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America's Tax System In Just 72,536 Easy Pages
| Peter Suderman
Posted on 04/19/2011 6:47:25 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
How many pages does it take to lay out the insanely complicated rules and requirements of our tax code? According to tax publisher CCH, the total number of pages devoted to federal tax code rules, IRS rulings, and regulations has grown to 72,536:
It's no wonder that even the government's own experts and officials can't figure it out. Any system of rules that requires in excess 72,000 pages to explain and understand borders on useless. At this point it might as well be Calvinball.
Via Cato's Chris Edwards.
TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: code; irs; tax; taxcode; taxes; taxsystem
Get over it. Every year at tax time there are stories like this. Nothing will be done.
Welcome to tax slave hell.
posted on 04/19/2011 6:53:41 AM PDT
"Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed? We want them broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against . . . We're after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you'd better get wise to it. There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted - and you create a nation of law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Rearden, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with."
--Floyd Ferris (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")
posted on 04/19/2011 6:59:12 AM PDT
by E. Pluribus Unum
(When and why did Steve Dunham change his name to Barack Hussein Obama? When he converted to Islam?)
And thank god for Turbotax.
posted on 04/19/2011 7:01:43 AM PDT
posted on 04/19/2011 7:19:59 AM PDT
(The new USSA - United Socialist States of AmeriKa. Welcome to Obummers world or Obamaville USSA.)
Its not the number of pages that matters as much as the frequency that the pages are changed.
posted on 04/19/2011 7:55:58 AM PDT
Calvinball is the best description of the IRS code (and government regulations in general) that I've ever seen.
Sadly, I had to explain what Calvinball was to my boss.
posted on 04/19/2011 1:07:49 PM PDT
(The only thing in the social security trust fund is your children and grandchildren's sweat.)
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