A LOOK BACK | Colorado Congressman Calls for Abolition of IRS | News

Thirty-five years ago this week: U.S. Representative Dan Schaefer, a Republican representing Colorado’s 6and Congressional District, joined several congressional colleagues for “tea” in Boston Harbor aboard the Beaver II, a full-size replica of the 18th century ship of the same name.

Dipping a copy of the United States tax code into a large basin, Schaefer and his fellow conservatives vowed to abolish the Internal Revenue Service. Recreating the historic “Boston Tea Party” in which three ships were boarded and unloaded with cargo by colonial revolutionaries on December 16, 1773, Schaefer and company announced their decision to completely overhaul the American tax structure during the ‘event.

“This is one of the most significant reforms in American political history,” Schaefer said.

Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-LA, and Schaefer were co-chairs of the national retail sales tax caucus and introduced legislation that would repeal federal income tax — both personal and corporate — and replace it. through “revenue neutral” retail. 15% tax.

“Last year we promised another Tea Party in America,” Schaefer said. “This year, we are delivering on that promise. By throwing the US tax code into Boston Harbor, we are making perhaps the strongest statement against an unjust tax system since 1773, when a group of hostile settlers rebelled against the British Crown and dumped 342 crates of tea in this same port, from this same place. . It is a revolutionary idea, an idea that we believe Americans will rally around, as they have here today.

Schaefer told the assembled press that the legislation took three long years to come up with because NRST members had “carefully analysed” all the potential ramifications of such a “radical change”.

In other news developing in Colorado, State Sen. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, a Persian Gulf War veteran, announced a joint resolution before the state senate that called for a criminal investigation. on the exposure of US military personnel to chemical weapons during the operation. Desert storm.

Coffman served as an infantry major in the United States Marine Corps during the war and was joined on military reconnaissance day with several uniformed Colorado veterans.

“There needs to be a full investigation into what is now widely known as ‘Gulf War coverage,'” Coffman said. “The president and congress have an obligation to those who fought in the war. I don’t know if low chemical weapons exposure is the cause of the symptoms reported in so many Gulf War veterans. We deserve to have our questions answered.

Coffman referred to a classified report that leaked to the press in mid-1996 regarding an order the 37th Combat Engineer Battalion received in 1991 to destroy an ammunition dump in southern Iraq. The Central Intelligence Agency knew in advance that the repository contained a large quantity of nerve agents, and the Department of Defense acknowledged that large numbers of American soldiers had been exposed to the chemical agents Sarin and Cyclosarin.

“For more than five years, the information every Gulf War veteran has a right to know has been kept from them,” Coffman said. “Those responsible must be brought to justice. If not now, the young men who may be called upon to serve in future wars will not have full confidence in their military leadership.

Rachael Wright is the author of the Captain Savva Mystery series, with degrees in political science and history from the University of Colorado Mesa and is a contributing writer at Colorado Politics and The Gazette.

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