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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

WSJ: IRS Plane Bomber in a Long Line of Tax Haters

Wall Street Journal, IRS Plane Bomber in a Long Line of Haters, by Arden Dale:

Tax rage, like road rage, can be deadly.

Oliver Wendell Holmes said that “Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.” They are the source of many uncivilized acts, too.

Andrew Joseph Stack, who made the news Thursday when he crashed a small plane into Internal Revenue Service offices in Austin, Texas, is only the latest in a long line who have acted badly while in the grips of tax dysphoria. ...

Paul Caron, the Associate Dean of Faculty and Charles Hartsock Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, notes that the growth of the federal income tax has been accompanied by an opposition movement across a broad spectrum, and that the government’s prosecution of protesters has “resembled a game of “whack-a-mole,” with new protesters arising quicker then the government could prosecute existing ones.”

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Except he appears to have been justified in his complaint, what does that tell you?

Posted by: Michael A. Livingston | Feb 23, 2010 7:44:45 AM

Joseph Stack was nothing but a coward, to his family, to god, to our country. Boo, hoo, hoo, I have money problems and its not my fault, it the big bad government. Talk about a domestic terrorist who happens to be white trailer trash.

Posted by: Montana | Feb 23, 2010 10:32:26 AM

Tells me he shouldn't have crashed a plane into a building

Posted by: Joe C. | Feb 23, 2010 10:35:15 AM