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Posted by taxguru on January 26, 2003

Remember the Cause

I have always received a lot of flack over discussing political issues in the context of taxes. Most other tax speakers and writers assume that taxes just happen in a vacuum and refrain from making any connection between what goes on in DC and our 1040 forms. That is just insanely naive.

I have always known that taxes and all of the messy laws, rules and regulations are merely symptoms of the real problem, which is the growth of government well beyond its intended scope of responsibility as envisioned by our founding fathers. While most people continue to clammer for new government programs with the assumption that the money for them will just magically appear, I know better. Every single program is paid for from money out of our pockets. It’s really no different than if your next door neighbor came over, stuck a gun in your face, and demanded that you pay for his medicines or his kid’s college tuition. Of course, our rulers have the IRS to do that dirty job for them. The end result is no different.

If only more of our rulers in DC would openly address the issue of the need to scale back the size and cost of government, as Georgia’s Senator Zell Miller does here. Amazingly, he’s a member of the JackAss Party, whose official platform believes that there is no part of our lives that the Federal government shouldn’t control.

KMK

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Posted by taxguru on January 26, 2003

Let’s hope he doesn’t give up the fight for lower taxes and wimp out under pressure from the class warriors, as he has already done with other conservative issues.

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Posted by taxguru on January 26, 2003

Accountants, Lawyers Clash Over Tax Work

This is nothing new. There have always been disagreements as to where the line is between accounting and legal functions. I can remember discussing the issue of when accounting and tax services come close to practicing law in my accounting classes in college in the mid 1970s. Every profession wants to protect its monopoly power over its turf.

KMK

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