About the Book

The Taxman Cometh Storyline
banner image newUsed car dealer Sam Samson never backs down from a fight, whether it’s against an irate customer like Pete Not-So-Happy, an American Indian who’s as big as Hulk Hogan, or against the IRS, which is even bigger than Hulk Hogan. Samson falls for the sexy Delilah who isn’t a bimbo. She asks if he’s rich and he says yes. This is a mistake. Delilah is an IRS undercover agent sent in to spy on him. IRS Special Agent Elliott Mess, who looks like Robert Stack as Eliott Ness in “The Untouchables,” soon shows up at Samson’s door. He steals Samson’s money and they get into an altercation. At his trial for tax evasion, and assaulting an IRS agent, Samson is asked why he filed no tax returns for 17 years. He says he forgot. The jury buys this argument, but Mess rigs the trial. Samson decides he ain’t gonna take it anymore. He declares war against the United States government. Guess who wins.

Foreword by Grover Norquist:

With its huge bureaucratic state and high taxes, the framers of the Constitution wouldn’t recognize today’s America as the republic they founded. The Taxman Cometh ends with a prescient quote from Thomas Jefferson: “To preserve the people’s independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt!” I’ve spent the last thirty years following this admonition, fighting against wasteful government spending and high taxes.

Jefferson recognized that government officials would never voluntarily constrain spending and limit their own power, and understood that excessive public spending leads to taxation and oppression. But Jefferson and the other founding fathers would be shocked to see how far modern America has travelled down the road to serfdom. Today ordinary citizens are turned into criminals for trying to protect themselves from a government that seizes their money, property, and liberty. This is what happens to the hero of The Taxman Cometh, who courageously stands up to the ridiculously stupid bureaucracy that all Americans live under today.

Americans should be on guard against politicians who recklessly spend money, and then tell us it’s our patriotic duty to pay more taxes to fund their corrupt, never-ending extravagance. Our government has a spending problem. You can’t solve a spending problem by raising taxes.

Statists justify extravagant government spending and huge budget deficits with a theory they call “Keynesian” economics. According to Keynesian theory, if the government takes money from you and me by force, and gives it to the President’s friends at Solyndra, this stimulates the economy. Keynesians believe that if you take a bucket of water from a lake, then walk around to the other side of the lake and dump the water back in, it will stimulate the lake. This is supposed to make us all richer. Politicians love Keynesian economics because it gives them an excuse to take our money and hand it out to people who contribute to their campaigns. Now the people who receive this money don’t think it’s wasteful; they think it’s great. But the taxpayers from whom the money is taken don’t think it’s that great.

Keynesian economics is a brilliant theory. The only problem is that it doesn’t work. Keynesian policies make the wealth-producing private sector smaller, and the wealth-destroying government bureaucracy bigger. And the big government politicians who demand that you pay more taxes are as insistent and monomaniacal as a teenage boy on a prom date. They lure you in by claiming they only want to tax the rich. This sounds good if you aren’t rich. But middle class working folks soon find that they are the ones paying those “taxes on the rich.”

The only way to get the government back within its constitutional limits is to reduce the source of its power, i.e. taxes. If we cut taxes we can shrink government to a level where it can be drowned in …, well, if not a bathtub, at least maybe a swimming pool. We must defeat politicians who tell us that we peasants aren’t sending enough cash in for the king to spend.

We often hear politicians say we need to restore trust in government; in other words, restore trust in them. Our founders didn’t trust government. Why, in an age of massive systemic public corruption, should we? This novel is fictional, but it’s realistic enough to be powerful satire. And it definitely doesn’t restore trust in government.

The Taxman Cometh isn’t some ponderous academic work about taxation and economic policy. It’s just a great story about an ordinary citizen, Sam Samson, the guy at whom those IRS guns on the front cover are pointed, who only wants one thing from the government. Like millions of taxpayers who don’t ask for handouts, he just wants to be left alone. But the government won’t leave Samson alone. And when they take everything he has, including his liberty, he goes to war against the oppressors.
This thought-provoking novel portrays the absurdity of our overbearing government bureaucracy with a story that is entertaining and fast-paced. The Taxman Cometh will become part of our national dialogue about taxes and freedom. And it’s funny as hell. Author Jim Greenfield is a cross between Ayn Rand and Monty Python. If enough people read this hilarious “man versus state” book, the IRS will be put out of business, which is okay with me.

~Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform