New Victories Offer Welcome Points Of Light In A Very Dark Time
…with one story here being especially compelling…
I’M GOING TO BEGIN THIS VICTORY POST with a truly noteworthy and uplifting story about a fellow I met in 2010 at FCI Milan. Here’s the tale:
Dan Benham had been an occasional correspondent of mine in the first few years after CtC was first published in 2003. He was not CtC-educated at the time– in fact, he was already several years deep into implementing contrary ideas of his own.
But having become aware of my work– and my email address– through connections with other folks in Southwest Michigan where he lived, Dan respectfully took advantage of his opportunities to seek out my opinions on his approaches to the tax issue. He wrote me perhaps a dozen times or so, and our exchanges were always congenial.
Dan seemed a good guy, with his heart in the right place.
I thought it a shame when I learned of Dan’s indictment within a few years on tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud charges. I didn’t believe that Dan had willfully attempted to deceive anyone. He wasn’t the type.
FAST FORWARD TO 2010 and I am newly arrived at FCI Milan to suffer the government’s two-year effort to convince me to sit down and shut up (as part of the 17-year CtC-suppression campaign documented here). Within little more than a week I was taken entirely by surprise when approached in the rec yard by a stranger who excitedly introduced himself as Dan Benham!
Small world, right?
Dan was only at Milan for a short time thereafter, before being transferred to another facility. But having realized the error of his previous thinking in the interim (and perhaps having had some of my earlier points in our email exchanges take root), Dan took every opportunity during our brief time together to get a good start down the path toward CtC-educated. We had good conversations, and I enjoyed his company– something of considerable value under the circumstances.
However, before long, Dan was off to his new location, and again, out of my mind. I confess that I didn’t think of him again until around a year and a half ago, when the phone rang and it was, “Hi, Pete this is Dan Benham. Do you remember me?”
Well, I did, and was glad to, because Dan had a great story to share.
YOU SEE, AS PART OF HIS SENTENCE on the tax evasion and fraud convictions, Dan was saddled with a chunk of “restitution” to pay on amounts alleged to have been owed in tax during the years of his uneducated practices. Some of those old liabilities were at that point incapable of educated dispute.
But there was a light at the end of that tunnel, because over the course of time Dan finished his journey to becoming CtC-educated. Last year Dan filed an educated return successfully reclaiming everything withheld from him as nominal federal income tax in 2018 (while leaving unclaimed the portion denominated as FICA taxes for reasons of his own):
A few months after securing this victory Dan noticed something unexpected: His outstanding restitution amounts began dropping!
It seems the IRS was paying off Dan’s restitution (in a manner of speaking) with diversions from the refunds he was now securing on his current-year educated filings! Here is a statement from the Dept. of Justice (sic) acknowledging the diversions:
I hadn’t posted anything on this really gratifying story until now because the overall record and related documentation are a bit of a mare’s nest. Because that remains the case, I’m not going to say any more on the “restitution” issue at this time.
But what we can see already is very pleasing. A good man who had once wandered a bit off the path has found his footing, and, what’s more, is getting solid affirmation of the fact from folks who obviously would be jumping all over Dan if they could.
FURTHER, AND THE REASON I AM now posting what I am of this story, is that Dan has just gotten his second victory in a row (this one for 2019, on this return):
This latest victory is worth celebrating purely on its own merits, but considering the special shine it sports because of the backstory, and with the continuing dark cloud of the C19 coup-in-progress upon us from which we can all use a little uplift (see the article below in this newsletter to learn how YOU can help fix that problem, and how it WILL NOT be fixed if you don’t help), it seems particularly the right time for sharing what I can of Dan’s great story.
David & Valerie Denning
IN ADDITION TO DAN BENHAM’S VERY FINE VICTORIES, I want to also share another just secured by David and Valerie Denning. This is David and Valerie’s fourth complete refund secured over the course of the last 14 months:
This refund is on an amended return, with interest added. See the return and the California Franchise Tax Board adjustment notice here.
SO, HATS OFF to Dan and David and Valerie!
These great victories join those of the tens of thousands of other awakened and activated Americans represented here. Each constitutes another critical step toward the restoration of the Founders republic and the true rule of law.
Don’t you wish your victories were proudly posted, too?
That’s all there is to it!
BTW, DON’T YOU WISH YOUR INSPIRING BEING-THE-STORM VIDEO was posted, too, like David’s? This is easy to do, and very important (plus it can get you some great losthorizons swag!). See (and carefully read in their entirety) these guidelines and encouragements.
Remember, it’s all about upholding the law, and that is YOUR responsibility. Awakening others to this high and honorable duty is the best way to make it happen.
“It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.”
-United States Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson
All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.”
-I. F. Stone
BTW, II: I WANT EVERYONE TO THINK about something before leaving this article.
You’ll have all noticed the reference in my post about Dan Benham’s happy victories to the need for YOUR efforts in overcoming the ongoing blatant disregard of Constitutional supremacy by many state governors under the mantle of the C19 hob-goblin. In the hope of making clear the importance of your efforts, I want to put this question in your minds:
How long do you think you can continue to expect government subordination to Constitutional constraints on taxation if the kind of wide and deep disregard of Constitutional authority we’re seeing now– so wide and deep as to have put millions out of work and thousands of businesses shuttered, and all on a manifestly false hob-goblin pretext– goes uncorrected?
H.L. Mencken wisely observed that people get the government they deserve, and they get it good and hard.
Let’s not “deserve” an unconstrained state, ’cause that IS what we will get, good and hard.
Read the article below and DO YOUR PART, with a real sense of urgency.
“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
P. S. It is with much sorrow that I must report the passing last week of Patricia Whitney, dearly-beloved wife of longtime stalwart CtC warrior Tim Whitney and mother of recently-minted warrior Tricia Whitney, from complications during a surgical procedure.
Please join me in wishing Tim and his children strength and peace in this very difficult time.
P.P.S. As I just learned while preparing this newsletter update for posting, my dear friend Sheldon Rose has passed (at age 93 years young). For various reasons I had not seen Sheldon often over the last few years, but his passing brings my a great sense of loss, nonetheless. Sheldon was an especially good American and an especially good human being.
Rest in peace, Sheldon.
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