Conservatives love to complain about the federal government wasting taxpayer money on this boondoggle or that one, but it’s pretty rare for them to take the next step and refuse to pay their taxes because of it. Here is one of those rare examples, from the Reading Eagle on :
Julius W. Butler, 77, a millionaire land developer who has refused to pay state and federal income taxes , was arrested in Chicago and charged with failing to file a state tax return for . “Each year I send a protest letter to the state and the federal government saying I refuse to pay taxes,” he said. “I don’t want my money used for supporting illegitimate children and government subsidies on… German cockroaches. I once read the government wasted $20,000 on a study of German cockroaches.”
Butler was apparently a John Bircher and Posse Comitatus sort of right-winger. He took as his lawyer the Libertarian Karl J. Bray, who was of the opinion that the income tax was itself illegal. Bray suffered the unhappy legal fate of most everyone who goes to court with such opinions. In the Butler case, when the government seized Butler’s financial records Bray put forward a 5th Amendment defense — saying that the protection against forced self-incrimination made the records off-limits.
I haven’t been able to tell, from free, on-line sources, what became of Butler.