Monday, February 02, 2009

Taxes, Taxes, Taxes...

What is it with all these bigwigs not paying their taxes? Tim Geithner blamed TurboTax for his failure to pay his taxes when he was working for the IMF, Daschle somehow didn't pay $120,000 in taxes... What, exactly, is the problem? If the problem is the tax code is too difficult, then these are the people in a position to do something about it, right? Daschle was in Congress, after all, and Geithner will be in charge of the IRS.

Just like all this business with every nominee seeming to have a housekeeper or nanny who is an illegal immigrant. If the politicians who make the laws can't keep them straight, then maybe there's a problem with the law, no? Maybe they'd want to do something about it?

Truth is, though, important and rich people don't worry about these things because they know, outside of a confirmation process, they'll never be called to account for them. The IRS spends almost all its time auditing lower class and lower middle class tax returns because it's easier to squeeze money out of people who can't afford a lawyer and don't know how to fight the system. They don't audit people like Geithner and Daschle. It's too much of a hassle.

It's another example of how the laws really only apply to the little people.

Well, unless you screw up so big they finally don't have any choice but to act. See: Bernie Madoff.


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