Robert Kahre, standing up for sound money, freedom of choice, and the rule of law, paid his contractors in gold:
Robert Kahre, who owns numerous construction businesses in Las Vegas, is standing trial on 57 counts of income tax evasion, tax fraud and criminal conspiracy. If convicted on most counts, he could live out his life in prison.
But attorney William Cohan paints Kahre as an American “hero” who believes his payroll system helped keep the U.S. monetary system sound, and was also a form of legal tax avoidance.
A self-made entrepreneur, Kahre, 48, paid his workers in gold and silver coin, and said they could go by the coins’ face value — rather than the much higher market value of their precious metal content — for federal tax purposes. He did not withhold taxes from their wages, and he provided the same payroll system to 35 outside clients, which were other local businesses.
Judge David Ezra is presiding over the criminal trial, which began May 19 in U.S. District Court. Joining Kahre as defendants are his longtime girlfriend, a sister who works in his businesses, and a former business assistant.
Three of the four present defendants were among the nine people tried on similar charges two years ago, but no convictions resulted. In the 2007 trial, four others of the nine defendants, including Kahre’s mother, were entirely acquitted. Two individuals were only partially acquitted, but dropped from the indictment that forms the basis for the trial before Ezra.
This time around, the only new defendant is Danille Cline, Kahre’s girlfriend of 19 years, and the stay-at-home mother of his four children. The government claims she obstructed the Internal Revenue Service by allowing Kahre to place several homes in her name, thus attempting to conceal his assets.
Cline’s former brother-in-law, Thomas Browne, also was indicted this time, for his role as broker in some of the real estate transactions, but has since reached a plea bargain. He is expected to testify against the defendants.
“This is a case about money, greed and fraud.” The line appeared on screen in court during the government’s opening statement by Christopher Maietta, a trial lawyer from the Washington, D.C., office of the Department of Justice.
My comment: From the point of view of a dull and uneducated person there exists of course no other way to “describe” this case. I would more appropriately title it a case about freedom, sound money, and legal tender injustice.
It is obvious that the IRS is terrified about this completely legal way to avoid income taxation. Their indoctrination of the public about the immorality of supposed tax evasion has indeed permeated the minds of the clueless masses.
But before they have the right to attempt even the slightest attack on people like Kahre, they themselves should first of all do their best to justify the current US fiat money system.
Now, anybody who is confronted with any of the age old lies regarding the legality of the US fiat money system can politely point the ignorant blabbermouth to some very simple paragraphs in the US constitution.
It is commonly held that Congress rightfully delegated the powers to print fiat money to the Federal Reserve Bank, based upon the following paragraph in Article I, Section 8:
The Congress shall have power…
To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;
The problem here is obviously that this section clearly talks about coining money. There is nothing else that could be read into this. Based on this Congress has no right to create fiat money, be it directly or indirectly.
Now, one could argue that the states independently could be allowed to enforce legal tenders other than gold and silver. But there is one problem: The Constitution states explicitly in Article I, Section 10:
No state shall enter into any treaty, alliance, or confederation; grant letters of marque and reprisal; coin money; emit bills of credit; make anything but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts; pass any bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts, or grant any title of nobility.
The 10th Amendment clarifies what powers the Federal government does NOT have:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
Nowhere does the Constitution delegate to the Federal government the power to print paper money and make it legal tender. Not only that. On top of that it even strictly prohibits this practice to the states. How much more obvious did the founders of the United States have to make their unconditional opposition to the use of fiat money?
And they didn’t do it just for the heck of it. They were well aware of the problems caused by fiat money. They had lived through the disasters caused by the Continental Dollar:
With no solid backing and being easily counterfeited, the continentals quickly lost their value, giving voice to the phrase “not worth a continental”.
The painful experience of the runaway inflation and collapse of the Continental dollar prompted the delegates to the Constitutional Convention to include the gold and silver clause into the United States Constitution so that the individual states could not issue bills of credit.
… so long as people are ignorant and forget, history will repeat itself.