Dear Mr. President., regarding those tax bills….

Feed the people, not the Pentagon. Artist Roger Roth. Published courtesy of Larry Bassett.

Note from Kathie MM: It’s that time of year again. Just 12 months ago, I published a post by Larry Bassett entitled Ain’t gonna finance war no more — another effort in a long line of efforts to pursue peace and social justice rather than war and destruction.

April is upon us and most people, excluding the obscenely greedy at the top of the military industrial complex, are trying to be “good citizens” and pay their “obligations,” although  the vast majority probably have doubts about the fairness and integrity of the system.

So Larry is back, promoting reflection about what it all means, and sharing his tax return.


By Larry Bassett

Here is what I am sending them this year, a greeting card! No gift enclosed!

Here is the front of the card:

My tax return. April 17, 2018. By Larry Bassett.

And here is the back of the card:

Dedication to my parents.


 I had substantial federal taxes in 2016 and 2017 because of taxable income that I inherited from my father. In the past my resistance had been for much smaller amounts, and since I am retired with relatively low income I would usually owe no federal taxes. But I have seized this opportunity to redirect almost a quarter of a million dollars to good causes in several years. I believe the IRS will have a hard time collecting from me, but whatever they do they will not be able to undo the many people and organizations that I have helped. I am still trying to poke the bear since if the government ignores me my resistance has had limited impact. I resisted $130,000 last year and so far the IRS has sent me five letters and filed the usual tax lien. Maybe I will get their attention when the documentary about my WTR action is released. For more about that, go to The Pacifist Facebook page.


That’s not enough! Artist:
Roger Roth. Published courtesy of Larry Bassett.






 Note from Kathie MM:  It takes courage in today’s world to believe in and work for democracy, for human rights, for social justice, for ways to be ethical when constantly confronted by corruption.  What are your views on the ways in which Larry Bassett faces these challenges? I am sure all of Engaging Peace’s readers look for ways to make the world a better place.  Please share your stories with us.

The Pacifist


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3 Responses to Dear Mr. President., regarding those tax bills….

  1. Barbara says:

    I think the word pacifist is the most emotionally fulfilling term in the English language. The noun “love” is hot on its heels, a close second, but it doesn’t have the passion that is inherent in those who choose to protest openly and courageously against trumped up wars. And this is not a pun intended as a shot against our President. It is simply my heartfelt opinion.

  2. Celine says:

    In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., now fifty years dead, I, who do not tweet, request that you tweet this or something similar on April 4th, 2018, to create a storm:

    With MLK Jr., love, and a longing for justice, we call for an end to our bogus wars and for attending to the basic needs of us all.

    Thank you,
    Celine Grenier
    Capitola, CA

    • kathiemm says:

      Dear Celine,What a great suggestion for honoring Reverend Martin Luther King on the anniversary of his assassination, an assassination that did not silence his voice of peace and social justice. Let’s remind the world and each other that there are still Americans who are willing to work for his causes, the causes of brotherhood and sisterhood and humanhood.

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