The Income Tax Implies that Government Owns You


“…what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people? Still one more thing, fellow citizens a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.” – Thomas Jefferson (1801)


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Jeffrey A. Tucker

The income tax is enshrined into law but it is an idea that stands in total contradiction to the driving force behind the American Revolution and the idea of freedom itself. We desperately need a serious national movement to get rid of it – not reform it, not replace it, not flatten it or refocus its sting from this group to that. It just needs to go.

The great essayist Frank Chodorov once described the income tax as the root of all evil. His target was not the tax itself, but the principle behind it. Since its implementation in 1913, he wrote, “The government says to the citizen: ‘Your earnings are not exclusively your own; we have a claim on them, and our claim precedes yours; we will allow you to keep some of it, because we recognize your need, not your right; but whatever we grant you for yourself is for us to decide.”

He really does have a point. That’s evil. When Congress ratified the 16th Amendment on Feb. 3, 1913, there was a sense in which all private income in the U.S. was nationalized. What was not taxed from then on was a favor granted unto us, and continues to be so.

This is implied in the text of the amendment itself: “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.”

No Limits

Where are the limits? There weren’t any. There was some discussion about putting a limit on the tax, but it seemed unnecessary. Only 1% of the income earners would end up paying about 1% to the government. Everyone else was initially untouched. Who really cares that the rich have to pay a bit more, right? They can afford it.

This perspective totally misunderstands the true nature of government, which always wants more money and more power and will stop at nothing to get both. The 16th Amendment was more than a modern additive to an antique document. It was a new philosophy of the fiscal life of the entire country.

Today, the ruling elite no longer bothers with things like amendments. But back in the day, it was different. The amendment was made necessary because of previous court decisions that stated what was once considered a bottom-line presumption of the free society: Government cannot tax personal property. What you make is your own. You get to keep the product of your labors. Government can tax sales, perhaps, or raise money through tariffs on goods coming in and out of the country. But your bank account is off-limits.

The amendment changed that idea. In the beginning, it applied to very few people. This was one reason it passed. It was pitched as a replacement tax, not a new money raiser. After all the havoc caused by the divisive tariffs of the 19th century, this sounded like a great deal to many people, particularly Southerners and Westerners fed up with paying such high prices for manufactured goods while seeing their trading relations with foreign consumers disrupted.

People who supported it – and they were not so much the left but the right-wing populists of the time – imagined that the tax would hit the robber baron class of industrialists in the North. And that it did. Their fortunes began to dwindle, and their confidence in their ability to amass and retain intergenerational fortunes began to wane.

Limit to Accumulation

We all know the stories of how the grandchildren of the Gilded Age tycoons squandered their family heritage in the 1920s and failed to carry on the tradition. Well, it is hardly surprising. The government put a timetable and limit on accumulation. Private families and individuals would no longer be permitted to exist except in subjugation to the taxing state. The kids left their private estates to live in the cities, put off marriage, stopped bothering with all that hearth and home stuff. Time horizons shortened, and the Jazz Age began.

Class warfare was part of the deal from the beginning. The income tax turned the social fabric of the country into a giant lifetime boat, with everyone arguing about who had to be thrown overboard so that others might live.

The demon in the beginning was the rich. That remained true until the 1930s, when FDR changed the deal. Suddenly, the income would be collected, but taxed in a different way. It would be taken from everyone, but a portion would be given back late in life as a permanent income stream. Thus was the payroll tax born. This tax today is far more significant than the income tax.

The class warfare unleashed all those years ago continues today. One side wants to tax the rich. The other side finds it appalling that the percentage of people who pay no income tax has risen from 30% to nearly 50%. Now we see the appalling spectacle of Republicans regarding this as a disgrace that must change. They have joined the political classes that seek advancement by hurting people.

The Payroll Tax

It’s extremely strange that the payroll tax is rarely considered in this debate. The poor, the middle class and the rich are all being hammered by payroll taxes that fund failed programs that provide no security and few benefits at all.

It’s impossible to take seriously the claims that the income tax doesn’t harm wealth creation. When Congress wants to discourage something – smoking, imports, selling stocks or whatever – they know what to do: Tax it. Tax income, and on the margin, you discourage people from earning it.

Tax debates are always about “reform” – which always means a slight shift in who pays what, with an eye to raising ever more money for the government. A far better solution would be to forget the whole thing and return to the original idea of a free society: You get to keep what you earn or inherit. That means nothing short of abolishing the great mistake of 1913.

Forget the flat tax. The only just solution is no tax on incomes ever.

But let’s say that one day we actually become safe from the income tax collectors and something like blessed peace arrives. There is still another problem that emerged in 1913. Congress created the Federal Reserve, which eventually developed the power to create all the money that government would ever need, even without taxing.

For the practical running of the affairs of the state, the Fed is far worse than the income tax. It creates the more-insidious tax because it is so sneaky. In a strange way, it has made all the debates about taxation superfluous. Denying the government revenue does nothing to curb its appetites for our liberties and property. The Fed has managed to make it impossible to starve the beast.

Chodorov was correct about the evil of the income tax. Its passage signaled the beginning of a century of despotism. Our property is no longer safe. Our income is not our own. We are legally obligated to turn over whatever our masters say we owe them. You can fudge this point: None of this is compatible with the old liberal idea of freedom.

You doubt it? Listen to Thomas Jefferson from his inaugural address of 1801. What he said then remains true today:”…what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people? Still one more thing, fellow citizens a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.”

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A robbery by any other name


How Governments Justify Theft is a Fallacy: Wealth Was Created before Taxation

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Do we owe society taxes?

Tax day is tomorrow. Some people get excited because they will get money back which the government withheld–a clever trick that makes people feel less oppressed and plundered by filing taxes.

Something the regressive left likes to say is that taxes are justified because of the infrastructure of society, provided by the government, makes all earning possible. It is, therefore, only fair to share some of that wealth to continue funding the common property. They say the rich would never have gotten rich without government provided services, and that is why they owe the government.

An up and comer on the left who we will unfortunately not stop hearing from anytime soon has weighed in on why we owe taxes to society. This is an old but relevant quote since progressive champion Elizabeth Warren will probably be a White House contender soon enough. While running for Senate she said:

There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody! You built a factory out there, good for you, but I want to be clear, you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that mauraduing bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did… But part of the underlying social contract is that you take a hunk of that, and pay forward for the next kid that comes along.

I think she slipped up there. Do you see it? Warren says that if the government didn’t provide security for the factory, the business owners would have to “hire someone to protect against” marauding bands. And she is correct in that.

What she leaves out is that their money is already stolen to pay for the police. So why on earth would they say no thanks to a service for which they were forced to pay? (Well, I guess because the police do a terrible job. Most factories do in fact hire their own security in addition to the police that “the rest of us” paid for.)

And this is the whole issue: Which came first, the government or wealth?

Clearly, a business first has to have money in order to be taxed. And it makes sense to think that since the infrastructure already exists, it helps people to earn money. And it does, but it was all paid for first by privately produced wealth.

Think about it, the very first tax payers were farmers that were conquered by herders and forced to pay a share of their yield to the nomadic invaders. The herders realized they could make this a regular thing if they didn’t murder all the farmers, and thus government was born.

Not murdering the people was the first service which government ever provided. Boy, are we lucky to have them!

Ironic that Warren says taxes are paid to basically prevent from happening the very thing which began the existence of government. It was extortion from the very beginning. The farmers paid protection money to their government.

Who was the main threat? The government. The mafia does the same thing.

But looking at the first taxpayers shows that they necessarily had to have earned something and created wealth before they were taxed on it.

And this means we are building on a stolen foundation. It means we didn’t need the government to make wealth creation possible in the very first place. Based on the very function of government, which only came into existence after the first farmers had created wealth, this proves that it is possible to create wealth without that magnificent infrastructure for which “the rest of us” paid.

Warren said it herself when she admitted the factories could simply purchase their own protection. But what they are really paying for, is protection from the people they are paying, the government.

So is taxation the price we pay for the society government has built around us? Without a doubt, certain things taxes pay for are used by everyone living in society and thus contribute to business, like roads for shipping.

And even though the government is used to providing these things, the question remains are taxes what we owe to society for the opportunity to do business? Or did wealth have to be created first before taxes could be paid?

Justifying the Upward Redistribution of Wealth

Everything government does is done with tax dollars, therefore first something of value had to be created before they could tax anything.

So then why do people argue that we owe the government taxes because they have made everything we earn possible?

We wanted to add a Bernie Sanders quote since he was vocally against the wealthy. He is one of the most powerful U.S. Senators at this point, with his unspent war chest of individual campaign donations, and an army of useful idiots.

But it turns out the man said remarkably little for how much he talked. It was all catch phrases and the same repeated lines about how immoral it is to be wealthy. The rich need to pay their “fair share” he says, but that doesn’t actually answer the question of why anybody should have to pay taxes. We all need to be robbed equally?

There are certain ways to become wealthy which are immoral, such as securing government contracts, government bailouts, government grants, government loans, and government subsidies. But Bernie’s support for higher taxes would only exacerbate that upward transfer of wealth.

Sanders actually never tried to justify why the rich owe taxes, his only criticism seemed to be that they were wealthy. He repeated over and over that they basically stole this wealth from the middle class, but offered no real examples other than the Wall Street bailouts (which yes, were theft on their part, but again that was a government transfer of wealth, which giving the government more power would only increase).

Turns out what Bernie was doing has been done since the beginning of government. Jared Diamond explains the origins of Chiefdoms in his book Guns, Germs, and Steel:

These noble and selfish functions are inextricably linked, although some governments emphasize much more of one function than of the other. The difference between a kleptocrat and a wise statesman, between a robber baron and public benefactor, is merely one of degree: a matter of just how large a percentage of the tribute extracted from producers is retained by the elite, and how much the commoners like the public uses to which the redistributed tribute is put…

Make the masses happy by redistributing much of the tribute received, in popular ways. This principle was as valid for Hawaiian chiefs as it is for American politicians today.

Clearly, Bernie is a big fan of the redistribution method; his free college proposals sound pretty good to his young target demographic.

So basically, these “progressive” stars are actually regressing to the oldest forms of government which always looted and tricked the masses into supporting their power grabs and wealth confiscation.

The government didn’t create the wealth in society, and they didn’t even make that wealth creation possible. They simply stole the wealth that others created and redistributed it in obvious and popular ways. They monopolized mechanisms like roads and security in order to make it seem like the government is the only method of laying the infrastructure to create wealth.

But clearly wealth came before taxation, otherwise, there would have been nothing to tax! The premise of their justification for theft is a fallacy.

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Obama wants Worldwide Taxes


Malaysian premier Najib played golf with Obama in Hawaii and the GST was enforced on April 01, 2015 in spite of protests by the people.

The GST is just the beginning of …a world tax system


 

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Obama is calling for tax reform worldwide the same as his socialist IMF candidate Christine Lagarde. Obama said “There is no doubt that the problem of global tax avoidance generally is a huge problem.” This whole issue always focuses on people not paying whatever the government demands. It never addresses government squandering money. Obama went on to say “We shouldn’t make it legal to engage in transactions just to avoid taxes.” He further added that “the basic principle of making sure everyone pays their fair share”. These statements are so dishonest and Orwellian it is frightening for the less educated cheer. If one of your parents was American and you were born in Canada and paid taxes their your whole life, the IRS is after them because all Americans owe taxes to Washington even if you never lived here or used any services to justify paying your “fair share” or something you do not use. This statement is so twisted because it is government who sees whatever you earn as their’s and it is they who want a share of your earnings regardless if it is fair. They rob us of money we pay into Social Security and never allow the average person to earn money for retirement. The “rich” get rich from investment, not wages. They rob the citizen of that money and then promise to given they payments in the future never investing anything.

When will the ignorant wake up?

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The #GST is just the beginning…of a world tax system


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Why Largarde Stayed at the IMF? To Increase its Global Power

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, spoke at the IMF Arab Fiscal Forum: Fiscal Policy and Growth in Abu Dhabi on February 22, 2016. Her message was clear – forget downsizing government or reforming anything, just raise taxes. She opened the conference saying:

This event is taking place at a pivotal moment not only for this region but for many other countries that have seen fiscal issues rise to the top of their policy agendas.

Or, to be more precise, it is taxation that has risen to the agenda in many countries. If you wonder why this issue has become so important, let me assure you that this is nothing new in the history of mankind!

Largarde is calling for international taxation. She has threatened every tax haven with being sanctioned and removed from the Swift System unless they give up everyone. She has done far more damage to the world economy than any previous director. We have anemic economic growth and rising tax enforcement depriving us of our free society and the free movement of people as well as capital. If you owe taxes, government simply revokes your passport precisely as passports began to prove you owed the state nothing and could travel. She concluded her address calling for global tax enforcement and raising of taxes, not reforming government in the least. She said:

“Political economy…proposes two distinct objects: first, to provide a plentiful revenue or subsistence for the people…and secondly, to supply the state or commonwealth with a revenue sufficient for the public services.”

My main message today is this: creating successful 21st-century economies requires robust government revenues and an international tax system that works for everybody. These ingredients are essential for growth, fairness, and development.

They provide the fertile ground for the prosperity of nations. And we at the IMF are ready to play our part for the benefit of our membership.

Focus on what she said: “robust government revenues and an international tax system.” Those who feared a one-world government may be incorrect insofar as politicians will never surrender all power to some central body. But the one-world government Largarde is trying to create is a one-world tax authority. That is why she remained at the IMF. Freedom is but a fleeting dream that vanishes day by day before our eyes.

Just open your eyes before you cannot. EVERY career politician is against Donald Trump. Why? They are afraid he may end their gravy train. It does not matter who they are left or right; career politicians are against Trump. I would not doubt some plot to stop him.

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The Many Ways the State Taxes the Poor


 

bf Ludwig Von Mises Institute

by , October 27, 2014

 

taxMost defenders of the state assume that government services help the poor. And, sometimes, some poor people do benefit financially from government programs. But there’s a hidden cost: taxation and mandatory programs (Social Security, for instance) that hurt the needy by restricting their choices. Government taxes away income that low-income households could invest in improving their lives. At the same time, state-sponsored benefits create incentives that keep the poor trapped in poverty.

Many assume that government barely taxes the poor, but the reality is otherwise. The poorest fifth of Americans pay 16 percent of their incomes in taxes (including federal, state, and local). One in six dollars they earn goes straight to the government. For a family living at the margin, those taxes can be the difference between food on the table and hungry children.

Admittedly, a big chunk of government expenses is for programs designed to help the poor. But even when this money actually helps — and it rarely does — it’s important to note the pernicious effects of taxation. Consider: every dollar of taxes is one dollar that a worker must give to the government first, regardless of whether that dollar could help him feed his family or improve his livelihood. If a poor man is faced with the choice of paying taxes or starting a business, he had best choose the former, otherwise he’ll go to jail.

This is true for the wealthy as well. But poor people live closer to the margin. More of their money is taken up with fixed bills like rent and food. This leaves them less discretionary income to, for instance, invest in a business. Because their pool of discretionary income is smaller, taxes cut deeper into it.

Mandatory government programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, compound the choice-restricting effects of taxation. Social Security, for instance, forces people to save for retirement regardless of whether or not that money could be better spent in another way.

Saving for retirement is generally a good idea; most people anticipate needing a monetary cushion to see them through their golden years. But it’s not the best approach for everyone. The young woman with terminal cancer, for instance, probably won’t be around to enjoy the fruits of Social Security. She can best maximize her happiness by spending that money now, whether it’s on fun experiences, or on taking care of her children, or on better medical treatment. Similarly, for the destitute man who can afford to either save for retirement or feed his children, it takes a heartless bureaucrat indeed to force him to do the former. Yet that is precisely what Social Security does.

Many poor people eventually want to start a business or learn new skills. Both take start-up capital. Imagine that John, a retail worker barely making ends meet, wants to learn to code so that he can find a better job. Most learn-to-code programs, such as Code School, aren’t free. Investing in such a program could significantly increase Johdn’s value and salary, allowing him to improve his finances both now and later. But faced between paying 7 percent of his paycheck to Social Security, or investing that 7 percent in learning new skills to build a career, John has to choose the former or go to jail.

Each individual has his or her unique circumstances. For some, saving for retirement right now might be smart. For others, that money could be better spent on something else. By mandating retirement savings, government robs individuals of the freedom to make their own decisions.

I’ve focused on Social Security, but other government programs have the same effect. Obamacare requires that people buy insurance or pay a fine, even if insurance isn’t in their best interests. Medicare forces the poor to put aside part of their money today to pay for their health care costs in old age — regardless of whether or not that decision is best for the man or woman in question.

But what about programs that give the poor money, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and unemployment benefits? Even these programs create perverse incentives, trapping men and women who use them in poverty.

Because government assistance has built-in cutoff points, it creates de facto high marginal tax rates for the poor. If Jane makes $10,000 per year at McDonald’s, she might rely on programs like Medicare and welfare to make ends meet. But imagine she has the option to switch industries and take an entry-level job in a new career (for example, marketing) that pays $25,000 per year. If she takes the new job, she could end up bringing in $2,540 less on net. She might get $15,000 more from her employer, but she’ll lose $17,540 through a combination of higher taxes and reduced government benefits.

For Jane, the economically rational decision is to keep flipping burgers and not move to a new position. Government incentives reward her for staying in a dead-end job. By obeying these incentives, she misses out on all the promise inherent in a real career. People in marketing tend to be in demand in almost every company, and have more choice in where they want to work. They can earn promotions and climb the corporate ladder. These options aren’t available for a fast-food worker. Government programs give Jane the financial incentive to stay in her current position, restricting her long-term options.

Government programs, well-meaning or not, serve to trap the already downtrodden. By contrast, the market creates freedom and options and promotes upward mobility.

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Malaysia – Hello, where is the fuel subsidy?


The Malay Mail Online

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Motorists queue up to fill their vehicles with petrol before the nationwide 20 sen petrol price increase at midnight in George Town, October 1, 2014. — Picture by K.E. Ooi

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Say, where is that fuel subsidy?

COMMENTARY, Oct 14 — So, tell me again, where is that fuel subsidy from the government that everyone is talking about?

You buy a car, below 1,800cc like most people, because that is all you can afford. Let’s say it rolls out the factory gates priced at RM40,000.

At that price, a fair profit has already been made by the factory, sufficient to pay for its factory rental, equipment amortisation, suppliers, employees’ wages, etc. All fair enough.

The government has been kind enough to do away with import duty from Asean nations, in the spirit of cooperation and all that. It now takes just 75 per cent in excise duty on your sub-1,800cc car. That’s RM30,000.

Don’t take my word for it, see it for yourself here.

So, it reaches the distributor at a cost of RM70,000 plus transport and miscellaneous charges. The distributor, and the dealer down the line, have to make a profit to cover their costs, simply because they are in business to make a profit. Fair enough.

Say, they mark up 15 per cent of RM70,000, which brings the price to RM80,500.

The taxman is not done yet. He takes a further 10 per cent in sales tax. That’s RM8,050, which pushes the price to RM88,550.

When you pay RM88,550, remember that RM38,050 (that’s roughly 43 per cent) of the car’s price is already in the government’s pocket.

Then you drive for the next 15 years. Car companies calculate warranties based on an average annual usage of 20,000km. So, you drive 300,000km.

At an average of 8L/100km (a decent, not so great, not too bad fuel consumption for a 1,800cc car), you burn up 24,000L in 15 years.

Now, the government already has 3,805,000 sen of your hard-earned money (which has been already income-taxed, by the way).

Forget about complex compound interests and overnight rates the government can earn from holding your money over 15 years, that amount can subsidise your 24,000L of fuel at 158.54 sen per litre.

Now, I quote from The Star Wednesday August 20, 2014, that is, before the latest round of oil price drops and subsidy rationalisation: “As of July 2014, the actual price of RON95 petrol was RM2.85 and diesel RM2.71. The flat rate subsidies of 75 sen per litre for RON95 and 71 sen per litre for diesel are extended to all private and commercial vehicles.”

You earn an income, you pay income tax. That pays for the country’s services to you. You pay road tax to use the roads. You pay toll to use some other roads. You pay sales tax to pay for the government’s expenses. You pay excise tax some more … For what?

So, remind me again, where is the “fuel subsidy by the government” that everyone is talking about?

It looks like we are subsidising the government after all.

Paul Si

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No More Idle Promises – A Message from Ashtar Sheran (aka Archangel Michael )


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No More Idle Promises – A Message from Ashtar Sheran (aka Archangel Michael)

(as received by Ariel DeAngelis (aka Archangel Ariel) on July 1, 2013)

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Dear Family of Light,

We gently recommend that you ground yourselves and place yourselves in your Heart Center before continuing to read this message and the Absolute Truth it will convey to you. We ask you ahead of time that as you read this message to please make note of your reaction to it. This is why it is so important for you to be well grounded and Heart Centered as you read.

We point out that at times within the expanse of this message it may seem to you that you are being scolded, or reprimanded somehow. Please note however that we are merely bringing to your attention issues which need to be brought back to Light in order that you may address them summarily and effect the appropriate changes which this Absolute Truth will help you see are essential in order for compliance of promises which have been made to come forth into your experience.

It has been stated many times, even in recent “times”, that Heaven helps they who help themselves. We know that so many of you view your Galactic Family as being synonymous with the Company of Heaven, and you are absolutely right! We remind you however, that we are not the only facet that makes up the gem which you so reverently refer to as the Company of Heaven, for you too are members of your Galactic Family, this INfininte Family of Light, and we have tried to help you become consciously aware of the fact that when you help yourselves, you ARE , in fact, Heaven helping you. Yes! Each and every one of you are a charter member in the Company of Heaven, even the ones who you view as part of the “dark side”. In reality, as was stated by one of you recently, there is no “dark side” (may I quote?),

“…that’s just the other half of you that you don’t understand yet... perception of darkness is deduced from “fear” of the unknown, or lack of understanding. Flip the switch, on comes the “Light”, everything becomes illuminated and you realize that there was never anything to be afraid of... and your perception of darkness? Well, that was just a perception... part of the “polarity” in our experience of duality. So don’t be afraid of the dark ... it’s just you in disguise.”

Universe Bless you all; we see you still stumbling around in the “dark” some of you still asleep, some of you with your eyes intentionally shut, some of you who had near year end 2012 pulled off the blinders, yet put them back on when 2013 rolled around and it appeared to you that the “promises” which had been made to you by your Galactic Family – the Company of Heaven – had not been kept, citing “there’s nothing to see here”, rolled over and went back to sleep. We sympathize and empathize with you in your plight; we feel much more of what you are going through that you realize. In fact, we feel it all. But so many of you, when you put your blinders back on did not take the opportunity that was afforded to you at that time to go very deeply within yourselves and discover the answers to all your “problems” – laying wait, right there inside of you all along… that the promises you have made to yourselves are the first promises which must be kept if we your Brothers and Sisters would step forward and make good on our promises to you ~ and we have told you as much time and again. “… someday I will… one day I will …” And how many of you put conditions on those promises you make to yourselves? “… when I have the time… when I have the resources … when I lose weight… when I get in shape… when, when, when, when “… When? Though you may view our reluctance to act on your behalf by putting into action our own promises to you as a sort of “condition”, we point out to you that it is not. We are simply following the Divine Mandate wherein we cannot step in until first YOU step in. You may have forgotten that we are mirrors for each other. Or perhaps you are fully aware that we are reflected in you; so many now being aware of their own Divinity. Have you considered however, that just as you see us in yourselves we also see you in ourselves, and we can only act as we see you acting on your own behalf?

Promises not kept; idle promises… or are they?

At the risk of adding insult to injury, let us talk about “Prosperity Packages” for a moment. There has been much “homage” paid to lately the notion of a “reallocation” of funds – currencies backed by gold, and so on. Had you considered, however, the possibility that this “reallocation” of funds may have been misrepresented, or at best, misinterpreted? AND/OR that it has already taken place???

Yes, THERE is a point of contention for many of you – especially the ones of you who by now had expected, or at least hoped, to see lots of zeros magically appear behind the [made up] numeric totals which already existed in your bank accounts. Whatever happened to that? A ruse you say? Yet whose ruse was it? We of Ashtar Command and Galactic Federation of Light, in fact, the whole Company of Heaven do not know where that concept came from, except that some who said that they spoke on our behalf were promoting it at one point. I for one never mentioned such a notion as being something that would become a reality in your experience, and in fact I recall having cautioned against perceiving it that way. Yet, that notion of instant gratification has been taken up by so many. So many have it in their heads that if they just had enough money then all their problems would be fixed. We ask you quite emphatically however, has that ever worked? Does the concept ever come into your thoughts of it not mattering how much money you have, you in fact never feel that you have enough? It is a never ending cycle, and yet you continue to play the game. Why? Especially when so many of you who still do so know better? And now because someone told you what you wanted to hear, you go about your daily business of playing the game expecting a “package” to magically “drop out of the sky” which will alleviate all your financial woes once and for all. Setting you free from your self-imposed bondage… you are already free, and you just don’t know it… can’t see it. We are bringing this message to you to help you understand that fact.

Some of you have the inherent feeling that it’s not so easy; but did you know that it could be? Did you know, that you yourselves have been the shareholder, the caretaker of your very own prosperity package all along (that which you refer to as wages, or salaries earned), but you never thought of it that way because you always viewed it as belonging to someone else; i.e. EVERYONE AND EVERY INSTITUTION WHICH YOU BELIEVE YOU OWE MONEY TO?!!

We remind you here once again that Human Beings are the only residents of Mother Earth who pay for the privilege of living on Her. Consider the lilies of the field… ? Does anyone in the entire Universe really “own” any of it? Think about it…

You pay into your governments – in the form of taxes which said governments claim they will use to “take care of you” and yet they don’t (at least in the way in which you have been led to believe they would). You pay into insurance – essentially playing a “lottery” against yourself on the pretext that some tragedy might befall you, yet how many of you realize that by placing such a wager you actually attract tragedy into your life experience? You pay into multiple “accounts” of imaginary numbers stored in vast “databases” which were created out of THIN AIR by financial institutions which don’t really exist in and of themselves, but which are controlled by one central “bank”, in the guise of making accessible to you currencies which DID NOT EXIST at the time you were “coaxed” or perhaps in some cases “coerced” into using it for the sole purpose in some cases of enabling you to “stay ahead of the Joneses” or for you to build up your stockpile of “stuff” so that you will be certain to have enough things to keep you occupied in your “spare time”. And I ask you… what spare time? You who now live in (you notice I do not use the word “occupy”) those “developed” countries which tout themselves as being the richest in the world, work two, three, sometimes more “jobs” in order to make ends meet – spending so much time WORKING just to keep a roof over your heads and food in your stomachs in addition to all the “other things” you believe you need to pay for, that you hardly have any spare time in which to sleep and recharge yourselves for the next day of work, much less to actually spend some time re-creating, fulfilling your “God-given” right to THRIVE instead of merely survive. And then there are those of you for whom you believe that fate has truly not smiled upon you – you have no jobs, no means by which to make ends meet. Some of you are “fortunate” enough to be entitled to unemployment “benefits”, some of you have essentially no funds at all, and still you worry about which bills to pay first, foremost before you’ve made certain that your most basic needs are met.

How many of you have forgotten that one of those most basic needs is Joy? Yes, Joy…

We now reveal to you, point blank, that the prosperity packages you have been hoping to acquire are ALREADY within your grasp, but you have misidentified them as the means by which you would use to keep the “wolves at bay”… to keep the “goon squad” from knocking at your door demanding “protection insurance” dues from you… to keep “Uncle Sam” from throwing you in jail for failure to pad his pockets for him. Do you see? Even you who now live by means of public assistance alone, you are still paying into the “game”. Which ones of you who are receiving unemployment, “social security” benefits, or welfare “payouts” are still being forced to have taxes withheld from money’s that were what you paid into the system in the form of taxes in the first place, in order that you WOULD have something to fall back on in leaner times? You are being taxed double, at least. Though we understand that in this instance it is truly being foisted upon you; it happens before the funds ever reach your hands. But then you go about the process of divvying it out to all of your other perceived financial responsibilities, instead of spending it truly on yourselves and what you WANT, rather than what you have been conditioned to believe you NEED in your life. It is YOUR money – why not do what YOU want to do with it for a change?

What DO you really want? What ever happened to the “pursuit of happiness”? When did things get to be this way that happiness, along with Joy was relegated to the notion of “pipe dream”?

What DO you really want? And what WOULD happen if you took your very own prosperity package, which you now recognize as yours and yours alone, if for no other reason than you simply hold it within your experience, don’t worry about where it came from – what would happen if you took and used that prosperity package for something which up to this point you have viewed as being wholly self-indulgent?

Furthermore, what would happen if from this point forward you only used your prosperity package for things that would bring you not just the most basic of necessities, but things and events that would actually result in your happiness and your Joy? Of course, we recommend that you use discretion, and remember that you can only make use of or enjoy one thing at a time. So take that into consideration as you realize that you have the WHOLE UNIVERSE at you beck and call. You always have had really. You just forgot. We are reminding you. Yes, at some point the notion of “sharing” will come into your meme, but first you must be good to yourselves; to Love yourselves; to help yourselves in order that Heaven too will step in and help you…

This is the promise that you made to yourselves… it is also the promise which we, your Galactic Family have made to you. Let’s keep it – together! And there will no longer be the perception of family members, whether Earth bound, or floating in Space, idly sitting by with thumbs firmly placed where the sun does not shine. Let us ALL get up out of our seats and celebrate Life! Right here right now; no more idle promises, ever!!

I AM Ashtar Sheran, or perhaps more aptly “The Sheran of Ashtar”, otherwise known to many of you as Archangel Michael (in the flesh). Let us go forth from this day with a renewed understanding of what it means to keep a promise, and remember that a promise kept to yourself is you understanding and showing yourself how much you Love yourself. And let me assure you; there is no greater Love! For to Love yourself is to Love All That Is!

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