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Pieces of Eight: Nothing Like It

Devvy Kidd
March 25, 2003

As President Bush pushes Congress for $75 billion dollars to pay for "rebuilding Iraq," a grotesque and unconstitutional rape of the empty public treasury, few Americans have any understanding or concept of how or where the ink comes from to accomplish such magic.

Since there isn't one single copper penny in the U.S. Treasury, Congress relies on constitutional revenues (tariffs, imposts, federal excise taxes on cigarettes, alcohol, gasoline, tires, etc., guns) to fund legitimate functions of the government.

However, there is never enough to fund all this unconstitutional gluttony promised to special interest groups who buy the favors of Congress on a regular basis. So, they borrow. They borrow from these thieves known as the "FED." A privately owned consortium of banks sucking the lifeblood from America.

Dr. Edwin Vieira is a brilliant man. If he were the Secretary of Treasury under an honest White House and Congress, America would prosper in a way that today's generation can't even imagine. Edwin's credentials are below.

I have now finished his 1,755 pg, two volume tome, the revised, Pieces of Eight.

Congressman Ron Paul wrote the the forward for this magnificent work:

    "Perhaps no important document is held in less regard in Washington, D.C., than the United States Constitution. In fact, the attitude of many Congressmen and government officials toward the Constitution consists of giving lip service to it by refusing to take it seriously. It is considered obsolete, written for agrarian economies; and our highly technological society has supposedly moved far beyond its limits. It is to be referred to only when convenient and ignored when inconvenient. Such men believe that truth is a passing fad, that principles change like fashions, and that men, particularly men who are politicians, must never be chained down by the written law of constitutions.

    "Edwin Vieira is not such a man. In the following pages he argues that the Constitution mandates the type of monetary system the Founders intended for this country, and that their intentions have been completely vitiated by our present system of irredeemable money and central banking. The argument is long and detailed - but it must be so. For a generation less obtuse, a shorter argument might suffice; but the present generation requires that the argument be stated explicitly and in detail.

    "The monetary Powers and Disabilities of the United States Constitution was first submitted to the United States Gold Commission, of which I was a member, in the winter of 1982. That Commission, unfortunately, never contemplated the constitutional deficiencies of our present monetary system. By presenting the work now in book form, the author is appealing to a higher tribunal than the Gold Commission or even Congress: The American People. In the long run, it will not be what the President, the Supreme Court, or the Congress thinks about money and the Constitution that matters, but what the American people think.

    "This book provides a solid and scholarly foundation for rebuilding a system of sound and honest money. Principles are not passing fads, and the Constitution is not obsolete. The truth of an idea and the efficacy of a principle are not conditioned by time. Twentieth-century American has moved from triumph to technological triumph; but in political morality, the century has been one of uninterrupted decline. This book can help slow and reverse that decline if it receives the attention it deserves."

Ron Paul
Member of Congress
Washington, D.C.

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While our troops are at risk in the Middle East, I have refrained from writing any more articles on the war. However, the question continues to surface from folks who don't understand the money system and it's feeding artery, the IRS, that if we don't voluntarily pay income taxes, how will the troops receive the necessary funding to even get fed and clothed?

Please remember this one thing:

President's Private Sector Survey On Cost Control
A Report to The President (Reagan)

January 15, 1984. Available from the Congressional Research Service.
The excerpt below can be found on page 12.

              "Importantly, any meaningful increases in taxes from personal income would have to come from lower and middle income families, as 90% of all personal taxable income is generated below the taxable income level of $35,000.

              "Further, there isn't much more that can be extracted from high income brackets. If the Government took 100% of all taxable income beyond the $75,000 tax bracket not already taxed,  it would get only $17 billion, and this confiscation, which would destroy productive enterprise,  would only be sufficient to run the Government for several days.

              "Resistance to additional income taxes would be even more widespread if people were aware that:

              * With two-thirds of everyone's personal income taxes wasted or not collected, 100% of what is collected is absorbed solely by interest on the Federal Government contributions to transfer payments.

    "In other words, all individual income tax revenues are gone before one nickel is spent on the services  which taxpayers expect from their government."

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The "money" (ink) being used to fund our troops right now is borrowed (100%).

Understanding the money trail is the key to stopping this travesty against our people and Republic. Without knowledge, one will just continue to stumble around in the dark. That is why I wrote my Bankrupt America booklet and I'm humbled by how many Americans have read that little booklet and been moved to get on board in this fight to take back our country:


Dr. Vieira's book is stunning. There isn't a single area of banking and money that isn't covered in this magnificent work. What an amazing education one can get for a few dollars.

If only every economics professor teaching college in America read this book, think of how things would change!

If your son or daughter is in college and takes an ecomonics class, please get them this work. It is truly an investment in their future because as things stand right now, the only future our children and grandchildren have is on their knees as indentured servants to the world banking cartel.

I receive no compensation for recommending Dr. Vieira's work. I know Edwin and am honored to have learned so much from such a patient teacher. If you can afford it, purchase a copy of this work, read it and pass it along to someone who doesn't understand the monumental fraud being perpetrated upon the American people.

I guarantee you will treasure this work.

You can order Pieces of Eight at:


About the Author:

Dr. Edwin J. Vieira, Jr., Attorney at Law, received his A.B. (cum laude) in Chemistry , A.M. and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Harvard University, and a J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School. He is in private practice specializing in constitutional law, labor law and legal-economic analysis. He is currently Executive Director of the George Edward Durell Foundation and President of the National Alliance for Constitutional Money.

Dr. Vieira has also been a consultant and attorney for the National Right to Work Committee and National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation; a member of the Board of Fellows, Public Service Research Foundation; a consultant to the U.S. Department of Labor; and a member of the Advisory Board, Citizens for a Sound Economy.

Dr. Vieira has been an Assistant Professor of Law at Wake Forest University School of Law and Research Director of the Wake Forest Institute of Labor Policy Analysis. He is a member of the Bars of Maryland, the District of Columbia, the State of Virginia, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eight, Eleventh, the District of Columbia and Federal Circuits; and the United States District Court for the Districts of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

He has had articles published in the Wake Forest Law Review, Detroit College of Law Review, DePaul Law Review, South Carolina Law Review, Georgia Law Review, the Cato Journal, Law & Liberty, The Moneychanger, Government Union Review, American Economic Foundation Bulletin, The Free Market, The Sound Money Investor, and other publications. He is the author of Pieces of Eight -The Monetary Powers and Disabilities of the United States Constitution: A Study in Constitutional Law. He has also submitted numerous briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States, including briefs on behalf of appellees and appellants as well as amicus curiae briefs.

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