Like most Americans, I inadvertently supported the government and its wars — I can look at an old W2 form to see just how much. I didn’t want to, but my opposition was only an opinion while my support was in dollars and cents.
Finally I decided that refusing my moral support wasn’t enough. I have to put my money where my mouth is.
When the U.S. invaded Iraq in , I stopped paying federal income tax and started working for my values instead of against them. I quit my job and reduced my income so that I no longer owe any federal income tax. I transformed my life, concentrating on what really matters, so that I can live well and securely on a lower income.
I take a practical approach, learning about the tax laws and about how to live well by being sensibly frugal. I can live within my means without paying federal income tax — honestly, peacefully, and legally — and can avoid paying other taxes as well.
I think we have to earn a country we can be proud of — with hard work and practical changes, not with complaints or wishful thinking or voting. We have to start by putting all of our effort on the side of our values, instead of allowing so much of our effort to be stolen by the tax collector and used in ways that shame us.
On this blog, I write about living my beliefs — why I chose this path and what I’m learning along the way.
— David Gross