numerous meetings that followed, I never
advocated the non-payment of income taxes. You were quick to agree and
assured me that you never took this position as well.
- The information that you are currently disseminating
concerning the February 27 & 28 forum is misleading. While I remain
committed to making every effort so that you can exercise your constitutional
right to get answers to your questions, your rhetoric has made it impossible
for the forum to take place because the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
and the Department of Justice (DOJ) will not participate.
- This is the alternative. I do not believe that IRS and
DOJ will refuse to answer my questions. Please send the questions that
you and your team developed to my Washington, D.C. office. I will refer
them to the appropriate individuals at the IRS and the DOJ to respond.
Since I know that there are thousands of people across this nation who
want answers to similar questions, I will post both the questions and answers
on my congressional web site.
- In any future statements regarding my support please
be sure that it is clear that I am supporting your constitutional rights
and not that I am advocating not filing and not paying taxes.
- ROSCOE G. BARTLETT Member of Congress
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