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Cracking the Tax Code: Reform Should Make the Law Simpler, Not More Complicated

Dr_Zinj Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 8:55 AM
Let me put it this way Jacob. The tax situation in America is so bad that I have entertained the notion of blowing up all the government tax offices and assassinating every IRS employee. I'm rather certain that similar thoughts have gone through at least a million other citizen's heads in the past year. In fact, I'm cartain that if one or two people actually carried through on those thoughts, there'd be a rash, no, a plague of copycat attacks across the entire country.
Dr_Zinj Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 9:02 AM
A lot of that attitude can be attributed to the deliberate creation of a condition of learned helplessness that the IRS and Congress specifically, and the Federal government in general, have subjected us to. When you set up a system that punishes people who are trying to obey the law, when you set up a system where even the so-called experts who administer the law can't agree on what any part means, when you set up a system that practically requires you to pay others to protect you with no guarrantee that they will get it right (by the way, that's a protection racket) then you have a system of greater tyranny than anything George III inflicted on Colonial America.

In her most recent report to Congress, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson notes that "tax expenditures" -- the exclusions, exemptions, deductions and credits that make the Internal Revenue Code such a bloated, bewildering behemoth -- total more than $1 trillion a year. She explains that she tries to avoid calling these provisions "loopholes" because that word has a pejorative connotation: "Policymakers use the term 'loophole' to describe a tax expenditure that they do not agree with ... and use terms like 'incentives' or 'sound government policy' to describe tax expenditures that they like."

President Obama illustrated that tendency in last week's...