What Most Americans Don’t Know About Taxes

I read USA Today because it gives me a quick rundown on popular news. Every so often I find a story that surprises me. Rarely do I agree with its Founder, Al Neuharth. But in his Plain Talk article of February 1, 2013, his article on “How income tax has changed in 100 years” caught my attention:

“If you're getting ready to file your income tax return, you should be interested to know that what you're doing started 100 years ago. But what a difference that century has made! Examples:

  • “When Congress passed the income tax law in 1913, a couple making over $4,000 in taxable income after all deductions was subject to a 1% tax rate.
  • “With inflation that $4,000 then is equal to about $93,700 now. But the tax rate now is 25% or more for those in the $100,000-plus salary range.”

So far so good, but Neuharth doesn’t stop here. He goes on to argue that “taxing income may be one of the fairest ways for the government to raise money to pay its bills.” This begs the question. How do we determine what bills the government should have to pay? Where is the constitutional authority, for example, for a Department of Education that confiscates billions of dollars from tax payers and then returns it to some tax payers after paying a bureaucracy to implement the redistribution process? Why not let people keep their own money and make their own educational decisions with it.

Then there's the history of the continued increase in the amount of tax being taken from us and the call for even more taxes. In 1913, the top tax rate was 7% on incomes above $500,000 ($10 million in 2007 dollars) and a total of $28.3 million was collected. Less than 1% of the population paid federal income tax at the time. The people who voted for the income tax believed that only the “rich” would be paying taxes. Like today, the people who voted for the income tax voted that way because they believed other people would be paying it. Not them.

It’s no wonder that liberals are called Progressives. They are willing to settle on very small gains in legislation at the beginning so over time they can increase its effect. This has happened with every legislative act in our nation’s history. Social Security started as a two-percent tax on income up to $3000 for a total of $60 per year (employee and employer “contribution”). Now it’s more than 12 percent on more than $105,000.

We’ve seen the growth of every government program. The Sixteenth Amendment is made up of only 30 words, but as Neuharth points out, today’s tax code is a massive 73,954 pages and counting.

Will Rogers (1879–1935), humorist and social commentator, with more than a century of congressional foibles to evaluate, said, “The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”

Liberals contend that taxation is all about social justice. A group of philosopher kings are needed to determine what’s just and take our money to make it certain. It didn’t work for ancient Greece and it won’t work today since those in charge don’t have a fixed moral standard to determine what’s just or unjust. In fact, they are so unjust that they pass laws to take money from productive members of society so they can buy votes from the unproductive.

Walter E. Williams says it best: “Let me offer you my definition of social justice: I keep what I earn and you keep what you earn. Do you disagree? Well then tell me how much of what I earn belongs to you, and why?”


About Gary DeMar
Gary is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and earned his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. He is the author of countless essays, news articles, and more than 27 book titles.
  • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

    "...Anyone who chooses a surrogate in place of Yahweh is liable for that god’s taxes. All Americans, non-Christians and 'Christians' alike, whose primary god is WE THE PEOPLE have no legal grounds to grumble or rebel against whatever taxes their god demands. Because they have chosen WE THE PEOPLE as their god, they are required to pay whatever tribute WE THE PEOPLE stipulates. This is precisely what Jesus declared in Matthew 22:21: 'Render therefore to Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.' Having perceived the craftiness of the Pharisees and Herodians, Jesus put the ball back in their court by informing them that if Yahweh was their God, they needed to render to Him His dues, but if Caesar (Baal, Allah, Buddha,
    Krishna, or WE THE PEOPLE) was their god, they needed to render to him his dues. If someone thinks he’s being overtaxed, the only permanent solution is to exchange WE THE PEOPLE for a god who does not require as much in taxes.

    '"God’s requirement of the tithe is simply the declaration that He is Lord and King over His covenant people. To deny the tithe is to deny God’s covenant and to deny that God is our Lord and King. It is simply another way of saying, “We have no king but Caesar” (John 19:15), a cry not only of the chief priests who crucified our Lord, but of the antinomians who crucify Him afresh today.' (Edward A. Powell and Rousas John Rushdoony, Tithing and Dominion (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books, 1979) pp. 16-17)

    For more, see online Chapter 25 "Amendment 16: Graduated Income Tax vs. Flat Increase Tax." Click on my name, then our website. Go to our Online Book Page, click on top entry, and scroll down to Chapter 25.

  • Dromig10

    The taxes collected for Social Security go directly into the General Fund to pay whatever the government sees as fit.

    COLLECTION AND PAYMENT OF TAXES
    SEC. 807. (a) The taxes imposed by this title shall be collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue under the direction of the Secretary of the Treasury and shall be paid into the Treasury of the United States as internal- revenue collections. If the tax is not paid when due, there shall be added as part of the tax interest (except in the case of adjustments made in accordance with the provisions of sections 802 (b) and 805) at the rate of one-half of 1 per centum per month from the date the tax became due until paid.
    There is no lockbox or name which is assigned to monies received from the Social Security Act od 1935. IT IS A PONZI SCHEME, PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lyle.kelley1 Lyle Kelley

    We The People have a serious problem with the "income" tax. To begin
    with, technically the money we receive for our work is not income. It's
    compensation for labor and there's no compensation tax. Then, the
    penalties, interest, lien, levy and seizure is enforced unlawfully under
    Title 26. I've researched the tax code and found that all 5 of these
    mentioned are lawfully enforceable under only 1 Title, and that Title is
    27, not 26 which is the Title for income. Title 27 covers alcohol,
    tobacco and firearms. If you're not engaged in the manufacture, or sale
    of these, then the 5 above mentioned is not lawfully enforceable under
    Title 26. Nowhere does our Constitution define income to be our wages received for our labor.

    • DG

      Amen-- What people do not challenge is that under the SCOTUS ( Supreme court-for you people from Rio Linda)- INCOME ( Eisner v. Macomber) is the PROFIT and GAIN ( gain is profit) derived from labor, from Capital, or both combined-- IF you work for 8 hrs. and get paid for 8 hrs. there is no PROFIT -- but if you invested that fiat ( fake) money and made more then that- minus your capital would be the profit

      AND if you type in W-4 you will come to Title 26 USC 31.3402--- 31 is for 'Employment' --But most of us do not work for the Federal govt-- and then if you go to Title 26 CFR ( the regulations enforcing the 'code"and scroll through it - you will find that a W-4 is NOT mandatory for Americans to work for a private company --that is why it is called a 'Withholding AGREEMENT' --if the "Income Tax" was 'Mandatory' --WHY would you have to sign an AGREEMENT for withholding --it would just happen , wouldn't it ??

      BUT then near the end of CFR 31.3402 it says this Withholding agreement can be TERMINATED at any time with a written notice-- but they will F with you and threaten you -- but we were all tricked into signing the W-4 --we were coerced by Government FRAUD-- and fraud invalidates any 'contract'

      AND according to Pres. Reagan's 'Grace Commission' Report All 'Income Tax' collected go to the Federal Reserve to pay the INTEREST on the 'Debt' -- According to Black's Law Dictionary --A TAX is to pay for govt. programs and NOT for Interest Payments

      • guesttimate

        When you signed your first 1040, you "...agree(d) to be treated as a U.S. citizen for tax purposes." Isn't that a funny way to say it? What it means is, unless you live in Washington D.C. or some other Federal territory (Guam, the Marshall Islands) then you are NOT a "U.S. (federal) citizen" but a citizen of your respective state. But if you agree to be TREATED AS a (federal) citizen then you will be taxed as if you WERE one! Basically you have entered into an adhesion contract, enforceable for 7 years after your last "attestation" UNLESS you file pieces of paper with the Federal government, revoking your agreement. There were accountants a few years ago who would help you do this, good luck finding one now. Ostensibly they unhook you from the IRS who then recognize you are not taxable because you filed the right forms establishing the fact and know your business from the rest of the sheeple. Remember, "Ignorance of the law is no excuse" as far as the feds are concerned.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lyle.kelley1 Lyle Kelley

    Concerning the below mentioned, you need to look at all 5, penalty, interest, lien, levy and seizure, in the tax code at the bottom of each page where you'll find only 1 code section for enforcement. Then go the Parallel Table of Authorities where you'll find all 5 shown to be enforceable and the Title under which each is enforceable.

  • guesttimate

    Gosh, I thought Gary was going to tell US something we didn't already know (sigh); well let me fill you in on what he omitted.

    The income tax became necessary when Congress realized it was broke, after it signed the Federal Reserve Act and relinquishing ownership of currency to that private corporation known as the Fed, for short. What in fact occurred is Congress became mere Kinko's for the Fed, printing and selling currency to the Fed for mere cost of paper & ink! This worked so long as Congress passed budgets, those funds were remitted back free of charge, but whenever some unforseen occurred, the government borrowed funds back from the Fed at face value, plus interest, which of course compounds if not repaid in full. The Fed also receives 3% of GNP for "managing" our economy, "protecting US from boom & bust cycles." The problem with not agreeing upon or passing budgets is ALL the funds government prints and spends counts as debt, but I digress.

    The point is, after government relinquished ownership of the currency, it realized it still had bills to pay, projects to undertake, emergencies to address, that weren't included in the budget (because no one has perfect foresight.) congress asked the Fed what to do and the answer was classic: "Tax the people!" (No mention of revisiting the original agreement.) In the beginning taxes were small, because Federal involvement and support of individuals (and businesses) was small. Populations were mostly rural and self-reliant, but that changed with the industrial revolution, when people moved to cities and their livelihoods became pegged to the success of manufacturers.

    Something else important to remember is that the Fed has power to create credit (which is the same thing as printing money for itself) and member banks, out of thin air, then tell US Treasury to print it, which is then sent to member banks in armoured cars. The amount the Fed creates can be 10X or more the amount of the Federal budget, because the funds sent to banks are loaned privately, while Federal budget funds (and funds the government borrows from the Fed) are public money, or public "debt."

    You can see the opportunity for mischief when you give a private entity the power and control to create as much currency as it wants for itself and friends. They like to blame the government for its spending, but that's a red herring, there's 10X or more that amount moving behind the curtain, in private hands. But of the funds the Fed gives itself, it then "monetizes" the public debt by buying T-bills from the government and selling them to private investors. This in effect cashes the Fed out and puts public debt into private investors' hands. As long as it's only paper, the government could conceivably repay by just printing more money, but remember, government no longer OWNS the currency. The other problem is that the more money you give to banks (or allow them to create for themselves), the less they value it and the more they discount it. Once there's too much money in circulation (a perception and judgement call made by banks), prices begin to rise and investors demand hard assets in lieu of paper currency as payment. We are dangerously close to that event.

    Banks consider their private cartel on currency to be their entitlement. It annoys them that public funds aren't under their control as well. That's why the government debt is cause for their alarm. In fact what's occurring is a private tug-of-war for control of public as well as private funds. It's no secret (but something Americans haven't had to face in recent memory) that debt is the basis for slavery. The Bible Old Testament was very clear about this, when God told the Israelites to declare every 7th year of Jubilee, all debts forgiven. You see, Yaweh understood man's tendency to enslave his brother, and forbid that indebtedness should continue compounding forever. It's unfair to future generations and quite frankly, bankers & investors don't deserve it. Jubilee is the basis for our modern bankruptcy laws, there was no shame attached, but surely was a cause of celebration.

    The problem of public debt is we've banished God's system from or for national economics. We bail out banks with taxpayer funds and more or less let them have their way, because it was the popular view for decades that banks are a necessary part of capitalism. Ostensibly they provide a management function, but the fact is they inflate credit by 10 or more times the amount held on deposit, lend out these leveraged, essentially worthless funds, and then foreclose on real assets when borrowers cannot pay, as occurred with the real estate bubble that paralleled the coup-de-grace of globalism, when tens of thousands of US businesses quietly moved to China & India, leaving workers without the ability to pay their mortgages. This gave bankers opportunity to acquire real estate with cost-free script (in as much as the mortgagors were paying the banks' capital expenses to the Fed, plus the banks' profit margins.) So the banks just resell the properties and write off their losses.

    But what does this have to do with income taxes? Only this: The Federal Reserve Act created a system that rendered government broke, instantly upon signing, not almost 100 years later. Government realized it and was advised by the Fed that taxation was the solution. By favoring banks, government incurred a debt. The practice of charging interest on loaned funds, is a private tax that necessitates a further public tax. Otherwise government could just print money for itself on a pay-as-it goes basis and merely pay banks a distribution fee, no interest on or rewards for originating loans. Lincoln did it when he issued his greenbacks, and it pissed the bankers off, royally, who again feel is their entitlement to help create and participate in government debt. They killed Lincoln. JFK was the next president to challenge the money powers. They killed him too.

    • jem

      The INDIVIDUALS behind this have one very important thing in common. Figure it out. Which country (ethnic/religious group) tells the US govt what to do and gets the US to fight wars so it won't have to? All tentacles of the octopus lead back to Zionism. Many of you have woken up to that fact. Those of you who are aware, man up and spread the word. I ignore the slurs and insults of the trolls and soldier on.

    • http://www.facebook.com/grant.halverson.1 Grant Halverson

      So, what's your point Mr. LongWind?? KarenWI

  • vietnamvet1971

    the BUBBLE will Burst one day then WHAT?

    • Phillip_in_TX

      The SWTHF!

  • Phillip_in_TX

    "To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father's has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association--the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it."
    Thomas Jefferson

    I agree with Walter E. Williams statement on "Social Justice." It really boils down to this - "if you don't produce, you starve."

  • jem

    Oh good Lord. The income tax was and is illegal, as in unconstitutional.. I personally watched a CSPAN hearing with the 2nd in command of the Treasury Dept testifying in front of Congress regarding taxes (this was in the mid-nineties) Here is what he said: "The income tax is VOLUNTARY. The only mandatory taxes are those on (students of history, this will sound familiar) ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, AND FIREARMS." The income tax was created to pay interest on the debt. There was no other reason. The Federal Reserve is about as federal as Federal Express. The two are illegal and were foisted on us (US as in United States) by a criminally negligent Congress. Read all about it. The Creature from Jekyll Island. A Federal judge already ruled the 16th amendment didn't give congress any power regarding taxation it didn't already have

    • Vince

      I agree taxes r totally ileagal and the federal reserve is not a government agency
      It's privately owned by the vanderbuilts. Rockerfellas , liehman brothers and the likes
      Look it up. We the people gave a problem and that is we can't get a fair trial by a federal judge. They get paid from the federal gov
      If anyone gas beaten them legitimately if like to know how u did it
      Unfirtunaty it will take a 5 million man march to get congress to move and take notice
      Better yet I'd like to see everyone reading this and call their local sherriff about arresting Ur representatives for supporting treasonous acts if u get nowhere call it em sheriff joe arpaio in az he will give u the low down and steps to follow
      Keep the faith we will prevail

  • m123s

    Very good article, Gary DeMar.

  • http://twitter.com/csh1959 csh1959

    Loved reading all of your comments. But everything will continue as is until "we the people" come together and take a stand. Some million men/women marches on the White House. But I don't see that happening. So.... things remain the same....

  • http://twitter.com/csh1959 csh1959

    guesttimate~ very interesting never heard of this... When you signed your first 1040, you "...agree(d) to be treated as a U.S. citizen for tax purposes." .......etc

  • http://twitter.com/csh1959 csh1959

    Lyle~ that was interesting too...We The People have a serious problem with the "income" tax. ....etc

  • http://twitter.com/csh1959 csh1959

    DG, like your comments too, very informational. Thank you everyone for the great reading.

  • http://twitter.com/ByronJohnston1 Byron Johnston

    The "Illuminati" was a name used by a German sect
    that existed in the 15th century. They practiced the occult, and professed to
    possess the 'light' that Lucifer had retained when he became Satan.

    In an attempt to document the origins of a secret organization which has
    evolved into a mastodonic nightmare, successfully creating and controlling a
    shadow government that supersedes several national governments, and in whose
    hands now lay the destiny of the world, one must carefully retrace its history.
    The lengths to which this organization has gone to create the political
    machinery, and influence public sentiment to the degree necessary to propel its
    self-perpetuating prophecy, are, quite frankly, mind boggling. Yet the facts
    provide for the undeniable truth of its existence.

    In 1743, a goldsmith named Amschel Moses Bauer opened a coin shop in Frankfurt,
    Germany. He hung above his door a sign depicting a Roman eagle on a red shield.
    The shop became known as the Red Shield firm. The German word for 'red shield'
    is Rothschild.

    Amschel Bauer had a son, Meyer Amschel Bauer. At a very early age Mayer showed
    that he possessed immense intellectual ability, and his father spent much of
    his time teaching him everything he could about the money lending business and
    in the basic dynamics of finance. A few years after his father's death in 1755,
    Mayer went to work in Hannover as a clerk, in a bank, founded by Simon Wolff
    Oppenheimer, son, of Jakob Wolff Oppenheimer. Simon Wolff Oppenheimer continued
    the family banking house. It was there, in the 1750s, that Mayer Amschel Rothschild apprenticed and
    learned the banking business that would become synonymous with that family
    name. While in the employ of the Oppenheimers, he was introduced to a General
    von Estorff for whom he ran errands. Meyer's superior ability was quickly
    recognized and his advancement within the firm was swift. He was awarded a
    junior partnership. Von Estorff would later provide the yet-to-be formed House
    of Rothschild an entré into to the palace of Prince William.

    His success allowed him the means to return to Frankfurt and to purchase the
    business his father had established in 1743. The big Red Shield was still
    displayed over the door. Recognizing the true significance of the Red Shield
    (his father had adopted it as his emblem from the Red Flag which was the emblem
    of the revolutionary minded Jews in Eastern Europe), Mayer Amschel Bauer
    changed his name to Rothschild (red shield). It was at this point that the
    House of Rothschild came into being.

    Through his experience with the Oppenheimers, Meyer Rothschild learned that
    loaning money to governments and kings was much more profitable than loaning to
    private individuals. Not only were the loans bigger, but they were secured by
    the nation's taxes.
    Meyer Rothschild had five sons, Amschel, Salomon, Nathan,
    Karl and Jakob. Meyer spent the rest of his life instructing them all in the
    secret techniques of money creation and manipulation. As they came of age, he
    sent them to the major capitals of Europe to open branch offices of the family
    banking business. Amschel, stayed in Frankfurt, Salomon was sent to Vienna.
    Nathan was sent to London. Karl went to Naples, and Jakob went to Paris.

    Although all the sons became astute branch managers, Nathan exhibited a
    superior affinity for the banking business. When he arrived in London, he
    became a merchant banker and began to cement ties between the House of
    Rothschild and the Bank of England.

    The House of Rothschild continued to buy and sell bullion and rare coins.
    Through their shrewd business transactions, they successfully bought out or
    dismantled most of the competition in Europe. In 1769, Meyer became a court
    agent for Prince William IX of Hesse-Kassel, who was the grandson of George II
    of England, a cousin to George III, a nephew of the King of Denmark, and a
    brother- in-law to the King of Sweden. Before long, the House of Rothschild
    became the go between for big Frankfurt bankers like the Bethmann Brothers, and
    Rueppell & Harnier.
    In 1785, Meyer moved his entire family to a five story dwelling he shared with the Schiff family. In 1865, The Schiffs' not-yet-born grandson Jacob would move to New York and in 1917 become the mastermind behind the funding of the Bolshevik Revolution. This action would successfully instate communism as a major world movement, which was, (and still is), a basic tenet of the Illuminati and their collectivist agenda, (but more Jacob Schiff and the Illuminati agenda later). From this point on the Rothschilds and the Schiffs
    would play a central role in the rest of European financial history, and subsequently that of the United States and the world.

    Meyer Rothschild began to realize that in order to attain the power necessary to influence and control the finances of the various monarchs in Europe, he would have to wrest this influence and power from the church, which would necessitate its destruction. To accomplish this, he enlisted the help of a Catholic priest, Adam Weishaupt, to assemble a secret order.

    Adam Weishaupt was born February 6, 1748 at Ingoldstadt, Bavaria. Weishaupt,
    born a Jew, was educated by the Jesuits who converted him to Catholicism. He
    purportedly developed an intense hatred for the Jesuits. Although he became a
    Catholic priest, his faith had been shaken by the Jesuits and he became an
    atheist. Weishaupt was an ardent student of French philosopher Voltaire
    (1694-1778). Voltaire, a revolutionary who held liberal religious views, had
    written in a letter to King Frederick II, ("the Great"):

    "Lastly, when the whole body of the Church should be sufficiently weakened
    and infidelity strong enough, the final blow (is) to be dealt by the sword of
    open, relentless persecution. A reign of terror (is) to be spread over the
    whole earth, and ... continue while any Christian should be found obstinate
    enough to adhere to Christianity."

    It is believed that, as a result of Voltaire's writings, Weishaupt formulated
    his ideas concerning the destruction of the Church. In 1775, when summoned by
    the House of Rothschild, he immediately defected and, at the behest of Meyer,
    began to organize the Illuminati. The 1st chapter of the order started in his
    home town of Ingolstadt.

    As the name implies, those individuals who are members of the Illuminati
    possess the 'Light of Lucifer'. As far as they are concerned, only members of
    the human race who possess the 'Light of Lucifer' are truly enlightened and
    capable of governing. Denouncing God, Weishaupt and his followers considered
    themselves to be the cream of the intelligentsia - the only people with the
    mental capacity, the knowledge, the insight and understanding necessary to
    govern the world and bring it peace. Their avowed purpose and goal was the
    establishment of a "Novus Ordo Seclorum" - a New World Order, or One
    World Government.

    Through the network of the Illuminati membership, Meyer Rothschild's efforts
    were redoubled and his banking empire became firmly entrenched throughout
    Europe. His sons, who were made Barons of the Austrian Empire, continued to
    build on what their father had started and expand his financial influence.

    During the American Revolution, the House of Rothschild brokered a deal between
    the Throne of England and Prince William of Germany. William was to provide
    16,800 Hessian soldiers to help England stop the Revolution in America.
    Rothschild was also made responsible for the transfer of funds that were to pay
    the German soldiers. The transfer was never made. The soldiers were never paid,
    which may account for their poor showing. The Americans prevailed. At this
    point Meyer Rothschild set his sights on America.

    The "Illuminati" was a name used by a German sect that existed in the 15th century. They practiced the occult, and professed to possess the 'light' that Lucifer had retained when he became Satan.

    Meanwhile Benjamin Franklin, having become very familiar with the Bank of
    England and fractional reserve banking, (see goldsmiths above), understood the
    dangers of a privately owned Central Bank controlling the issue of the Nation's
    currency and resisted the charter of a central bank until his death in 1791.
    That was the same year that Alexander Hamilton pushed through legislation that
    would provide for the charter of The First Bank of the United States.
    Ironically, the bank was chartered by the Bank of England to finance the war
    debt of the Revolutionary War. Nathan Rothschild invested heavily that first
    bank. He immediately set about to control all financial activity, between
    banks, in America.

    There were a couple of problems, though. The U.S. Constitution put control of
    the nation's currency in the hands of Congress, and made no provisions for
    Congress to delegate that authority. It even established the basic currency
    unit, the dollar. The dollar was Constitutionally mandated to be a silver coin
    based on the Spanish pillar dollar and to contain 375 grains of silver.

    This single provision was designed to keep the American money supply out of the
    hands of the banking industry. The Bank of England made several attempts to
    usurp control of the U.S. money supply but failed. Still, through their
    Illuminati agents, they continued to enlist supporters through bribery and
    kickbacks.

    Any proponent of a fractional reserve banking system is an economic
    predator.

    During the next twenty years, the country would fall prey to contrived financial havoc because of the banker’s policies of creating cycles of inflation and tight money. During times of inflation, the economy would boom, there would be high employment, and people would borrow money to buy houses and farms. At that point, the bankers would raise interest rates and incite a depression which would, obviously, cause unemployment. People who could not pay their mortgages would have their homes and farms repossessed by the bank for a fraction of their true value. This is the essence of the Illuminati ploy, and it would recur, time and time again. In fact, it's still happening today.

    By 1810, The House of Rothschild not only had a substantial stake in the Bank
    of the United States, they were quietly gaining control of the Bank of England.
    Although foreign owners were not, by law, allowed a say in the day to day
    operations of the Bank of the United States, there is little doubt that the
    American share holders and directors were, if not affiliated, complicit in the
    aims and goals of the Illuminati and their central bankers.

    In 1811, the charter for the First Bank of America was not renewed. As a
    result, the House of Rothschild lost millions. This enraged Nathan Rothschild
    so much that he, almost single handedly fomented the War of 1812. Using his
    formidable power and influence, he coerced the British Parliament to attempt to
    retake the Colonies. The first military attempt failed. The second strategy was
    to divide and conquer. Any serious historian will find that the Civil War was
    largely stirred up by Rothschild's Illuminati agents in the United States.

    Meyer Amschel Rothschild died on September 19, 1812. His will spelled out
    specific guidelines that were to be maintained by his descendants:

    1) All important posts were to be held by only family members, and only
    male members were to be involved on the business end. The oldest son of the
    oldest son was to be the head of the family, unless otherwise agreed upon by
    the rest of the family, as was the case in 1812, when Nathan was appointed as
    the patriarch.

    2) The family was to intermarry with their own first and second cousins,
    so their fortune could be kept in the family, and to maintain the appearance of
    a united financial empire. For example, his son James (Jacob) Mayer married the
    daughter of another son, Salomon Mayer. This rule became less important in
    later generations as they refocused family goals and married into other
    fortunes.

    3) Rothschild ordered that there was never to be "any public
    inventory made by the courts, or otherwise, of my estate...Also I forbid any
    legal action and any publication of the value of the inheritance."

    Nathan Mayer Rothschild, who, by 1820, had established a firm grip on the Bank
    of England stated:

    "I care not what puppet is placed upon the throne of England to rule the
    Empire on which the sun never sets. The man who controls Britain's money supply
    controls the British Empire, and I control the British money supply."

    The Second Bank of the United States was also chartered by the Bank of England
    to carry the American war debt. When its charter expired in 1836, President
    Andrew Jackson refused to renew it, saying a central bank concentrated too much
    power in the hands of unelected bankers.

    In 1838, Nathan made the following statement:

    "Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who
    makes its laws."

    During the first quarter of the nineteenth century, the Rothschilds expanded
    their financial empire throughout Europe. They crisscrossed the continent with
    railroads, which allowed the transport of coal and steel from their newly
    purchases coal mines and iron works. Through a loan to the government of
    England, they held the first lien on the Suez Canal. They financed the Romanov
    dynasty in tsarist Russia, provided the funding that allowed Cecil Rhodes the
    opportunity to plunder and sack South Africa as well as the funding that
    allowed the government of France to plunder and sack North Africa.

    As I have stated many times before, "the Dark Side" has been on both
    sides of every war that has been fought in modern times. American and British
    Intelligence have documented evidence that the House of Rothschild has financed
    both sides of every war, since the American Revolution. Financier Haym Salomon,
    an Illuminati agent, supported the patriots during the American Revolution, and
    then later made loans to James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe. As
    explained earlier, during the Napoleonic Wars, one branch of the family funded
    Napoleon, while another financed Great Britain, Germany, and other nations.

    One of the most prominent Illuminati Orders in the U.S. was the secret
    "Order of Skull & Bones". Illuminati agents, William Huntington
    Russell and Alphonso Taft, founded Chapter 322, at Yale University in 1833.
    Then, in 1856, the Order was incorporated as the Russell Trust. William Russell
    became a member of the Connecticut State Legislature in 1846 and a General in
    Connecticut National Guard in 1862. Alphonso Taft became Secretary of War in
    the Grant Administration in 1876, U.S. Attorney General in 1876 and U.S.
    Ambassador to Russia in 1884. Alphonso Taft's son later became Chief Justice
    and United States President.

    In the years preceding the Civil War, a number of "Skull and Bones"
    Patriarchs were to become leaders in the Secessionist movements of various
    Southern States. It has been suggested that these pressures exacerbated an
    already tenuous situation, and set the stage for the fomentation of the Civil
    War. The Rothschild Banks provided financing for both the North and the South
    during the war. After the civil war, the more clever method was used to take
    over the United States. The Rothschilds financed August Belmont, Khun Loeb and
    the Morgan Banks. Then they financed the Harrimans (Railroads), Carnegie
    (Steel) and other industrial Titans. Agents like Paul Warburg, Jacob Schiff, and
    Bernard Baruch were then sent to the United States to effect the next phase of
    the takeover.

    By the end of the 19th Century, the Rothschilds had controlling influence in
    England, U.S., France, Germany, Austria and Italy. Only Russia was left outside
    the financial sphere of world domination. England, through the Bank of England,
    ruled most of the world. Jacob Schiff, president of Khun Loeb Bank in New York
    was appointed by B'nai B'rith (A secret Jewish Masonic Order meaning
    "Bothers of the Convenent") to be the Revolutionary Leader of the
    Revolution in Russia. A cartel, made up of the Carnegies, Morgans ,
    Rockefellers, and Chases would contribute to the manifestation of communism. On
    January 13, 1917, Leon Trotsky arrived in the United States and received a U.S.
    Passport. He was frequently seen entering the palatial residence of Jacob
    Schiff.

    Jacob Schiff, and his supporters, financed the training of Trotsky's Rebel
    Band, comprised mainly of Jews from New York's East Side, on Rockefeller's
    Standard oil Company property in New Jersey. When sufficiently trained in the
    techniques of guerrilla warfare and terror, Trotsky's rebel band departed with
    twenty million dollars’ worth of gold, also provided by Jacob Schiff, on the
    ship S.S. Kristianiafjord bound for Russia to wage the Bolshevik revolution.

    After the Bolshevik Revolution and the wholesale murder of the entire Russian
    royal family, Standard Oil of New Jersey brought 50% of the huge Caucasus oil
    field even though the property had theoretically been nationalized. In 1927,
    Standard Oil of New York built a refinery in Russia. Then Standard Oil
    concluded a deal to market Soviet Oil in Europe and floated a loan of $75
    million to the Bolsheviks. Jacob Schiff and Paul Warburg at the Kuhn Loeb Bank
    started a campaign for a central bank in the United States. They then helped
    the Rothschild's to manipulate the financial Panic of 1907.

    Then, the panic of 1907 was used as an argument for having a central bank to
    prevent such occurrences. Paul Warburg told the Banking and Currency Committee:
    'Let us have a national clearing house'."

    The Federal Reserve Act was the brainchild of Baron Alfred Rothschild of
    London. The final version of the Act was decided on at a secret meeting at
    Jekyll Island Georgia, owned by J.P. Morgan. Present at the meeting were; A.
    Piatt Andrew, Assistant secretary of the Treasury, Senator Nelson Aldrich,
    Frank Vanderlip, President of Kuhn Loeb and Co., Henry Davidson, Senior Partner
    of J.P. Morgan Bank, Charles Norton, President of Morgan's First National of
    New York, Paul Warburg, Partner in Khun Loeb and Co. and Benjamin Strong,
    President of Morgan's Bankers Trust Co.

    The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 brought about the decimation of the U.S.
    Constitution and was the determining act of the international financiers in
    consolidating financial power in the United States. Pierre Jay, Initiated into
    the "Order of Skull and Bones" in 1892, became the first Chairman of
    the New York Federal Reserve Bank. A dozen members of the Federal Reserve can
    be linked to the same "Order."

    The Rothschilds operate out of an area in the heart of London, England, the
    financial district, which is known as 'The
    City', or the 'Square Mile.' All major British banks have their main offices
    here, along with branch offices for 385 foreign banks, including 70 from the
    United States. It is here that you will find the Bank of England, the Stock
    Exchange, Lloyd's of London, the Baltic Exchange (shipping contracts), Fleet
    Street (home of publishing and newspaper interests), the London Commodity
    Exchange (to trade coffee, rubber, sugar and wool), and the London Metal
    Exchange. It is virtually the financial hub of the world.

    What You Didn't Know About Taxes & The 'Crown'

    Positioned on the north bank of the Thames River, covering
    an area of 677 acres or one square mile (known as the "wealthiest square
    mile on earth"), it has enjoyed special rights and privileges that enabled
    them to achieve a certain level of independence since 1191. In 1215, its
    citizens received a Charter from King John, granting them the right to annually
    elect a mayor (known as the Lord Mayor), a tradition that continues today.

    Des Griffin, in his book Descent into Slavery, described 'The City' as a
    sovereign state (much like the Vatican), and that since the establishment of
    the privately owned Bank of England in 1694, this financial center has actually
    become the last word in England's national affairs. He contends that the
    country is run by powers in 'the City' and that the throne, the prime minister,
    and parliament are simply fronts for the real power. E. C. Knuth, in his book
    Empire of the City, suggests that when the queen enters 'The City,' she is
    subservient to the Lord Mayor (under him, is a committee of 12-14 men, known as
    'The Crown'), because this privately-owned corporation is not subject to the
    Queen, or the Parliament. The Rothschilds have traditionally chosen the Lord Mayor
    since 1820.

    The last national election in the United States provided its citizenry with a
    choice between two known members of a the same Satanic cult. And even then, the outcome of this election has come under extreme scrutiny.

    "Those who vote decide nothing. Those who count the vote decide everything."
    - Joseph Stalin

    References:
    Proofs of a Conspiracy Against all the Religions
    and Governments of Europe by John Robinson
    (http://www.bilderberg.org/lucis.htm)
    The Enlightenment, Freemasonry, and The
    Illuminati by Conrad Geiger
    (http://www.atheists.org/Atheism/roots/enlightenment)
    A Bavarian Illuminati Primer by Trevor W. McKeown
    (http://freemasonry.bcy.ca/Writings/Illuminati.html)
    The Illuminati and the Council on Foreign
    Relations by Myron C. Fagan
    (http://100777.com/node/view/13)
    Merchants of Debt by Hans Schicht
    (http://www.gold-eagle.com/research/schichtndx.html)
    The Eagle and the Serpent by Dr. Wesley A. Swift
    (http://www.childrenofyahweh.com/Swift/the_eagle.htm)
    Article from: http://www.silverbearcafe.com/private/rothschild.html
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