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Tom Toles

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  1. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months 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, 5 months 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. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 5 months ago

    We need to eradicate tax-cheating by the rich the same way the US made itself the only country with absolutely no corruption among its elected officials, because only in the US is buying and selling votes 100% legal, so it’s NOT illegal bribery, it’s NOT illegal corruption, it’s a perfectly legal financial transaction.

    So if we decriminalise not paying taxes for everyone who is a multi-billionaire job creator, problem solved!

  4. mugens

    mugens said, 5 months ago


    Well said….

  5. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, 5 months 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?

  6. JmcaRice

    JmcaRice GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    Tom Toles is running out of ideas.

  7. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, 5 months 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.

  8. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, 5 months 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.

  9. emptc12

    emptc12 said, 5 months 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.

  10. Mephistopholes

    Mephistopholes GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months 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.

  11. Mephistopholes

    Mephistopholes GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months 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.

  12. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    And we won’t mention how the G.O.P. led a change to cut 25% from the Enforcement budget for the I.R.S. this year…

  13. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    So the top tax lady says “yes we targeted the Tea Party” then follows up with “I take the 5th” to Oooooops 7 main figures “lost” Emails, strike that now 8 people have their Email “crash” and hard drives disappear. And you blame the evil rich?

  14. SizeofaPea

    SizeofaPea said, 5 months ago


    My word I wish I could write as well as you do. I agree with everything you wrote. Too bad so many in society think otherwise.
    I do not like paying taxes, nobody does. But like you said, it is the patriotic duty of all Americans. Actually I don’t mind paying taxes. What I mind is paying such a higher percentage of my income than those who have, “been blessed with everything this country has to offer.” I think it was Thomas Jefferson who wrote that the more a man owned or earned, the greater his debt to the government for the protection of his liberty and wealth.

  15. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    FAIR TAX! You want to clean up the mess? repeal the 16th amendment!

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