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Tom Toles

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  1. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Tax cheating? By the rich???

    Can’t be. Almost all the rich are Republicans and you know, they have integrity and would never cheat.

    I mean, Willard the ChickenHawk released most of one year’s taxes and he hardly cheated at all. Sure, he cheated on his property taxes, but that doesn’t mean he cheated on income taxes.

  2. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 2 years ago

    You think any IRS office is going to do its job now and actually investigate bogus claims of tax-exempt status? Don’t you think this is the point of this whole investigation?

    As I understand it, the office that got in so much trouble swamped with work and (of course) underfunded and understaffed, thought to take special notice of groups that things like has words like “tea party” and" “progressive” in their literature, looking for political groups pretending to non-political in order to violate the law. “Targeting” those who seemed most likely (whether conservative *or liberal) to be trying to evade the law. And how do these critics expect the IRS to enforce the law if they are not permitted to investigate those who are quite obviously walking on the edges of it?

    ( Don’t you love the way some folks will refer to one sort of law-breaking as CRIMINAL, in all caps, but shrug off another sort of law-breaking as merely “getting around an obnoxious regulation”. To my mind, a desperate 10-year-old who sneaks over the border fleeing horrible conditions at home is less of a criminal than he who, having been blessed with everything this country has to offer from birth, is so low as to cheat his country out of the revenue it needs to deal with that 10-year-old. Paying taxes according to the laws is about the only duty that American citizens are still called upon to perform under penalty of law; that, and occasional jury duty. Tax evasion is, to my mind, in the same category as draft-dodging, but with less excuse: obeying the tax laws isn’t going to get you killed. )

    Those who enforce the law are heroes when they track down the baby-killer, but they are villains when they track down those who do everything in their power to deprive law enforcement of means (i.e. the money) to track down the baby-killer.

  3. mugens

    mugens GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago


    Well said….

  4. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, over 2 years ago

    “The selfishness of the money class in avoiding any financial sacrifice to help put the country back on its feet later struck many French historians as shocking! The possessors and the manipulators of most of the country’s wealth simply contrived to escape shouldering a fair share of the burden of paying for the war and the reconstruction……
    The tax burden was for others to shoulder.”

    -William L. Shirer, writing about France in the 1930’s, from his book “The Collapse of the Third Republic”

    You know what happened to France in 1940?

  5. JmcaRice

    JmcaRice GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Tom Toles is running out of ideas.

  6. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, over 2 years ago

    “I suspect that historians will view this as a terribly bleak period…They will observe that the ever-fragile democratic enterprise was hijacked, perhaps permanently…….They will show how Ronald Reagan’s seeds of economic inequality finally sprouted into our society of the super-rich and everyone else.

    And they will wonder: Why was there so little resistance?"

    -from an article in The Boston Globe 7/12/14 “How Will History See US?” by Neal Gabler.

  7. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, over 2 years ago

    To those who never lost their job, their livelyhood, to job-exportation, downsizing to enhance the bottom line, or had wage/benefit cuts to enhance the bottom line, just wait. Your turn will come.

    -from ME. I’m a little angry this morning.

  8. emptc12

    emptc12 said, over 2 years ago

    Rich Uncle Pennybags (“Mr. Monopoly,” these days) as the stereotypical Plutocrat is out of date. We need a modern representative. I suggest we have a contest among the super rich for the honor: Plutocrats on Parade. No doubt Donald Trump would be one of the first in line.

  9. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    We could fix all your concerns about tax cheating if we went to a Sales tax or value added tax. Then, instead of having to scrutinize the total economic activity of every citizen, you could collect taxes by monitoring the transactions at Cash Registers.

    The Income tax has ALWAYS been favored by liberals because they see it as a way to PUNISH those who they think have done better then they deserve.

    A Sales tax is fair because it charges everyone the same for their purchases. For those of you who say it falls more heavily on the poor I say Baloney. The guy who spends $1.5 Million in a year pays 100 times as much as the guy who spends $15K (poverty line).

    It has the added bonus of getting the government out of everybody’s business and lends itself well to not being manipulated by Lobbyist slaves.

  10. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Mangey – I get it – Your angry because you were downsized. But Ronald Reagan was a Hero. It was Jimmy Carter that took us into rampant stagflation. Reagan got us out and by 1982 the economy was cooking along. The only losers in 1982 were those that had been living off the dole for far too long. All of us that were working saw plenty of jobs, plenty of opportunities and plenty of happiness.

    Your villain isn’t Obama, or Bush, or Clinton or Reagan or even the congress. Your villain is globalization. With the advent of better communications, transportation, and infrastructure. The businesses that manufactured here could chase much less expensive labor elsewhere. So be angry with Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, HP, Verizon, UPS, etc. etc. etc. But it won’t help. A better outlet for your anger would be to spend that energy developing new skill sets in demand in the current economy.

  11. emptc12

    emptc12 said, over 2 years ago

    “Most plutocrats want to stay in the background.”
    You’re right. And I doubt most plutocrats would consider themselves as such. Still, we could designate some that way and then broadcast “America’s Most Eligible Plutocrat”?

  12. Tim Culberson

    Tim Culberson said, over 2 years ago


    Yes, Gore, Clinton, Gates, Jobs, Buffett are all hard core Republicans aren’t they??
    All the rich of Hollywood and New York are Republicans also.

  13. Kip W

    Kip W said, over 2 years ago

    It’s easy to make a strong case, as long as you can make up things. No conservative group was denied their tax-exempt status, and liberal groups were harder hit by the scrutiny.

  14. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 2 years ago


    Well stated. I’d just like to add to the list of villains: the companies who advertise on TV how they can make your tax burden disappear. You know, the one where the guy tells you he owed $160,000 and ended up paying 32 cents. Of course this never works quite this way, but the fact that there is an industry specifically designed to get people out of paying their taxes is abhorrent to me. It is distressing to see how many people blame all our economic problems on only one group of people (welfare cheats, who certainly deserve blame) while ignoring so many other aspects of society.
    I watched an interesting montage where Fox commentators were all agreeing that people shouldn’t take advantage of government largesse, and that those people are scum of the earth. Interspersed were excerpts where the same people were praising wealthy people who took advantage of every tax loophole that they could find. These people were fine patriots, and would be stupid not to take advantage of all the breaks the government allowed them to have. Perfect.

  15. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago


    “We could fix all your concerns about tax cheating if we went to a Sales tax or value added tax. Then, instead of having to scrutinize the total economic activity of every citizen, you could collect taxes by monitoring the transactions at Cash Registers.”
    We could fix cheating concerns with a sales tax ‘system’, if it were fair and didn’t have exemptions, like favoring domestic goods over ‘foreign’. You can think up other examples.
    Power of legislators resides in granting monetary concessions and tax exemptions are way less visible than subsidies. This is how they solicit bribes/campaign contributions.
    Concerns about tax cheating could also be fixed by having a simpler tax code, but then that would make it harder to grant exemptions. Making the tax code simpler would also enable lower tax rates.
    But guess which is more important to Congress.

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