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Patrick Ruffini uncovered a gem a couple of days ago when he linked to Matt Sotller's Pollyanna romance novella where Matt announces to the world how much he loves to pay his taxes. And in true lib fashion, instead of espousing his love for taxes in isolation, he chooses to include a thrashing of "right-wingers" and presumably regular conservatives in the process, because they don't love paying their taxes quite so much.

Sorry, but Stoller's angular attacks on the right, while smooching his 1040 are disingenuous at best and a false entree (read as BS) to topic at is journalistic worst. Stoller fails to back up his love for paying his taxes by disclosing how much tax he paid, or by announcing that he is offering to pay more taxes…which might be a true measure of "love." It is hard to put into context Stoller's passion until we understand the depth of his love. And since I have been paying taxes longer than Stoller has inhabited this Earth, I am wondering whether Matt really has sufficient perspective to comment from.

It is easy to believe that one who has a three digit tax bill might truly love paying taxes, where one like me, who is solidly into five figures in tax burden, might not like paying taxes as much. So until we know what Matt's tax burden is...it is hard to characterize his love for paying taxes. Is it passion, lust, admiration, infatuation, friendship, or a false fawning for a semi-clever introduction?


Michael McBride

Michael E. McBride retired as a Major from the Marine Corps and blogs at http://www.mysandmen.blogspot.com.

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