02 October 2006 @ 02:36 am
Warning: Politics  
"Treat them with humanity, and let them have no reason to complain of our copying the brutal example of the British army in their treatment of our unfortunate brethren." George Washington

So, it's taken a few days for me to step back from the shaking rage that America's 'representatives' have authorized torture. In great part, the rage was a feeling of hopelessness. The bill is passed, we're stuck with it now, there is nothing to be done.

But there's never nothing. I can continue to write. I can (and will) vote. But most of all, I can hit them where it hurts most -- the pocketbook.

See, once the brain came back online, I remembered a site explaining how, through legal means, one could reduce one's federal tax burden to $0. I couldn't remember the name to save my soul, but I finally searched for 'tax resistance' as an interest on LJ and found someone who had the feed friended. So, my fellow Americans, I give to you The Picket Line's How To Resist the Federal Income Tax Through the “Don’t Owe Nothin’” Method. As much as the war pissed me off, it wasn't enough to set me on this course, but endorsing torture? That gets me off my ass.

I unfortunately won't be able to reduce this year's tax burden to $0. However, I can significantly reduce it for this year and get planning for the next. My employer only matches my 401(k) up to 6%, so that's what I'm currently contributing, but I can increase that up to 25%. Done. Next month, I will be able to set my FSA contribution for 2007, that also will be increased. Actually, I was going to increase it anyway, but now more so. I can always go wild with OTC medications and colored contacts. I will stop contributing to my Roth IRA and open a Traditional (read: deductible) IRA instead, even though I think the tax consequences will suck mightily in retirement. Oh hell, that's not for another 40+ years, I'll worry about it in 2046.

I want to go further than this -- say a Compact-style vow to stop buying new things, as those new things also provide considerable revenue stream -- but I worry that too much change all at once may be overwhelming and lead me to throw my hands up and say 'fuck it, it's too hard'. But right now? I have a start.
Current Mood: productiveproductive
Lotripper: war is not the answermsilverstar on October 3rd, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
Interesting, and go you for taking action!
We're screwed. With our pants on.chevauchee on October 3rd, 2006 05:52 am (UTC)
I'm still not sure I'll be able to make it work, but if nothing else, my 401k is going to get very fat, very fast.